Stage presence

It is the ultimate question – can stage presence be taught or improved upon? Or do dancers just have to do their best with what they’ve got? It is an illusive thing – for some dancers it appears to come naturally whereas others may have trouble with it on stage, regardless of how much they love dance. Stage presence draws your eye to a dancer, it is how they project themselves on stage and connect with the audience, it is the essence of the performer. Continue reading Stage presence

Dancing on social media

In an effort to boost themselves as a performer, in terms of self-branding, building a professional network or simply staying informed, many dancers use social media. The three main platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, see dancers of different demographics use them. The platforms can be hugely beneficial as tools, but if they are not managed correctly then they can also be hugely negative. Continue reading Dancing on social media

Mrs Doubtfire musical heading to Broadway

Initial details for the screen to stage adaptation of a musical version of Mrs Doubtfire have been confirmed, and the musical will be heading to Broadway. US theatre producers Fox Stage Productions and Kevin McCollum have confirmed the first steps for the musical version of the hit film, and reportedly cannot wait to get into production. Continue reading Mrs Doubtfire musical heading to Broadway

Teamwork makes the dream work

Teamwork is the cornerstone of most sports, and it often is for dance too. Dancing – for some – is mostly an individual sport, and the focus can often be on yourself and your skill as an individual. However events like fundraisers, galas or competitions require dancers to work as a team, consolidating their skills as individual performers. Dancers can also compete as soloists at competitions, but even then, support from teammates from your dance school or group is necessary even if they’re competing against you. Continue reading Teamwork makes the dream work

Northern Ballet’s autumn season

Northern Ballet will open its autumn season with the world première of three new dance pieces in its Mixed Programme, with performances in Leeds and Doncaster. Giving Yorkshire audiences the chance to be the first to see work by upcoming and award-winning choreographers, Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers will perform The Shape of Sound by Kenneth Tindall, The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple and Mamela… by Mlindi Kulashe (a dancer of the company). The Mixed Programme will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds until 15 September, before performances at Cast in Doncaster on 21 & 22 September. Continue reading Northern Ballet’s autumn season

Mamma Mia! the party

Executive producer Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej have announced that MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, an immersive theatrical and dining experience launched in Stockholm, will take up residency in a specially-adapted venue within London’s The O2. The London production of MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY is set to open in late spring 2019, with tickets going on sale this autumn. MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY opened in January 2016, and it is now in its third sold-out year. Continue reading Mamma Mia! the party

Make pointe work pain free

If you’re a professional dancer wearing pointe shoes all day, it is likely that you will experience pain with pointe work. However, it is possible for pointe to be pain-free, especially for dancers who just take weekly classes or who are not aiming for vocational training: those who would like their pointe work to be a little more enjoyable. Continue reading Make pointe work pain free

Dance over exercise for brain health

A new study, published in the Frontiers neuroscience journal, has found that learning to dance helped older people combat cognitive decline and improved their balance at a greater rate than simply physical exercise. The well-known adage is ‘use it or lose it’ however it is interesting to note that dance is ranked higher than just exercise in terms of benefitting body and mind. The study was undertaken by neuroscientists showing dance to improve brain health. Continue reading Dance over exercise for brain health