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Freelancing free

Many dancers are freelance: the system doesn’t suit everyone but for many it is the chance to hone in on skills and passions. The freelancing game is ultimately busy, not allowing dancers to ‘switch off’ or take a day off, as they are always working and on the go. During downtime, such as travel for [...]

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Rambert’s choreography challenge

Rambert Elements is a new nationwide choreographic challenge initiative for secondary schools and colleges that will launch during the 2015/16 academic year. The initiative aims to raise the profile of choreography in schools and colleges and provide a national programme of professional support for students and teachers, to support the development of choreographic practice in [...]

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Project Polunin

Officially launched on 1 June 2015, a private fundraiser was held at Sadler’s Wells, London, to present Project Polunin, and the project’s intentions. A performance choreographed by the iconic contemporary choreographer Russell Maliphant featured Sergei Polunin, Nehemiah Kish, Fumi Kaneko and Jason Reily. Sergei Polunin previously caused scandalous ructions at the Royal Ballet when he [...]

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The Peacock Theatre’s most recent coup

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) is one of the world’s most inventive contemporary circus companies, and is currently running at the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End. Its production TRACES has been well received by audiences, each rooting for the cast to fly higher, swoop lower and tumble faster. With some [...]

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Theatre ticket app for the West End

Todaytix, a free ticketing app, has been running for New York theatre since 2013, where it has been dubbed Broadway’s version of taxi app Uber. It is now available in London, offering tickets for more than 40 shows that can be ‘bought in 30 seconds or less’ using the app, and its founders claim it [...]

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Keeping boys interested in ballet

The balance between males and females in the dance industry – especially ballet – remains slightly skewed. There are predominantly more females than males, wrongly demonstrating that males receive more opportunities in dance; there are simply less of them, so it appears they are ‘better off’ than females. To this end, it is important to [...]

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Sylvie Guillem to become Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Emeritus

In the week of Sylvie Guillem’s final performances on the Sadler’s Wells stage, the theatre gave her the title of Associate Artist Emeritus, coming into effect in January 2016. Guillem, an iconic dancer of the twenty-first century, has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006. She announced her retirement from the stage in [...]

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Scotch and Soda – circus on the edge

London Wonderground on the city’s South Bank is a cavern of spicy entertainment and smells of the long awaited summer. With a huge programme of comedy, cabaret, dance, theatre and circus, the Udderbelly Festival is hugely popular and always adorned with Londoners enjoying the gradually turning summer evenings. Part of the eclectic line up is [...]

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Injury vs. pain

As a dancer, there will be undoubtably several pains you will encounter during your dancing lifetime. Be it pain going onto pointe, pain after a hard day dancing in a different way to usual or even the wonderful aching pain after a long rehearsal, pain is often present for a dancer. However, not all pains [...]

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Virtual dance corrections – The Dance Coach

Dance expert Bob Rizzo believes virtual dance corrections can improve your technique, by him coaching and advising aspiring professional dancers. Previously Rizzo has directed and choreographed for television and live theatre, and his company, Riz-Biz Productions, has produced over seventy five dance teaching videos covering Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Swing; his website, [...]

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