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Launch into professional dance

Posted on February 24, 2011


launchOn March 5, Dance UK and The Place present Launch 2011, a professional development day for final year dance students and recent graduates. The day includes seminars, practical advice from dance professionals, networking opportunities and a chat show-style discussion session.


This year’s speakers include :


Steven Brett, former dancer, rehearsal director and associate artistic director of Rambert Dance Company

Mayuri Boonham, director of contemporary Indian dance company ATMA

Teneisha Bonner, principal dancer at ZooNation Dance Company

Lucy Field, freelance dancer

Robert Hylton, artistic director and choreographer of Urban Classicism

Rachel Krische, senior lecturer in Contemporary Dance at Leeds Metropolitan University

Andre Portasio, former dancer at English National Ballet

Kate Scanlan, project manager for British Dance Edition 2012

Anja Schall, Pilates practitioner


There will also be stalls for Equity, Dance UK, Ideas Tap, DTAP, DCD and Spotlight.


The event runs from 9.30am–6pm at The Place, London WC1. Tickets cost £35 (£30 for Dance UK members), including lunch and refreshments, and must be bought in advance. Call 0207 121 1042 or email for tickets.


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Picture: Myron Lodge-Birch, third year dance student at LIPA. Photograph: Chris Nash

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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