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RAD’s RADiate

RADiate, the Royal Academy of Dance’s initiative which offers subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, and to those with learning difficulties – and those who are non verbal – is set to expand into more schools across South and South West London. Recent funding will mean the RAD can consolidate and expand [...]

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So You Think You Can Dance returns!

The hit and award-winning television show So You Think You Can Dance is set for a return to the public’s screens this year, with Fox announcing recently that the dance-based reality show will be back for a 13th season. However this time there’s a twist; 2016 will see younger dancers featured more than ever before. Branded as So [...]

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Flexibility refurbishment

With January and the ‘new year’ well and truly over, dance classes are back to normal and the usual dance training for many dancers has resumed. Sometimes with new classes and extra training, other areas of technique and conditioning can slip a little further down the priority list: something which is usually neglected is a [...]

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Mentorship for musical theatre writers

The award-winning collaborative duo Stiles and Drewe have recently announced a new Mentorship Award for musical theatre writers. What is tipped to become an inaugural award will help the next generation of musical theatre writing talent, following the success of the pair themselves. The new award aims to help support and develop musical theatre writing in [...]

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Danzainfiera – The Biggest Dance Event in Europe

The most important dance event in Italy reached a milestone last year, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Danzainfiera is an annual international trade show dedicated to dance, hosted in the romantic heart of Florence, and has attracted over 1 million visitors in its lifetime: the success of the event speaks for itself. With dance students, teachers, [...]

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The 16th National Dance Awards

The 16th Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were presented at The Place on 25 January – hosted by Arlene Phillips CBE – highlighting many achievements in dance for 2015. There was a great breadth of nominations, with over 400 dancers, choreographers and companies deemed of such high quality by critics to be recommended for an [...]

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Nederlands Dans Theater returns to the UK

Last seen in the UK in 2012, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, will return to the UK this spring. As part of a Dance Consortium tour, the company will begin in Woking in April and conclude at Sadler’s Wells, London in May. While the tour programme is [...]

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The Australian Ballet – London-bound

As the Australia Day celebrations subside, The Australian Ballet are busy preparing for its London performances in July 2016, with Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake on the bill from 13–16 July and Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella from 20–23 July at the London Coliseum. Under the artistic helm of David McAllister, The Australian Ballet was last seen in [...]

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Shakespeare Festival announced

The BBC recently announced the 2016 Shakespeare Festival, with big star names involved in the celebrations including David Tennant, Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch. Tennant will host the programme, which will be broadcast during the weekend of Shakespeare’s birthday in April. Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran, the cast will include – [...]

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Swing to win

Have you been to see a show recently and wondered what the term “swing” means in the programme? While there may be star names topping the cast lists, many advocate that the unsung heroes of the show are the swing dancers, the performers who cover multiple roles in the production. These performers may have to [...]

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