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Discover the latest dance news and articles in our Dance Direct blogs, which are full of tips and useful information.

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The Royal Ballet’s streams kickstart the year

The Royal Opera House recently announced its productions that that will be streamed during January and beyond, offering audiences across the globe a huge range of ballet and dance to view. Read More

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Wondrous Stories at Birmingham 2022 Festival

Dance-circus company Motionhouse will be unveiling its Wondrous Stories Post Box in the Library of Birmingham on 18 January. The launch event will be attended by members of the creative team and performers from Wondrous Stories, the show which will open the Birmingham 2022 Festival on Centenary Square from 17-20 March. Read More

Sadler’s Wells in the Spring

Sadler’s Wells is set to kick off its spring 2022 season with a powerful offsite work about Black male identity. TRAPLORD, by London artist Ivan Michael Blackstock, is an immersive dance performance produced by Sadler’s Wells and 180 Studios. TRAPLORD uses dance, theatre and spoken word to question the stereotyping of Black men in contemporary western society. Read More

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English National Ballet’s 10 years of Dance for Parkinson’s

English National Ballet recently celebrated over a decade of its Dance for Parkinson’s programme. Read More

 

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A year of premieres for Scottish Ballet

After over a year, Scottish Ballet returned to stages with Gene Kelly’s Starstruck, which premiered as both a live tour and a feature-length dance film. The Nutcracker returned to stages in Scotland, with updates made to costumes and choreography, addressing racial stereotypes and questioning the gender of ‘hero’ characters. Read More 

Anything Goes this Christmas

The Barbican production of Anything Goes will be shown on BBC television this Christmas, having received rave reviews since it opened earlier this year. Read More

Updates for Dance Passion

One Dance UK and BBC Arts have announced further artists and locations involved in Dance Passion 2022, as part of a wider host of dance programming on BBC TV, radio, iPlayer and Sounds. Read More

 

 

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Northern Ballet’s Pinocchio

 Northern Ballet’s major national tour of a new ballet for children will be Pinocchio, which will tour nationally throughout the UK from February – April 2022. This will be following its world première, which took place in Leeds last month. The production will be visiting more than 20 theatres, delighting audiences everywhere. Read More

A new feature film from BalletBoyz

The internationally acclaimed dance company BalletBoyz has announced its return to both screen and stage. In March the company will return to live performance with Deluxe, a double bill fusing dance with original music and film content. Read More

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World Ballet School Day

World Ballet School Day 2021 recently took place on Saturday 13 November, and is now available to view on catch up. The second edition of the day began at 7am GMT, and over the course of the day students from seven schools of the organising committee shared interviews, discussions, rehearsal and performance footage to offer a unique insight into the world of professional ballet and dance training. Read More

Sadler’s Wells’ Hip Hop Theatre Academy

A new Hip Hop Theatre Academy to develop the next generation of hip hop theatre artists is one of the major initiatives at Sadler’s Wells’ fourth London venue, Sadler’s Wells East, due to open in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in late 2023. Read More

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World Premiere for Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta 

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s current triple bill is an exciting one, including two recently premiered works and the World premiere of a new pas de deux created for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri. Read More

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Tributes to Sir Robert Cohan

Yorke Dance Project will stage its new programme Past Present from 12-14 November at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. This will include 20th century classics from Martha Graham and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, the world premiere of Sir Robert Cohan’s final work and world premiere of so it is, a new work by artistic director Yolande Yorke-Edgell. Connecting to Cohan, a special performance in tribute to Sir Robert Cohan, will be then presented on 15 November. Read More

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is returning to the stage this Christmas. The festive family favourite will be performed at the London Coliseum from 16 December – 8 January. COVID-19 restrictions meant English National Ballet was unable to present a live version of Nutcracker for the first time in the Company’s 70 year history, but this December sees the show return to live audiences. Read More

Motionhouse to open Birmingham 2022 Festival

Leading UK dance-circus company Motionhouse will transform Birmingham into the stage for ‘Wondrous Stories’, a large-scale production which will be the opening show of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Read More

A Dancer’s Long Term Vision

For any aspiring dancer, having a long term vision is part and parcel of their career preparation. However, given the effects of the past 18 months on the world, it seems more manageable to break down long term goals into smaller steps in order to remain motivated. Read More

 

Keeping Up Your Mojo

Self-motivation could be described as a typical trait of a dancer, so used to pushing their minds and bodies, in the pursuit of excellence in their classes, training, rehearsals and performances. Like anything, however, this can wane due to any kind of circumstances, and can see dancers struggle with their enthusiasm and drive. Read More

Dance Consortium’s Spring Tours

Dance Consortium has recently announced two Spring 2022 UK tours opening at Sadler’s Wells: Acosta Danza, with a six-venue tour from 9 February to 5 March, and NDT 2, with a nine-venue tour from 16 February to 8 May. Read More

Fit to Dance

It is arguable that dance has a huge number of benefits, and it is hugely positive that it continues to grow in popularity. The NHS website published a guide in 2019 to help people start dancing, and it is now seen much more frequently on television and social media, and in a wider spectrum of its styles. Read More

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English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer: A Celebration

Celebrating 11 years of its Emerging Dancer competition, English National Ballet will stream a special event featuring a programme of classical ballet and new creations performed by previous winners. Recorded at the Company’s east London home, the stream will be available to watch for free on YouTube and Ballet on Demand, ‪from 9 September, for 30 days. Read More

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Plans

Following Birmingham Royal Ballet’s return to live performance, with the Curated by Carlos season and Cinderella at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth, Acosta will again balance the new and the classic in a season that begins with contrasting tellings of the greatest love story ever told. Read More

Masterclasses at Danceworks

London’s Danceworks began its masterclass series during the pandemic, leading with Alejandro Parente and Marianela Nuñez, followed by Vadim Muntagirov. Swapping out their stage costumes and practice wear put away for lockdown, and donning their best leotardstights and leggings, it has been a chance to offer unique training experiences to other dancers. Read More

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Dance Umbrella’s 2021 Festival 

Dance Umbrella, London’s annual international dance festival, has announced that it will return this October with a number of live, in-person performances for the first time since 2019, alongside a collection of digital events aimed at sparking conversations, inspiring creativity and celebrating choreographic talent. Read More

Johannes Radebe: Freedom

TV dancing sensation and international champion Johannes Radebe presents his first UK Tour, Johannes Radebe: Freedom, which will open ‪on 16 March and run to ‪1 May 2022. Read More

English National Ballet Updates 

As rehearsals for English National Ballet’s 2021-2022 season begin, the company has announced some updates. Read More

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New Shows this Autumn at Sadler’s Wells   

Sadler’s Wells has announced its productions for autumn 2021, including from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Read More

Scottish Ballet Returns with UK Premiere of Gene Kelly’s Ballet

This autumn Scottish Ballet plans a return to stage and screen with Gene Kelly’s ballet Pas de Dieux, giving a new twist for its UK premiere. One of the first choreographers to bring the ‘American style’ to Europe, the legendary icon Gene Kelly was invited to create an original work for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1960.  Read More

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UK Tour of Grease Rescheduled

The producers of the first new production in 25 years of the iconic musical Grease have rescheduled the 2021 dates of the UK tour. The musical was due to tour in 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, the 2021 tour will now begin at Curve, Leicester from 30 – 31 July. Read More

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Kids Week

Official London Theatre's Kids Week is back this summer, giving theatre lovers the opportuity to essentially take a child to the theatre for free when accompanied by a full paying adult, to different shows throughout August. Over 30 shows are participating in the scheme for performances from 1 - 31 August, with Kids Week being all about encouraging children into the theatre. Read More

Helping Dancers with Disabilities - Impetus Dance

Impetus Dance are keen to support their members by providing them opportunities and demonstrating to others the importance of inclusion in Dance practice in the UK. Read More

The U.Dance National Festival is back

The U.Dance National Festival 2021 is set to take place from 16–18 July. It is a free weekend of streamed dance masterclasses, showcases, careers talks and information sessions for young people, engaging the best dancers and dance leaders to share their skills. Read More

Breakin’ Convention 2021

Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention, the festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns for its 18th year and has announced its line-up for this year’s socially distanced programme, curated by hip hop theatre pioneer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D. Read More

 

Manchester International Festival Highlights

Manchester International Festival, the world’s first artist-led festival of original, new work and special events, has unveiled its 2021 programme, which will take place from 1-18 July. Read More

Birmingham International Dance Festival

Birmingham International Dance Festival is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham; creating distinctive new work; building audiences, and engaging communities in participatory activity. Read More

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to recommence its tour

Mark Goucher and first-time producer Jason Donovan have announced that Miles Western, Nick Hayes and Edwin Ray will star in the hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  Read More

Birmingham Royal Ballet announces live performances and world premieres

Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have announced a triple bill and performances of an adapted production of Sir David Bintley’s classic Cinderella for audiences to enjoy this June. Read More

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Scottish Ballet announces Safe to Be Me™ Festival 2021

Scottish Ballet has announced the Safe to Be Me™ Festival 2021 programme; a digital festival of dance to celebrate diversity, made possible with the support of Aberdeen Standard Investments. Read More

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New Shows at Sadler’s Wells

Audiences will be welcomed back to Sadler’s Wells from 17 May, with seven productions which are scheduled to run between May and September. The first six will have social distancing measures in place, in line with current UK Government guidance. Read More

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Scottish Ballet’s New Dance Films

Scottish Ballet has unveiled two new dance films created in collaboration with people living with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and dementia, as part of their creative engagement project Haud Close. Read More

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Treat Your Dancing Feet

Many dancers are guilty of using their feet to their limit, but sometimes neglect to look after them sufficiently. Dance would be considerably harder if feet did not do their job properly when required to, which is why foot care for dancers is so important. Read More