The 2017 Strictly Come Dancing line up

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancer line-up for series 15 has now been unveiled, with three new female dancers taking to the nation’s screens alongside the return of viewers’ old favourites too. The three new professional dancers are all champions from the Ballroom and Latin world; Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales. They will join Strictly Come Dancing when the award-winning series returns in September to BBC One.

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Cesar Corrales – newest Principal of English National Ballet

Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, announced last month that Cesar Corrales was to become a Principal of English National Ballet from the start of the 2017/2018 season. Having joined English National Ballet as Artist of the Company in 2014, Corrales was promoted to Junior Soloist in 2015, and to First Soloist in 2016. At just 20 years old, Corrales will become English National Ballet’s youngest principal.

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New radio programme for regional theatre

The BBC has recently unveiled a new radio programme which is dedicated solely to regional theatre. Radio 4’s Opening Night will visit a different UK town or city each month and meet the actors, writers and directors working on local professional productions. The plans for the news show followed an announcement of a regional theatre show last year, to showcase the wealth of talent in that area of theatre. For most audiences this form of theatre makes up the majority of their theatre-going habit.

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Research in dance science for Elmhurst Ballet School

Elmhurst Ballet School, in collaboration with University of Wolverhampton and in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, is currently at the forefront of research in dance science and is pioneering ways for dancers to avoid injury by introducing ground-breaking fitness and rehabilitation techniques. As a result, more dancers than ever can be pain free, and feel stronger and more confident.

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Plans for immersive pop-up Mamma Mia! spin-off

Plans for an immersive pop-up Mamma Mia! spin-off production have been announced, following ABBA veteran Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej applying for planning permission for a location on the South Bank in London. The process has begun for a new temporary space in London for Mamma Mia! spin-off, ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’.

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A New London theatres network

London theatres have joined forces in order to support creative artists recently, collectively known as STAMP (Supporting Theatre and Makers of Performance). The new network aims to improve working practices for artists who make new theatre and performance by sharing knowledge and increasing conversations between member organisations and artists.

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A new face for Strictly judges

Shirley Ballas, the British-born Ballroom and Latin dancer and international coach, has been confirmed as the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Originally from Wallasey, Shirley is a former ‘British Open to the World’ Champion, European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion. Shirley is now a coach to many of the top professional and amateur dancers as well as a highly renowned sought-after adjudicator for Ballroom and Latin American competitions.

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