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The Dance Champions Group

The Dance Champions Group has held its first Dance Summit. Formed by Rod Aldridge at the request of the Secretary of State for Health, this group – which includes choreographer Wayne McGregor, dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, choreographer and dance judge Arlene Philips and other figures from the worlds of dance, sport and government […]

Without Walls

Without Walls, a consortium of eight of the UK’s arts festivals, has a new two-year funding deal with Arts Council England. The organisation has appointed Rose Fenton, co-founder of the London International Festival of Theatre, as chair.

Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company plans to reposition itself as a centre for excellence for inclusive dance practice from 2011 onwards. The company has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) for a nine-month period of research, partnership building and business plan development.

Alchemy

Alchemy, a new festival celebrating contemporary and traditional culture from India, will be held at the Southbank Centre from April 7–11. The programme consists of music, dance, literature, food, debate and fashion, including free classical and folk dance workshops.

The Independent Dance Manager’s Network (IDMN)

The Independent Dance Manager’s Network (IDMN)is open for applications for 2010–11. This network and forum has led a number of sector debates (including the last three British Dance Editions) and has helped produce the Independent Dance Managers’ Review and Audit of services.

The Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Leadership Programme has unveiled its first list of “Women to Watch”, highlighting the work of 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK. The list includes several dance figures. Claire Cunningham, a choreographer and performer who uses crutches on stage and in everyday life, is co-director of Waterbaby Dance Ltd.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Culture Minister Margaret Hodge

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Culture Minister Margaret Hodge have announced the Creative Bursaries Scheme, a two-year grants programme, providing at least 40 internships with established arts companies for graduates from deprived backgrounds.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet will perform as part of “Works & Process” at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, on May 14–15.

The Milwaukee Ballet

The Milwaukee Ballet is celebrating its success: despite the recession, it has increased its subscriber base by more than 25 per cent, with ticket sales, sponsorships and donations also up.

The 24th International Competition for Choreographers

The 24th International Competition for Choreographers will be held at the Staatsoper Hannover on April 3–4. The jury, directed by Ed Wubbe, has chosen 15 finalists, selected from over 180 applicants from 42 countries – a new record.

Royal Danish Ballet Plans

The Royal Danish Ballet has announced its season for 2010-11. It will include a new production of Bournonville’s A Folk Tale, directed by Nikolai Hübbe and Sorella Englund, with designs by Mia Stensgaard.

Birmingham Royal Ballet on tour

Birmingham Royal Ballet will go from international straight into smaller-scale local touring this summer. From May 7-9, the company dance Swan Lake at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, US, following sell-out performances of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007. Back in the UK, the company and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia split in half to perform […]

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