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David Wall

David Wall, one of the UK’s greatest male dancers, died on June 18, 2013. Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, and Tamara Rojo, director of English National Ballet, have led tributes to Wall as a dancer, teacher and coach.

Cloud Dance Festival

Cloud Dance Festival, a showcase for new contemporary ballet and dance, returns this year with Lacuna, a programme at London’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre from July 5 to 7.

Quickstep through the week

Get out your diaries and your dancing shoes – here are a few events to look out for in the coming week or so…

English National Ballet new season

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced plans for the 2013–14 season, including new works by Akram Khan, Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant, the company’s first performances at London’s Barbican Theatre and a guest appearance by Carlos Acosta.

Dance Today Teacher of the Year: the results

As they say on Strictly, “the votes have been counted and verified”… and we are very happy to reveal the winner of the first ever Dance Today Teacher of the Year competition. Huge congratulations to Pauline Mason of Danceworks in Devon, the teacher with the most reader votes, and congratulations, too, to runners-up sisters Suzanne […]

Kobborg leaves Les Vêpres siciliennes

Johan Kobborg, who with Alina Cojocaru left The Royal Ballet this month, has also left the Royal Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes. The opera features a lavish ballet on the theme of the four seasons. The new staging, a co-production between the Royal Opera and the Royal Danish Opera, was to have […]

Five Dances – a modern ballet evening in Budapest

Five Dances – a modern ballet evening Hungarian National Ballet, Erkel Theatre, Budapest – June 1, 2013 In its aim to attract newcomers to enjoy dance, the Hungarian National Ballet certainly got things right when putting together its latest evening of modern ballets. With pieces not too long to let attention wander, and accompanied by […]

Obituary: Esther Williams, million dollar mermaid

Esther Williams, who has died aged 91, swam through some of Hollywood’s most elaborate musical spectacles in the 1940s and 1950s. A champion swimmer turned movie star, she had a magnificent, athletic figure and a smile that kept its natural brightness even as she emerged from Technicolor pools, fountains and firework displays.  

Experience the National Youth Dance Company

The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) is holding workshops across England to recruit new members for the coming year. Dancers aged 16 to 18 can take part in the company’s Experience Days. After this workshop stage, selected dancers will be invited to final auditions. So far, workshops in London, Kent, Salford and Newcastle have been […]

It takes four to tan-go

Following hot on the (Cuban) heels of departing Doctor Who Matt Smith, this week saw the mass exodus from Strictly Come Dancing of long-standing and, in some cases, long-suffering professionals Erin Boag, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Aliona Vilani. Can the newbies possibly follow in their nimble footsteps? We’re looking for a slightly uncomfortable national stereotype, […]

BalletBoyz Gala

The BalletBoyz will celebrate the opening of the company’s new studio and home base in Kingston with a special gala performance. Held at the Rose Theatre, Kingston on June 22, the gala will include Royal Ballet stars Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares and the return to the stage of the original BalletBoyz, William Trevitt and […]

Cojocaru and Kobborg to leave The Royal Ballet

Principals Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg will leave The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012–13 season. They are leaving the company to pursue other other artistic challenges.  

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