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  1. I'm a teacher, and our London based dance school would like to start doing competitions but would like some advice on where to start. Any good local competitions to start with? Are solos or group dances better to begin with? Are there criteria for each style/age group? Any other advice for starting out? We currently have some very talented children with strong technique up to age 14 in all genres. Thanks so much in advance!
  2. OK... so anyone at one of the Regional Finals this week?? We are at the South East in Crawley. Standard is amazing this year!!
  3. Hello, My dance teacher has given me have a new jazz solo and has let me choose the song. I have spent lots of time on Spotify looking at jazz solo songs, but still uncertain on what song to choose. I am 15 years old so I want a ‘mature’ song but I’m open to suggestions. Im wondering what make a song good to dance to? I personally think having highs and low parts in the music is important, but anything else? If you could give song suggestions that would be greatly appreciated:) Thankyou xx
  4. I'm worried about the music we've chosen for E's first competition. I just read the rules for an upcoming festival. There, it states: "Music must be a legitimate copy – if you copy music from YouTube or illegally download it will not work on theatre system due to copyright software." We have three numbers. Two of the songs are from cd's/downloads I've purchased. The third is a YouTube download because it's an old song and not available on download (that I can find). All three songs have been cut by a sound engineer friend to make them the right length. I'm very concerned about this copyright software. I've written to both the organisers of the festival, and also to my sound engineer friend, but haven't heard back yet. I'm stressing out that the songs will be considered illegal and I don't want any drama for my daughter's first competition. Would the sound engineers' files be considered legal downloads? (i.e., are they considered a "new work" or can the software tell that changes have been made?) Am panicking now. Can anyone advise me? Thank you *I posted part of this in another question but really need some advice and didn't think anyone saw it
  5. We have ONLY 3 places left on our 'Confidence in Dance Performance' workshop this half term!! (10 places total) A must for anyone looking to audition, join upper schools and want to get ahead of the competition. Details below:- Confidence in Dance Performance, with Anna Reynolds (NLP) On the 23rd and 24th October 2016 Woodside Dance Retreat is proud to host this unique 2 day course. Tackling the ‘mind set’ and adding the building blocks to help towards producing the future Principal Dancers and West End Stars Anna's workshops explore the mental rigour that is needed to be successful in the world of Ballet/Dance, with a specific focus on building confidence within yourself and being present in the performance, allowing who you are to shine through. The emphasis will be on shifting mindsets for more happiness and greater success. Participants will:- Connect deeply with their intention to dance. Clarity on our 'why' serves as a strong motivator. Reconnect with the joy of dancing. Learn that confidence is a result, not a requirement. Learn how to move beyond fear and strengthen courage. Learn how to listen with an open mind and open heart, therefore aiding the teacher/student relationship. This is experiential learning and Anna will skillfully mix theory and practice to create a inspiring and transformative workshop. You will also take a workshop with Emma Harris {currently assissting Christopher Wheeldon and who has 22 years as a professional performer) and David Lucas Shaw (who has 17 years in West End and has assissted Adam Cooper). Additionally 8th Element will visit, they specialise in sports and dance science he will speak about injury prevention, key stretching and strengthening excersices for longevity in our industry. This course is a ‘must' for anyone looking for a serious dance career. Course Fee’s - £300 (10 places only) * including 2 nights accomodation, organic locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 full days of classes and activities aimed at making you a better dance performer. Contact nicola@woodsidedanceretreat.com to book a place or dicuss the course in more detail. www.woodsidedanceretreat.com
  6. 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 Performers Company students have performed on prime-time ITV television, on the prestigious 'West End Live' stage, at the 02 Arena, 'Move It' Main Stage and more. The opportunity to be showcased on our YouTube channel, which attracts around 1.5 million viewers every month. A relationship with international dance brand, Capezio, who are supporting the launch and continuation of our dance company. Regular masterclasses from top instructors, dancers and choreographers internationally. Training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tumbling, conditioning, leaps & turns, with optional commercial and tap. For more information please visit our website.
  7. I've just seen a Facebook post about a new BBC competition (televised in some way, I guess, on BBC Four). The BBC website states that: "BBC Young Dancer 2015 is a brand new award for young people that showcases the very best of young British dance talent. Young dancers will enter in one of four categories of dance: ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian dance. BBC Young Dancer 2015 will culminate in a grand final at Sadler's Wells, when the best dancers in each category will dance against each other for the title." Entry requirements: You must be aged 16-20 on 1st September 2014. You must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) and have been a resident of the UK since 1st September 2011. You must not be - and nor should you ever have been - employed on a professional, full-time contract as a dancer. Entrants aged under 18 will require the signed consent of their parent or guardian Looks interesting!
  8. Hi, I've spent some time chatting with a costume designer/maker who creates costumes for a ballet company. He could make excellent tutus and other costumes for students for competitions but when I suggested it, he said he hasn't because he wouldn't know where to find the customers. Does anyone know the going rate for tutus and where he could let people know about his work? They are such gorgeous costumes, I thought it was worth asking for some advice from the people here. Thanks in advance
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