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Bio-banding for dance

A recent study in dance injury has suggested that ‘bio-banding’ could reduce the risk of injury for ballet dancers. Bio-banding refers to grouping dancers by physical maturity – rather than age – in classes. This could better suit late-maturing girls in coping with intense training, rather than apply a blanket-style, objective teaching to all students [...]

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Collaborative partnership for three theatres

Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome theatres have formed a collaborative producing partnership, supported by funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund. This is in order to develop and deliver an ambitious programme of high-quality large-scale dance. Named The Movement, the collaboration is set to be a dynamic partnership between three of [...]

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Daniel Davidson – Scotland to Sadler’s Wells

Daniel Davidson, born in Edinburgh, UK, trained at both The Dance School of Scotland and Millennium Dance 2000. He joined dance company Rambert in August 2014 after 8 years with Scottish Ballet, and since joining he has created roles in works by Alexander Whitley and Didy Veldman as well as performing The Rooster Man in [...]

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The George Balanchine YouTube channel

The George Balanchine Foundation has announced the launch of its official YouTube channel, launching with content from its Video Archives Collection. The Foundation is adamant that it is important to share the late choreographer’s work, meaning the Foundation will begin by posting nearly 50 video interviews from the Collection. As digital media continues to expand, [...]

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A Gypsy Revival

Considering the success of musical Gypsy in London’s West End, it is no wonder that there will be a film revival of Gypsy too, by STX Entertainment. STX is currently in negotiations to make Gypsy again with the Grammy and Oscar winner Barbara Streisand taking the lead role of Mama Rose, and Oscar winner Barry [...]

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Further programming for IDFB

The final programme has been announced for the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016, as the city prepares to welcome the return of the fifth award-winning biennial festival. Taking place across the city’s venues, streets and squares it will run from 1-22 May as one of the world’s biggest and most diverse dance festivals. It will [...]

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Chiara Castania – glitter-clad cruises

Chiara Castania is an all-round performing artist, originally from the small northern Italian town of Iseo. She took up ballet at  five years old under her mothers’ wishes; a former ballerina. Chiara moved to London to further progress her training as it offered her a more extensive selection of education. After winning scholarships at both [...]

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Osipova opening at Sadler’s Wells

Multiple award-winning ballerina Natalia Osipova will soon take on a programme of new contemporary work commissioned by herself and produced by Sadler’s Wells. The programme will feature work by renowned contemporary choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita, and run from 29 June to 3 July. The trio of choreographers will create pieces inspired by Osipova for the [...]

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Funding for more dance in schools

One Dance UK, Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban have showed support for a recent announcement for an increase of funding for sport in schools, seeing it as an ideal opportunity to encourage more primary schools to use this for dance. The Government announced it is doubling the primary school PE and sport premium, meaning more [...]

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Dance at Wilton’s Strike 2016

After a successful pilot festival in 2014, Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival returns in 2016, to premiere six new works by emerging contemporary dance artists. Audiences attending – or instead, watching the live stream online – will be able to get a glimpse of promising performers and choreographers at the start of their artistic careers. Taking [...]

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