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The Genée in Sydney

This year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, presented by the Royal Academy of Dance, is to be held in Sydney, Australia in December. As the country’s summer time, December will see competition candidates from all over the world – but it is thought predominantly from Australia – journey to the city in order to compete for [...]

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The new bbodance

bbodance, formerly known as the British Ballet Organisation, recently announced the appointment of Michael Nunn OBE, William Trevitt OBE and Kerry Whelan as the new Co-Artistic Director consultants. Nunn, Trevitt and Whelan, the team behind internationally renowned dance company BalletBoyz will join bbodance to provide artistic direction, help grow its membership and introduce innovative and [...]

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Rambert floor South Africa bound

Dane Hurst, of Rambert dance company, left his native South Africa 13 years ago headed for the UK. He recently returned in order to begin the process of sharing dance with other young people who want to escape the streets, bringing a dance floor over from London by ship. The floor is the former rehearsal [...]

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Dance plans for east London

There are plans in the pipeline to make London the capital of dance in the world, with the aim to rejuvenate the arts – specifically dance – in east London. Plans to create a new dance hub in east London have been announced recently, and by 2021 the area will see 16 new dance studios, [...]

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Full programme for FRAME Festival

FRAME, the London dance film festival, recently announced its full programme. Presented by BalletBoyz in association with Dancescreen, the programme of film screenings, performances, free public events, family activities and workshops looks set to delight audiences at the first ever festival. A Gene Kelly retrospective including dance films from across the decades will also feature, [...]

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Boston Ballet and William Forsythe

Boston Ballet recently announced a five-year partnership with the iconic choreographer William Forsythe, with an agreement to add one of his works to its repertoire each year, as well as performing four of his ballets already in the company repertory. This coup for the American company will see Forsythe work closely with the dancers, now [...]

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Christopher Marney: Artistic Director of Ballet Central

Choreographer and dancer Christopher Marney, perhaps best known for his work as a principal dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, was recently announced as the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central. Functioning as the touring company of Central School of Ballet’s third year students, Ballet Central will now be lead by Marney as he ultimately [...]

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Working with the Rockettes

Mia Michaels, well-known contemporary choreographer, is living it large. Having launched her own company, she has been a three-time Emmy Award winner as a result of her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and has also choreographed a hit Broadway musical. Michaels is now set to step it up a gear and is [...]

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Festivals of dance

Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance house, will return to the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival for a ninth year this year, presenting a diverse programme of world-class dance from 14–17 July. Since 2008 Sadler’s Wells has been present at the festival, providing dance for around 58,000 people in total. Opening the programme will be [...]

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Garuda – the new Pilates

Whilst Pilates has been held in high regard as complementary to dance, there is a new kid on the block. Garuda is complementary to Pilates, and therefore to dance training, using the principles of Pilates but taking the ideology one step further. Many ballet companies and vocational schools employ Pilates as part of dancers’ training, [...]

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