Training not travelling

Many young dancers may choose to undertake further dance training and kickstart their career, rather than take a gap year and travel, for example, like many of their peers at school might. Further to that, some dancers may choose to travel abroad to train, or even to a different city, but for some dancers they might prefer to continue training much closer to home. Continue reading Training not travelling

World premiere for Akram Khan

Akram Khan Company has announced a brand-new production: Outwitting the Devil will premiere in Stuttgart in July 2019. The announcement comes six weeks ahead of Until the Lions’ homecoming to the Roundhouse in London, Khan’s first ever work in the round, which he will dance for the last time. Both pieces of work will explore old myth and reinterpret them in a contemporary context, in a way that Khan has become renowned for over the last two decades. Outwitting the Devil will premiere at COLOURS International Dance Festival, running from 13-14 July, and Until the Lions runs at the Roundhouse from 11-17 January 2019. Continue reading World premiere for Akram Khan

Professional Class is back at Greenwich Dance

Daily professional classes at Greenwich Dance reconvened in October, following the organisation’s move to its new premises.

Classes are based in the Old Library in Charlton House, a Jacobean manor house located centrally within the borough of Greenwich. They remain at the familiar time of 10.30am – 12.00pm, giving dancers the opportunity to buy cheap day returns should they be travelling to the venue by train. Continue reading Professional Class is back at Greenwich Dance

Finalists announced for Hip Hop Dance Award

The first Hip Hop Dance Fellowship has announced the finalists for the first Hip Hop Dance Award supported by The Arts Foundation, a charity which supports UK based talent across the arts. Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Julia Cheng, Juan Gaviria and Chris Reyes have been selected from dancers nominated by practitioners and producers from around the country. The criteria included all forms of street dance focusing on those breaking boundaries with the art form to create their particular style and method of working. Continue reading Finalists announced for Hip Hop Dance Award

Learning repertoire vs new creations

For both dancers and artistic directors, it is a hard balance between learning new choreography and performing repertoire. Whilst it is important to advance the art form and to continue to push the boundaries of where dance sits within the wider artistic industry, but equally the act of looking backwards nods to dance history and keeping legacies alive. Continue reading Learning repertoire vs new creations

Avoiding injury after a break from dance

With Christmas fast approaching, it is important for dancers – both professional and amateur – to be mindful of their festive break, and work towards minimising their risk of injury after a holiday. Returning after a break can be hard for anyone but for dancers it is important to make the transition as easy as possible. The body must be brought back into action, and it must be remembered that the first few weeks back are high risk when it comes to injury. Continue reading Avoiding injury after a break from dance

BalletBoyz® presents THEM/US

This spring, the internationally lauded dance company BalletBoyz will present the London premiere of Them/Us, an innovative double bill and a brand new collaboration from the company’s own critically acclaimed dancers and the Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. A co-production with Sadler’s Wells, Them/Us will arrive at the London venue from 5–9 March 2019, with opening night on 6 March. Continue reading BalletBoyz® presents THEM/US

NUREYEV – new film in nationwide cinemas

NUREYEV, from BAFTA nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris, will be launching in cinemas nationwide from 25 September 2018, with daily previews at Curzon Mayfair, London from 21 September. The striking and moving documentary traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male ballet dancer of all time, who transcended the dance world to become a global icon. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world.
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Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four

Dance Umbrella, London’s flagship festival of international dance, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this autumn. To mark this milestone Dance Umbrella has launched Four by Four– a programme inspired by the festival’s four decades of artistic growth, a way of moving forwards by looking back. This initiative aims to support the choreographers of the future.

In Four by Four all three of Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Directors, Val Bourne CBE, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone, have invited an established artist from their time at the helm to nominate a ‘choreographer of the future’ to make work for future festivals. Dance Umbrella 2018 will take place from 26 September – 21 October in venues across London Continue reading Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four