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Guys and Dolls – to London and beyond!

The hit musical Guys and Dolls recently transferred from the Chichester Festival Theatre up to London, as so many musicals have done in recent years. The theatre in Chichester appears to be a lucky charm for all productions that play there, seeing them all journey to London to play to and delight the capital’s audiences [...]

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Pivot Dance

Pivot Dance, a European creative collaboration initiative, was recently announced by The Place, London. It is a three year project looking at the value of creating dance performances in consultation with audiences, artists and producers, funded by the Creative European Programme of the European Union. With such huge backing, the initiative looks set to introduce [...]

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Diversity in dance

The chairwoman and executive director of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, an organisation that has existed in the United States for over 25 years, has recently voiced her opinions on the lack of female African-American dancers in ballet companies. Denise Saunders Thompson held auditions as a result, in conjunction with the association’s annual [...]

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RAD’s RADiate

RADiate, the Royal Academy of Dance’s initiative which offers subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, and to those with learning difficulties – and those who are non verbal – is set to expand into more schools across South and South West London. Recent funding will mean the RAD can consolidate and expand [...]

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So You Think You Can Dance returns!

The hit and award-winning television show So You Think You Can Dance is set for a return to the public’s screens this year, with Fox announcing recently that the dance-based reality show will be back for a 13th season. However this time there’s a twist; 2016 will see younger dancers featured more than ever before. Branded as So [...]

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Flexibility refurbishment

With January and the ‘new year’ well and truly over, dance classes are back to normal and the usual dance training for many dancers has resumed. Sometimes with new classes and extra training, other areas of technique and conditioning can slip a little further down the priority list: something which is usually neglected is a [...]

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Mentorship for musical theatre writers

The award-winning collaborative duo Stiles and Drewe have recently announced a new Mentorship Award for musical theatre writers. What is tipped to become an inaugural award will help the next generation of musical theatre writing talent, following the success of the pair themselves. The new award aims to help support and develop musical theatre writing in [...]

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Danzainfiera – The Biggest Dance Event in Europe

The most important dance event in Italy reached a milestone last year, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Danzainfiera is an annual international trade show dedicated to dance, hosted in the romantic heart of Florence, and has attracted over 1 million visitors in its lifetime: the success of the event speaks for itself. With dance students, teachers, [...]

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The 16th National Dance Awards

The 16th Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were presented at The Place on 25 January – hosted by Arlene Phillips CBE – highlighting many achievements in dance for 2015. There was a great breadth of nominations, with over 400 dancers, choreographers and companies deemed of such high quality by critics to be recommended for an [...]

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Nederlands Dans Theater returns to the UK

Last seen in the UK in 2012, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, will return to the UK this spring. As part of a Dance Consortium tour, the company will begin in Woking in April and conclude at Sadler’s Wells, London in May. While the tour programme is [...]

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