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Tap testimonials 

The dance discipline of tap has been around since the late nineteenth century, acting as the dance of jazz music. While most of the commercial dance seen in the media is mostly competitive, modern or balletic, tap still holds a firm place in the interests of dancers, and cannot fail to be impressive. Tap can [...]

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Lucy Guerin – a dance and text integration

Lucy Guerin is an Australian choreographer based in Melbourne. In 2002 she established Lucy Guerin Inc. to support the development, creation and touring of new works with a focus on challenging and extending the concepts and practice of contemporary dance. With credits including Medea (National Theatre), Motion Picture (Dance Massive, Melbourne); Weather (Melbourne Festival, North [...]

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Patrons for Re:Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s charity, Re:Bourne, has recently seen its patrons announced. Darcey Bussell CBE, Tom Daley and David Walliams have all taken roles as the charity’s patrons, flying the flag for its work and championing dance for Bourne. For young people, role models are vital in inspiring their participation in the arts and this is more [...]

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UK premiere for rare musical 

A rare Irving Berlin musical has received what producers claim is its UK premiere, with its content only discovered recently after it was first staged in the United States in 1949. The unseen musical – named Miss Liberty – by Berlin was staged on Broadway in New York, telling the fictionalised version of events that [...]

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Ballet on a basketball court 

In a basketball court in Rio de Janeiro’s notorious Morro do Adeus, a ballerina is teaching ballet to young girls, offering an opportunity to transcend the harsh reality of their surroundings. The city’s Morro do Adeus slum is made up of more than a dozen favelas, a huge network of neighbourhoods with a population anywhere [...]

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Panto power

For many in the showbiz world, the festive period is equal to one thing – pantomime! And for many graduating students straight out of college, performing in pantomimes can be a way of gaining some work for a few weeks while they try to secure a future contract. Working as a professional dancer in a [...]

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Turning to tango

With current emotions for the people of Greece running high, it seems many are turning to tango as the dance of passion to help them during troubled times. It is natural that humans want to express themselves, and particularly during the hard times Greeks are experiencing. Dance is naturally unspoken communication and through the tango [...]

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The Spending Review: impact on the Arts Council

The government’s Department for Culture Media and Sport’s overall budget is to be cut by 5% it was recently announced, yet the Arts Council will continue to be protected. Chancellor George Osborne has promised to increase funding to Arts Council England, and national museums and galleries in his Spending Review, however there have been different [...]

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A new Fiddler on the Roof for Broadway

Contemporary choreographer Hofesh Shechter will be adding his own moves to Broadway’s new ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, adding contemporary dance to the Jerome Robbins musical but without losing its folklore feel. For the upcoming revival of the classic musical in New York, the Israeli-born star of the UK’s contemporary dance scene will distinguish this production [...]

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Shin splints

Of the many pains a dancer may endure, the pain of shin splints is second to none. Shin splints is an overuse injury technically known as media tibial stress syndrome. They can range from a stress injury (swelling of the shinbone) to a stress fracture (a crack in the bone), and plague runners as well [...]

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