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Historical surviving theatres

The Theatre and the Hope were the first and last playhouses built in Elizabethan London; today their archaeological remains have been given listed status, joining the Rose and the Globe as protected monuments of 16th and 17th century theatre. Of the two Elizabethan playhouses, the Theatre is said to have seen the first performance of [...]

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Theatre for Lazarus

In the heart of London, a mid-scale 960-seat theatre has been built in just seven weeks in order to host the new David Bowie musical, Lazarus. The musical has already had a limited run in Manhattan, New York opening in December 2016, just a month before the singer’s death in early 2016. In its transfer [...]

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Dancing superstition

Superstition is something everyone is familiar with, regardless of whether they give it value or not. For dancers, holding superstitions is more commonplace, whether it is completing the same pre-show routine or touching a certain spot in the theatre before they go on stage, as for them this guarantees their performance in some way personal [...]

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Dance conventions

Dance conventions and exhibitions take place all over the world, both large and small. Usually taking place over a full weekend, they can sometimes be loud and intimidating for a first experience. However, as overwhelming as they may be, they are a lot of fun too. They are a great opportunity to learn new dance [...]

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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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