Theatre Tax Relief – the current position from Sean Egan

27 August 2014

A recent blog post discussing the current position with theatre tax relief by Sean Egan, specialist in arts and media business affairs who has worked with Dance UK over the years and is on the Board of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Work with Dance UK

22 August 2014

Manager, National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
(Temporary Contract – 6 months Maternity Cover, starting October 2014 – 3-4 days per week)

The primary role of the NIDMS Manager is to coordinate and drive forward NIDMS work within its education, research and healthcare programmes, working with the UK’s leading dance medicine and science experts within the NIDMS partner institutions to do so.

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Autumn 2014

21 August 2014

For its autumn 2014 season Dance UK member Phoenix Dance Theatre, under Artistic Director Sharon Watson, presents Tenacity – Phoenix at Home (24-27 Sept) at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds. Tenacity – Phoenix at Home is a mixed programme curated from the company archive celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


20 August 2014

Dance UK member Southbank Centre announces Autumn & Winter 2014 Performance & Dance Programme. Featuring five world premieres and two UK premieres, shows for all the family and the best new dance and performance.


20 August 2014

Kara Larson has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Communications at Dance UK member Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Ms Larson has previously worked in a number of senior marketing and communications roles for opera companies and performing arts centres in the United States including San Francisco Opera, Carolina Performing Arts and the Gimmerglass Festival.

James Cousins Company. Photo: David FoulkesChoreographic Development Fund Launch and World Premiere by James Cousins Company

20 August 2014

Dance UK member DanceEast is launching a new Choreographic Development Fund and hosting the world premiere of James Cousins Company’s Without Stars on 19 September at the Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich.

Edel Quin changing between different Irish dance shoes. Photo: Kevin VaughanDance UK explores... Irish dance

17 August 2014

Each month, Dance UK is investigating a different dance style for our members' e-newsletter, finding out about its technique, style and history. For August, it’s Irish dance, which Edel Quin discusses in an interview with dance writer Laura Dodge.

Edel began Irish dance classes at a local school in Ireland when she was six. She toured for five years with hit dance show Riverdance from 1996, and is now Programme Leader of the MSc Dance Science course at Dance UK member Trinity Laban.

Jo Meredith choreographing. Photo: Chantal GuevaraDance UK Choreographers Observerships - report by Jo Meredith

15 August 2014

Jo Meredith describes her experiences on Dance UK's Choreographers Observerships programme, which enables choreographers to watch other choreographers at work to enhance their artistic practice.

"Last year I was given the opportunity to observe movement director Leah Hausman at work. Leah was working on stage calls at the Royal Opera House for two productions - Charles Edward’s Elektra and David McVicar’s Le Nozze di Figaro. I found it inspiring to see how differently she worked with each director. It was also fascinating to observe how her specific notes on movement and intention had such an immediate and positive impact on the look of each production."

Professor Mick Waters speaking at the 2012 NDTA conference. Photo: Brian SlaterNDTA conference 2014: Pedagogy, Partnership and Practice

12 August 2014

Saturday 22 November 2014
Birmingham Ormiston Academy

This year’s National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) conference will focus on delivering high quality dance practice in and beyond the curriculum. Through keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and seminars the day offers a stimulating professional development opportunity to support and inspire dance teachers working at all levels.

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo promotes Family Arts Festival

12 August 2014

How can participating in the Family Arts Festival benefit you? Festival patron and award-winning author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo answers questions. He’s also been busy promoting the festival to families, encouraging them to join in the fun this autumn half-term.

Javier Torres on Northern Ballet's Dracula

12 August 2014

As Dance UK member Northern Ballet prepares for a performance with a dramatic bite that leaves you thirsty for more, Premier Dancer Javier Torres talks about playing one of literature's most sinister characters as Northern Ballet resurrects Dracula exclusively at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 5-13 September 2014.

Impington Village College in 'Love me or kill me'. Photo EFDSS & Roswitha ChesherFrom Archives to Action! EFDSS conference write-up

11 August 2014

Dance UK member Kerry Fletcher describes her experiences at English Folk Dance and Song Society's latest conference, 'From Archives to Action! Making folk arts relevant in schools and beyond'.


7 August 2014

The recruitment process for a new Artistic Director for Dance UK member National Dance Company Wales is underway, marking the beginning of a dynamic new era for Wales’ flagship dance company. The company will be looking for a fresh artistic leadership to drive its vision forward, and it is expected that a number of high calibre individuals will be showing interest in the role.

Applications open for 7th Rural Retreat

6 August 2014

2-4 January 2015 @ Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1DW

Since 2003, Dance UK member DanceEast has been producing international Rural Retreats for established and aspiring artistic leaders in dance. Retreats provide a short, intensive experience that includes opportunities to hear from leaders in the world of business, sport and the arts, to discuss issues and concerns, and to build networks and connections with peers from around the world. Both think tanks and learning opportunities, Rural Retreats are a unique gathering of leaders from across the global dance community.

Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of BalletBoyz. Photo: Hugo GlendinningBALLETBOYZ DEBUT APPEARANCE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

6 August 2014

16-27 September, Linbury Studio Theatre

DUK member the BalletBoyz are to present theTalent 2014 in a brand new triple bill at the Linbury Studio Theatre in September as part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, the contemporary arts festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede of the National Gallery.

Nancy Nerantzi, Elly Braund and Oihana Vesga Bujan in Overdrive. Photo: Chris NashRichard Alston Dance Company goes into Overdrive

5 August 2014

This autumn Richard Alston is reviving his classic Overdrive, an exhilarating blast of nonstop dance to the pulsating rhythms of Californian minimalist Terry Riley. The ten dancers of Richard Alston Dance Company ride seamlessly across the surging waves of Riley’s relentless patterning, in an intricate and mesmeric crescendo of movement and sound. Overdrive is one of 12 prescribed professional works for GCSE Dance on the AQA syllabus. Richard Alston Dance Company has produced a teacher’s resource pack to accompany this which can be downloaded from the beginning of school autumn term at

Resolution! 2015: Applications Open

5 August 2014

Dance UK member The Place, the leading centre for contemporary dance development in the UK, is now accepting applications for Resolution! 2015, the annual platform for new choreography.

This open showcase is a festival of short live dance works by emerging choreographers. It has been a starting point for artists such as Wayne McGregor, Eva Recacha, Jasmin Vardimon, Katie Prince (Zoonation), Luca Silvestrini (Protein), Frauke Requardt, James Cousins and Hofesh Shechter.

Deaf Men Dancing+ Hear! Hear!

5 August 2014

This year, Dance UK member Sadler’s Wells has launched the start of =dance, a new series featuring some of the most exciting and innovative work created and performed by deaf and disabled artists.

The second production in =dance is from DMD+ (Deaf Men Dancing+) who present Hear! Hear! on Sunday 28 September 2014. Founded by deaf choreographer Mark Smith, DMD+ is made up of professional dancers who are deaf and incorporates a range of dance forms and sign language to create a unique choreographic practice.

Upcoming London Ballet Circle events: Alex Beard, Clement Crisp and Doreen Wells masterclass

4 August 2014

London Ballet Circle, chaired by Dance UK member Susan Dalgetty Ezra, aims to promote interest in dance (not just ballet) and associated arts by arranging a broad range of talks by dancers, choreographers and artistic directors; organising visits to the country's top ballet schools and hosting private tours of major exhibitions related to dance.

Anna WilliamsDanceEast New Associate Artists Announced

1 August 2014

DanceEast works with a range of artists and companies across the UK and international partners and is excited to announce new Associate Artist partnerships with James Cousins, Tom Hobden and Kate Flurrie, Rosemary Lee, Alexander Whitley and Anna Williams.

Ipswich and East Anglia are great places to live and work and the facilities at the Jerwood DanceHouse are world class. These artists have committed to a mutually beneficial relationship with DanceEast and will contribute to raising the cultural profile of Ipswich by spending time staying and working in the town.

Scotland's First International Inclusive Dance Festival

30 July 2014

In August 2014, Dance UK member Indepen-dance will host Scotland's First International Inclusive Dance Festival with the aim of bringing people together from across the world to share best practice, knowledge and to forge new artistic partnerships in the world of inclusive dance.


28 July 2014

Dance UK member the British Ballet Organization (BBO) is offering a GCSE Dance Teachers Course which has been designed for teachers who are looking to expand into the academic sector. The course provides detailed guidance on how to deliver each of the GCSE Dance Units and how to obtain the best work from your students.

Approaches to touring examined at symposium

25 July 2014

Artists, venues and promoters from across The UK and France came together for a one day symposium aimed at getting different perspectives on the question - Does Touring Matter?

Touring Matters a day of conversation, exploration and debate at The Point in Eastleigh focused on artists, venue programmers and audiences and the issues of touring new work, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

Rosamaria Cisneros is Protein Dance's Border Tales. Photo: Chris NashDance UK explores… contemporary dance

24 July 2014

Each month, Dance UK is investigating a different dance style for our members' e-newsletter, finding out about its technique, style and history. For July, it’s contemporary dance, which Rosamaria Cisneros, freelance artist and dance writer and Senior Research Assistant, Coventry University, discusses in an interview with Dance UK’s Communications and Membership Officer, Laura Dodge.

Selected mentee Kenneth Tindall. Photo: Simon LawsonDancers selected for Dance UK’s 2014 Dancers’ Mentoring Programme

22 July 2014

20 dancers, all nominated by their peers as future leaders, have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme. The programme, organised by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, recognises the huge potential for dancers to become leaders. It is designed to build capacity within the dance workforce and to ensure skills and knowledge retention in the sector, addressing problems of succession to key artistic and non-artistic roles.