Really Useful Group’s Chinese partnership

Last year the Really Useful Group partnered with one of China’s biggest entertainment groups, Shanghai Media Group Live, which owns 13 theatres and several performing arts companies. The pair partnered on Chinese-language musicals and training in a bid to develop the country’s musical theatre industry. It is the live entertainment arm of Shanghai Media Group, which owns television and radio channels as well as news outlets and TV and film production arms. Continue reading Really Useful Group’s Chinese partnership

The Sound of Music to embark on a new UK tour

Bill Kenwright’s esteemed production of The Sound of Music is to embark on a new UK tour in 2018, it has recently been announced. As such an iconic musical, this will delight musical theatre fans across the country, able to see a timeless classic on their doorsteps. The show opens at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on 19 December and will then embark on the tour from 9 January at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Continue reading The Sound of Music to embark on a new UK tour

The 2017 Strictly Come Dancing line up

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancer line-up for series 15 has now been unveiled, with three new female dancers taking to the nation’s screens alongside the return of viewers’ old favourites too. The three new professional dancers are all champions from the Ballroom and Latin world; Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales. They will join Strictly Come Dancing when the award-winning series returns in September to BBC One.

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Evangelia Kolyra – collaboration: a challenging but vital process

Evangelia Kolyra is a Greek born, London-based artist and performer. Working within the choreographic realm, her work takes place within theatre spaces, site-specific, film and installation contexts and spans dance, theatre and performance art to explore the performative state. Through her physically demanding choreography, Evangelia’s work bridges contemporary dance and the contemporary visual arts, incorporating the unexpected, humorous and sometimes dark sides to the psychology of human experience.

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NBC’s ‘World of Dance’

Following its premiere on 30 May, the competitors of NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ have tough competition. World of Dance is a new dance competition series which will see 47 dance acts compete in three categories – Upper (groups of one to four dancers, 18 and older), Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under) and Team (groups of five or more, 18 and older). The dancers are competing for a prize of $1 million and will be judged by an all-star panel of experts, including Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Jenna Dewan Tatum.

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La La Land’s choreography

New hit La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a movie musical for the 21st century full of tap, waltz, foxtrot, and with a huge nod to the 20th century musical classics. Choreography is a strong element in any musical, and the opening of La La Land depicts a typical, Los Angeles traffic jam, bumper-to-bumper traffic until the drivers get out of their cars and begin to sing and dance!

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Taking The Next Step II

CBBC is offering young dancers aged 9-15 from across the UK a special opportunity – to audition for the chance to be part of a television show, performing with the cast of the hugely successful series, The Next Step. In order to apply, after gaining parental permission, all dancers need to do is complete an application form and send in a video of their best dance moves. Dancers must be aged between 9 and 15 years old on 1 April 2017.

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Annie – starring Miranda Hart

Much-loved comedian Miranda Hart is set to make her West End debut in the musical Annie, playing the notorious Miss Hannigan in Nikolai Foster’s show. Foster will direct the new production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre, London to open in May this year, a distinct change for Hart renowned for her stand-up comedic talents. Musical theatre will be a new string to her bow, with fans anticipated to support the star’s venture into singing, dancing and acting.

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Strictly 2016

Strictly Come Dancing is always a highly anticipated event in both the dance and the popular culture calendar. With celebrities vying to win the contest ahead of their star-studded peers – and impress the panel of judges too – it makes for entertaining viewing full of wonderful costumes and eye-catching routines. The professional dancers taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have already been announced, with three brand new dancers joining the returning favourites. New to the line up are World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

Returning to Strictly are Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse. Tristan MacManus, Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff and Aliona Vilani announced at the end of last series that they would not be returning to the show, as well as Gleb Savchenko, who has other commitments. Head judge Len Goodman also announced recently that 2016 will be his last Strictly series, disappointing news for many, and now much speculation as to who will fill his shoes in this position.

There has been much speculation also as to who the celebrity dancers will be for this series of Strictly, pairing up with the professional dancers in the Autumn. Names that have so far emerged from the rumour mill include barrister and daytime TV phenomenon Judge Rinder, and TV presenter Angelica Bell, who has now been confirmed as signed up for this year’s contest. Other names include Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery and American pop singer Anastasia, adding to the clan of performing arts professionals who will no doubt shine in the spotlight!