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

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

The Royal Ballet Reveals Season Highlights

The Royal Opera House has shared plans for its 2021/22 Season, the first since 2019. This includes five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, with both British and international talent taking to the stage. Read More

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Hairspray the Musical announces new West End dates

Hairspray the Musical has announced new West End dates, with its plans for a run which begins with social distancing in order to comply with any potential extension to government Covid-19 guidance. Read More

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Entering the Dance World

For any aspiring dancer, having a passion for dance means parents or carers must also have an interest and investment in dance, to enable the dancer in question to follow their dreams. Read More

Rise Up With Arts

Professional Dancer Anya Garnis is set to present 'Rise Up With Arts' with her dance partner and Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev. This global livestream event will air on 27 March, World Theatre Day. It features stars from the world of theatre, music and dance and celebrates the magical connection and transformative power of the arts. Read More

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English National Ballet to Release Performances Online

English National Ballet is bringing Derek Deane’s Swan Lake to online audiences via its recently launched streaming service, Ballet on Demand. It also presents Kenneth MacMillan’s romantic tragedy Manon, and recordings of the iconic ballets are available to rent. Read More

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Never before seen footage of Margot Fonteyn 

The Royal Academy of Dance has discovered some footage of its former President and famed ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, never before seen, which will be available to view as part of a free to visit display at the V&A to mark the RAD’s centenary. Read More

Scottish Ballet’s New Workshops

Scottish Ballet has launched a new programme of six online workshops for health and social care staff to help build personal resilience and enhance their wellbeing. Working in partnership with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, these preventative sessions aim to empower participants to self-care and manage stress. Read More

ArtsUnboxed - a new initiative for safely touring work in 2021

This spring, Greenwich Dance will launch ArtsUnboxed, an innovative new way to safely create, produce and tour dance in 2021. Read More

English National Ballet’s BalletActive

English National Ballet’s on-demand video platform hosts a wide variety of ballet-based online classes for all levels and abilities. Whether trying ballet for the first time, rediscovering a passion for dance, maintaining your ballet practice or just looking to build fitness at home, English National Ballet’s BalletActive has something for everyone. Read More

Royal Academy of Dance‘s Free Online Lockdown Dance Classes

The Royal Academy of Dance is on a mission to keep everyone moving and motivated from home through a range of accessible and free online classes in a range of dance styles. The global dance education organisation launched a host of online classes to keep young people active during lockdown, as well as the return of a weekly series of online ‘Silver Swans’ ballet exercise classes, designed to get the older generation moving at home. Read More

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts' Virtual Open Day

Following the success of its first virtual Open Day, the Hertfordshire-based Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is holding its first online Open Day of 2021 on 30 January, for entry into the 2021/22 academic year. It aims to give potential students an insight into what life is like at one of the UK's most prestigious performing arts schools. Read More

Life After Leaving...

Graduating from your vocational or undergraduate dance course can be daunting: how to make the transition into the working world? What to expect? Having trained in your chosen field at such a high level for three or more years, students can feel as though they have been thrown out into the abyss to cope on their own. Rather than anticipating the problems and hardships that might come your way, be excited for the new challenges! Read More

Open Online Theatre Festival 2021

 IJAD Dance Company has launched its 2021 live-streamed Open Online Theatre Festival featuring new pieces by performing artists making work specifically for live-streaming. The performances will reflect the artists’ experiences of 2020 in four regions of the UK and also Lebanon, developing their work via online co-creation sessions on the Open Online Theatre platform. Read More

Sadler’s Wells & BBC Arts’ all-day digital festival Dancing Nation

Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts has announced details of a new collaboration celebrating outstanding dance talent as it returns to the stage, in an all-day digital, live and pre-recorded broadcast, Dancing Nation. Read More

Choreography: Making it your own 

As a dancer who is taught meticulous detail, instructed on what to do - and when and how - sometimes it can be difficult to take the lead and add your stamp to choreography. Teachers might encourage you to improvise for eight counts mid-routine, or simply expand what has been taught, but this is harder for some dancers than it is others. Read More

Stretching Strife

It is almost impossible to think about dance without thinking of stretching. On the whole, dancers stretch to help them feel limber enough to take class, rehearse or perform, but also to improve and maintain overall range of movement. Flexibility can be improved, however each body has its own natural range which places limits on how far it can be pushed without doing damage. Read More

First Pointes

The first pair of pointe shoes is a huge milestone for any ballet dancer. There is so much care, preparation, training and time that goes into the process of learning pointe work, so to ensure the longevity of your time en pointe it is important to work hard and not cut corners. Read More