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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day LIVE was a huge success on 4 October, streaming its longest ever broadcast of a 20-hour worldwide schedule. Kicking off with The Australian Ballet, Facebook LIVE streamed the day for the first time: the longest broadcast ever to be shown on the platform. For starters, Australian online audiences had access to exclusive [...]

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Next steps for Jirí Kylián

Choreographer Jirí Kylián – at 69 years old – recently returned to ballet leadership with Lyon Opera Ballet. Here Kylián is taking up a position as associate artist with a three-year contract, following a stint of focusing on film and photography. He first started working with the company in the early 1980s, when director Françoise [...]

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GCSE drop

This year it was reported that teenagers in England sat 44,000 fewer GCSEs in arts subjects, with a 7.7% drop on 2015 figures. There was an overall fall of 0.4% in the number of GCSEs taken, significantly lower than the arts figures drop. In addition, there was a drop in the number of young people [...]

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Post-show blues

When performers feel sad and even depressed after a show, it is usually a case of post-show blues. There is so much investment in the creative process, rehearsal process, peers you share the stage with and the performance itself, dancers and performers can often experience an empty feeling afterwards. Sometimes a performance run can be [...]

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Understudy clamp down

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has recently clamped down on understudy performers – in particular – publicising information about their performance schedules on social media: many post dates they will be performing lead roles on their accounts. As a result new guidance has come into play with regards to performers’ social media use, which works to reinforce [...]

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Breakin’ Convention 2017

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back from April to June 2017. At both London’s Sadler’s Wells and on a national tour, the festival will include performances from UK and international companies and crews. Now in its 14th year, this hugely popular event is once again hosted [...]

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Ianthe Mellors – creation aspiration

Ianthe is a professional dancer from Bedford, England. She began to dance from the age of three, and at five she was performing all over the UK. She later trained in Latin American dance, where she received the creative dance award for her choreography. When Ianthe was 12 she joined Bedfordshire Youth Dance Company, and was introduced to contemporary dance, working with Henri Oguike.   Ianthe studied dance at Middlesex University where she received a First [...]

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English National Ballet’s Nutcracker tour

This Christmas, English National Ballet will present its acclaimed production of (newly named) Nutcracker as a national tour culminating in London, from 23 November 2016 – 7 January 2017. This follows 2015 which saw English National Ballet’s most successful Nutcracker run on record. It is estimated over 73,000 audiences members saw the festive production at [...]

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A virtual reality ballet?

Night Fall, created by virtual reality company &samhoud Media – in collaboration with Dutch National Ballet and Samsung – is a very different ballet that intends to immerse audiences in a dance story via virtual reality. As ballet is ultimately theatrical, it seems a perfect fit in guiding audiences through movement virtually. The ballet was [...]

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Dancing psychology

A recent study has suggested that dancers are more emotionally sensitive humans, indicating that the arts can play a significant role in potential empathy training. The study was published earlier in the summer by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and the evidence gleaned demonstrates huge potential for dance. It seems general [...]

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