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Inside this month:

Diversification 

Got To Dance is back this month, with format changes that will keep contestants and judges on their toes, Ashley Banjo tells Claire Saul

The Cuban Experience

Brigitt Mayer reports on a unique collaboration between International Latin dancers and the performers in Havana, Cuba 

Shall we dance?

Successful American franchise Fred Astaire Studios has found its first British affiliate; Marianka Swain wonders: will others follow suit? 

And much more!

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Dance Today - News

carnival-queenThe World Cup might be over, but there is still much Brazilian fun to be had in the UK this month. Brazilica 2014 is alive and kicking and this Friday, July 18, the popular Carnival Queen competition will heat up Liverpool's Alma de Cuba Bar on Seel Street from 9pm.

singinintherain-silCan you twist like John Travolta? Tap like Shirley Temple? Well now is your chance to show off your moves in the BFI's Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance! competition in association with Big Dance.

square-john-and-alexTo the horror of equal rights campaigners, the British Dance Council (BDC) will consider proposals that define a partnership as “one man and one lady… unless otherwise stated”. The proposal, which will be debated by the BDC’s board of directors on July 21, would bar same-sex couples from mainstream contests.

Do you Charleston?:

Friday, 04 July 2014

charlestonSilver River production company is looking for enthusiasts who can do a bit of Charleston to join them for some filming at Café de Paris on Friday, August 1, from 9am to 3pm, as part of a new BBC series about the history of British dance presented by Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley.

Rest and win!:

Friday, 04 July 2014

square-dancers-need-restDancers who post pictures of themselves at rest can win goodies from Dance UK and our sister magazine, Dancing Times! The pictures are part of a social media campaign to promote the importance of rest for dancers. During July and August 2014, dancers are encouraged to share photographs of themselves resting, posted to facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #dancersneedrest.

Forget-Me-Not dinner dance:

Friday, 04 July 2014

The Dancers' Forget-Me-Not Fund will host a dinner dance on Saturday, September 13 at the Tylney Ballroom, Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey to raise funds for this worthy charity, which helps dancers when they are ill.

Think the summer is a quiet time for dance? Think again...

swing-big-dnce1) Big Dance is back The biennial celebration of all things terpsichorean will be launched on July 2 by ballerina and Strictly judge Darcey Bussell, this year's Big Dance special ambassador, with highlights including the Big Commonwealth Dance. See our story for more. www.bigdance.org.uk

square-millie-posterStrictly Come Dancing celebrity Russell Grant is to star as the sinister Mrs Meers in the UK fringe premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical Thoroughly Modern Millie this October.

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