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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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Yoga to complement dance

For a dancer today, it is imperative they supplement their dance training with other techniques and practises. Cross-training in this way means that their fitness is at its peak – they are not just fit for dance – and that their bodies are in the best condition possible. It is proven that alternative training methods [...]

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Supplementing dance training online

Training in the performing arts is the dream of many young hopefuls, who wish to extend their love of the disciplines far beyond that of a hobby. For many this is not possible due to factors such as the competition from others and personal financial factors. For those that do gain a place on a [...]

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Strictly Christmas 

The 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special line-up has been revealed, to the delight of fans across the country. With glitter balls at the ready, six of the most loved Strictly Come Dancing winners and contestants from previous series will return for a festive edition of the most popular prime time television shows. The show [...]

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Camilla Dallerup – continued…

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup

Following a hugely insightful interview with Camilla Dallerup on the Dance Direct blog, Camilla’s next steps have propelled her further along the path of her career. It has been ten years since Camilla Dallerup first appeared on the hit television show Strictly Come Dancing, winning in 2008. More recently Camilla has made a name for [...]

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