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December 2015 issue

As Christmas approaches, Dancing Times gets ready for The Nutcracker and for the final rounds of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing ­– which appears on our cover for the first time, with cover stars Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. We also meet promising young dancers – ballroom and Latin couple Glenn Richard Boyce and Alexandra […]

The BENCH, a new programme for female choreographers

2Faced Dance Company has announced The BENCH, a new programme to support female choreographers in the UK. Running from 2015 to 2018, the programme will train and mentor around 18 promising women, with masterclasses, training sessions and opportunities to connect with venues, programmes and commissioners. The programme is funded by Arts Council England and an […]

Royal Ballet 2015-16 plans

The Royal Ballet’s new season, announced today by Kevin O’Hare, will include Frankenstein by Liam Scarlett and new works by Carlos Acosta, Will Tuckett, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor.

Choreographers and composers at Phoenix

Phoenix Dance Theatre will host a Choreographers and Composers Lab in July 2015. Held in the company’s state-of-the-art dance centre in Leeds, the two-week intensive course is designed for professional choreographers and composers at an early stage of their careers.

UPDATE: BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer, a search for the UK’s most talented young dancers, has announced a starry line-up of judges, including Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick Sandy and Alistair Spalding. Carlos Acosta will be ambassador for the new talent competition, whose final rounds will be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four. […]

Ghost Peloton at Yorkshire Festival

On May 16 and 17, a glowing parade of cyclists will perform a “ghost peloton” at Waides Yard in Leeds. Phoenix Dance Theatre is among the collaborators in the choreographed live event, which fuses endurance sport, dance and public art.

Entries open for New Adventures Choreographer Award 2014

The second New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) is now open to emerging choreographers of all ages. Originally established to celebrate Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010, NACA will choose one or more winners to create a showcase of new work in 2014. The inaugural award, held in 2012, was won by James Cousins.

2013-14 in the Linbury Studio Theatre

The dance programme for the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House has been announced.

Dance at the Royal Opera House in 2012/13

Alongside The Royal Ballet’s new season plans, The Royal Opera House has announced the rest of its dance programme, including performances by Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Arthur Pita, Will Tuckett | Dance Theatre, Danish Dance Theatre and Bern:Ballett.

New Adventures Choreographer Award

22-year-old James Cousins has won the first New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). Nearly 100 aspiring choreographers applied for the award, created to celebrate the 50th birthday of New Adventures’ choreographer Matthew Bourne. Impressed by the standard of applications, the judges have created a runner-up prize, awarded to 19-year-old Tom Jackson Greaves.

New music for dance

The Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond Fund has given awards to commission three new scores for dance, for performance between 2011 and 2013 by Phoenix Dance Theatre, Company Decalage and at Dance Umbrella.

The Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Leadership Programme has unveiled its first list of “Women to Watch”, highlighting the work of 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK. The list includes several dance figures. Claire Cunningham, a choreographer and performer who uses crutches on stage and in everyday life, is co-director of Waterbaby Dance Ltd.

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