The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has unveiled its new programme of activities at Cecil Sharp House, London. Classes are based on traditional English folk arts, with activities for children, young people, adults and families.
Held at Chiswick’s Town Hall (pictured) on January 19, the Swingin’ the Blues Ball is a full day of blues dancing, covering everything from the “Slow Drag” of the 1920s to the latest Utopian Blues.
Week 12 And then we came to the end. Not the world (sorry, Mayans!), though to loyal sequin superfans or anyone not seduced by Louis’s “guns”, it may feel that way. Still, we now have our Strictly champions after an action-packed night featuring three gosh-no-not-at-all-trained girls and one acrobat with his top off.
Ballroom plays a big part in Southbank Centre’s glittering Winter Festival, which runs until January 7. Alongside theatre, cabaret and Christmas markets, there will be a range of events in the dance spaces of the London venue.
In January’s Dancing Times, now on sale, Zoë Anderson interviews Liam Scarlett (pictured, with Leanne Cope). Here’s more from that interview, in which Scarlett talks about his career as a choreographer and as dancer with The Royal Ballet, ideas on design and his busy schedule.
The BalletBoyz are back, touring the TALENT 2013, a Double Bill of new works by the award-winning choreographers Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant.
Brendan Keaney (pictured), currently director of Greenwich Dance, has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of DanceEast, Ipswich. He replaces Assis Carreiro, who has left to direct the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and will take up the post in March 2013.
One Night in Vienna is a new show based on the Viennese tradition of music and dance.
Celebrate Christmas with a touch of flamenco or the Argentine tango at Sadler’s Wells over the festive period. Christmas flamenco courses run between December 27 and 31, catering from everyone from complete beginners to professionals.
For something different, catch a belly dance version of Sleeping Beauty at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield on December 20–22. Seven belly dance groups are getting together, for the first time, to stage the production.
New year brings ballroom to the stage. As Strictly Come Dancing finishes its run on television, its professional dancers switch to the theatre.
As 2012 draws to a close, we reflect on a year that saw a number of changes within the UK dance world. There were three new artistic directors of leading UK dance companies, cuts in Arts Council funding and threats to the inclusion of arts subjects in the new English Baccalaureate exams from 2015. (Click […]