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Australia Council funding news

The month of May saw disappointing funding news for the arts in Australia, with as many as 63 arts companies and organisations informed that they had lost their Australia Council funding. Among those affected, organisations that have solid roots with years to their names were too disregarded; for many the loss of Australia Council funding [...]

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English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2016 winner

English National Ballet’s winner of both the 2016 Emerging Dancer Award and People’s Choice Award was Cesar Corrales, competing in May against five other company hopefuls. Now in its seventh year, Emerging Dancer allows English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent, and encourage excellence in the company, with young and emerging dancers nominated to [...]

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The Genée in Sydney

This year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, presented by the Royal Academy of Dance, is to be held in Sydney, Australia in December. As the country’s summer time, December will see competition candidates from all over the world – but it is thought predominantly from Australia – journey to the city in order to compete for [...]

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The new bbodance

bbodance, formerly known as the British Ballet Organisation, recently announced the appointment of Michael Nunn OBE, William Trevitt OBE and Kerry Whelan as the new Co-Artistic Director consultants. Nunn, Trevitt and Whelan, the team behind internationally renowned dance company BalletBoyz will join bbodance to provide artistic direction, help grow its membership and introduce innovative and [...]

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Rambert floor South Africa bound

Dane Hurst, of Rambert dance company, left his native South Africa 13 years ago headed for the UK. He recently returned in order to begin the process of sharing dance with other young people who want to escape the streets, bringing a dance floor over from London by ship. The floor is the former rehearsal [...]

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Dance plans for east London

There are plans in the pipeline to make London the capital of dance in the world, with the aim to rejuvenate the arts – specifically dance – in east London. Plans to create a new dance hub in east London have been announced recently, and by 2021 the area will see 16 new dance studios, [...]

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Full programme for FRAME Festival

FRAME, the London dance film festival, recently announced its full programme. Presented by BalletBoyz in association with Dancescreen, the programme of film screenings, performances, free public events, family activities and workshops looks set to delight audiences at the first ever festival. A Gene Kelly retrospective including dance films from across the decades will also feature, [...]

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Boston Ballet and William Forsythe

Boston Ballet recently announced a five-year partnership with the iconic choreographer William Forsythe, with an agreement to add one of his works to its repertoire each year, as well as performing four of his ballets already in the company repertory. This coup for the American company will see Forsythe work closely with the dancers, now [...]

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Christopher Marney: Artistic Director of Ballet Central

Choreographer and dancer Christopher Marney, perhaps best known for his work as a principal dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, was recently announced as the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central. Functioning as the touring company of Central School of Ballet’s third year students, Ballet Central will now be lead by Marney as he ultimately [...]

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Working with the Rockettes

Mia Michaels, well-known contemporary choreographer, is living it large. Having launched her own company, she has been a three-time Emmy Award winner as a result of her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and has also choreographed a hit Broadway musical. Michaels is now set to step it up a gear and is [...]

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