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Pilates for dancers

Many dancers are great fans of Pilates, even elite dancers who have already reached the height of physical fitness and undertake eight or more hours a day of dancing activity. Pilates supports their day-to-day technical requirements, but with a different focus on their bodies. Pilates is a physical fitness system which was developed by Joseph [...]

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Wayne McGregor for the London Curriculum

Iconic choreographer Wayne McGregor, alongside the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has launched a new dance module for the London Curriculum at City Hall this month. The London Curriculum is an initiative for secondary schools in the capital, aimed to help pupils learn more about their city and experience the wealth of cultural opportunities London [...]

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The West End’s Sondheim Theatre

Theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has unveiled his theatrical vision for the West End’s new Sondheim Theatre, which he aims to turn into a home for shows from subsidised venues around the UK that would otherwise be under threat of vanishing following their runs. Named after the esteemed Stephen Sondheim, the site is expected to flourish [...]

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FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival

Dance company BalletBoyz and the organisation dancescreen are set to present FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival, which will take place from 9–12 June next year in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey. Work is invited for submission from November 2015, with FRAME set to feature cutting edge new films alongside established favourites in a programme of events designed [...]

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NT Connections

The National Theatre’s Connections Festival is 21 in 2016, and to celebrate, the theatre is involving more young people than ever in making theatre through ‘Connections 500′. The National Theatre is looking for 500 youth theatres and schools to stage 12 plays, picked from over 150 that have been commissioned for young people since 1995.   [...]

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BirdGang Dance Company: the Young Vic’s Associate Company

Two recent announcements from the Young Vic theatre in the capital hold exciting future prospects: director and playwright Gbolahan Obisesan has been named the Young Vic’s new Genesis Fellow and the acclaimed dance commonly BirdGang Dance Company are the Young Vic’s new Associate Company. These new creative voices will contribute fresh ideas and new energy, [...]

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Misty Copeland: the first African-American principal at American Ballet Theatre.

Misty Copeland recently made history in becoming the first African-American female principal at New York’s American Ballet Theatre, having been promoted from the rank of soloist. This promotion significantly expands racial diversity within the elite ranks of ballet, an issue – one would argue – which should not exist at all. Copeland’s promotion ends months [...]

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Musical theatre for RADA

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is due to expand its musical theatre offering with the launch of a new course under its dramatic umbrella, intended to nurture and develop “the complete musical theatre performer”, it has been announced. Whilst the institution’s dramatic courses are already held in high regard, it is assumed that the [...]

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Masterclass opportunities with DanceWest

October half term will see Estela Merlos and Mbulelo Ndabeni deliver two unique masterclasses, one for young people aged 14-18 and one for adults aged 19-24. The sessions are suitable for all levels of experience and will focus on technique and choreography,as well as a Q&A session with the artists. DanceWest is a brand new [...]

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An evening with Leanne Benjamin

An evening with Leanne Benjamin – in conversation with Ross Alley – took place on 2 July at English National Ballet. The former Royal Ballet Principal only recently retired after a 21 year career, and had much to tell about her career, life and experiences. Leanne discussed her illustrious career in conversation with Ross Alley [...]

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