Britain’s national contemporary dance company Rambert has taken up residence in its new, £19.6million home in the heart of London’s South Bank. The state-of-the-art facility includes dance studios, treatment and body conditioning rooms, workshops, offices and an archive. It was designed by award-winning architects Allies and Morrison and built by VINCI Construction UK.
Dance UK member organisation Northern Ballet has announced plans for its 2014 UK tour that will see the Company visiting 35 venues with a range of productions including the return of Northern Ballet’s most powerful heroine Cleopatra and the first UK tour of David Nixon’s new Cinderella. Dracula will return to the stage along with festive family ballet Peter Pan. The Company will take A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Great Gatsby on tour once more as well as performing a two new Mixed Programmes and their latest new ballet for children, Three Little Pigs.
Researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), University of Wolverhampton and the Jerwood Centre at Birmingham Royal Ballet, three of the founding partners of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, have discovered significant benefits of oral vitamin D supplements in elite ballet dancers and are now urging medical professionals and trainers to consider providing dancers with vitamin D during the winter months.
On Friday 29 November, the partners of the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science are announcing their agreement to establish the second ever NHS specialist dance injury clinic in Birmingham, following the success of the London clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. The new clinic is being made possible by an additional generous donation of £10,000 by Britain’s leading dance floor manufacturer, Harlequin Floors. This dance industry led initiative is important because research has shown 80% of professional dancers suffer an injury that stops them working each year, so fast, affordable, specialist healthcare is critical to keeping dancers in employment.
Candoco’s founder Celeste Dandeker-Arnold has been announced as the winner of Liberty’s Human Rights Arts Award recognising her work with disabled and non-disabled dancers.
David Aspinall, Chair of Trustees at the Peter Sowerby Foundation said:
“The trustees of the Peter Sowerby Foundation are delighted to be supporting the DanceUK Healthier Dance Conference programme. One of our key aims is to seek out work that bridges the gap between the worlds of arts and medicine, bringing experts and professionals together to find new solutions to long-standing problems. We recognise the role that Dance UK is playing in this field of the arts and very much hope that these conferences are successful in finding ways to address the critical issues of dancers’ physical and psychological wellbeing.”
There is less than a month to go until Christmas, so it’s time to start thinking about shopping for gifts! At Dance UK, we have some great books that make ideal presents for dancers, teachers, choreographers and dance professionals. And to make like even easier, we can send books direct to your recipient and include a personalised message from you.
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Missed this year's Launch, Dance UK's professional development and networking event for students and recent graduates? Here you can read all about what happened on 23 October in Leeds.
Dance UK intern and Launch in Leeds attendee, Faye Hadley, describes her experiences at this year's networking and professional development day for students and recent graduates.
Lisa Clayton, Launch in Leeds attendee and Dance UK intern, asks why we should network.
Social media has been long recognised by the arts as a great way to involve audiences, but it raises many questions. Does it enhance the artistic experience? Do people want to interact with performance work? Does it actually widen access and excite remote audiences?
Not long left to apply for Dance UK's Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme! The deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 3 December. The programme is supported by Arts Council England and works in partnership with the National Dance Teachers Association, Youth Dance England and Dancers’ Career Development.
An important new conference focused on foot and ankle injuries will be held on Thursday 30 January in central London. Managing Foot and Ankle Injuries in Dance and Sport aims to bring the worlds of dance and sports medicine together to focus on rehabilitation in a new way. The event provides a forum for a wide variety of specialists, ranging from physiotherapists to surgeons, Pilates and ballet teachers, to share their unique perspectives on best practices, research, treatment and prevention.
19 schools across England have been selected to take part in a unique learning programme inspired by The Full English, the most comprehensive free searchable digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.
The initiative, led by the Dance UK member English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), will see each school develop a project based around dance, music, drama or other folk arts using material from their local area that has been sourced from The Full English digital archive.
Nominations are open for the 2013 Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award, which honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. The award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by individuals that make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen. The winner will be announced at the 2013 National Dance Awards held early in 2014.
The London Ballet Circle, which is chaired by Dance UK member Susan Dalgetty Ezra, announces an exciting programme of talks for early 2014.
Arthur Pita’s magical family show, The Little Match Girl, premieres at Dance UK member DanceEast this Christmas.
What anxieties do women in leadership roles face within the fields of arts and culture? An event on 21 November 2013.
Dance UK corporate member Northern Ballet has received the 2013 White Rose Tourism Awards for Arts and Culture. The award comes just days after it was revealed that Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE has been nominated for Best Classical Choreography for The Great Gatsby at the 2014 National Dance Awards.
DUK member English National Ballet School is delighted to be celebrating our 25th anniversary and in honour of this we will be promoting a series of events that showcases the skill and talent of our students, starting with a 90 minute live broadcast from the School at 5pm, 28 November by ArtStreaming TV. During the live stream audiences will have a unique insight into a day in the life of our students, see an interview with Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet and be able to chat to the School via Facebook and Twitter.
Dance group and winners of Britain’s got Talent Diversity has announced they are supporting Sock it to Eating Disorders, the fundraising appeal organised by Beat, the national eating disorders charity.
Dance UK member Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance opened the doors of its new dance Performance Laboratory this month at the conservatoire’s Laurie Grove building in South East London.
Dance UK member organisation English National Ballet is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Emerging Dancer Competition 2014, which will be presented for the first time at Lyceum Theatre and Choreographics, presented for the first time at the Barbican Pit. Tickets can be booked via the website at www.ballet.org.uk.
The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund offers travel scholarships to individuals working in movement and dance to enable them to enrich their practice and their broader lives through new experiences.
The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (ISTD), in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance, is delighted to present a Classical Indian Dance Teachers’ Forum at Birmingham DanceXchange, Thorp Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4TB.