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

Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

Aaron Sean Watkin graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and enjoyed a full career in dancing with The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. He was then invited by world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe to become a principal dancer with Ballett Frankfurt, and later joined the National Dance Company of Spain under the directorship of Nacho Duato. Continue reading Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

The multi-tasking dancer

Dancers are the ultimate masters of multi-tasking, and it seems now there is scientific research to support this. Studies at the University of Maryland in partnership with the University of Houston over the past few years have revealed that dancers use multiple areas of their brains simultaneously while dancing: one part controls movement without expressive intention, another part imagines movement qualities. These parts work together to execute movement while also making higher-level decisions. Continue reading The multi-tasking dancer

Dancing on tour

The chaos and excitement of touring isn’t for everyone. It can be hugely energised and fulfilling, but it does not suit every dancer. For the dancers it does suit, travelling to different places to perform means that few of your days are the same, including what you’re eating, where you’re staying and what the stage feels like. It takes a special level of effort to shape the unpredictability of tour-life into a schedule that works for you. Continue reading Dancing on tour