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The next season for DanceXchange

DanceXchange, the Midlands-based dance house, recently announced its latest performance season at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, running from 22 September–3 December 2016. A large and varied programme looks set to delight audiences of all ages, with the autumn season taking dance in the midlands up again after the success of the International Dance Festival [...]

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Safeguarding in the studio

The safety of children in the dance student is something which is both a right and a legal requirement, with dance teachers obliged to uphold their policies on protecting the students who attend their studios for lessons. On a basic level, studios must be properly equipped for dance, with adequate flooring and enough space for [...]

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Use of the mirror

Mirrors in dance studios can be both a help and a hindrance. On one hand they can promote the aspiration towards a high level of technique in being able to observe the body as it works, yet equally it can encourage an unhealthy relationship with the body and what is capable of doing. Being aware [...]

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Strictly Ballroom – The Musical

Strictly Ballroom – The Musical, the musical theatre adaptation of the much-loved film will be playing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in December, and full casting has recently been announced for the UK premiere. The musical tells the story of a championship ballroom dancer, Scott, risking his successful career by performing unusual routines, in a [...]

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

In a few short weeks, the iconic Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be descending on the UK to delight and impress audiences all over the country. As one of the world’s most popular dance companies, its return to the UK ​is further significant due to the fact it is the first time in over [...]

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Ballet in the Maldives

Ballet is without doubt a love worldwide, however focus has recently been on the Maldives, where guests at two luxury hotels will be lucky enough to experience exclusive ‘floating’ ballet performances. Guests staying at PER AQUUM Niyama and PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi on the nights of 21 and 23 August will be treated to special [...]

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New “World of Dance” competition

Pop star and reality television show judge Jennifer Lopez is said to be on the hunt for the best dancers in the world for a new reality competition series. She has partnered up with executive bosses at the NBC network to produce the series, and international dance brand World of Dance. The show will feature [...]

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Fees for vocational training

Some of the UK’s leading drama schools offering vocational training to students are set to increase their fees by £250 a year, after the government recently announced plans to raise the maximum that universities can charge. The reasoning behind this is unclear, and already institutions such as Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Rose [...]

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Difficulty vs execution

On the dance competition circuit particularly, many competitors can be seen attempting dance moves and combinations beyond their ability, decreasing the value of their performance in the process. For many competition judges, they would prefer to see something simpler performed with greater artistry and skill, than something beyond the capability of the dancer on stage. [...]

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The Role of the Dance Examiner

Dance exams can be a scary business, however they can also be the highlight of the year. They are a chance for dance students to demonstrate their dance ability to an objective eye, showing how much they have worked on what they have learnt, be it pre-primary or advanced 2. They can be just as [...]

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