Spring Loaded is a season of work specially curated by Dance UK member The Place, which is jam-packed with ideas about contemporary dance and movement based performance that challenge boundaries and preconceptions about what dance is.
With three premieres, 17 nights and 24 choreographers the programme showcases a diverse mix of UK and international dance makers. Each choreographer has been chosen because they are established in their practice, they are at the point in their career where they are making vital, exciting and valuable work. They are making work that demands to be seen.
World class choreographer Wayne McGregor has been appointed Professor of Choreography at Dance UK member Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Wayne joined the staff of Trinity Laban in September 2013 as a development of the partnership with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. The Academic Board has now conferred the title of Professor in recognition of his status as an eminent artist researcher of international distinction.
Dance UK member the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a national conference in June to celebrate and showcase The Full English learning programme, an innovative England-wide folk arts education project.
Under the Artistic Directorship of Dance UK member Adam Rutherford, RDC Youth is a professional youth contemporary dance company based in Birmingham and is dedicated to the training of young dancers and performers. The Company now celebrates its first anniversary after a busy and successful year delighting audiences all over the Midlands with its presentation of high quality and original dance performances.
Tall Tales Big Moves is a project combining dance, theatre, creative writing, storytelling, music, and sound technology, based in Thanet, East Kent. Working with and for the local community, we are creating a performance piece for 8-11 year olds, with lots of wrap-around engagement activities and ways to get involved. Our highly successful R&D took place Summer 2013, support by Arts Council England, Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London, Ramsgate Arts, South East Dance, and Newington Community Association.
Dance UK member South East Dance is delighted to confirm that its Stage Two Capital application to Arts Council England towards developing The Dance Space has been successful. This means its vision to create an internationally recognised centre for choreographic research, creation and engagement in Brighton, one of the UK’s most creative cities, is on track to becoming a reality.
Dance UK member the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is delighted to welcome two new Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) that offer wholly Classical Indian Dance – Kala Sangam in Bradford and Chitraleka Dance Academy in Birmingham.
Get involved, be inspired and learn with the best dance-makers on the scene in Easter Dynamics 2014 at The Place. This year’s programme focuses on creative collaboration and celebrates dance in diverse spaces. There are workshops for ages 9-60+ years running throughout the week for all levels. The adult workshops can be built into an intensive week with participants choosing up to five sessions per day.
On Sunday 2 March, the first ever Step into Dance Ambassadors’ Day took place at the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea. More than 20 secondary school students attended the day and became the new faces of Step into Dance.
The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.
The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.
Dance UK member Rambert presents an exhilarating programme of work bringing together some of the most celebrated and influential figures in modern dance, including new revivals of two works from its back catalogue.
Dance UK member Thomas Michael Voss launches an Absolute Beginners Ballroom Dance Class, where you can learn from scratch, step by step.
Four Academy of Northern Ballet students are celebrating after being offered professional contracts with Northern Ballet after training on the Academy’s Graduate Professional Programme. The pioneering programme, the first of its kind in the UK, offers a final year of training for aspiring classical ballet dancers looking to bridge the gap between school and their first professional contract.
Brighton Festival 2014 has been launched, with critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, musician, composer. performer and Dance UK member Hofesh Shechter at the helm as Guest Director.
Yorkshire Dance, in partnership with Breakfast Creatives and the University of Leeds, has been chosen by Nesta, Arts Council England and Arts and Humanities Research Council as one of 24 partnerships to receive funding from the £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Find out about three shows coming up in March 2014 at Dance UK member Trinity Laban.
Dance UK member Nadine Deschamps describes her experience of Dance UK's dancers' psychology week (11-14 February 2014).
Dance Touring Partnership (DTP) is today delighted to announce that due to financial support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation our initiative Everybody Dance Now (EDN) will be rolled out to all the venues on the national tour of Boy Blue Entertainment's The Five & The Prophecy of Prana (2 Oct – 15 Nov 2014), presented by DTP.
Find out what Dance UK and its advocacy task force have been doing recently in terms of advocacy and how you can get involved.
Dance UK member Avatâra Ayuso describes her research into Japanese contemporary dance practice, after a trip to Tokyo supported by the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund. Avatâra's aim was to acquire a deeper understanding of the freelance dance scene in a country where high technology, art and tradition blend in unexpected ways.
Each month, Dance UK is investigating a different dance style for our members' e-newsletter, finding out about its technique, style and history. For February, it’s butoh dance, which choreographer and butoh dancer Alison Grace discusses in an interview with Dance UK’s Communications and Membership Officer, Laura Dodge.
Rosie Kay (Rosie Kay Dance Company) and Karin Eli (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and St Hilda's College) explore the development of a joint anthropological and contemporary dance approach to understanding embodied experience.
Dance UK member Thomas Michael Voss has choreographed a musical called Finian's Rainbow, which is now running at the Union Theatre in Southwark until 15 March. Afterwards, it will transfer to the Charing Cross Theatre and run there until 3 May 2014.
Over 200,000 people in over 2,000 locations in countries across the world are expected to learn the Big Dance Pledge 2014 – a dance routine to be performed across the globe on 16 May 2014. The choreography is revealed through free online videos to help anyone learn the dance, or make their own unique version. The choreography and resources have been created by Scottish Ballet, commissioned by Big Dance and Get Scotland Dancing as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
Dance UK encourages you to support the campaign by London’s hip hop community who are trying to save the urban dance space in the Trocadero. For the last three years, dancers and hip hop artists have been allowed to practice in the basement of Trocadero in the urban dance space. The management of the Trocadero is now moving arcade games into the space in advance of a redevelopment as a hotel in 2017, forcing the dance space to close and leaving the dance community homeless. The dancers have organised a petition to retain the right to stay there.