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Dance GCSEs and A Levels in England are to be made more demanding, as part of a larger reform of arts-based subjects. The reformed exams, to be introduced in September 2016, promise more “rigorous” content, to be developed by exam boards with advice from experts such as Arts Council England and the Music Education Council.
Manchester’s Victoria Baths will host everything from vintage home shows to a Northern Soul all-nighter this year. Built in 1906, and restored after winning the BBC’s Restoration competition in 2003, this Edwardian bathing palace has vast pools, mosaic floors and stained glass.
Tony Hall, the BBC Director-General, has announced a new strand of arts programming, promising “the strongest commitment to the arts that we’ve made in a generation.” Plans include new arts leadership, coverage of major events, new commissions, collaborations and landmark series.
Featuring a spectacular demonstration from World Professional Ballroom champions Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova (pictured), the Riverside Ball will take place at the Riverside Suite Venue 360 (formerly Vauxhall Recreation Club), Luton, on May 15, from 7.30pm to 11pm.