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Nicholas Afoa – Lion King life

New cast have joined the London production of Disney’s The Lion King this summer, including New Zealander Nicholas Afoa who has taken on the role of Simba at the Lyceum Theatre. Afoa made his stage debut in the Australian production in 2013 and played Simba in the Sydney production of the musical between 2013 and [...]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Dance Class

As children, parents and carers spend lots of time and money committing to dance lessons, even when they take joy from watching rather than doing. Taking children to dancing lessons requires energy and time, not to mention additional funds for competitions, costumes and extra performances. For a child, it is not until later that they [...]

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Wings and Sickles

The aesthetics of ballet are continuing to evolve, however something which has remained a constant is the appearance of the foot when it is fully pointed. The ankle joint has limited movement outwards and inwards, however the adjustments of the foot’s position can make a big difference to how it looks to the audience. The [...]

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Dance-inspired Fit

There are many dance-inspired fitness methods on the market today, from fitness trainers who used to be dancers to those who use dance as a means to remaining happy and healthy, whilst not having a dance background. Aerobics and Zumba classes still have their place, but these are now two of many different options for [...]

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Twyla Tharp Dance heading to Italy

Twyla Tharp Dance recently took the premiere of its choreographer’s latest creation to Italy, performed at the end of June when the company visited Florence, Ravenna and Rome. This Italian tour saw the preview of a new work as well as two works performed from Tharp’s repertory. She has been creating dance for 50 years, [...]

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Annual World Hip Hop Championship to hit Vegas

The 15th Annual World Hip Hop Championship is set to hit Las Vegas in August, where the world’s top hip hop and street dancers will be competing at the 2016 World Hip Hop DANCE Championship and World Battles. Otherwise referred to as “the Olympics of hip hop dance”, it will see a record number of [...]

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Sir Matthew Bourne’s QEII Award

At the end of June, former ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE, in her capacity as President of the Royal Academy of Dance, escorted Sir Matthew Bourne to Buckingham Palace for a special occasion. In this exciting event as the Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance, Her Majesty The Queen presented the recently-knighted Sir Matthew Bourne [...]

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What does Brexit mean for the arts?

With the news of the UK’s exit from the European Union still reverberating, there has been lots to take in since the announcement of the referendum result on 24 June. Voting remain or leave have many different viewpoints attached, however in terms of the arts it is clear that the UK would have benefitted from [...]

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The Benefits of Dance

Whilst exercise is renowned for its stress-busting and happiness-inducing benefits, the same benefits of dance are sometimes overlooked. There are the obvious physical benefits of dance, in that it keeps the body fit and healthy, encouraging strong, lean muscle mass and a good range of flexibility, another valued strand of overall fitness. Often the mental [...]

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Ricardo Walker-Harris – Roaring His Way to the Top

Ricardo Walker-Harris is one of the newest cast members in Disney’s The Lion King, currently playing at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Born and raised in Angel, Islington, Ricardo always loved to dance but was unaware it was a possible career option. He did not even know what a drama school was until it was [...]

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