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The Dance Awards

The Dance Awards

The abundance of dance competitions around the country does not even go someway in measuring against those taking place in the United States. One particular example is The Dance Awards, presented by Break the Floor Productions. Occurring during the summer season, it is a prestigious awards ceremony that recognises excellence in the past year of [...]

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Broadway’s School Of Rock

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical – School of Rock – is set to open on Broadway in December this year, great news for fans of the film of the same name. Based on the 2003 film, the musical will feature songs from it also, in addition to new music by Lloyd Webber. Previously the mogul [...]

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The Gifts Of Dance

Ignition Dance Festival

We are all aware of how good dance is for us. As a non-verbal method of communication utilising the body’s movements, often to music, there are many dance styles practised around the world. Originally these would have represented different ways of life, different cultures, ethnicities, belief systems, social structures, and traditions, but today it seems [...]

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Theatre… Or Real Life?

The Journal Tyne Theatre

Theatre is renowned for providing an escape from the mundane everyday, by transporting audiences into a story which is nothing like their own. Stories of theatre can contain anything from the sublime to the ridiculous, but either way they are travel machines away from the world outside the theatre door. For much of the time, [...]

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The Dangers Of Ballet

Ballet Students

Whilst the title may appear melodramatic, the reality is that injury and accident are the very things that can prevent dancers from continuing to perform, perhaps forever. The origins of ballet are completely tame by today’s standards, with boundaries constantly being pushed, along with the number of pirouettes performed, the height of leg extensions and [...]

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Looking After Your Dance Shoes

Dance Shoes

Even if dancers aren’t pointe novices, often there are still things to learn about caring for dance shoes, pointe shoes in particular. If you are new to pointe work for the new year, start as you mean to go on and ensure your shoes are cared for in the best possible way. When you buy [...]

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Dancing When Dance Cannot Come First

Dancing When Dance Cannot Come First

Despite it being the worst possible scenario for most dancers, sometimes dancing cannot come first in life. Whether this is because of personal, time-restrictive or financial circumstances or even public holidays, sometimes dance must be factored into a busy life, rather than the other way round. Make sure you use your time efficiently; don’t look [...]

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Dance For New Year Honours

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Medal

There were three dance-related citations in the December 2014 New Year Honours list, of a total of 1,164 honours. Jeanetta Laurence, Associate Director of the Royal Ballet has been awarded an OBE for services to dance, Marguerite Porter, Director of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School has been awarded an MBE for services to ballet and [...]

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Dance Cuts In Belgium

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

In December there was the controversial announcement that the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the most important opera house in Belgium and a source of some of Europe’s most cutting-edge productions, may stop all dance programming after a forthcoming production by iconic Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Choreographers reacted strongly to this, the reason [...]

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Notes On Dance

Dance Notepad

As a dance student, you may wonder how you will ever remember every note, correction and suggestion you are given in class. You may even have more than one teacher; even two teachers means double the amount of notes you are given! You may have teachers who work by the same method, however they may [...]

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