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Darren Charles

Darren was born in London England in the 1980s. He gained a scholarship for vocational training at The Urdang Academy where he trained extensively in acting, singing and dance. He graduated in 2007 with honours and went straight into his first show Carmen Jones at The Royal Festival Hall London. Since then Darren has played [...]

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Robia Brrown

Robia has been performing, choreographing and teaching in London for over 10 years. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Avant Garde Dance Company, A&R Dance, Definitives and Ivan Blackstock, as well as creating work as a solo artist. She has taught masterclasses across the UK and Europe sharing her vast knowledge with [...]

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Student Ballet Dancer Of The Year 2014 Winner Announced!

Amelia O

A few months ago, we started a competition with the hope of crowning a young dancer here in the UK, Dance Direct’s Student Ballet Dancer of the Year. To enter, any interested parties had to submit a video of themselves showcasing their dancing skills, to be judged by Dance Direct blog writer, Jessica Wilson. The [...]

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Nikyta Moreno: American Dream

Nikyta Moreno

Nikyta Moreno graduated from The Brit School, London, in 2008 from the Dance Strand, with a triple distinction. She then trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, graduating in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Dance Theatre degree. In 2010 she was invited to a summer Internship with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, [...]

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Floriana Frassetto: Decades Of Dance

Floriana Frassetto

Floriana Frassetto was born in 1950 to Italian emigrants in the States (Norfolk, Virginia). She studied at Alessandro Fersen’s Theatre Academia in Rome from 1967 to 1969 and completed her training as actress attending a comprehensive course (mime, acrobatics, dance) at Roy Bosier’s Teatro Studio. Having worked in Rome in several pantomime and theatre productions, [...]

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Daniel Bolton: Rising Star

Daniel Bolton

Daniel trained at Laine Theatre Arts and has appeared as a parade performer, ice skater, sky runner and dancer at Disneyland Paris for several successful seasons. His television credits include Britannia High (ITV) and Libra Television schools documentary, and his theatre credits include Peter Pan (White Rock Theatre, Hasting) and Sleeping Beauty (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford). [...]

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Carolyn Bolton: Rising To Rambert

Carolyn Bolton

Carolyn Bolton was born in Columbia, USA, and trained at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and University of South Carolina. She joined Rambert in 2013 after working with the Wideman/Davis Dance Company, Unbound Dance Company, and Spartanburg Ballet. Carolyn’s career highlights include performing with [...]

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Osipova And Vasiliev Reunite!

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev

Two of the world’s most celebrated dancing partners, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are to be re-united this summer at the London Coliseum from 6-9 August. They will appear in Sergei Danilian’s production of Solo for Two: three diverse pieces including two world premieres commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Ardani Artists. [...]

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Sandrine Monin At the Yorkshire Festival

Sandrine Monin

Sandrine Monin, who will be performing in Ghost Peloton with NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre, is a professional dancer anticipating the upcoming performance of the Yorkshire Festival. When did you begin dancing, where and why? I started dancing when I was about 3 years old in France. I think it was kind of a love [...]

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Ieva Kuniskis: contemporary culture

Ieva Kuniskis

Ieva Kuniskis is an emerging choreographer from Lithuania currently living and working in London. She makes physical theatre work that draws on her heritage, theatre and the folklore tradition of storytelling. She makes dance for stage, film and sited performance. A double bill of her work is at Blue Elephant Theatre 7-9 May. When did [...]

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