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Daniel Pratt considers how technology can be beneficial to ballet

I’m plundering conversations I’ve had this month to reflect on technology; I want to begin a dialogue about its potential within dance. The application of new technology within dance medicine is increasingly documented, and progress in more sophisticated lighting and stage techniques affords creative teams a broader palette to paint from, but is technology transforming […]

Barbara Newman on cultural identity

Suddenly, the most engaging dances around deal with cultural identity and immigration, the same topics that fill newspaper headlines. In 2015, Shobana Jeyasingh conceived Material Men to display two performers and their specialised talents – Shailesh Bahoran’s for hip hop, Sooraj Subramaniam’s for Bharata Natyam. Enlarging the original piece to absorb a slice of history, […]

Shirley Ballas: Strictly’s new head judge

Strictly Come Dancing has announced its new head judge: Shirley Ballas, the Latin dancer and international coach, will replace Len Goodman on the panel of the BBC show. Born in Wallasey in 1960, Ballas had a glittering competitive career: three-time British Open Latin champion, ten-time United States Latin American champion. By the age of 23, […]

Les Enfants Terribles

Literature and dance are age-old partners. Challenged by the weave in words of plot, character, atmosphere, emotion, time and place, choreographers reinvent the textual elements that most appeal to them, fully aware and possibly frightened that they can’t realise them all. José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, Robert Helpmann’s Hamlet, and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream capture […]

Move for fair pay and conditions in dance

Equity, the artists’ trade union, and DanceEast have agreed an innovative policy on choreographic commissions. An attempt to tackle low pay and poor conditions in commissioned dance work, the policy will apply to all commissions awarded by DanceEast from January 1, 2017. The policy has several key elements. It requires choreographers to pay rates that […]

Swing Patrol launches new fitness classes

Swing Patrol, the swing dance school and events company, has launched a new fitness workout called SwingTrain. Developed by Scott Cupit, the 2015 Dance Today Dance Teacher of the Year who won investment on the BBC show Dragons’ Den, SwingTrain is an upbeat cardio programme performed to vintage swing, gospel, jazz and blues. Aimed at working […]

Liam Scarlett to join Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet has announced that, from 2017, Liam Scarlett will join the company as artistic associate. This is in addition to Scarlett’s role as artist in residence with The Royal Ballet. Queensland Ballet has already danced Scarlett’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. He will return to […]

Dance Today Dance Teacher of the year

So many of our readers love to dance, and love the teachers who have led, informed and inspired them. When magazine Dance Today, now incorporated into Dancing Times, launched the Teacher of the Year competition for social dance teachers, we were amazed and touched by our readers’ votes. You didn’t just vote for your teachers, […]

Launch of Acosta Danza

Carlos Acosta launched his new company, Acosta Danza, at the Sadler’s Wells season press launch on October 24. The new company is Acosta’s biggest project since his retirement from ballet, announced two years ago. At the press conference, he said that it would enhance the culture of Cuban people, and launch the careers of Cuban […]

2017 at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced highlights for its spring/summer 2017 season, including the UK launch of Carlos Acosta’s new dance company, a new programme from Sergei Polunin, a response to the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015 and new works by Alexander Whitley and Richard Alston. The new company Acosta Danza will perform at the London dance […]

Strictly Speaking – week 5

Has anyone checked if the Strictly studio is built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Or has a disgruntled crewmember started compiling voodoo dolls? For there is a curse afoot, and not the usual home-wrecking one, with this drama-laden series beginning to resemble And Then There Were None. Injuries befalling Anastacia, Greg, Tameka and now […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

Ringers vs comedians, simmering drama and a soaring jive: Marianka Swain on Strictly Come Dancing True to form, there was something of a post-theme comedown in this week’s show – at least until that climatic flurry of 10s. Is Week 4 too soon for such a high score? Was the sudden mano a mano rivalry a […]

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