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Live musicals for TV

There is no doubt that live musicals have made a strong comeback on television – examples include The Sound of Music, Peter Pan Live, The Wiz, Grease: the list goes on. Most recently showed was Hairspray, which was broadcast live during the festive period in 2016. While some may argue that this musical trend may [...]

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Bard to Bollywood

Bard to Bollywood is a new and exciting mass participation dance programme, which is taking place at a number of high profile sports events throughout the year. This year’s programme marks the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture in order to to celebrate the UK’s cultural ties with India. The work will also commemorate the 400th [...]

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Dance in the New Year’s honours list

The UK dance sector was well recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s honours list at the beginning of the year. The awards included: Avril Hitman, BEM (for services to people with learning disabilities in Bromley through dance and the arts) Mary Ross, BEM (for services to country dancing and charity in Nairn and [...]

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Courtney George – never stop learning

Courtney trained at Laine Theatre Arts, and since graduation her theatre credits include Ensemble / On Stage Swing in Grease the Musical (Curve Leicester), Dancer in Thriller Live (UK and European Tour), Ensemble & Understudy/Played Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (Southend Cliffs Pavilion) and Ensemble & Dance Captain in Robin Hood (Plymouth Theatre Royal). Her [...]

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Amy Everett – performing passion

Amy began dancing aged seven at Garland Theatre School. As a child she performed in various shows and pantomimes such as ‘Alice’ in Alice and Wonderland with Youth on Stage theatre company, and ‘Wendy’ in Peter Pan the Musical with the Palace Theatre summer youth project. Pantomimes included Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Sleeping [...]

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SwingTrain

Under the guidance of Dragon’s Den investor Deborah Meaden, Swing Patrol, the dance school and company, is launching a new cardio fitness workout named SwingTrain. Inspired by vintage vibes and street dances, SwingTrain is an exercise experience accompanied by the music of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz, far from the electronica that accompanies [...]

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Sleepless the Musical – world premiere

Fresh out of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Danny Mac will be playing the role of Sam in the world premiere of Sleepless the Musical, based on the iconic film Sleepless in Seattle. West End leading lady Carley Stenson will be joining Mac, playing the role of Annie. The production will open at Theatre Royal Plymouth [...]

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dotdotdot at Sadler’s Wells Sampled

dotdotdot is a dance company based in the UK that was co-founded by three dancers; Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemí Luz. Despite having collaborated professionally since 2010, these three artists came together in 2014 to create a full length original production under the banner of dotdotdot dance. Between them they have performed in [...]

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Equity’s dance development

Equity, the union for all things performing arts, has revealed its plans to devise a contract especially for small-scale dance companies in the aim to improve pay and conditions in the independent dance sector. It is working with the Independent Theatre Council on a contract that will be similar to the current Equity/Independent Theatre Council [...]

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Rambert and Dutch National Ballet’s partnership

Late last year, Rambert and Dutch National Ballet launched an international partnership in order to support the artistic development of the organisations, specifically for choreographers and composers. Over the next twelve months the participating artists will have the opportunity to meet and observe rehearsals with choreographers affiliated with the companies, work with company dancers and [...]

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