UK Dance

Critic on Stage: Showtime

Clare Wiley | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

Several months ago I decided to spend £70 on nine contemporary dance classes. I gave it pretty much no thought beyond: 'this could improve my writing' and 'this would give me something to do on a Monday night besides steadily, doggedly working my way through All The Netflix'.

The Pulse Tour Hits London, Carmit Bachar Leads the Dance Powerhouse!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Girl bands. They come. They go. They usually don't stand the test of time. Alas, once many achieve group fame and success they can't go the solo road alone.

Review - First Position

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Skeoch

First Position follows six young dancers through the rigorous training and competition stages of the Youth America Grand Prix, an international ballet competition for dancers aged 9-19, culminating in medals, scholarships to dance schools and even contracts with ballet companies worldwide.

Arts Funding - Where is Arts Money Going?

Leanne Pero | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Pero

Since the start of the economic downturn and change in government, our voluntary community dance programme has struggled to find funds. Most of the money available is going to large organisations, in the expectation that it will then be filtered out into the community and into smaller delivery projects like ours - but this isn't working.

Estrella Morente: A New Wave in Flamenco

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Estrella, which means star in Spanish, is the heir of a great dynasty of flamenco singers. However heavy the burden might be, she had no problem to evolve into a more restraint performance while keeping its purity. Highly influenced by jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald; a meticulously orchestrated exhibition of words, sounds, and movements.

Critic on Stage: Dancing to Our Own Beat

Clare Wiley | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

This week was the last dance rehearsal before I take to the main stage of the Lowry in Manchester, captivating an audience of 2,000 with my balletic grace and elegant style. Just kidding, it's actually an audience of 100 in the venue's smallest studio and I'll be dancing with an umbrella.

WATCH: Comic Relief Dance Champion's Winning Performance

PA | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Actor Antony Cotton stormed to victory in the final of Let's Dance For Comic Relief with a display of jazz hands and tap dancing. The star - known ...

Circus of the Future

Saadia R. Chevel | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Saadia R. Chevel

Dralion is a celebration of life and the four elements that maintain the natural order: air, water, fire and earth.

Critic on Stage: Umbrellas and Other Props

Clare Wiley | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

This week everyone turns up at my contemporary dance class cheerfully carrying a selection of random objects: keys, a straw hat, knitting needles with reams of colourful purple wool, a giant bamboo stick. Our task is to choreograph a trio using a prop.

Dear Natalie Gyte: I Hope You Dance

Ru Freeman | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ru Freeman

Gyte condemns Stella Creasy thus for stating that violence is not limited to gender, that it affects society as a whole: "Really Stella? Really?" Yes, really Natalie, really. Violence is a societal issue. And so long as we keep pretending that it isn't, nothing is going to change.

Is This The New Gangnam Style?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education

It seems Gangnam Style has finally been resigned to the "it's so last year" pile as a group of students show the Harlem Shake is the new dance move in...

Critic on Stage: Why I'm Taking a Modern Dance Class

Clare Wiley | Posted 27.03.2013 | Home
Clare Wiley

For the past two years I've been an arts journalist, writing about everything from classical ballet to wildly abstract modern dance. But I've never had any actual hands-on dancing experience myself, and thought it was about time I got some.

Learning Through Dance: Why Children Should Keep on Dancing

Jeremy Newton | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Newton

Having worked for the last seven years engaging young people with the arts, I've seen just how influential they can be on helping children to develop life skills giving them the confidence they need to shape a better future.

Thought The Olympic Ceremony Was Good? Wait Till You See North Korea...

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home

This summer we gasped as 7,500 volunteers performed simultaneously to create Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony. Meanwhile, behind the closed d...

Strictly Criticism Is Unfair, Says Denise

WENN | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

Denise Van Outen claims criticism over her previous dance experience has scuppered her chances of winning Strictly Come Dancing. The actress has be...

Share Your Condom, on World Aids Day?

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Probably they run to be nominated for the 11 Biggest Social Media Disasters 2012, because the idea to share a condom seems quite disgusting to me.

Helen: Bollywood's Queen of Dance

Ben Mirza | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

This year marked a milestone for one of Bollywood's most endearing stars, Amitabh Bachchan, who celebrated his 70th birthday.

Big Ballerinas Prove You're Never Too Large To Dance

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

In the world of ballet, female dancers have long been under pressure to maintain a tiny physique. But today HuffPost UK Lifestyle were reminded that t...

Moving Towards Change: Why Dance Can Be So Much More Than Just A Hobby

Leanne Pero | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Pero

Dance has proven to be a fantastic engagement tool for girls and young women who often begin a life-long pursuit which brings them both fitness and pleasure.

Matthew Tucker

'A Night Of World Class Dance' - New Work 2012 (REVIEW) | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

Need an antidote to the rush of modern life? New Work 2012 by Michael Clark Company, showing at the Barbican, brings contemporary dance and music ...

WeFree at San Patrignano, Free From Prejudices

Stefania Mattana | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stefania Mattana

Let's admit it: if someone, before last Tuesday, had told me that the most delightful pizza of my life would be created by the brainstorming of English chefs and former drug addicts, I probably never would have believed them.

Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 12.12.2012 | Home
Charlotte Skeoch

The triple bill is a balancing act more complex than any Masterchef's three course meal: programming doesn't get tougher than this. If such a competition existed, artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer earned a place among the champions with Cedar Lake's triple bill at Sadler's Wells last night.

WeFree - Setting Youth Free to Express Themselves

Ashley Day | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Day

While Britain shivered in autumn showers over the weekend, I was lucky enough to fly to Italy to attend the youth drug prevention event WeFree event at San Patrignano near Rimini, one of the world's most proclaimed and revered drug rehabilitation units.

Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company Benoit Swan Pouffer Talks Budgets, Ballet, and UK Premieres

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Skeoch

There aren't many contemporary ballet companies with a billionaire heiress footing the bill, but New York's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet hit that lucrative jackpot when it came to funding.

Ad Review: Kia Soul - Bringing Down The House

Josh Okungbaiye | Posted 13.11.2012 | Home
Josh Okungbaiye

Attempting to persuade an individual to buy a car by using a group of dancing hamsters is quite a tall order, but after seeing the Kia Soul advert created by David&Goliath (Los Angeles) a sudden personal desire for the product emerged