La Bayadère. Artists of The Royal Ballet. © ROH, Tristram Kenton, 2013.
The Royal Ballet’s La Bayadère coming live to UK cinemas

The Royal Ballet’s La Bayadère will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden on Tuesday 13 November. This is also the tenth anniversary of the Royal Opera House’s live cinema broadcasts, which…

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One Dance UK – Dance Awards Shortlist

One Dance UK, the sector support organisation for dance, announced the shortlist for the One Dance UK Awards. Saluting the outstanding contribution of people working in dance, the annual event is an opportunity…

Maya Pindar

Maya Pindar is a London-based freelance dance writer. While studying BA Dance Studies at University of Roehampton, Maya realised she enjoyed writing about dance as much as dancing itself! After launching The Insanity…

Rambert - Life is a dream. Photo by Johan Persson
Review: Rambert’s Life is a Dream

Rambert’s Life is a Dream opens onto a grey and sleepy scene – dancers lull against the walls and in the background in a run-down and large, grey warehouse. Our attention is…

Scottish Ballet - Spring. Photo by Nicola Selby
Scottish Ballet celebrates 50th anniversary

Scottish Ballet, founded in 1969, is celebrating their 50th anniversary with an ambitious season with 3 world premieres! SPRING The company will launch their 50th season in the Highlands with a celebratory opening…

Brahms Hungarian 2 Monique Jonas, Elly Braund, Melissa Braithwaite, Ellen Yilma Photo by Chris Nash
Richard Alston Dance Company to close in 2020

Richard Alston Dance Company has announced today that its final tour will take place in 2019-2020. Richard Alston has been creating the dance for over 50 years and his company has been…

Smuin - Merely Players Photo by Keith Sutter
Smuin Ballet 25th Season Beautiful Images

Smuin launches its 25th anniversary season with Dance Series 01, a fall program that expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet, pays tribute to Smuin’s founder, and celebrates the company’s quarter century mark. Acclaimed…

Dansathon, the 1st international dance hackathon
Winners of international DANSATHON announced

Designed to be a new format of collaborative and connected co-creativity  ‘Dansathon’ aims to provide resources to imagine innovation that could shape the future of dance by exploiting all of opportunities presented by…

Sarah Lamb as Elizabeth and Tristan Dyer as Victor in rehearsal for Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper
Royal Ballet Soloist Tristan Dyer’s insights into World Ballet Day

American born Royal Ballet Soloist Tristan Dyer talks to us ahead of World Ballet Day (2 Oct), giving us an insight into life with the prestigious ballet company, his favourite roles, and…

Xiao Nan Yu. Photo by Karolina Kuras
Xiao Nan Yu Wins Rolex Dancers First Award

The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu has been award the Rolex Dancers First Award. The award was presented by the company’s Artistic Director Karen Kain and Luca Bernasconi, CEO of Rolex Canada, at a…

La Bayadere - Credit: Damir Yusupov
Bolshoi Ballet Leaps Onto US Cinema Screens

Russia’s world famous ballet company features seven performances in US cinemas, starting in November 2018. The celebrated Bolshoi Ballet dances across big screens nationwide with an outstanding lineup for the fifth consecutive…

Bethany McKeand
Bethany McKeand

Bethany began dancing at her local dance school in Surrey at the age of 2 ½. Here she predominantly studied Cecchetti ballet, as well as modern and tap. Her inexhaustible love for…

Paul Chantry and Rae Piper. Photo by Dani Bower
Rae Piper & Paul Chantry co-Artistic Directors, Choreographic partners & husband & wife Founders of Chantry Dance Company

This is a story of love, creativity and passion. In this podcast we discover the story of two dancers and choreographers – Rae Piper and Paul Chantry – whose chance meeting changed the…

Royal Ballet School Intensive Courses
Royal Ballet School’s Intensives – Applications Open for 2019

Applications for Royal Ballet School’s Intensive Courses opens today, 17 September! Royal Ballet School’s annual Intensive Courses are for young dancers from the UK and overseas aged 10-20 years old. The Spring Intensives and Summer Intensives offer a unique…

Mayerling. Artists of the Royal Ballet. ROH, 2017. Photo by Alice Pennefather.
The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling screened live to UK cinemas

The thrilling ballet Mayerling will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London’s world-famous Covent Garden to UK cinemas on Monday 15 October 2018. This haunting and emotional production reveals the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian…

Carlos Acosta celebrates his 30 year dance career: “It’s possible to be born in the streets of Havana with no future and become a principal dancer”

The international dance sensation Carlos Acosta is celebrating his 30 year dance career by performing alongside his company Acosta Danza at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2-5 October. In this podcast episode, Carlos Acosta…

Rosalind Wynn (photo by Rich Rusk) and Tzo Zen Ang (photo by Cat Garcia)
Meet The Place’s two new Board of Governors appointees

The UK’s leading organisation for dance training, creation and performance, The Place, announces the appointment of Dr Tzo Zen Ang and Rosalind Wynn to its Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is made up of a…

Adult Ballet. Photography by ASH
Take a class with English National Ballet

English National Ballet‘s popular Classes programme is now open for bookings! The ballet classes are available for absolute beginners through to advanced level dancers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. All ballet…

A La Calle Block Party 2017 (c) Hayim Heron
Ballet Hispánico celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with free dance!

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events, performances, and dance lessons for children and adults. Events include an Instituto Coreográfico, which will feature an inside look at Bennyroyce Royon’s new work, the annual A La Calle Block…

Herman Cornejo American Ballet Theatre principal dancer on being awarded ‘Dancer of the Year’ and dancing with Alessandra Ferri

Argentinian-born Herman Cornejo joined the American Ballet Theatre almost two decades ago, rising through the ranks to principal dancer in 2003. His stellar career has seen him dance all the major roles, working with…

Alberto Pretto. Credit Roberto Ricci, Parma
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dancer Alberto Pretto talks dancing en pointe, make up and creating his own dance wear range

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – the multi-award winning all-male, comedy ballet company – is set to tour UK/Ireland from September to October. Although a comic ballet company, the dancers are serious trained artists. In…

Dancers: What To Do When You Get Jealous. Photo by Liel Anapolsky
Dancers: What To Do When You Get Jealous

You check the cast list, reverently scanning for your name. Your heart is pounding both in your stomach and in your throat at the same time as you wait for the rush…

Matthias Sperling - Now That We Know. Artwork - Victoria Ford. Image - Wellcome Trust Images
Mind, body and dance performance lecture in London

[bsa_pro_ad_space id=2] London-based, Canadian-born choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling returns to Sadler’s Wells with Now That We Know, a performance lecture exploring a future relationship between mind and body, on Thursday 1 & Friday 2 November in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Originally…

Genée 2018 medalists, Hong Kong.
Genée International Ballet Competition 2018 Winners

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has announced the medallists of the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition 2018, held at Hong Kong City Hall on 12 August. After a week of intensive…

The Place Theatre
A chance to perform and be commissioned at Startin’ Point Festival

Startin’ Point is a brand new festival curated by Hakeem “Mr Impact” Onibudo, which celebrates the connection between music and dance of the African Diaspora. Over three days, Startin’ Point Festival will showcase work that honours African heritage.…

Briar Adams. Photo by James Markland
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer & Artistic Director of Hack Ballet, Briar Adams celebrates diversity & equality, tradition & originality

It is inspiring to see young dancers taking their futures into their own hands, creating their own companies and creating their own work. Australian born Briar Adams is one of those inspiring ballet…

LCDS's recent graduates - Anthony Matsena (Simouka)
Celebrating the success of London Contemporary Dance School’s recent graduates

International conservatoire London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) is celebrating the numerous of achievements of their 2018 graduating students, including dancing with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Scottish Dance Theatre, Tony Adigun, Didy Veldman/Umanoove, James Wilton and National Dance Company Wales. Graduates…

Maria Hardcastle
Maria Hardcastle

Maria has been involved in the dance world for the majority of her life, from dancing as a child to completing her training at London Studio Centre where she received her BA…

Jurgita Dronina. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina Awarded the Order of Merit

Jurgita Dronina, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada was awarded the Order of Merit to Lithuania. The Order of Merit is presented to Lithuanian citizens and foreign nationals for outstanding services promoting the country,…

Dance in Parks: Dominos in Owen Scarlett's Upper Hand at Pasteur Park. Photo: NehamaShots.
Dance In The Parks kicks off in Chicago! Former Dancer and Founder Katie McCann celebrates 10th season of this special dance event

Katie McCann is a former ballet dancer, a performer and dance teacher. She is also the founder of the innovative dance company and dance event ‘Dance in the Parks‘, which presents dance in…

Coral Montejano Cantoral. Photo by Filmadelyx
Coral Montejano Cantoral

Coral grew up in Mexico City where she started her formal training in dance. In 2012 she did an intensive program at the Limon Institute in New York City before coming to…

Juel D. Lane. Photo by Eric Politzer
Juel D Lane choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and artist talks gender and politics

American choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and artist Juel D. Lane was voted Dance Magazine Top 25 To Watch and made history as the first black local independent choreographer from Atlanta to have a work…

BBC London Radio Jo Good interviews our editor about The Wonderful World of Dance Magazine

BBC London Radio host Jo Good is a former dancer and avid dance lover. After a successful stage career she has forged a high profile career on London’s airwaves. Jo Good invited…

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Open call for performance artists for Woman SRSLY

Woman SRSLY is launching an open call for proposals from female identified and socialised female performance artists to participate in their next platform at The Yard Theatre on the 30th August 2018. Woman SRSLY champions unique and…

Woman SRSLY by Henry Gorse and i-D Magazine
Valerie Ebuwa, contemporary dancer, writer and model talks Woman SRSLY

London contemporary dance artist Valerie Ebuwa’s work incorporates Hip Hop, African, Dancehall, Jazz and other movement forms such as Yoga and Capoeira. Growing up in a family of lawyers, she carved out her…

Alice Mariani. The Four Seasons. Photo by Ian Whalen
First Soloist Alice Mariani, Semperoper Ballett on company life and working with William Forsythe

Italian ballerina Alice Mariani grew up in the rolling hills of Tuscany and went on to study at the prestigious La Scala Ballet School in Milan. After a visit from Semperoper Ballett…

Semperoper Ballet - Jon Vallejo Galerie
Semperoper Ballett Principal Dancer Jón Vallejo on working with acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe

Spanish born Jón Vallejo is a principal dancer with Semperoper Ballett (Dresden, Germany), a company with a long history with the acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe. In this podcast, Jón shares his experience of…

Alyssa Lisle. Photo by Ant Clark
Fertile Ground dancer Alyssa Lisle is forging a dance career in the north east of England

Alyssa Lisle is a 24 year old contemporary dancer born in the north east of England. She graduated with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Professional Dance Practise at Dance City, Newcastle upon…

Summer Creations. Elmhurst Ballet School in ‘Ask Yourself’ by Stéphen Delattre - Photography by Andy Ross
Elmhurst Ballet School Summer Shows 2018

Elmhurst Ballet School, the associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is launching its popular annual summer shows. Between 6 – 13 July 2018, ‘Summer Creations – An Evening of New Work’ will showcase…

The Wonderful World of Dance Contributor Emily May
Emily May

Originally from Worcestershire, Emily May trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, receiving a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance in 2017. Whilst at Laban she performed in a recreation of Matthew Bourne’s Highland…

Elmhurst Ballet students at CPR training
Ballet students swap lessons for life saving CPR training

Students at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham trade pirouettes for chest compressions, as they learn lifesaving CPR skills with the British Heart Foundation. The associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet is…

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Write for us!

Are you interested in writing for The Wonderful World of Dance?  We’re always looking for dance lovers in the UK and around the world to join our team and contribute to our…

Céline Gittens as Juliet and Brandon Lawrence as Romeo; photo Richard Battye and Nick Pate
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet in photos!

This summer, Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates the enduring power of arguably the world’s most prolific playwright with one of the most breath-taking adaptations of his tale of star-crossed lovers, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and…

Abigail Prudames and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre. Photo Caroline Holden
Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre – beautiful photos!

Beautiful photos of Northern Ballet’s retelling of Emily Bronte’s classic English love story, Jane Eyre.   Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre at Sadler’s Wells (15 – 19 May) and Salford The Lowry (6 -9…

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