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Garuda – the new Pilates

Whilst Pilates has been held in high regard as complementary to dance, there is a new kid on the block. Garuda is complementary to Pilates, and therefore to dance training, using the principles of Pilates but taking the ideology one step further. Many ballet companies and vocational schools employ Pilates as part of dancers’ training, [...]

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater UK Tour

Dance Consortium recently announced its Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater UK Tour for 2016: in the UK this will begin with a two-week season at Sadler’s Wells, London. The tour will then journey to Plymouth, Birmingham, Bradford, Nottingham, Cardiff, Salford Quays, Southampton, Canterbury and Edinburgh, and will include five premieres. The UK premieres consist of [...]

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London-bound: An American in Paris

London is set to welcome the classic musical An American in Paris, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning new musical at the Dominion Theatre from March 2017. With tickets now on sale, the musical tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city bursting with hope and possibility. [...]

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Bio-banding for dance

A recent study in dance injury has suggested that ‘bio-banding’ could reduce the risk of injury for ballet dancers. Bio-banding refers to grouping dancers by physical maturity – rather than age – in classes. This could better suit late-maturing girls in coping with intense training, rather than apply a blanket-style, objective teaching to all students [...]

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Collaborative partnership for three theatres

Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome theatres have formed a collaborative producing partnership, supported by funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund. This is in order to develop and deliver an ambitious programme of high-quality large-scale dance. Named The Movement, the collaboration is set to be a dynamic partnership between three of [...]

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Daniel Davidson – Scotland to Sadler’s Wells

Daniel Davidson, born in Edinburgh, UK, trained at both The Dance School of Scotland and Millennium Dance 2000. He joined dance company Rambert in August 2014 after 8 years with Scottish Ballet, and since joining he has created roles in works by Alexander Whitley and Didy Veldman as well as performing The Rooster Man in [...]

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The George Balanchine YouTube channel

The George Balanchine Foundation has announced the launch of its official YouTube channel, launching with content from its Video Archives Collection. The Foundation is adamant that it is important to share the late choreographer’s work, meaning the Foundation will begin by posting nearly 50 video interviews from the Collection. As digital media continues to expand, [...]

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A Gypsy Revival

Considering the success of musical Gypsy in London’s West End, it is no wonder that there will be a film revival of Gypsy too, by STX Entertainment. STX is currently in negotiations to make Gypsy again with the Grammy and Oscar winner Barbara Streisand taking the lead role of Mama Rose, and Oscar winner Barry [...]

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Further programming for IDFB

The final programme has been announced for the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016, as the city prepares to welcome the return of the fifth award-winning biennial festival. Taking place across the city’s venues, streets and squares it will run from 1-22 May as one of the world’s biggest and most diverse dance festivals. It will [...]

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Chiara Castania – glitter-clad cruises

Chiara Castania is an all-round performing artist, originally from the small northern Italian town of Iseo. She took up ballet at  five years old under her mothers’ wishes; a former ballerina. Chiara moved to London to further progress her training as it offered her a more extensive selection of education. After winning scholarships at both [...]

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