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Hip hop meets Longsword

This autumn, The Demon Barbers set hip hop against folk dance in the new show The Lock In, which shows a dance stand-off in an English pub. Sword dances are performed with snooker cues, pub bouncers dance the Morris and b-boys flirt with clog girls.

Folk residency for Darren Ellis

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has awarded four residencies to artists working with folk material. They include choreographer Darren Ellis (pictured), who will work with musician Emily Askew on a project inspired by traditional Maypole, circle and ribbon dances.

Malta Open Dance Spectacular

The Malta Wheelchair DanceSport Association will hold its sixth open dance spectacular on November 24 to 25. The international event is open to medallists and Amateurs as well as wheelchair dancers, with competitions from Juniors to Seniors and from beginners to champions. Dancers from 16 countries attended the last spectacular.

Unlimited presents new work by disabled artists

Presented alongside the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Unlimited programme shows a groundbreaking group of new works by disabled and deaf artists. Originally planned as part of the Cultural Olympiad, this is the UK’s largest ever series of commissions from disabled and deaf artists, celebrating their work on an unprecedented scale.

Salsa in Jersey

Salsa Danza will hold a weekender in Jersey from October 5 to 9. Weekender dancers will stay at the award-winning Westhill Country Hotel, just outside the islands’ main town, St Helier. It has five acres of gardens, two outdoor heated swimming pools and a hot tub spa. The weekender offers three nights of half board, […]

Folk residency for Darren Ellis

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has awarded four residencies to artists working with folk material. They include choreographer Darren Ellis (pictured), who will work with musician Emily Askew on a project inspired by traditional Maypole, circle and ribbon dances.

Assis Carreiro to direct the Royal Ballet of Flanders

Assis Carreiro, the driving force behind DanceEast, has been appointed artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She joins the Antwerp-based company at a difficult time. The previous director, Kathryn Bennetts, clashed with the Flemish culture minister, Joke Schauvliege, over plans to amalgamate the Antwerp opera and ballet companies under a single intendant.

Applications open for Resolution! 2013

The Place is now accepting applications for the 2013 edition of Resolution!, its open showcase for the newest in contemporary dance.

B is for Beke

“Strictly Come Dancing” star Anton Du Beke is putting the finishing touches to his latest book, B is for Ballroom, which is to be available from October 18. Anton’s new book promises to guide you through the world of ballroom, helping even the novice reader become an armchair expert on everything from costumes and choreography to […]

Dance UK mentoring scheme

Applications are now open for a new mentoring scheme for dancers who could be future leaders of the arts. Launched by Dance UK, with the support of Arts Council England and in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, the scheme will award mentorships to six independent dancers and 14 company dancers. The deadline for all applications […]

Zumba Love

Zumba Fitness has created a new fundraising arm, Zumba Love: Movin’ for Charity. The platform will focus on advancing charitable initiatives that raise funds and awareness for important causes while celebrating the joy of giving through dance.

Nigel Charnock, 1960-2012

The dancer and choreographer Nigel Charnock died on Wednesday, August 1 at St Christopher’s Hospice in London. He had been suffering from cancer of undiagnosed primary.

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