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The relaunch of Melbourne Dance Theatre

Melbourne Dance Theatre has recently officially relaunched itself as the Victorian State Ballet over in down under, with the new name for the Australian dance company announced at a special gala performance. Melbourne Dance Theatre has been performing since 2003 as a pro-am (professional-amateur company). Following lasting success for the company the directors have been [...]

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Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend

Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells theatre’s annual two-day festival of family friendly events, returns for 25 and 26 March 2016. Family Weekend will take over the building, with the shows on the Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio stages – Snow White and Digitopia – being complemented by fun activities for all ages. Following its award [...]

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Misty Copeland and MindLeaps

American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina Misty Copeland has recently launched a girls’ scholarship programme in Rwanda, with the humanitarian non-profit organisation MindLeaps which aids some of the city’s poorest children. Copeland is no stranger to child poverty so becoming an advocate for disadvantaged youth has been a way for her to give back. Many of [...]

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One Dance UK

One Dance UK – the result of the merger of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England – was launched earlier in December at an event attended by 450 dance professionals. The event was also live streamed, drawing together more than 130 years of [...]

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Tap testimonials 

The dance discipline of tap has been around since the late nineteenth century, acting as the dance of jazz music. While most of the commercial dance seen in the media is mostly competitive, modern or balletic, tap still holds a firm place in the interests of dancers, and cannot fail to be impressive. Tap can [...]

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Lucy Guerin – a dance and text integration

Lucy Guerin is an Australian choreographer based in Melbourne. In 2002 she established Lucy Guerin Inc. to support the development, creation and touring of new works with a focus on challenging and extending the concepts and practice of contemporary dance. With credits including Medea (National Theatre), Motion Picture (Dance Massive, Melbourne); Weather (Melbourne Festival, North [...]

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Patrons for Re:Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s charity, Re:Bourne, has recently seen its patrons announced. Darcey Bussell CBE, Tom Daley and David Walliams have all taken roles as the charity’s patrons, flying the flag for its work and championing dance for Bourne. For young people, role models are vital in inspiring their participation in the arts and this is more [...]

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UK premiere for rare musical 

A rare Irving Berlin musical has received what producers claim is its UK premiere, with its content only discovered recently after it was first staged in the United States in 1949. The unseen musical – named Miss Liberty – by Berlin was staged on Broadway in New York, telling the fictionalised version of events that [...]

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Ballet on a basketball court 

In a basketball court in Rio de Janeiro’s notorious Morro do Adeus, a ballerina is teaching ballet to young girls, offering an opportunity to transcend the harsh reality of their surroundings. The city’s Morro do Adeus slum is made up of more than a dozen favelas, a huge network of neighbourhoods with a population anywhere [...]

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Panto power

For many in the showbiz world, the festive period is equal to one thing – pantomime! And for many graduating students straight out of college, performing in pantomimes can be a way of gaining some work for a few weeks while they try to secure a future contract. Working as a professional dancer in a [...]

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