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The Olivier nominations

The 2016 Olivier Award nominations have recently been announced, with much excitement amongst the performing arts industry. The nominations were revealed in London, and are presented by the Society of London Theatre. They will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 3 April, as the 40th anniversary year of the awards. [...]

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Avoiding injury

Dance injuries can unfortunately be common; whilst many can be rectified with rehabilitation, it can often be helpful to work hard at avoiding injury altogether. Certain precautions can be taken before, during and after class in order to limit any damage you may do to your body whilst dancing. You only have one! Do not [...]

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Maddie Ziegler’s next steps

Early February saw an announcement by Entertainment Tonight that 13 year old Maddie Ziegler was set to leave the hit reality television show Dance Moms, and the Abby Lee Dance Company to boot, after season six. Industry rumours circulated about Ziegler’s involvement in Sister, a film project written and directed by the pop star Sia, [...]

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Bow to the barre

Barre work is the most important part of ballet class – echoed by any teacher – in order to set up the body’s foundations to move into the centre and onto allegro. The barre is where you learn to stand, move, and hone in on the body and how it is performing in the class, [...]

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Solo concerts for musical theatre stars

Two of the West End’s most treasured leading ladies in theatre have announced upcoming solo concerts at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, London, as a delight to fans who will be able to see the icons up close. It was recently announced the Casino would host the ladies in their own concerts: Kerry Ellis [...]

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Theatre 2016 – industry-wide conference

A major industry-wide conference looking at challenges within the theatrical sector is set to take place in May this year, aiming to establish what needs to be done to ensure success and sustainability within the industry of theatre. Tipped as the largest industry-wide conference open to everyone who cares about the future of the theatre [...]

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Co-production for the Royal Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre

The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia have announced the first co-production between the two companies. Established choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has worked on a new ballet named Strapless, which recently received its world premiere in London. The piece was part of an all-Wheeldon mixed programme which also included After the Rain and Within [...]

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Inclusive movement from BalletBoyz and YMCA

BalletBoyz, the male dance company based in Kingston is partnering with YMCA London South West in order to deliver creative movement sessions for people aged 14 and over with a disability, as part of the YMCA Inclusive Lives programme. The workshops will provide a space to explore movement and dance, and to encourage creative and [...]

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A Swan Lake in-the-round

English National Ballet will present its Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall from 1-12 June 2016, a production which, in the past, has been described as “a sumptuous spectacle”. Choreographer Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake in-the-round will be presented at the iconic venue, the largest production of its kind. English [...]

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Creativity vs. the EBacc

Members of the House of Lords have recently criticised the government’s decision to exclude creative subjects from the English Baccalaureate taught in mainstream schools, additionally claiming that an EBacc without the arts should be unthinkable. This news will be welcome amongst the arts community who have supported the inclusion and importance of arts in schools, [...]

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