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Tips for touring

Touring in a production is a common part of performers’ lives, travelling to different theatres both nationally and internationally. Tours can last from a few weeks to a year or more, and shows can play at theatres for one night only or several weeks. Touring can suit some completely, with the excitement of being ‘on [...]

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Choreography conquests

For some dancers, the ultimate goal is to become a performer, however others set their hearts on teaching, and others aspire to create. For the upcoming choreographers of the dance world, the shift to the creative side of dance is a result of identifying the interest and building on this choreographic experience. Some dancers move [...]

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Midlands Dance Hub

On 15 January Birmingham Royal Ballet played host to a day of new dance creations as a result of the newly formed Midlands Dance Hub. The day welcomed a varied selection of Midlands-based dance practitioners and creators into its home studios for a day of combined classes and workshops focused on the creation and presentation [...]

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Ashley Shaw – from Australia to Aurora

Originally from Australia, Ashley grew up in Nelson Bay where she first began dancing at the age of three. She trained in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle, where she studied fulltime for two years. At 15 she was awarded the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and [...]

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Merger for Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund

The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund have recently announced the merging of the two organisations, following extensive liaison between the charities. In the joining of the organisations, the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund will continue as a registered charity, remaining as an important dance welfare organisation for dancers. The Royal Ballet [...]

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Positive competition

Dance competitions, whether hugely popular and mainstream on the television or in a small town attended by 50 people, can be very positive experiences for the dancers who take part. Many may suggest any number of reasons why competitions may be detrimental to a dancer’s progression, even stating that the competitive element is not healthy, [...]

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Balanchine preserved

Von Aroldingen will work with current principals of New York City Ballet for the two recordings, accompanied by the solo pianist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Under the working methodologies of the George Balanchine Foundation, the recordings of the two pieces will be supervised by a former NYCB dancer and now a George [...]

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Harry Smallman: Dance Mums and determination

Harry Smallman, at just 14 years old, has been dancing since he was nine. In the year preceding his GCSEs at school, Harry obtained a Music and Dance Award, however his real achievement lies in his part in the hit television show ‘Dance Mums’. Dance Mums has seen Harry awarded the Inspiration Award as a [...]

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Vidya Patel – Kathak crazy

Vidya Patel is a Kathak dancer from Birmingham, learning under the tutelage of her teacher Sujata Banerjee. After graduating from the Centre of Advanced Training Kathak strand at Birmingham’s DanceXchange, Vidya represented the South Asian category in the Grand Finals of BBC Young Dancer 2015 held at Sadler’s Wells. Recently, Vidya performed at the Sadler’s [...]

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Stretching resolutions

With the new year not quite behind us, there are resolutions continuing to come out of our ears. It is without a doubt that dancers continue to aspire to better themselves (not just at new year), and a common area they wish to improve is their flexibility. Stretching in order to achieve this can be [...]

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