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Dance Proms 2016 registration open!

Registration for the annual Dance Proms is now open; current dance teaching members of the IDTA, ISTD and RAD are eligible to enter and be in with a chance of performing at one of the world’s most iconic venues on Sunday 30 October. The Royal Albert Hall will again play host to the event, celebrating the creativity and [...]

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1930s dance marathons

The 1930s craze of dance marathons has made a comeback in 2016, in the form of choreographer Arthur Pita’s new work of dance theatre for 2016, telling the story of couples who risked death-by-dancing during the Great Depression. Introduced during the roaring twenties, the age-old contests saw participants dance non-stop for as long as physically possible. [...]

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Julia Cheng – Waacking across the world

Julia graduated at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies & French in 2007, after travelling to France to study drama, dance (ballet/jazz) and languages. After graduating, she met her mentor Stuart Thomas, a contemporary dance teacher from the Alvin Ailey lineage, and she began to practice Graham, Horton and Jazz techniques whilst teaching [...]

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Anthony Cranwell – the essence of jazz

Anthony Cranwell trained at Laine Theatre Arts. He holds the Professional Certificate of Education, the Fellowship qualification with the Modern Theatre faculty and the Associate Diploma with the Classical Ballet faculty with the ISTD. He now teaches across the years at Laine and cites students’ success as one of the best things about teaching. In [...]

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That’s Entertainment – the UK tour

Song and dance extravaganza THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! will tour the UK this year, including performances from special guest stars. Each venue will feature a guest star alongside the cast of West End singers and dancers, with guests including Ruthie Henshall, Jane McDonald and The Overtones. The award-winning Henshall is one of the biggest stars of musical [...]

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Using breath to dance

Whilst breathing is a necessity for the human body to function, dancers do not always utilise their breath in order to enhance their performance while they dance. Many students hold their breath whilst dancing, and teachers can be heard saying ‘breathe!’ as the barre exercise finishes. Of course, it would be impossible to dance without [...]

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Australian Honours for Leanne Benjamin

Leanne Benjamin, the Royal Ballet’s longest-serving principal dancer will return to Australia to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the performing arts. More than three decades after she left Queensland, in order to pursue her dreams on stage, Benjamin will be honoured with the prestige she deserves, [...]

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Avant Garde Dance and The Place present Fagin’s Twist

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic work of literature Oliver Twist, Avant Garde Dance and The Place are set to present Fagin’s Twist, from 28 September–15 October following a national tour. It will be the first major production and UK tour by Avant Garde Dance since 2012. In an ambitious reimagining of Oliver Twist, the innovative [...]

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Show up, warm up!

Warming up is essential to any physical activity in which to prepare and protect the body, and dance is no exception (and no matter the style!) Conversely, some students may think they are warming up correctly and efficiently, but they may be seen bouncing through stretches, merely doing a few ankle rolls and chatting to [...]

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The BalletBoyz Dancer’s Course – Matthew Sandiford

BalletBoyz, the internationally celebrated dance company, has opened applications for the fourth year of its hugely popular Dancer’s Course. Successful dancers will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the young BalletBoyz company, representing the BalletBoyz ethos of excellence. The course, which is delivered over three 10 week-terms on Saturdays and Sundays, is [...]

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