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  1. Hi everyone! My DD has just completed The London Ballet Company summer intensive for the second year now, and has been reaccepted as TLBC Associate from September as well so just wanted to give a huge shout out to the Director, Sophie and her team who have just been amazing! The Associates run once a month on Sundays in Battersea and it’s an excellent addition to existing ballet training to get the creative juices flowing and for anyone who is interested in contemporary ballet. Another one of their amazing features is YoBallet which focusses on strengthening the core and using
  2. So I’m 18 and for jazz, contemporary etc (basically all dance styles apart from ballet) I have always worn a leotard with my black footless tights over it. On my vocational course my uniform for these lessons has the tights on the top, so I’m convinced I’m right. My 12 sister, (and also my mum, and rest of the family) insist that all tights should be worn underneath leotards. I dont know, if it’s just the age difference or what, but I would interested to know everyone’s opinions on this to settle the debate of me vs the rest of my family thanks
  3. South East Ballet Scholars Auditions March 17th 2019 South East Ballet Scholars Associate programme was developed in 2007. The programme is specifically for talented students who aspire to a career in dance and every student who has participated in the programme since its inception has gained a place at one of the prestigious summer training schools for classical ballet and past students have gained places at the following schools. The Royal Ballet School English National Ballet School Elmhurst School Rambert Classical an
  4. South East Ballet Scholars February Intensive Classical and Contemporary Course 19th -21st of February Inclusive Guest Teachers Include Mr David Peden, Ex Royal Ballet Soloist Mr Michael Raynaud, Ex English National Ballet Miss Mikaela Polley Ex Rambert Company Our Intensive Course is an opportunuity for young dancers to work alongside professional and ex professional dancers from some of the world's major ballet companies. The main genre's will be classical ballet, body conditioning, contemporary, repertoire and pas de deux. We offer the
  5. Hi This is my first time here so I don’t know if i posted it to the right place. I have a solo to the song called blackbird by Sarah McLachlan and it is a very simple but nice dance that I have perfected it technically and want to add an emotional element to the dance. I can’t find a story or meaning and I am struggling to put in motion and at the moment I am just doing a slight smile. Do you give any suggestions for Story I can base it to. Thankyou so much link to song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g3VrggQW7tk
  6. Associate Auditions 17th of June 2018 Introducing Our NEW Programme for the Discerning Dancer A fully encompassing training programme to give todays generation of dancers knowledge and understanding combined with a pure fundamental classical technique delivered by a professional faculty. We produce "Young Artists of Tomorrow" and fully ensure a musical and artistic dancer, encouraging a "True Love Of Dance". Applications are open and will close on the 30th of May 2018 2 Scholarships are on offer 1 Female and 1 Male will be awarded on t
  7. Hi all. My DD is auditioning this year for entry to a BA in contemporary dance. I always keep an eye on this forum and it has been very informative for me and for her. I was wondering though does anyone know of any forums where they discuss contemporary dance as I know this one is mainly for ballet? She will be auditioning for Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, and Fontys and Codarts in the Netherlands. All advice or knowledge gratefully accepted! And good luck to all setting off on this rollercoaster year! I am terrified myself!
  8. Writing on behalf of the North East Dance Co-operative, I wanted to reach out to the local dance community and invite you all to join us for a contemporary dance workshop day with National Dance Company Wales at Newcastle College Performance Academy (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) on Saturday 17 March. The schedule is as follows: 09:00–10:45 Senior Dancers (guideline age 12–16) 11:00–12:45 Pre-Professional/Professional Dancers (inc. full-time dance students, 16+) 13:15–15:00 Junior Dancers (guideline age 7–11) 15:15–17:00 Adults Community Class (for recreational 16
  9. Hi all, All my ballet kit is sorted for my Moorland Associates programme from September, but also on the list it asks for Contemporary tights, Character/Spanish skirt and Character/Spanish shoes. I wondered whether any of you experienced, lovely people had any recommendations for brands, style and such like? How does sizing work? And for the shoes, is it best to have low or high heel? For ballet shoes I wear size 2, for outdoor shoes I wear 2.5 and for tap shoes I wear size 3, so what size would character shoes be? My parents would like to allow me as much growing room as possible as they
  10. NG Dance have put on some extra sessions in Nottingham to accommodate children who were still in school last week. You can book online for the whole day or turn up to do mornings, afternoons or whole day. If you're from outside Nottingham I recommend doing the Toton park tram park and ride to avoid the commuter traffic. The Lace Market tram stop is 5 minutes away. My daughter hasn't attended before but I've chatted to the teachers via Facebook over the last few months and they are lovely. I'll be taking my 10 year old and her friend but it's open to age 7-18 http:/
  11. Does anyone have a DD or DS applying for contemporary degree courses at 18?would find it very helpful to compare notes. Or anyone who has been through this recently? Looking to apply to schools such as Laban, London Studio Centre, London and Northern Contemporary. Thanks.
  12. UKMASTERCLASS JUNIORS: A DAY OF INSPIRATION We are pleased to announce a special UKMASTERCLASS event for younger dancers age 12 - 14. This day of inspiration will explore the classical technique, the characters from the musical CATS, and a creative experience to discover new moves and possibilities. The classes will be taught by three fabulous dancers and experienced teachers: ALICE CRAWFORD (former Senior Soloist dancer - English National Ballet), JASMIN COLANGELO (West End performer) and JAMIE EMMA McDONALD (Contemporary Dancer / Choreographer). Sunday 5th March Time: 11:00am - 3:30p
  13. A DAY OF CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO NUTCRACKERS On Sunday 11th December UKMASTERCLASS has organised a day of contrast between two NUTCRACKERS. This intensive day consists of masterclasses taught by Royal Ballet dancers: VALERI HRISTOV & ITZIAR MENDIZABAL and a three hour workshop with two ​dancers from RE:BOURNE, Matthew Bourne's dance company, New Adventures. On this day you will have a taste of the repertoire from The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker, and in the afternoon, a taste of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker. Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm Level: Intermediate/Advanced (min. 3 ballet classes p/w) Ag
  14. A DAY OF CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO SWAN LAKES ​ On Sunday 4th September UKMASTERCLASS has organised a day of contrast between two Swan Lakes. This intensive day consists of masterclasses taught by Royal Ballet dancers: VALERI HRISTOV & ITZIAR MENDIZABAL and a three hours workshop with two ​dancers from RE:BOURNE, Matthew Bourne's dance company, New Adventures. On this day you will have a taste of the repertoire from The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake, and in the afternoon, a taste of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm Venue: Rambert Dance Studio, 99 Upper G
  15. Myself and a colleague are running 3 days of 'back to school' dance training in CENTRAL Birmingham at a bargain price of £100 for 3 days! (Considering how much I normally charge these days this is a total steal!!!!!!!!!!) Seriously though - I will be teaching all day, every day on this course and will focus on placing and technique, strength, safe flexibility, injury prevention as well as teaching all of the tips I have learnt from people like Rebecca Davies, Tahlysia Smedley and Rosina Andrews to get you turning more easily, jumping higher and doing all those fun leaps and tricks SAF
  16. We have a few spaces remaining on our Summer Session 2016 to be held from 16-19th August at Broomwood Hall School, Wandsworth. Guest teachers include : Sam Archer (leading artist with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and just been announced as 'Boris Lementov' in 'The Red Shoes') Nicky Griffiths (West End dancer and choreographer currently appearing in Jersey Boys, also Wicked, Hairspray, The Bodyguard and more) Andrew Wilson (Former soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and head of ballet and Bird College) For dancers aged from 12-18, (pre-vocational and vocational), four days of
  17. From acclaimed performing arts school, Spirit Young Performers Company: We will be launching our dance company in September, aimed at exceptional young dancers aged 6-19. Auditions are running on Sunday 10th July, led by Richard Marcel (top UK choreographer of BBC's 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Strictly Come Dancing', 'Sports Relief', 'Burn the Floor' and more). Selected dancers will receive: Weekday evening training from London's top dance instructors. The opportunity to compete within a highly selective team. The chance to perform at high-profile live events. Recently our Pe
  18. Drew McConie's Jeckyll and Hyde received a rapturous standing ovation on Thursday night 26 th May, to my delight as I thought it well deserved. Having read the Telegraph critic's 2* review I had lower expectations than I'd formerly hoped for, however I now wonder if he and I saw the same show ! From the outset the performance grabbed me, and it's a heady mix of quirky fun and melodrama , with superb dancers headed by Dan Collins in the lead as Dr Jeckyll . For the full casting and description see the Old Vic website www.oldvictheatre.com McConie's choreographic style is full of energy and
  19. We've had a lot of interest in our Summer School this year, but many people are not available on the dates that we intend to run it. It seems there's a demand for something later in the holidays, so we're considering moving it to either the week of 15th August or the 22nd August. If you would be interested in attending and are available on either of those weeks, then please comment below or get in touch via our website www.catalystdance.co.uk. You can also find out more on our facebook page; Catalyst Dance. Aimed at dancers aged 9 and over, our Summer Session at Broomwood Schoo
  20. PRIMA ASSOCIATES - for young, aspiring, talented ballet dancers: A brand new school in the South-East (based near Maidstone, Kent), for young ballet dancers entering years 3, 4, 5 and 6 starts in September with auditions taking place on Sunday 19 June. The year course will comprise a Classical Ballet Class: Gymnastic Conditioning; Ballet Conditioning/Pilates and Contemporary/Creative Dance. These classes (held on Sundays), will form the compulsory '6 weeks' a term sessions taught by high profile ballet and contemporary dance teachers and a top Russian Gymnastic coach for the gymnas
  21. OPEN DAYS FOR PROSPECTIVE FULL-TIME VOCATIONAL STUDENTS Prospective students for Chantry School of Contemporary and Balletic Arts' 3 year, full-time Diploma Course can now book onto one of two Open Days. At the Open Days, students are invited to meet the School's Core Tutors, take various classes, attend a Q&A session and visit the school. The Open Days are: October 16th November 20th If you would like to book a place, please email education@chantrydancecompany.org For more information and an online prospectus, please visit: http://www.chantry-school.org/open-days--prosp
  22. Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts is taking bookings for our 2016 Summer Intensives. We have the following Summer Intensives available in July and August: * Junior Contemporary Dance Arts (age 7-11) - 3rd-4th August, £50 * Junior Modern and Musical Theatre Dance (age 7-11) 5th-6th August, £50 * Senior Contemporary Dance Arts (age 12+) - 25th-29th July, £90 * Senior Modern and Musical Theatre Dance (age 12+) - 1st-2nd August, £50 All Intensives are taught by Chantry Dance Company's Artistic Team and Industry Professionals who have worked in London's West End, at The Royal O
  23. Hello dancers! We are really excited to announce that our Summer Session will be running again this year in the Clapham/Battersea/Wandsworth area, at Broomwood Hall School. Junior Summer Session Sunday 7th - Tuesday 9th August Intermediate Summer Session Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th August Senior Summer Session Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th August Aimed at dancers aged 9 and over, our Summer Session includes classes and workshops in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz dance. Working with our experienced faculty, students will gain a greater insight into these
  24. Hi there I'm 18 yrs old and currently training to become a dance teacher with the IDTA. I'm currently learning IDTA intermediate ballet and once I've done my exam will be doing the pre-associate and associate for it. I've heard you can become an RAD teacher once I'm IDTA qualified, I don't know if this is true? I hope so! Anyway I just have a few questions to see what people think - I've done RAD ballet my whole life ever since I was 5, but I've never done tap and modern exams I've done performances in tap, modern, street etc but not exams. I know its a silly question but one day I'm g
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