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BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer 2015 is a new award for young people that showcases the very best of young British dance talent. Young dancers will enter in one of four categories: ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian dance. The competition will culminate in a grand finale at Sadler’s Wells, London, when the best dancers in [...]

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Student Ballet Dancer Of The Year 2014 Winner Announced!

Amelia O

A few months ago, we started a competition with the hope of crowning a young dancer here in the UK, Dance Direct’s Student Ballet Dancer of the Year. To enter, any interested parties had to submit a video of themselves showcasing their dancing skills, to be judged by Dance Direct blog writer, Jessica Wilson. The [...]

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Being Mindful Of Health

Health

In maintaining your health as a dancer it is important to consider all of the aspects of health which are equally as important as each other. For example nutrition through food and drink is used for the body’s every function, from muscle contraction to nerve impulses, with many nutrients taking on more than one job [...]

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Training In Fosse-Style Jazz

Bob Fosse

Like many other choreographers, such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham, Bob Fosse is one who created lots of spectacular work and an entire stylistic repertoire. His movements are slinky and sensual yet always have much emotional depth. Fosse died over 25 years ago yet his style is still desired and emulated widely, especially throughout [...]

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UK theatres under threat

Brighton Hippodrome

The Brighton Hippodrome, Plymouth’s Palace Theatre and the Victoria Theatre in Salford are at the top of this year’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, which lists 33 venues around the UK. Although the number of theatres has decreased, the Theatres Trust has warned the drop is partly down to changes to the way it focuses [...]

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The Many Facets Of Dance

Zumba Class

Regardless of your favourite dance discipline, it is important to maintain your practice in other dance forms to both complement and balance your training. Whilst one discipline may be concentrated on, it is beneficial both physically and mentally to take part in other dance forms other than your main interest. Many teachers encourage their students [...]

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Phoenix Dance Theatre At Home

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking 1964 Civil Rights Act by presenting Tenacity, a specially curated programme that commemorates the Act as a landmark piece of American legislation that allowed voices to be heard. It became a catalyst for change in many parts of the world. Presented at the Stanley [...]

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The Inner Critic

Edgar Degas - Dancer Stretching at the Barre

Dancers are perfectionists, no matter how high the achiever. Despite this, needing constant approval from your teachers, peers and even yourself can be detrimental for you both physically and mentally. It can result in doing too much, feeling anxious and not making enough time for yourself. Great results can sometimes be at the expense of [...]

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Common Foot Problems For Dancers

Foot Thong

The feet are important to any human being, in terms of posture, gait and movement. For dancers the feet are constantly put under pressure as dance relies predominantly on flexible, mobile and healthy feet. Despite this there are a few common foot injuries in dancers: Hallux Valgus and Bunions The big toe tilts sideways towards [...]

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English National Ballet’s 2014/2015 season

ENB Logo

There has been lots of exciting news for English National Ballet recently, including its presenting Modern Masters: Icons of 20th Century Choreography at Sadler’s Wells in March 2015 (including works by Forsythe, Neumeier and Kylián), two new regional hubs for English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme, the My First Ballet series continuing with a [...]

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