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.

Applications now open for Dancers' Career Development's EMERGE

21 July 2014

Applications are now open for EMERGE, a unique shadowing and career development opportunity for professional dancers run by Dance UK sister organisation, Dancers' Career Development. The brand new programme, part of the EVOLVE series, offers the opportunity for professional dancers to explore another field and gain practical experience and networks in that area.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track programme success

16 July 2014

Facilitated by the company’s Learning Department since 1997, Dance UK member Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to announce the continued success of its Dance Track programme at the end of the 2013/14 year. Dance Track’s achievements have led to the creation of the Dance Track plus programme, and this year three Birmingham primary school and Dance Track students will start studying at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s associated school Elmhurst School for Dance in Edgbaston, and one will move to London after securing a place at Young Dancers Academy.

EARTHFALL: Professional Development Intensive Weekend

11 July 2014

In a culmination of Earthfall's free continuing professional development (CPD) workshops series for 2014 we are offering a weekend intensive this summer, supported by Arts Council Wales and in partnership with National Dance Company Wales.

The sessions will be led by Artistic Director Jessica Cohen, with Earthfall performers Alex Marshall Parsons (Chelsea Hotel) and Lara Ward (Chelsea Hotel, The Factory, Gig, Gravitas).

DanceXchange Announces Autumn 2014 Season

11 July 2014

DanceXchange announces its new autumn season today, confirming its reputation for presenting ground-breaking and award winning dance. From 25 September to 29 November some of the industry’s acclaimed choreographers will present their celebrated productions in DanceXchange’s studio theatre, The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The season opens with Avant Garde Dance’s exceptional triple bill The Black Album on 25-26 September. Under the artistic direction of Tony Adigun, three distinctly different hip hop choreographies are seamlessly woven together like a concept album. In Omega five dancers and five columns of light improvise and respond to experimental DJs Jazzanova. A Classical Break presents a humorous and cheeky partnership between break dance and the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Dark Matter is abstract and visually captivating, and unleashes the inner darkness of eight powerful dancers. Tony Adigun was awarded Best Choreographer at the BEFFTA Awards in 2011 & 2012 and is also the Artistic Director of Sky One’s Got to Dance programme.

Recreate an iconic film dance scene and win!

11 July 2014

With over £600 worth of prizes including Bloch merchandise, cinema and show tickets up for grabs, there's never been a better time to get dancing!

Can you twist like John Travolta? Tap like Shirley Temple? Well now is your chance to show off your moves in the BFI’s Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance! competition in association with Big Dance.

Big Dance gets moving

11 July 2014

The Foundation for Community Dance recently appointed digital marketing agency ‘effect’ and design studio ‘The Unloved’ to help launch the now well-established biennial event ‘Big Dance’, which runs between 5 and 13 July. The event is the UK’s biggest celebration of dance with a grand finale taking place on 12 & 13 July with specially commissioned dance performances taking place across England during the Big Dance Weekend. The focus of the event is to make dance accessible to everyone and open to all levels from beginners through to professionals.

Dance pioneer Yvonne Rainer - first major British retrospective and lecture

9 July 2014

The first major British retrospective of Yvonne Rainer’s early dance works (1961-1972) will open this week at the Raven Row gallery in London’s Spitalfields, brought to life in part by collaboration by Trinity Laban dance staff Martin Hargreaves.

Yvonne Rainer is an American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, whose work is frequently challenging and experimental. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity Laban in recognition of her important contribution to contemporary dance practice and this is a rare opportunity to encounter her work.

Promotion week for Family Arts Standards

9 July 2014

Between 26 July and 2 Aug the Family and Childcare Trust and the Family Arts Campaign will be delivering a promotion week for organisations that have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. Focusing on arts activities on offer during that week, and with widespread promotion of events across social media and a national press release, this is a great way to raise awareness of your organisation's summer activities.

Paying artists - new campaign video launched

9 July 2014

A new video has been created to widen participation in the paying artists campaign beyond the immediate professional visual arts sector and into those who visit and enjoy contemporary visual arts in publicly-funded galleries.

Community Spirit to Shine in Parade of Liverpool Life

8 July 2014

A truly unique dance event takes over the city streets on Sunday 13 July as MDI present We are the City. Topping off this summer’s fantastic dance events with MDI, this Big Dance event looks to celebrate the local community, engaging with local groups, crafts, associations and societies creating a stunning moving installation in a tapestry of Liverpool life which has been created by renowned Austrian artist Willi Dorner.

A part of Big Dance 2014, this is the latest Moving Dance Forward project - which seeks imaginative projects to create a new vision for dance in the North West. This parade style event starts on Anfield Road at 1:30 pm and participants will make their way along the length of Anfield Road and culminates in a final celebration in Stanley Park.

Rudolf LabanTrinity Laban celebrates Rudolf Laban legacy through movement choir

8 July 2014

This summer Dance UK member Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will produce In Memoriam 2014, a dance film celebration of the legacy of Rudolf Laban through the creation of an original movement choir work featuring 100 dancers and musicians.

This dance film project is an artistic collaboration between Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop and dance photographer and film maker Ros Chesher, supported by Trinity Laban faculty, alumni and students. The project leader is Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop, internationally renowned author and practical scholar at Trinity Laban, and Honorary Fellow. Funding for the project has kindly been provided by the Dorothy Whitney Elmhirst Trust.


8 July 2014

At the end of the 2013/2014 season, Dance UK member Birmingham Royal Ballet is able to announce dancer promotions as well as dancers joining and leaving the company.

Dora FrankelArts Council award to Fertile Ground, the first Graduate Dance Company for North East England

7 July 2014

Dance UK member Dora Frankel today announced two vital funding partnerships for the development of the North East region’s first Graduate Dance Company – FERTILE GROUND.

A funding award of £64,700 from the Arts Council through their National Lottery funded Grants for the arts programme has been announced today and a new relationship with the Gillian Dickinson Trust as Founding Patron, which will bring a further £12,000 to underwrite the first pilot project which will run from September 2014 to April 2015.

New Adventures and Re:Bourne join the list of NPOs

2 July 2014

Dance UK member New Adventures & Re:Bourne are delighted to have been announced as joining Arts Council England’s national portfolio. The company will receive an annual grant of £1,294,000 between 2015 - 2018. This support will enable Matthew Bourne’s production company and charity to work together strategically for audiences, artists, young people and emerging talent.

Arts Council pledges three years support for Dance UK

1 July 2014

Caroline Miller, Director of Dance UK, gives a statement on behalf of Dance UK about today's National Portfolio funding announcement, which inlcludes Arts Council England's plans Arts Council England’s plans to work with Dance UK, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Youth Dance England and National Dance Teachers Association to support us as a consortium over three years (2015-2018).

ACE's NPO funding for 2015-18

1 July 2014

Arts Council England announces NPO funding for 2015-2018. This is an overall description of the new Portfolio.

Arts Council England Narrative for Dance

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1 July 2014

Arts Council England announces NPO funding for 2015-2018. This statement from Arts Council England gives an overview of how dance is being supported in the next 3 years.

Dance now makes a significant contribution to the nation’s creative sector. There are an estimated 200 dance companies in England and the dance economy employs around 30,000 people, from dancers and choreographers to promoters and physiotherapists.

Namibian and Yorkshire cultures combine as dance troupe OYO visit Leeds

26 June 2014

Mon 30 – Sat 5 July, Yorkshire Dance

Dance UK member Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that Namibian trust Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) will be visiting Leeds in July to take part in a cultural exchange with dance students and graduates from Leeds, culminating in the creation of a new dance work, which will be performed at Yorkshire Dance and at Scott Hall Road Spectator Hub as part of Le Grand Depart.

Southbank Centre presents award-winning family dance show Clouds

26 June 2014

Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, 26-30 July

Southbank Centre continues its commitment to present the best performance and dance for children and families with Clouds, a magical touring show from Spanish company Aracaladanza who come to London for a rare four day run. It fires the imagination of children and their adults alike with its evocative sets and a surreal narrative inspired by the emotive work of artist René Magritte.

Attilla Tang performing with Eduardo Bozzo at Shewsbury Dance Festival 2014Dance UK explores… Argentine tango

26 June 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 June, it’s Argentine tango, which Attilla Ting, Founder of Tango Cheshire, discusses in an interview with Dance UK’s Laura Dodge.

Attilla describes why some tango is improvised and some choreographed, how the dance form originated in Buenos Aires, and why men took tango training so seriously in the early 1900s.

Aesthetic Athletes and Dancers - FREE videos and tips

25 June 2014

Thanks to funding from the Peter Sowerby Foundation, there are now videos of conference presentations from Dance UK’s Aesthetic Athletes and Dancers conference available to view FREE on Dance UK TV.

The conference brought together professionals from both dance and aesthetic sports for the first time to discuss training and optimising performance. Videos include Mhari Keil on nutrition, Nick Allen on hypermobility and Dan Edwardes on pushing physical boundaries.