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Unlimited festival goes digital

The Southbank Centre’s first digital Unlimited festival programme features five days of dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists from January 13 to 17, 2021. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor exhibition onsite at the Southbank Centre, Unseen by artist Suzie Larke.  Dance highlights, […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. Could our dance show, which has been an escapist haven during a grim, dark winter, […]

WIN! Romeo and Juliet on DVD

Courtesy of Opus Arte, we have five copies of Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words on DVD to give away as competition prizes. The film stars Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward as Juliet and first soloist William Bracewell as Romeo, making his much-anticipated debut in the role. Directed and produced by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt […]

January 2021

This month, we find out from Rebecca Haw how to audition during the pandemic, talk to Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, and hear how Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci got back into shape. We also find out how dance companies in France and the US have been coping with COVID-19.  Step forward Deborah Weiss finds […]

Season changes at Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota Ballet has announced changes to the remainder of the company’s 30th anniversary season, designed to allow audience members to experience the anniversary digitally and in person. Full Season and Flex Four Ballet Subscribers will be given the opportunity to attend a socially-distanced special performance; in addition, the company will be creating a new outdoor […]

Northern Ballet wins at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Northern Ballet has won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for its production of Victoria. Presented at a socially-distanced ceremony at the London Coliseum on December 9, Northern Ballet was nominated alongside Ballet Black and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. The awards will be televised on Sky Arts, Freeview channel 11, at […]

Three dance tips for staying in competitive shape

The year 2020 affected all aspects of our lives. The dance world is just beginning to overcome its shock and stress and slowly get back on its feet. Just like me. In March and April, all the dance studios in New York were shut down. Teachers like me were forced to find a new path […]

Theatre for one pound

A new fund, launched by the mother of a young dance student, aims to raise money for UK theatres by asking everyone for just £1. “I launched #theatrefor1pound to help the arts, in particular Northern Ballet and Leeds Playhouse, following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Victoria Smith. “Theatre is for everyone and I wanted to encourage […]

Dane Hurst to be new artistic director of Phoenix

Choreographer and dancer Dane Hurst has been appointed the new artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre. Hurst will be the eighth artistic director of Phoenix, and takes up the mantle from Sharon Watson who departed the company in May 2020. Hurst takes up the role in early 2021, ahead of the company’s 40th birthday in […]

How is the adult ballet community coping in lockdown? 

There is a moment in every ballet class when your serotonin levels hit a peak. You’ve survived the prolonged ache of adagio, managed to not fall out of your pirouettes and somehow your calves are still functional after petit allegro. Finally, it’s time for grand allegro. You feel buoyant as you waltz across the room […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Well, that was a jolly Musicals Week. Although very strange to think it’s already the quarter-finals, when it feels like we’ve only just begun the series. Product of both a shorter Strictly, and time losing all meaning in 2020. I’m both relieved we’re nearly at the end of this year and sad that our sparkly […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. Though I still think she got a raw deal overall this series, we never really […]

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