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Back on stage

Editor Jonathan Gray asked Francesca Hayward, a principal with The Royal Ballet, how she prepared to get back on stage in front of a live audience following lockdown When was your last performance before lockdown? It was Dances at a Gathering on February 25 – the title of the ballet is so ironic! Was lockdown […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. Add in some unfortunate sexism and another trying week of Judge Anton, and this […]

InterMission

Presented in partnership with Save the Children on December 10, InterMission will be streamed to audiences all over the world via YouTube for free, while providing viewers with secure and convenient opportunities for donating directly to the charity throughout the programme. The online spectacle will showcase performances by top ballet principals including Daniel Ulbricht, Julian […]

Birmingham Royal Ballet at 30

Following live performances of Lazuli Sky in Birmingham and London last month, Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced Birmingham Royal Ballet at 30 – Supported by Birmingham City Council. The celebratory free online show will be available to watch worldwide for free on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Facebook page for seven days from 8pm today, November 19. […]

New dancewear collection by cover star

Our September cover star Bethany Kingsley Garner, principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, has launched her own dancewear collection with Move Dance. The range was developed and created by Bethany with the help of a team of creators at Move Dance. She writes: “We have been busy evolving and perfecting the collection, taking inspiration from timeless […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a small child pleading for ice cream repeatedly during a six-hour drive. Yes, fine, don’t spill it […]

Nicola Adams to leave Strictly

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones are to leave Strictly Come Dancing after Katya tested positive for COVID-19. Katya is asymptomatic and the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines. As part of the protocols outlined ahead of the series, this sadly means they will no longer be able to take part in […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 3

You know what I didn’t need during a week where I’ve barely slept, my body now programmed to wake up at 3am, lunge for my phone and frantically check the Pennsylvania count? The absolute, unadulterated nightmare fuel that was Strictly Movie Week. Truly there is no punishment great enough for whoever dreamed up that Simpsons […]

Lazuli Sky

Ordinarily, a sprinkling of viewers scattered around the seats at Sadler’s Wells would be a sorry sight, representing all too clearly a general lack of interest in that night’s attraction. Now, however, as they waited eagerly for Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) to present three new pieces – two never performed in the UK before, one […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Marianka Swain on Strictly’s first elimination this year. Is Strictly the last remaining thread holding this nation together? Arguably yes, given that the BBC had to cut away from Boris Johnson’s press conference on Saturday lest riots break out in the streets. Perhaps also because there are only so many ill-formatted graphs one person can […]

November 2020 issue

This month, we celebrate the return of The Royal Ballet to the stage of the Royal Opera House, find out more about Uprooted, a remarkable new documentary film about jazz dance, ask how safe our dance schools are, and discover how Birmingham Royal Ballet has been preparing to get ready to perform again. No more […]

Safer Dance

The government’s guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Community Clubs, After-School Clubs and Tuition, was published today, October 21, 2020. Along with many other voluntary groups and clubs for children, dance schools are not regulated by any single organisation and the government’s guidance remains non-statutory. Now leading lights in the world of dance have set up […]

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