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The art of cleaning choreography

With creating and teaching choreography to dancers, there is an inevitable point when the choreography has sunk in and it must be cleaned or tidied up so it is consistent across each dancer. The piece may rely on counts, the lyrics of the music it is danced to or even simply breath, so if this [...]

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Big Dance highlights for 2016

Big Dance 2016 saw 42,000 people take part in worldwide performance for the love of the art form. Not only were there Big Dance performances all over the UK, but also across the world in 44 countries, in locations such as Beirut, Tokyo, Texas and Hong Kong. Esteemed choreographer Akram Khan devised both the choreography [...]

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Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Laboratory

Northern Ballet has launched its second annual Choreographic Laboratory which brings together five emerging choreographers for a three-week intensive to research and develop ideas for new narrative dance, with Northern Ballet’s professional dancers. The Choreographic Laboratory culminates in Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet, a sharing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in [...]

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The Young Choreographer’s Festival

The Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City is celebrating its seventh year of presenting some of the most promising up-and-coming young artists. It will produce the work of 13 18-25 year olds selected by a judging panel, alongside seven Guest Artists at Symphony Space. The 2016 performance is taking place on Saturday 18 June, [...]

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Audition fees cap

Drama and dance schools across the UK may be forced to rethink their audition fees, if a recent call by Equity to do so is anything to go by. The union has stated that audition fees should be capped in order to widen access to schools and improve accessibility to training. It is a notion [...]

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Gaining stage presence

Stage presence is something that can come quite naturally to performers, however sometimes a little encouragement and pointers are required to propel a dancer in the correct direction. Whilst exceptional technique can be awe-inspiring, it is the entire package with emotion and commitment that makes a dancer unique. For a teacher, stage presence can be [...]

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Keep Dancing

From the creators of “Spirit of the Dance”, Keep Dancing – a brand new Ballroom and Latin dance show – is set to wow audiences, featuring special guests from Strictly Come Dancing and celebrating the ever-popular world of Ballroom and Latin dance. The major tour of the UK will begin August 2016, featuring stars from [...]

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Can acrobatics ever be dance?

With gymnastics predominantly classed as a sport and dance an art, it seems the boundaries of the two are blurring as dancers aspire to more ways to stand out from the group. Of course gymnastics has always had a connection to dance – at the Olympic Games the gymnasts must incorporate an element of ‘dance’ [...]

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Australia Council funding news

The month of May saw disappointing funding news for the arts in Australia, with as many as 63 arts companies and organisations informed that they had lost their Australia Council funding. Among those affected, organisations that have solid roots with years to their names were too disregarded; for many the loss of Australia Council funding [...]

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English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2016 winner

English National Ballet’s winner of both the 2016 Emerging Dancer Award and People’s Choice Award was Cesar Corrales, competing in May against five other company hopefuls. Now in its seventh year, Emerging Dancer allows English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent, and encourage excellence in the company, with young and emerging dancers nominated to [...]

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