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The Red Shoes – Bourne style

April 2016 saw the legendary choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne announce a new adaptation of the iconic Powell and Pressburger film, The Red Shoes. His company will present the production at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas, as a world premiere. The show will reunite the award-winning creative team behind the New Adventures’ world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty, made [...]

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Winners of the 2016 Olivier Awards

The 40th anniversary Olivier Awards, which took place on 3 April at the Royal Opera House, London, were again a momentous occasion. Broadway musicals Kinky Boots and In the Heights took three wins each, and the classic musical Gypsy won four awards, the most of any single production. Kinky Boots won the accolade of Best New Musical, and its star Matt Henry was [...]

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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Steering away from the UK’s capital, the arts are hugely well represented in the diverse dance and physical theatre programme at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016. It is the flagship arts festival for the East of England, running from 13–29 May and providing audiences with an eclectic mix of performance art. Often arts away [...]

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Next season for the Royal Ballet

Early April saw the Royal Ballet announce its plans for the 2016/17 season, garnering support from the UK ballet and dance press as the programming moves further in the direction of choreographic equality. The new season will include four world premieres, and the return of dance legends Leanne Benjamin and Viviana Durante to coach Mayerling and Anastasia respectively. The [...]

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Motionhouse – a multimedia spectacle

London’s Peacock Theatre has played host to a great number of captivating shows, and the award-winning Motionhouse is no different. Bringing a multimedia dance show to the venue, new show ‘Broken’, meant the company did not disappoint – its usual athletic performance was ever-present, lapped up by the audience. The company’s staging is rooted in [...]

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The RAD’s Phyllis Bedells Bursary

British and Italian dancers have triumphed in the Royal Academy of Dance’s annual Phyllis Bedells Bursary. Taking place on 20 March, the Bursary was awarded to 15 year old Ryan Felix from the UK, established to encourage talented young dancers to further their career in classical ballet. Past winners of the prestigious competition have gone on [...]

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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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