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Latest Dance News From Dance Direct

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

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

Image Credit: Beth Chalmers

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

Image Credit: English National Ballet perform Derek Deane’s Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo

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

Image Credit: Felix Fonteyn

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