Keep your mobile phones ON at TaikaBox performance

Filed under: Events and Other Interesting Stuff
17 April 2014

TaikaBox & Moon: Please Switch On Your Mobile Phones
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff 26/04/2014 19:00

People are being invited to the theatre and being urged to keep their mobile phones ON during the performance.

Audiences will be urged to use their smartphones or WiFi enabled tablets to help shape the stories, which are to be told through a mixture of dance, video and sound.

The events are designed particularly to encourage people to view contemporary dance in a new way, and to find ways in which modern technology can affect story-telling and performance.

On entering the event, people will be asked to use their mobile devices to share stories with the team. Dancers will then take these stories and process them into movement, incorporating ideas voted on by the audience. A random selection of people in the theatre will even be able to control elements of the sound, light and video directly from their phones.

Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou2014 Step into Dance Borough Event season

16 April 2014

This month, the Step into Dance team will be heading out on the road as the 2014 Borough Events season kicks off. Over ninety groups from the programme will be taking to various school hall stages across London to showcase their hard work and perform in front of fellow students, family, friends and even local VIPs. The performances will take place in nine boroughs, starting in Barking & Dagenham on Wednesday 23 April and finishing in Brent on Tuesday 20 May.

Northern Ballet announces new ballet for children

16 April 2014

On the eve of the television broadcast of Three Little Pigs, Dance UK member Northern Ballet announces that their much-anticipated new ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker, will première in Leeds this October.

Elves & the Shoemaker is the latest in Northern Ballet’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People which already includes the hugely popular Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs. The ballet has been created to introduce families and young children to live dance, music and theatre. It will be performed in venues across Leeds before touring widely across the North of England and joining theatres on Northern Ballet’s national tour across the UK.

Zoe Arahamian, Emma Lister, Kesi Olley-Dorey and Zoe Ashe-Browne in Ballet Ireland's Carmen choreographed by Morgann Runace-Temple 2013BALLET IRELAND’S CARMEN AT SADLER’S WELLS

16 April 2014

Dance UK member Ballet Ireland, the National Ballet of Ireland, is delighted to be making their first visit to Sadler’s Wells this June, with their production of Carmen, a new work created by London-based choreographer, Morgann Runacre-Temple.

Ireland’s only professional ballet company will make their London debut at Sadler’s Wells Lillian Baylis Studio, a visit made possible by Culture Ireland (3 & 4 June).


15 April 2014

Brand new for 2014, Dance UK member Greenwich Dance welcomes audiences to The Supper Room.

A pop-up dining room co-curated by a different artist or company each time, every Supper Room will have its own distinctive flavour. Hakeem Onibudo will host the next event in the series on Friday 25 April, 7.30pm.

Northern Ballet’s Three Little Pigs trot on screen this Easter

14 April 2014

Dance UK member Northern Ballet has once again teamed up with CBeebies in a television adaptation of its second ballet for children, Three Little Pigs. CBeebies Three Little Pigs will be broadcast on Easter Monday at 11am and 5pm.


11 April 2014

On Sunday 6 April 2014, Dance UK and the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) hosted our first-ever fundraising event raising £40,000. The event was a champagne high tea at the Royal Ballet School with performances, social dancing and an auction. Funds will be spent on a range of programmes that support dancers, champion health, nurture career and professional development, and provide performance opportunities for presenting new dance works to the public.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL Conference in Glasgow

11 April 2014

Microenterprises are on the rise across the UK and internationally. Is this a direct consequence of the economic crisis or are people making choices to thrive in ways that sustain their relationships to family, community, networks and to the planet? We are delighted to announce the inaugural 'Small is Beautiful' Conference in Glasgow, on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 June 2014. The conference will take place at the Theatre Royal and Citizen M.

Northern Ballet announces UK Première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo & Juliet

10 April 2014

Dance UK member Northern Ballet has announced that it will open its spring 2015 season with the UK Première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s production of Romeo & Juliet. The Leeds-based Company, which celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2015, will perform Romeo & Juliet at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 26 – 28 February 2015, followed by Leeds Grand Theatre in March 2015, and a planned national tour in 2016.

Touring matters one day symposium this summer

10 April 2014

The importance of touring and how to support it will be the focus at a one-day symposium in Eastleigh this summer.

Artists, venues and promoters are invited to take part in Touring Matters to investigate past and new models for commissioning, presenting and touring performance work.


10 April 2014

dancedigital, one of the UK’s leading dance organisations based in Bedfordshire and Essex, leads the field in the development of technical innovations in choreography and dance. In April, to celebrate the latest achievements and best work of an outstanding group of dance practitioners, the organisation will stage its first digital dance festival in association with the University of Bedfordshire.

Dance sector responds to changes in GCSE and A Level Dance

9 April 2014

Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England give joint response to the exam changes

Press release from the Department for Education re arts examinations reform

9 April 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove will today that a number of arts-based subjects are to be reformed as rigorous, demanding and world-class new GCSEs and A levels for first teaching from September 2016.

Youth Dance England responds to GCSE and A Level dance changes

Filed under: Government & Policy
9 April 2014

The Government announced on Wednesday 9 April 2014 that GCSEs and A-levels in arts subjects including dance are to undergo a radical overhaul in a bid to make the courses tougher.

Youth Dance England (YDE) the national organisation that supports excellence in dance for children and young people in and beyond schools, has responded to the announcement.

National Dance Teachers Association response to dance exam changes

9 April 2014

Judy Evans and Sue Trotman, Co-Chairs of the National Dance Teachers Association, respond to today's announcement that dance and other subject GCSE and A level examinations are to be reformed.

In Notts We Love Dance

8 April 2014

Join Dance UK member Dance4 for a celebration of dance in Nottingham.

The programme includes work inspired, created and produced in the city from professional artists to the city's young talent. Over three weekends from 26 June until 13 July 2014, In Notts We Love Dance will present a programme of extraordinary dance from a sensational inclusive commission, U.Dance 2014: National Youth Dance Festival, community platforms, Jam on a Tram to a mass participation Live Bolero performance.

Genée International Ballet Competition and Genée Dance Challenge

8 April 2014

Dance UK member the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) flagship event, the Genée International Ballet Competition, will be held in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, in September 2014. Together with partners the Royal Ballet Flanders, the Genée will, once again, prove to be one of the most exciting events on the ballet calendar next season. It is the first time in its 83-year history that the Genée will be hosted in Belgium. The semi-finals will be held at Theater ‘T Eilandje, the home of the Royal Ballet Flanders, on 24 and 25 September. The Final will be held at Vlaamse Opera (Flanders Opera) on 27 September.


4 April 2014

Dance UK member Birmingham Royal Ballet announces the 2014/2015 Birmingham Hippodrome season, the 25th season at its home theatre in the Midlands. The season will celebrate the Company’s varied repertory, from the gothic fairy-tale Beauty and the Beast in the autumn through to the return of The Nutcracker for Christmas and Sylvia in the summer of 2015. Added to the mix will be two works new to Birmingham audiences; a re-creation by Dame Gillian Lynne of the ground-breaking Miracle in the Gorbals, and a new one-act ballet from Director David Bintley called The King Dances. Over the course of the season, the Company will perform four full-length classic ballets and three programmes of shorter works to include the return of Bintley’s Carmina burana, MacMillan’s La Fin du jour and a revival of George Balanchine’s earliest American creation Serenade.

Charity Bank – loans for charities

2 April 2014

Charity Bank provides loans and support to help charities, social enterprises and other social sector organisations have access to the loan finance they need.

Charity Bank operates within and as part of the social sector. It provides loans from £50,000 up to £2 million and larger loans can be arranged in partnership with other social lenders.

Ghost Peloton blazes a trail through Yorkshire

1 April 2014

As Yorkshire gets ready to welcome the opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France, Dance UK member Phoenix Dance Theatre is incredibly proud and excited that Ghost Peloton, its highly ambitious collaboration with NVA, in partnership with the Sustrans, has been commissioned as one of the headline events for the Yorkshire Festival 2014 (27 March – 6 July), which marks the build-up to July’s Grand Départ.


1 April 2014

Wendy Martin, Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre said: "Once again we present an exciting line-up of performers, dancers, theatre makers, stand-ups and innovators for a packed summer of performance, dance, comedy, spoken word and children’s theatre at Southbank Centre. I’m particularly proud to be staging the world premiere of Wendy Houstoun’s new solo work Pact with Pointlessness, alongside UK premieres from two of the most exciting contemporary dancers working today – Louise Lecavalier and Paul White. We welcome the return of LIFT Festival to Southbank Centre with two pieces examining war as part of 14-18 NOW, and we are delighted to announce the return of Kate Prince’s ZooNationwith their smash hit take on The Wizard of Oz – Groove on Down the Road. It’s going to be a wonderful summer at Southbank Centre. I hope you’ll join us for this stellar line-up of the best artists and performers from around the world."

South East Dance celebrates world class dance in partnership with Brighton Festival and Hofesh Shechter

1 April 2014

Dance UK member South East Dance is delighted to be partnering with Brighton Festival to present a stunning programme of dance for England’s biggest multi-arts festival, 3-25 May 2014. This year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director is Hofesh Shechter, South East Dance’s ambassador for The Dance Space – a new home for dance in Brighton, due to open in 2017.

Tony Hall. Photo: BBC/Guy LevyTrinity Laban Honorary Fellowship awarded to Director-General of the BBC

1 April 2014

Dance UK member Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance today announced the awarding of a new Honorary Fellowship to Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, for services to the arts and education, and as a patron and advocate of music and dance.

Tony joins a distinguished list of accomplished professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education who have become Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows, including Joan Plowright, Matthew Bourne, Cleo Laine, John Paul Jones and Louis de Bernières.

Arts Council Strategic Touring funding for Sg2

1 April 2014

Dance UK member Stopgap is one of 10 UK arts organisations chosen to receive Arts Council Strategic Touring funding.

Funding of over £400,000 announced helps support disabled artists to create ambitious work

1 April 2014

UNLIMITED today announced over £400,000 of funding to support 26 disabled artists across the UK to create ambitious work covering all genres. Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England (ACE) and Creative Scotland (CS) & led by Shape and ArtsAdmin, the 2014 round of the programme aims to build on the successful legacy that was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which celebrated the work of disabled artists on an unprecedented scale.