Success for Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince, a soloist rising to fame with Dutch National Ballet, is to star in a new film of the ballet Coppelia. DePrince shot to international attention as one of the subjects of First Position, a documentary following the Youth America Grand Prix, gaining recognition and popularity. A black dancer born in war-torn Sierra Leone and adopted and raised in America, she has also written a best-selling memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe. Back in 2016, she danced as a guest artist in English National Ballet’s Giselle. Continue reading Success for Michaela DePrince

Cabarets at the Barbican

Opening on 4 October, Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at London’s Barbican Centre explores the social and artistic role of cabarets and nightclubs around the world. Spanning the 1880s to the 1960s, the exhibition presents a dynamic history of artistic production. The first major show staged on this theme, it features both famed and little-known sites of the avant-garde – these creative spaces were places of radical thinking, where artists could exchange ideas and create new forms of artistic expression. Continue reading Cabarets at the Barbican

DanceXchange’s programmes to support artists

DanceXchange, the Birmingham-based dance house, is launching two new programmes aimed at nurturing original work from the next generation of choreographic talent. The new artists’ development strategy is designed to ensure the city becomes a leading hub for innovative ideas and will tackle the issue of how to support increasing numbers of choreographers engaging with DanceXchange who have differing levels of experience. Continue reading DanceXchange’s programmes to support artists

Pointe shoe prep

Dance students new to pointe are always excited to start, in awe of what they have seen through their training so far: watching older students or professional dancers en pointe is an inspiring experience. Dancers who are not training at vocational dance schools are usually allowed to begin pointe in their early teens, due to the development of their bones and technique. Other factors which must also be considered are the regularity of ballet classes, and a teacher’s approval. See some tips for sewing your pointe shoes. Continue reading Pointe shoe prep

A hip hop dance experience from Just Us Dance Theatre

Born To Manifest is a new hip hop contemporary dance work exploring the experiences of young black British men, glimpsing into the complexity and beauty of their journeys and contesting the power and privilege that oppress. The performance will be staged by Just Us Dance Theatre, and choreographed by Joseph Toonga. Continue reading A hip hop dance experience from Just Us Dance Theatre

Siobhan Davies Dance and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Siobhan Davies Dance and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art have announced the CONTINUOUS Network with UK-wide partners and funding from Arts Council England, an expansion of their four-year partnership. The CONTINUOUS Network will incorporate institutions around the country, including galleries Bluecoat (Liverpool), Nottingham Contemporary, The Tetley (Leeds), Tramway (Glasgow) and Turner Contemporary (Margate), and dance organisations Dance4 (Nottingham) and Yorkshire Dance (Leeds). The partnership will continue until 2022 and is set to include four additional galleries. Continue reading Siobhan Davies Dance and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

A new name for the Queen’s Theatre

The Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, which recently closed for renovation, will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre when it reopens. The space is currently home to Les Misérables, and will change its name to honour the award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim when he turns 90 in March. The move makes Sondheim the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour on both Broadway and in the West End. Continue reading A new name for the Queen’s Theatre