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Full programme for FRAME Festival

FRAME, the London dance film festival, recently announced its full programme. Presented by BalletBoyz in association with Dancescreen, the programme of film screenings, performances, free public events, family activities and workshops looks set to delight audiences at the first ever festival. A Gene Kelly retrospective including dance films from across the decades will also feature, [...]

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Boston Ballet and William Forsythe

Boston Ballet recently announced a five-year partnership with the iconic choreographer William Forsythe, with an agreement to add one of his works to its repertoire each year, as well as performing four of his ballets already in the company repertory. This coup for the American company will see Forsythe work closely with the dancers, now [...]

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Christopher Marney: Artistic Director of Ballet Central

Choreographer and dancer Christopher Marney, perhaps best known for his work as a principal dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, was recently announced as the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central. Functioning as the touring company of Central School of Ballet’s third year students, Ballet Central will now be lead by Marney as he ultimately [...]

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Working with the Rockettes

Mia Michaels, well-known contemporary choreographer, is living it large. Having launched her own company, she has been a three-time Emmy Award winner as a result of her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and has also choreographed a hit Broadway musical. Michaels is now set to step it up a gear and is [...]

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Festivals of dance

Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance house, will return to the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival for a ninth year this year, presenting a diverse programme of world-class dance from 14–17 July. Since 2008 Sadler’s Wells has been present at the festival, providing dance for around 58,000 people in total. Opening the programme will be [...]

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Garuda – the new Pilates

Whilst Pilates has been held in high regard as complementary to dance, there is a new kid on the block. Garuda is complementary to Pilates, and therefore to dance training, using the principles of Pilates but taking the ideology one step further. Many ballet companies and vocational schools employ Pilates as part of dancers’ training, [...]

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater UK Tour

Dance Consortium recently announced its Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater UK Tour for 2016: in the UK this will begin with a two-week season at Sadler’s Wells, London. The tour will then journey to Plymouth, Birmingham, Bradford, Nottingham, Cardiff, Salford Quays, Southampton, Canterbury and Edinburgh, and will include five premieres. The UK premieres consist of [...]

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London-bound: An American in Paris

London is set to welcome the classic musical An American in Paris, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning new musical at the Dominion Theatre from March 2017. With tickets now on sale, the musical tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city bursting with hope and possibility. [...]

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Bio-banding for dance

A recent study in dance injury has suggested that ‘bio-banding’ could reduce the risk of injury for ballet dancers. Bio-banding refers to grouping dancers by physical maturity – rather than age – in classes. This could better suit late-maturing girls in coping with intense training, rather than apply a blanket-style, objective teaching to all students [...]

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Collaborative partnership for three theatres

Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome theatres have formed a collaborative producing partnership, supported by funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund. This is in order to develop and deliver an ambitious programme of high-quality large-scale dance. Named The Movement, the collaboration is set to be a dynamic partnership between three of [...]

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