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Toby Hawker – a performing jewel

Born and raised in the UK, Toby Hawker discovered his passion for dancing at the age of six. At 16 his professional dancing career began, following training in a wide range of disciplines, leading him on an exciting and varied career path. Next Toby moved to Paris to perform for the world-renowned Walt Disney Company. [...]

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Elmhurst School for Dance’s Health and Wellbeing Centre

Elmhurst School for Dance’s new Health and Wellbeing Centre is creating new waves in developing professional dancers for the industry. Elmhurst is the oldest vocational school in the UK, yet is constantly striving to bring a holistic approach to students’ all-round health and wellbeing during the intensity of full time dance training, helping students to [...]

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Genesis Ballet – dance fusion

Founded by the accredited ballet dancer and choreographer Ricardo Cecílio, Genesis Ballet is a newly formed dance company born in the heart of London. As a brainchild of artistic experimentation, Genesis Ballet endeavours to innovate high quality dance productions in the most traditional theatre settings, as well as within contemporary filmmaking as another branch. It’s [...]

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Les Misérables’ 30th birthday

The long-running, much-loved musical Les Misérables will celebrate its 30th birthday on 8 October, marked by a special West End gala performance in aid of Save The Children’s Syria Children’s appeal. This poignant tale of struggle, hope and dreams reflects the human spirit that has been seen in the Syrian crisis recently, so seeing the [...]

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Auditions for Youth Music Theatre 

Youth Music Theatre is looking for aspiring performers and musicians aged 11 to 21 years to join the company, and star in a series of brand new musicals to be staged in London next summer. The budding young stars will have the chance to work with top industry professionals and take to two of the [...]

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Mentoring by Robert Cohan

Photo: Yolande Yorke-Edgell Contemporary dance pioneer Robert Cohan CBE has recently lead a new pilot project for choreographers and composers alike, mentoring artists at different stages of their career. Together with long-standing musical collaborator Elenor Alberga, the legendary Cohan conceived the Cohan Collective along with international dance company Yorke Dance Project. Cohan wanted to give [...]

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Ellie Wilson – circus love

Ellie studied at Kidderminster College, completing a BTec National Diploma and A Level in Dance, followed by graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Honours in Dance Performance. She went on to work for xLR8 Dance & Fitness, teaching dance, cheerleading and fitness as extra curricular activities in schools, before fulfilling her first contract as [...]

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Accolade for Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet of Australia has been awarded a highly coveted national dance award for its 2014 production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet. It is the first time the company has received the award, so is a moment in history for both the artistic staff and the dancers of the company. In recognising the [...]

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Risking to gain

For a professional dancer, entering into limbo between jobs is common. The longer the period of ‘resting’ for a dancer however, the more likely self-doubt is to set in, with thoughts about ability and that of other dancers. Lots of dancers attend open auditions as well as those secured by their agents, often seeing hundreds [...]

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Handling rejection as a dancer   

Auditions: both life-suckers and lifelines. They are an integral part of a dancer’s work and often deliver the news that you didn’t make the cut, like the majority of the other dancers who auditioned. It is sometimes irrelevant as to whether the auditions was difficult or enjoyable, ultimately the outcome is not personal. For the [...]

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