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Wayne’s world

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 […]

A new name

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 […]

Peter Wright pays tribute to the members of London Ballet Circle

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 […]

Sonnabend designs on display

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 […]

Sixty years of the Bolshoi

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, […]

Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dance Teachers’ Benevolent Fund merger

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

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.

Osipova to dance at Sadler’s Wells

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 announced

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’s dance marathon

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 […]

Sergei Filin’s contract at the Bolshoi not renewed

Sergei Filin, the director of the Bolshoi Ballet who was nearly blinded in a horrific acid attack organised by one of his own dancers in Moscow in 2013, has been told his contract with the company will not be renewed when it expires in March 2016.

Fallen Angels is looking for a female dancer

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is looking for a petite female dancer/dance artist with classical/contemporary dance training and at least three years professional experience.

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