Michael Flatley, the American-born Irish dancer known internationally for his appearances in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, has launched the Michael Flatley DANCE Academy in and around the London area. The Academy aims to teach his unique style of Irish dance to children and teenagers in an environment that builds self-confidence whilst also instilling […]
Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever London show following a hit UK and Ireland tour. Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become […]
Dancer Wayne Sleep will be sharing his memories alongside the music that has marked his career in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night, to be recorded at the Watford Colosseum on October 10. Played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra, and conducted by Gavin Sutherland, the music will include extracts from The Sleeping […]
Following the successful merger of The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund, the charity has adopted the working name of the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF). The new name has been chosen to signpost the all-encompassing support the fund provides to a variety of people from the dance profession. As the two […]
At a book-signing event for London Ballet Circle on August 2, its patron, Sir Peter Wright, read out to the members gathered his tribute to the Circle that he was unable to include in his recently published autobiography, Wrights and Wrongs. With permission from London Ballet Circle, we publish here his speech in full: “During […]
Over 50 designs for ballet by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in November 2015, are being presented this summer at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London. Sonnabend worked closely with choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as Peter Wright and Anthony Dowell, and the exhibition includes designs from ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadère […]
Jonathan Gray looks back to the Bolshoi Ballet’s first visit to London in 1956 This summer, the Bolshoi Ballet returns to London to dance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for a three-week season opening on July 25. Recently, visits by the company to the UK have become so regular they almost seem commonplace, […]
The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF) announced today that it has merged with the Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (DTBF) effective from January 1, 2016. This follows extensive liaison between the charities and their key stakeholders. The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund continues as a registered charity.
London Russian Ballet School, a growing vocational school founded by former Bolshoi dancer Evgeny Goremykin and Harriet Pickering and based in Clapham, south London, will be performing a programme of works at three venues in the capital in the coming weeks.
Natalia Osipova, the Russian-born principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, is to appear in a triple bill of specially created contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells next summer. The announcement was made at Sadler’s Wells’ annual press conference, where the theatre also revealed its plans for the first half of 2016.
Nominations for the National Dance Awards, organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, were announced today in advance of the award ceremony being held at the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place in London on January 25, 2016. The awards celebrate the vigour and variety of the UK’s thriving dance scene between September […]
Bill Harpe, a long-standing contributor to Dancing Times, is undertaking a 12-hour dance marathon on Saturday, September 19, in order to raise funds to cover a 35 per cent cut in Arts Council support over three years for The Black-E in Liverpool, the UK’s first community arts project, where he has been actively involved since […]