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Misty Copeland – Disney Star

American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland is set to star as the lead ballerina in the live-action version of The Nutcracker created by Disney. She is well on her way to becoming a household name with what might be her biggest job yet. Having already identified herself as accomplished in a number of balletic roles, [...]

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Why Do You Dance?

Dance is a universal concept, not limited to any one culture or age group. It can give so much to so many people, whether that is by partaking in the art form or by watching and enjoying from the sidelines. Dancing can take on many forms; it could be a once-a-week ballet class to work [...]

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Sports Partnership for the Royal Ballet

The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and the Royal Opera House have recently announced a new partnership in order to deliver sports science support services to the Royal Ballet. Working closely with the dancers, the St Mary’s academics will be providing strength, conditioning and sports science support, alongside [...]

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Choosing Competition Music

Many dancers take part in competitions throughout the year, and are often keen to learn new dances to present against their peers. Music can be a large part of a routine to impress a judge, but can make or break the dance regardless of how talented the dancer is. It is important to ensure the [...]

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Theatre Etiquette

Theatre etiquette is a topic that springs up time and time again, albeit faster than the time it takes for your neighbour along the row to move from their seats to let you past to yours. This is just one instance in the theatre of behaviour that detracts from the theatrical experience for many audience [...]

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The Next Steps

With the summer months well underway, many dance students are preparing to begin vocational or further dance training in September on a college or university programme. The years of study will pass by in a flash so it is essential to be ready to hit the ground running when beginning your studies, ready to get [...]

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A Theatre Named Selfridges

The London department store Selfridges – identifiable by its prominent yellow branding – is set to launch an 100-seat theatre this summer, that will allow customers to watch a Shakespeare production being rehearsed and performed within the store. In what appears to be a first for the performing arts, the department store will dip into [...]

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Professional Dancer Line Up for Strictly 2016

The BBC recently announced its professional dancer line up for the hit television show series Strictly Come Dancing 2016. A highlight of the dancing year for many, the series is always highly anticipated and has gone from strength to strength year on year. With other celebrity talent competition, such as Dancing on Ice, falling by [...]

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An Immersive Ballet First

Director-choreographer Will Tuckett is on track to stage the world’s first immersive ballet through the classic The Nutcracker. Named solely Nutcracker, the production will enable audiences to explore the world of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet first hand. Last year Alice’s Adventures Underground took place in the Waterloo Vaults in London, and this year an immersive dining [...]

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Australian Ballet in the capital

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Under the artistic helm of David McAllister, The Australian Ballet was last seen in the UK in 2008; 2016 has seen a two-week season of ballet for the company, with Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake from 13–16 July and Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella from 20–23 July at the London Coliseum. Cinderella has become a signature work for [...]

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