Studio rivalry

Being part of a dance school – or even just attending the same dance class regularly – means dancers mix with a number of different peers who also have the same interest in and love for dance. Whether it is tap, ballet or street dance they enjoy taking classes in, before long they become familiar with the other dancers alongside them on the barre, or also noisily practising their time steps. Continue reading Studio rivalry

Attitudes in the studio

It is easy for dance teachers to bemoan the lack of positive attitude in dance classes, and the waning discipline of students. Dance classes have seen many changes – such as seeing the decline in pianists for classes – and it seems attitudes and discipline within the studio have also faltered, especially in ballet classes. The majority of students are still quiet and conscientious, however those at the other end of the spectrum are more prevalent today it seems. Continue reading Attitudes in the studio

Grease tours again in 2020

Following a highly acclaimed UK and Ireland tour in 2019, the first new production in 25 years of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE will tour the UK again in 2020, directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Dan Partridge (Rum Tum Tugger in the International Tour of Cats, Link in the UK Tour of Hairspray and Pepper in Mamma Mia! in the West End) will reprise the role of Danny Zuko, with further casting to be announced. Continue reading Grease tours again in 2020

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s award-nominated Some Like It Hip Hop returns to The Peacock for a run from Wednesday 23 October – Saturday 9 November, following a UK tour. Some Like it Hip Hop is directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and ZooNation founder Kate Prince and features music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen. Continue reading ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Xander Parish

British dancer Xander Parish is now a principal of the Mariinsky Ballet, promoted on the stage of the Royal Opera House which he left many years ago. This followed his performance as Siegfried in Swan Lake as part of the Mariinsky’s three week London run of five different programmes. The news marked Parish as the first British dancer to be promoted to this rank at the Mariinsky, joining Kimin Kim of South Korea as the company’s only principal dancers from outside the former Soviet Union. Continue reading Xander Parish

The work of Dance Consortium

There is no doubt that many international dance companies tour the UK as a result of the work of Dance Consortium. However it is also venues, young dancers and many others that also also benefit from its work, regardless of the fact Dance Consortium was established with the specific aim of touring international contemporary dance around the UK. Continue reading The work of Dance Consortium

Richard Alston creates final work for his company

Richard Alston, seen by many as the UK’s most musical choreographer, has chosen the music of Benjamin Britten, the composer he has choreographed to more than any other, to create the final work for his company. Shine On will have its UK premiere at Snape Maltings, the concert hall linked with Britten, this autumn before touring and running at Sadler’s Wells, London next spring. Continue reading Richard Alston creates final work for his company

BalletBoyz’ Deluxe

To celebrate its 20th year, BalletBoyz returns in Spring 2020 with an all-new, live dance show Deluxe, which fuses dance with original music in the company’s unique style, including collaborations from some of the world’s most inventive and thought-provoking choreographers. Deluxe will embark on a UK tour from March to May, including three shows at London’s Sadler’s Wells in March. Continue reading BalletBoyz’ Deluxe