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A theatre named Selfridges

The London department store Selfridges – identifiable by its prominent yellow branding – is set to launch an 100-seat theatre this summer, that will allow customers to watch a Shakespeare production being rehearsed and performed within the store. In what appears to be a first for the performing arts, the department store will dip into [...]

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Professional dancer line up for Strictly 2016

The BBC recently announced its professional dancer line up for the hit television show series Strictly Come Dancing 2016. A highlight of the dancing year for many, the series is always highly anticipated and has gone from strength to strength year on year. With other celebrity talent competition, such as Dancing on Ice, falling by [...]

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An immersive ballet first

Director-choreographer Will Tuckett is on track to stage the world’s first immersive ballet through the classic The Nutcracker. Named solely Nutcracker, the production will enable audiences to explore the world of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet first hand. Last year Alice’s Adventures Underground took place in the Waterloo Vaults in London, and this year an immersive dining [...]

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Australian Ballet in the capital

Under the artistic helm of David McAllister, The Australian Ballet was last seen in the UK in 2008; 2016 has seen a two-week season of ballet for the company, with Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake from 13–16 July and Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella from 20–23 July at the London Coliseum. Cinderella has become a signature work for [...]

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Nicholas Afoa – Lion King life

New cast have joined the London production of Disney’s The Lion King this summer, including New Zealander Nicholas Afoa who has taken on the role of Simba at the Lyceum Theatre. Afoa made his stage debut in the Australian production in 2013 and played Simba in the Sydney production of the musical between 2013 and [...]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Dance Class

As children, parents and carers spend lots of time and money committing to dance lessons, even when they take joy from watching rather than doing. Taking children to dancing lessons requires energy and time, not to mention additional funds for competitions, costumes and extra performances. For a child, it is not until later that they [...]

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Wings and Sickles

The aesthetics of ballet are continuing to evolve, however something which has remained a constant is the appearance of the foot when it is fully pointed. The ankle joint has limited movement outwards and inwards, however the adjustments of the foot’s position can make a big difference to how it looks to the audience. The [...]

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Dance-inspired Fit

There are many dance-inspired fitness methods on the market today, from fitness trainers who used to be dancers to those who use dance as a means to remaining happy and healthy, whilst not having a dance background. Aerobics and Zumba classes still have their place, but these are now two of many different options for [...]

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Twyla Tharp Dance heading to Italy

Twyla Tharp Dance recently took the premiere of its choreographer’s latest creation to Italy, performed at the end of June when the company visited Florence, Ravenna and Rome. This Italian tour saw the preview of a new work as well as two works performed from Tharp’s repertory. She has been creating dance for 50 years, [...]

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Annual World Hip Hop Championship to hit Vegas

The 15th Annual World Hip Hop Championship is set to hit Las Vegas in August, where the world’s top hip hop and street dancers will be competing at the 2016 World Hip Hop DANCE Championship and World Battles. Otherwise referred to as “the Olympics of hip hop dance”, it will see a record number of [...]

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