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Dance Proms goes global

Posted on March 1, 2013


Dance Proms is inviting entries from dance teachers around the world for the 2013 showcase of young dance talent at the Royal Albert Hall, London on November 3. It is the first time that this multi-genre dance spectacular has been opened up to international entries.

The event, which is now in its third year, offers young dancers the chance to perform at one of the world’s most iconic venues. After many requests from dancers and teachers alike, Dance Proms has decided this year to add an international dimension to the event. Online registration is now open here.   

Dance Proms patron 2012 Darcey Bussell said: “It’s so important that young talent has a chance to see what other talented people are doing at this national event. I know from my own experience how important it is to see what your peers are up to while you’re training. For a student, performing at the Royal Albert Hall is out of this world. They learn so much and it will affect them for the rest of their lives.”

Last year’s event involved 26 acts from around the UK, with more than 450 dance students performing ballroom, ballet, salsa, street dance, jive and jazz dance, alongside guest dancers including Strictly Come Dancing stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, as well as Top Hat’s Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen (pictured).
Dance Proms is a collaborative partnership between three of the world’s leading dance organisations, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), along with the Royal Albert Hall.
Members are invited to film and submit a short dance piece, which features dances choreographed by themselves or their students in any dance genre, either as a solo, duet, or group performance. A variety of acts will then be chosen by a panel of professionals and through a public vote to perform live at the Royal Albert Hall.
Registration is open until April 30. See for more information, to register and for terms and conditions.

Photograph © Elliott Franks

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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