National Dance Awards 2017 winners at the Barbican Centre. Source: Twitter @NatDanceAwards
Winners Announced – 18th National Dance Awards

The winners of The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre hosted by award-winning choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Rambert dancer and choreographer, Dane Hurst. The De Valois Award for Outstanding…

Francesco Pireddu
Francesco Pireddu

Dancer Francesco Pireddu was born and raised in Sardinia, Italy. He began dancing in Rome. Three years later he moved to Tuscany to continue his professional ballet training under the direction of…

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Woman SRSLY open call for dance work!

Woman SRSLY champions bold new female-led performance through platforms and networking support and aims to create a platform for female artists to share their ideas and experiences. Woman SRSLY is launching an open…

Why I admire the corps de ballet…

Ballet dancer Claudia Suárez (pictured centre above) tells us why she admires the corps de ballet… Every time someone asks me if I want to go to a bigger company and be a…

Precious Adams in Elite Syncopations ©ROH, 2017. Photographed by Bill Cooper
English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer finalists are…

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be held at the London Coliseum for the first time on 11 June 2018. Through this annual event, English National Ballet recognises the excellence of its artists. Selected by their…

TOBY. Source: https://www.theplace.org.uk
Resolution 2018: TOBY/Barnaby Booth Dance/ella&co

I wondered, who is TOBY? A small collective of London-based female dancers performing distinct work, they are a worthy discovery. Led by choreographer Katy Higgins, who credits the dancers in the creation of the…

A photo from #nofilter by Ella&co. part of the Resolution 2018 The Place (c) Lidia Crisafulli 2018
Resolution 2018: TOBY/Barnaby Booth Dance/ella&co

Through Episodic 86, TOBY provided a highly energised opening. With abounding strength and power, the female performers present us with an intricate exploration of the recollection of memory. The work paced through a seemingly endless…

Roisin O Brien. Source: https://www.theplace.org.uk
Resolution 2018: Roisin O’Brien/Kaia Goodenough/Body Politic

Róisín O’Brien’s research explores two contradictory images of Donald Trump. Admired by some, criticized by many, the USA President’s personality has sparked a stream of divided opinions. “Make America Great Again” resonates in the…

Photo by Ardian Lumi
BBC outlines dance season for 2018

BBC Arts outlines some of the BBC’s ambitions for dance programming in 2018! DANCE SEASON: BBC Arts lifts the curtain on thriving dance scene with a special season of programming for BBC…

Niv Novak and The Gift video collaboration: You Will Be Queen

The Gift ends a remarkable 2017 with You Will Be Queen, their fourth video single from the critically acclaimed new album, ALTAR, produced by Brian Eno and mixed by Flood. In this stunning fourth video single, You Will Be Queen,…

Bolshoi's Nutcracker. Anna Nikulina and Denis Rodkin
The Bolshoi Ballet’s cinema screening of The Nutcracker

As part of the 2017/18 Bolshoi Ballet in cinema season the company presents the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. A festive tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and…

Laraine Denny Burrell
RISING ABOVE IT ALL By Laraine Denny Burrell

Laraine Denny Burrell has lived an extraordinary life. Her world travels and experiences as a professional dancer were anything but ordinary, as she witnessed a plane bombing in Barbados and was held…

Sergei Polunin -Projec Polunin
Project Polunin’s “Satori” casting announced!

Sergei Polunin is delighted to announce full casting for Project Polunin’s SATORI, which will play a limited season at the London Coliseum from 5 to 10 December 2017, with a press night on Wednesday…

Artists of Ballet BC in Solo Echo. Photo by Wendy D.
Ballet British Columbia Artistic Director Emily Molnar – the ballerina who saved the company from bankruptcy

Ballet British Columbia, Canada’s leading contemporary dance company, is heading to the UK for their first tour in 2018. Founded in 1986, Ballet British Columbia has been under the artistic directorship of…

Cinderella in rehearsal: David Bintley with Jenna Roberts. Photo by Ty Singleton
Ballet Now – First commissions announced

Birmingham Royal Ballet, in association with Sadler’s Wells, has announced the first three choreographers and first two composers commissioned as part of Ballet Now – a unique five-year programme of professional development…

BostonBallet -Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker. Photo by Liza Voll Photography
Boston Ballet presents Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker

Boston Ballet proudly presents the return of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, the cherished family-friendly holiday tradition. Since its world premiere in 2012, Mikko Nissinen’s and Robert Perdziola’s re-envisioned production has been delighting audiences…

Mele Broomes - Glasgow based choreographer and performer
Two programmes to help artists and choreographers!

One Dance UK announced selection for Scottish Dance Artists Mentoring and Choreographers Observership Programmes 2017-18! Organised in partnership with Creative Scotland, One Dance UK has created two programmes to help artists and…

The Unity of Dance
How dance can unify us all!

Two fans of all forms of dance and filmmakers, Kyle Lau & Michael Bromberg from HopSkip Cinema wanted to create a project that shows how, no matter where you’re from or what…

Tala Lee-Turton, photo by Nicola Selby
Bolshoi Ballet Academy Graduate Tala Lee-Turton makes history at the infamous ballet school

21 year old ballet dancer Tala Lee-Turton is only the third ever British female to break through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In this podcast interview, Tala tells us about her life as…

Technique and Thought Over Tricks In Ballet

Dance Teacher Katrena Cohea takes a look dance technique v tricks. Today I saw an Instagram video of a beautiful dancer. She was being coached on what looked like a rond de jambe…

Record Number of B-Boys Do the Windmill in Holland
Break Dancing World Record!

A new World Record has just been set by some of the best break dancers in the world, with less than a month to go before the Red Bull BC-One World Final. Power…

Polyphonia, photo © Paul Kolnik
New York City Ballet’s Here/Now is triumphant!

As the curtain rises on Here/Now, the entire audience collects and abides. The bareness of the the orchestra quietly commands us into hypnotism. For the next 2 hours, we lay ourselves in the knowing…

Birmingham Royal Ballet Artist Brogan McKelvey talks to fellow dancer Lydia Holt

Brogan McKelvey is young, fresh, fearless and switched on! Brogan recently joined Birmingham Royal Ballet and talks to fellow dancer and ballet friend Lydia Holt – our new podcast host for The Wonderful…

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Going to the theatre equals 30 min cardio workout!

Who would’ve thought you could get fit just by going to the theatre! Watching a live theatre performance can stimulate your cardiovascular system to the same extent as doing 28 minutes of…

Royal Ballet dancer Anna Rose O'Sullivan in rehearsal. Photo by Andrej Uspenki
World Ballet Day! #BalletNoFilter

Get ready for World Ballet Day! From 12 pm on Thursday 5 October, audiences around the world are invited to watch 5 hours of behind the scenes live footage from The Royal Ballet direct to…

Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal
Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal talks candidly about ballet life

Lauren Lovette is lovely. Not only is she an inspirational dancer with an enviable ballet career, a massive social media following and is an upcoming choreographer, but she’s genuinely a lovely lovely…

A Hero of our time - Bolshoi ballet in cinemas
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinemas

The 2017/18 Bolshoi Ballet in cinema season showcases some of ballet’s greatest classical works performed by the world’s finest dancers and restaged by today’s most celebrated choreographers to create a unique cinematic…

Darley Dance Company
The Female Dancer founder gives advice and opportunities for freelance dancers

Often dancers grow up wanting a career with a top ballet or dance company, but for many as they grow older this either becomes unattainable or undesirable. However, this doesn’t have to…

Rambert Dancer Carolyn Bolton (c) Benedict Johnson
Rambert Revealed at South Bank

Rambert Revealed: 6 – 12 November 2017 New additions to this year’s programme include a live drawing workshop and a residency from ERRATICA, who will spend a month at Rambert developing the prototype for…

Latin Ballroom Dancers
Dancers are born not made accordingly to new study

Dancing ability could be down to genes, according to a new study released today, which reveals that successful dancers are most likely to be Taureans with dark hair, dark eyes, small feet…

Mindfulness for dancers
How mindfulness can help dancers

Fall (Autumn in the UK) is almost officially upon us. That means back to classes, rehearsals, and competition preparations. No doubt you’re ramping up to slay the season and have a litany…

james Whiteside with Devon Teuscher in White Swan Pas de Deux
James Whiteside, American Ballet Theatre Principal

Ballerina Kirsten Evans caught up with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal, James Whiteside, between rehearsals at the Vail Dance Festival. James filled Kirsten in on his longtime love of ABT, his tap background, and…

Iana Salenko for Zarely, photo by Pickled Thoughts Photography
From principal dancer to creating Zarely, Mateo Klemmeyer shares how he created the beautiful dance wear brand

Zarely is the gorgeous dance wear company founded by former ballet dancer Mateo Klemmeyer. After a stellar career on stage, Mateo is now a hugely successful serial entrepreneur, who owns 4 companies…

Jennifer Kohli
Ballet bag essentials

As a full-time dance student living in a small town in Switzerland, I have to travel a long way to get to a professional ballet class –  2.5 hours each way to…

LEVIATHAN Image - Photo Credit Steve Tanner
Dance Producer Christina Elliot gives us the hottest dance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is celebrating their 70th Anniversary of showcasing norm defying performance. With over 140 dance shows, we’ve asked The Place’s Senior Producer, Christina Elliot to give us the low down…

Joan Cleville Dance Eve Ganneau in The North Photographer Nicole Guarino
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dance Guide

With over 140 dance shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, here’s your guide to the hottest and the best from The Place, London’s leading contemporary dance training, creation and performance house!…

Claudia Suárez, photo by Gene Schiavone
5 things I can’t miss before class

Up until early teenage, I used to get to the ballet school just in time to start right away. I never knew the importance of warming up and getting ready for class…

Linea Recta. Photo : Paula Lobo
Gaga and Hispanico!

We are now more than halfway through the festival at Jacob’s Pillow, with four action packed weeks left. One of the great things about being here is being exposed to styles of…

Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernández in 'Romeo and Juliet' © Laurent Liotardo
English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet is one of the most famous and popular ballets, with the lead roles coveted by dancers world over for the drama and emotion of the star-crossed lovers. The casting…

Berlin Dance Travel Guide

Our Editor headed to Berlin for cover photo shoot with prima ballerina Iana Salenko at the studios of Pickled Thoughts Photography, here’s Savannah Saunders’ guide to this cool city. Stay Hotel Das…

Budapest: the city of two halves

A weekend in the city of two halves, split by the River Danube – old Buda on one side and urban Pest on the other, visiting the Hungarian National Ballet. Stay Brody…

Summer Reading For Dancers

Dance teacher Katrina Cohea gives us her Summer reading list for dancers: Ah summer! For many people it’s a time of vacations, picnics, and BBQs. For many dancers it’s a time for…

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: Country
Latitude Festival 2017 Dance Roundup

Francesca Marotto travelled to this year’s Latitude Festival in the English Countryside to catch the Saturday dance spectacular at Sadler’s Wells Waterfront Stage, here’s her dance roundup. Photos by Asia Mscichowska. Matthew Bourne’s…

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