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Salsa in a good cause

A new charity, The Lee Wright Synergy Dance World Memorial Trust, will be launched this month. This is the only UK charity that raises money, using salsa, to be put back into salsa projects.

Osipova and Vasiliev leave Bolshoi for Mikhailovsky

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev have left the Bolshoi for the Mikhailovsky Ballet, it was announced today. They have signed a 5-year contract with the St Petersburg company.

“Strictly” legends

Dance Today‘s “Strictly” blogger, Marianka Swain, remembers her favourite “Strictly” partnerships… As promised, I’ve been compiling a list of my all-time “Strictly” legends. Whether good, bad or downright Crazytown, these 20 pairings have, in my opinion, defined the show, and with Russell cementing his place in this illustrious company, now seems like the perfect time […]

Strictly speaking

  Week 7 Week 7 of “Strictly” and I’ve finally figured it out: Tess’s salary works on a pound-per-pun basis – hence the damp-squib (ha!) firework puns for last week’s EXPLOSIVE show and football puns KICKING OFF this week’s. Either that or she writes cracker jokes on the side.

Leeds dance building wins Best Arts Project award

The purpose-build headquarters of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre has won the National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2011. The award comes as the two companies celebrate a year in their new home.

Matthew Bourne’s Christmas Special

Channel 4 has commissioned a new dance film with the choreographer Matthew Bourne, to be broadcast this Christmas.

Strictly speaking

Week 6 What a difference a week makes. In contrast to the Halloween horrors, “Strictly” Week 6 had no pesky theme, no absurd 10s and no salacious moments for the Daily Mail to get worked up about – unless you count the bizarro pro dances (more on those later) and Bruno’s increasingly overt desire for […]

Nominations for the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards announced

The nominations for the 12th National Dance Awards were announced at a ceremony held at The Place, London on November 4, 2011.

West Side Story released on Blu-ray

The film West Side Story is 50 years old this year.

ISTD higher level dance teaching qualifications

In January 2012, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) will launch three new accredited qualifications: the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, a Higher Education conversion route to the BA (Hons) in Professional Practice: Dance Education, and the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy. These qualifications are aimed at those holding an initial […]

Christopher Hampson to direct Scottish Ballet

The choreographer Christopher Hampson has been appointed artistic director of Scottish Ballet, taking over from Ashley Page. He will take up the position in August 2012.

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