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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 […]

WIN! Royal Ballet DVDs

As a special treat for December, we have five DVDs of performances by The Royal Ballet to give away as a competition prize. Included are Giselle (with Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta), Coppélia (with Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov), La Fille mal gardée (with Osipova and Steven McRae), a triple bill of Concerto, Enigma Variations […]

Dance Professionals Fund

New grants are now available from the Dance Professionals Fund, closing on December 9. Open to dancers, dance teachers and choreographers who are in need of financial support as a result of Covid-19. Read the guidelines and apply here  

December 2020 issue

This month, we find out what it was like for dancers and a choreographer to return back to work in the theatre, hear from Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, discover who may have been the hidden hand behind Vaslav Nijinsky’s dismissal from the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1911, and talk to Manuel Legris, the new […]

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 […]


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. […]

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