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Best Scoop in Town

“Britain’s Got Talent” finalists Twist and Pulse will be leading the crowds in two charity flashmobs at London’s St Katherine Docks and Marble Arch on June 3. The plan is for the event, Best Scoop in Town, to bring London landmarks to life in aid of youth charity Fairbridge (part of the Prince’s Trust).

Into The Mix

On May 29, The Warehouse, on London’s Theed Street, will witness an unusual collaboration between a contemporary classical music ensemble, Sounds Positive, and two belly dancers. The concert will feature new compositions by composers Avril Anderson and David Sutton Anderson for professional belly dancers Charlotte Desorgher and Itziar Ortiz de Landazuri.

Krump Fu coming to London

Develop your urban dance with a new and completely original krump style with Worm XM, one of the Dance Backpackers Clan. Worm, who is coming to London from Compton, Los Angeles to rehearse for Voices in the Alley, is offering a one-off masterclass in Krump Fu.

Balletboyz Bootcamp

The Balletboyz will hold their first Bootcamp for boys this summer. The company’s ballet master and two company dancers will lead five days of intensive dance, alongside master sessions with directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.

Summer House at The Place

From July to September, The Place launches Summer House, a new festival of learning, sharing and performance. Artists and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will come together to form a community, sharing in the dance created and performed at The Place.

BBC fund’s support for dance

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is launching two new schemes in support of dance, Community Dance and Dance Fellowships. The fund, a BBC charity committed to developing new performing arts talent in the UK, will be awarding up to £350,000 in grants through the two schemes. This is the first time the charity has supported […]

Travels with my dance

This week: Village hall heroes Last year I was dancing in the Highlands of Scotland and in the north of England. As I mentioned in my previous blog, if you are in a rural area, you don’t get the option of choosing what kind of dancing you do – it’s a case of doing whatever […]

So You Think You Can Dance

They say TV isn’t glamorous, and sitting on the cold pavement outside White City’s Television Centre certainly proved this to me. However, my patient queuing was for a worthy cause, as I had tickets to be in the audience for the BBC’s flagship Saturday night show “So You Think You Can Dance”.  On May 7 […]

Puerto Rico Salsa Congress

The world’s greatest salsa dancers, musicians, instructors and bands gather every summer at the annual Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico. Guests at the international event can enjoy competitions, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and street parties.  This year is the 15th anniversary and calls for an even more spectacular show, so expect 15 parties over 15 nights. […]

May 2011

Many of you will have read about the recent cuts in arts funding by Arts Council England in the national press. There will undoubtedly be difficult times ahead for all varieties and disciplines of the arts, but this will be especially true for organisations, such as Dance Umbrella which has lost a huge percentage of […]

Manhattan milonga

If you’re in New York any time between May 29 and the end of September, try out the free milonga at Union Square Park.

All-girl crew wins TruSkool breakdance final

Breakin’ Hearts (pictured), an all-girl breakdance crew from Highworth Grammar School in Ashford, has won the National Breakdance Battle competition TruSkool Finals 2011.

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