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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Fund Arts Apprenticeships

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation has announced six grants which will support apprenticeships within professional arts organisations. The grants total more than £150,000, meaning young people will be able to gain better access to the arts, and gain a better chance of success with funds behind them as part of organisations. Five theatre organisations and [...]

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Where Are All The Budding Ballerinas?

Ballerina

Dancer turned choreographer Carlos Acosta has warned that ballerinas are causing a crisis in the dance world because too few are making the leap to a career as top-level professional dancers. This sweeping statement seems rather unsupported, with Acosta claiming there are no female dancers of a sufficient stature for him to perform opposite, with [...]

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Ballet Beautiful

Ballet Beautiful

Mary Helen Bowers is the ballerina behind Ballet Beautiful, a dance-inspired workout that she teaches to Victoria’s Secret supermodels helping them attain those trademark tight abdominals and lean legs through the carefully crafted dance-inspired workout moves. Bowers is a former dancer who joined the New York City Ballet in her teens and became a prima [...]

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The London Ballet Circle

The London Ballet Circle

The London Ballet Circle provides financial support to student dancers, raising funds by hosting events such as talks by dancers, choreographers and company directors where members can find out from artists about their life and work. The events of the LBC offer a range of prestigious industry artists as speakers at the events, and the [...]

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The New Year’s Honours List 2014

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The New Year’s Honours List 2014, released on 30 December 2013, included nine honours for dance professionals, championing their work for the arts sector. Dance UK runs the dance sector’s Honours Advisory Committee which is a group of dance professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure dance professionals are regularly nominated from across [...]

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Teaching Routes To The Same Goal

Dance Class

Teaching vocational theatre and dance is the subject of much discussion with many training options available, and students with different learning styles, such as through visual cues, hearing cues and doing things actively. What makes a good teacher? Theatre and music teachers in vocational schools play a specialised role in student development, taking time to [...]

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Mariinsky Ballet To Visit London In 2014

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The Mariinsky Ballet has announced plans for its London season in the summer of 2014: the season will run from 28 July to 14 August at the Royal Opera House, opening with the classic tale Romeo and Juliet. The company will also dance a triple bill of The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand and Concerto DSCH, [...]

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Treacle Holasz – Today’s Pioneer

Treacle Holasz

Treacle Holasz is an emerging Irish, Ukrainian choreographer who combines her eclectic heritage to create comical and engaging physical theatre. Her latest piece ‘Why Fronts: A Contemporary Lap Dance’ is being showcased as part of The Place’s Resolution! 2014 festival. When did you begin dancing, where and why? At around the age of 4 my [...]

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August Bournonville

August Bournonville

Iconic classical ballet productions such as Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Giselle, and The Sleeping Beauty are all the work of one choreographer: August Bournonville. It is arguable that La Sylphide is perhaps the most internationally famous representative of classical Danish ballet, created by Bournonville and paying homage to the distinct Danish style of classical ballet. [...]

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News for British Ballet Organisation

British Ballet Organisation

John Travis, the director of the British Ballet Organisation, recently announced significant news which will enable the BBO to develop, secure its future and enhance the support and service provided to its members and the dance profession. It’s current home, Woolborough House, has been a much loved home for the organisation; however the BBO has [...]

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