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Nottingham’s artistic provisions

Nottingham Playhouse recently pledged to provide more career opportunities for local people from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to explore how access to careers in the theatre industry can be widened to include more young people from the local area. The 12-month agreement will see a partnership between the Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham Trent University, in [...]

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Aladdin’s education programme

Created by the team behind The Lion King’s award-winning education programme, the launch of West End musical Aladdin’s education programme is made up of curriculum-linked education resources for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, workshops for pupils aged 7+, and a series of videos which include interviews with the award-winning creative team. Disney’s latest hit [...]

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The Arts Award

It has recently been reported that the proportion of young people taking their Arts Award qualifications inside an arts or cultural organisation has increased by 12% over the past four years, with more arts organisations participating in the award scheme. Research has shown the scheme is nurturing specific skills and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit in [...]

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New English Ballet Theatre’s new work

New English Ballet Theatre is a company on a mission, always striving to promote aspiring choreographers who might not have any other opportunity to get themselves, or their work, noticed – especially the work of female choreographers, which is particularly timely. The company has both a multi-disciplinary focus and bold ambitions, with a mission to [...]

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Partner perfection

Once dance students become old enough, they may become interested in partnering – it is a natural progression within dance education and is often required of the vocational school they may attend. It does not necessarily have to focus on the partnership between male and female dancers however much training is faced this way initially. [...]

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Show preparation

Show season for dance schools is never far away, but with the festive period fast approaching it is likely there will be a Christmas convert or two in the pipeline! With an annual production, or even a pantomime, lots of organisation and collaboration is required to make it a success. For some dance teachers, a [...]

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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day LIVE was a huge success on 4 October, streaming its longest ever broadcast of a 20-hour worldwide schedule. Kicking off with The Australian Ballet, Facebook LIVE streamed the day for the first time: the longest broadcast ever to be shown on the platform. For starters, Australian online audiences had access to exclusive [...]

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Next steps for Jirí Kylián

Choreographer Jirí Kylián – at 69 years old – recently returned to ballet leadership with Lyon Opera Ballet. Here Kylián is taking up a position as associate artist with a three-year contract, following a stint of focusing on film and photography. He first started working with the company in the early 1980s, when director Françoise [...]

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GCSE drop

This year it was reported that teenagers in England sat 44,000 fewer GCSEs in arts subjects, with a 7.7% drop on 2015 figures. There was an overall fall of 0.4% in the number of GCSEs taken, significantly lower than the arts figures drop. In addition, there was a drop in the number of young people [...]

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Post-show blues

When performers feel sad and even depressed after a show, it is usually a case of post-show blues. There is so much investment in the creative process, rehearsal process, peers you share the stage with and the performance itself, dancers and performers can often experience an empty feeling afterwards. Sometimes a performance run can be [...]

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