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August 2019 issue

We talk to two choreographers this month – Christian Spuck and Liam Scarlett – as well as hear from Ballet Black’s Cira Robinson as she is about to appear as a guest artist in Scottish Ballet’s The Crucible at the Edinburgh International Festival. We also discover how the dance scene is continuing in Venezuela, discover […]

Win tickets to Astana Ballet in London

Astana Ballet, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s leading ballet company, presents four one-act ballets in its London debut from September 12 to 14 at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. The mixed bill combines modern choreography with a flavour of traditional Kazakh folk art and includes performances of The Heritage of the Great Steppe, Love Fear […]

Swing in the sky

Swing Patrol and the crew at the Brighton BAi360 recently teamed up for swing dancing in the sky. Scott Cupit, director of Swing Patrol, said: “Our free dance at the BAi360 is one of the highlights of the year for the Swing Patrol Brighton dancers as not only is it a unique chance to dance […]

Call for artists!

A special call for projects to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in Canada has now been opened. In celebration of this anniversary and the special relationship between Quebec and the UK, the Quebec Government and the British Council are pleased to invite artists, directors, authors, and other cultural workers to submit […]

Win a book on Carlos Acosta’s Tocororo!

We have three copies of the late Angela Taylor’s photographic book Carlos Acosta Tocororo A Cuban Tale to giveaway as competition prizes. Published by Oberon Books in 2004, the volume includes photographs of Acosta and his dancers preparing for, and performing in, his well-known show, Tocororo, as well as some every-day scenes of Havana. To […]

Dancing for a Dream

A gala in support of Dexter Summerscales-Heard, nephew of ballet dancer Laurretta Summerscales, will take place at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on November 10. A former principal at English National Ballet, Summerscales is now a principal with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. Dexter has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other disabilities. The […]

Plaque for Kschessinska

A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to pay for a plaque to be attached to the building where the Russian dancer, Mathilde Kchessinska, taught her classes in Paris for many years is being organised. Born in Ligovo in 1872, Kschessinska became one of the greatest dancers at the Imperial Russian Ballet in St Petersburg in […]

The UK National Para Dance Sport Championships

The eighth UK National Para Dance Sport Championships took place on June 23 at the Centre for Sport Bristol at the University of the West of England. Run by Para Dance UK, the event saw 57 Debutante Para Dance athletes take to the floor to show off well-rehearsed routines and glittering costumes. Dancers participated in […]

July 2019 issue

This month we bid farewell to choreographer David Bintley, who is stepping down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet after 24 years; find out about Iain Mackay’s plans for the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars; and report back on the 2019 edition of Blackpool Dance Festival. In addition, we take a look at voguing, as well as […]

Scottish Ballet at 50

Scottish Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary this weekend at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh with guests taking over the theatre’s stage for a special dinner. For the company’s golden anniversary, giant gold pipes and twinkling lights hung from the rafters, bouquets were peppered with golden ferns and the event finale was dusted with “SB50” confetti falling […]

New season at the Barbican

The Barbican has announced its full September to December 2019 theatre and dance programme. The first production in the Barbican Theatre this season comes from London-based Boy Blue, who unveil the world premiere of their new dance theatre production REDD – a Barbican commission about life’s irreversible moments and the different ways they can affect people. […]

Midsummer Ball 2019

Bishopsgate Institute will welcome regular ballroom event attendees and new faces into its Great Hall this June 21, from 7pm to 11pm, for the Midsummer Ball 2019. As part of its 120th anniversary celebrations in 2014, Bishopsgate revived its 1894 launch event, a grand social dance in the Great Hall in the east London venue, […]

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