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Sir Matthew Bourne’s QEII Award

At the end of June, former ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE, in her capacity as President of the Royal Academy of Dance, escorted Sir Matthew Bourne to Buckingham Palace for a special occasion. In this exciting event as the Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance, Her Majesty The Queen presented the recently-knighted Sir Matthew Bourne [...]

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What does Brexit mean for the arts?

With the news of the UK’s exit from the European Union still reverberating, there has been lots to take in since the announcement of the referendum result on 24 June. Voting remain or leave have many different viewpoints attached, however in terms of the arts it is clear that the UK would have benefitted from [...]

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The Benefits of Dance

Whilst exercise is renowned for its stress-busting and happiness-inducing benefits, the same benefits of dance are sometimes overlooked. There are the obvious physical benefits of dance, in that it keeps the body fit and healthy, encouraging strong, lean muscle mass and a good range of flexibility, another valued strand of overall fitness. Often the mental [...]

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Ricardo Walker-Harris – Roaring His Way to the Top

Ricardo Walker-Harris is one of the newest cast members in Disney’s The Lion King, currently playing at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Born and raised in Angel, Islington, Ricardo always loved to dance but was unaware it was a possible career option. He did not even know what a drama school was until it was [...]

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Training in dance

For many dancers, September will spell an exciting time. Following a summer of furthering your dance learning, be it on a summer school, taking drop-in classes or working on particular parts of your technique, for many September will mean beginning a course in purely dance. This could be as part of your final studies at [...]

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Collaboration for leading UK circus and dance companies

Two British performance companies – contemporary circus company NoFit State Circus and dance company Motionhouse – have joined forces to create new work, pushing boundaries of circus and dance to create a new art form. New show BLOCK was unveiled in May at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Garden Party, and the show will now [...]

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Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography, awarded annually. Open to artists from around the world, the fellowship enables the recipient to explore the techniques of a renowned choreographer by becoming a temporary member of the ensemble of their choice. The Pina Bausch Fellowship enables dancers and choreographers [...]

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English National Ballet’s Giselle

In a fresh take on the classic, an all new Giselle for English National Ballet will be eagerly anticipated by both traditional balletomane audiences and contemporary audiences. Khan’s Kathak influences will mean his Giselle for the boundary-pushing ballet company will be a complete refresh of the story, moving away from the perfection of pointe shoes. [...]

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Keeping dancing

Whilst many young dancers dream of becoming a professional, as age and experience increase there is sometimes the realisation that this may not become a reality. Despite this, there are many opportunities at school or college to continue to be involved in dance, without studying it solely at vocational level or in higher education. Many [...]

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Circus spectacles

London Wonderground on the capital city’s South Bank is a whole mix of summer fun. With the long-awaited summer beginning to show its face, this fairground of London entertainment is a must-see and a must-do. With a huge programme of comedy, cabaret, dance, theatre and circus, the Udderbelly Festival is hugely popular and adorned with [...]

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