Audiences in London

The Society of London Theatre recently released its London audience figures for 2017, in which theatre attendances have topped 15 million for the first time since data collection began in 1986. Data is collected from all theatres with a membership to SOLT, and shows the number is up by 5.35 per cent compared to 2016. Over the year the first two quarters showed a strong performance, however the final quarter of 2017 marked a noticeable fall in attendance and revenue. Continue reading Audiences in London

Kimberly Wyatt to host at London’s Tap Festival

Grammy nominated artist Kimberly Wyatt (ex-Pussycat Doll and judge on Sky1’s Got to Dance) will teach a Mastering Performance workshop as part of the London Tap Dance Intensive on Saturday 28 July at Danceworks. The workshop is designed to develop skills in mastering stagecraft, performance quality and building confidence both on stage and in the studio. Continue reading Kimberly Wyatt to host at London’s Tap Festival

Ballet West launches international touring company

Ballet West, a leading vocational ballet school based in Taynuilt in the West Highlands, has launched a professional International Touring Company. The new company will be performing Swan Lake in Genting, Malaysia between 24 August and 2 September, with plans to perform at other venues in the Far East in early autumn. Continue reading Ballet West launches international touring company

SADLER’S WELLS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEK

Sadler’s Wells is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its current building by highlighting the exciting future of dance talent. During the anniversary week later this year, Sadler’s Wells will introduce new distinctive voices with two mixed programmes of work commissioned by the theatre, as part of its ‘20 for 20’ anniversary commissions. Continue reading SADLER’S WELLS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEK

Genée International Ballet Competition

The Royal Academy of Dance has announced Hong Kong Ballet Principal dancer, and Genée Alumni, Ye Feifei as the Genée 2018 Ambassador. Over 50 of the finest young dancers working to the RAD syllabus from around the world have been selected to take part in this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions. The week-long event will be held at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong City Hall from the 3-12 August 2018. Genée 2018 is held in partnership with Hong Kong Ballet. Continue reading Genée International Ballet Competition

London Tap Festival’s gala presented by Adam Garcia

A Gala Performance to celebrate the final day of the London Tap Dance Intensive (LTDI), taking place at London Cabaret Club on Sunday 29 July has been announced, in aid of the Royal mental health initiative #HeadsTogether. The event, hosted by star of stage and screen Adam Garcia, will have performances from cast members of 42nd Street, STOMP, Hamilton, Tap Dogs and Motown, alongside the tap festival’s faculty of world-class professional tap dancers. Further special guest appearances will be announced. Continue reading London Tap Festival’s gala presented by Adam Garcia

A world premiere for Natalia Osipova

Multi-award-winning ballerina Natalia Osipova will return to Sadler’s Wells with a new production and world premiere, from Wednesday 12 – Sunday 16 September. Produced by Sadler’s Wells, Pure Dance is a hand-picked programme of eclectic dance works exploring both contemporary and classical ballet repertoire rarely seen in the UK. This is Osipova’s second collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, following Natalia Osipova, an evening of new contemporary work which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2016 and toured internationally. Continue reading A world premiere for Natalia Osipova

Different dance teachers

Learning from different teachers can be very beneficial as a dance student, taking on the perspective of different dance minds and applying their teaching ethos to your dancing. It is like learning about a different culture – how that teacher likes to work and address things. Ultimately however, that teacher will think and say things along the same lines as your dance teacher you go to regularly. Continue reading Different dance teachers