My Gurus – Patrick Collier

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18 May 2017

Producer Patrick Collier names the inspiring, perceptive and – occasionally – annoying people who have guided his working life.

Choreographing conspiracy

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16 May 2017

When choreographing a new contemporary dance work for young people, Rosie Kay committed to really listening to their concerns and beliefs – and it took the work in a surprising new direction.

£2.3m to expand dance-based health initiative

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11 May 2017

1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Meaningful audience relations

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04 May 2017

Digital platforms enhance audience engagement in museums and galleries but can the same be done in the performing arts? Ben Walmsley discusses a research project in contemporary dance.

Dance manifesto highlights education and Brexit

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03 May 2017

Election candidates are being asked to recognise and campaign to mitigate the strains facing the dance sector.

My Gurus – Avril Hitman

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17 Apr 2017

As she prepares to step down from the company she founded over 30 years ago, Avril Hitman reflects on her career at the forefront of inclusive dance.

Making the case for hip hop

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04 Apr 2017

Hip hop theatre choreographers are too often seen as outreach workers rather than artists, but a new initiative is trying to change that. Lee Griffiths explains how.

Inspired by creativity

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30 Mar 2017

After co-founding a successful dance company, Francesca Moseley reflects on her career as a producer, the support she has received and what it’s like to work freelance.

Sharing touring data

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30 Mar 2017

After updating its approach to data collection and sharing, Sadler’s Wells noticed a surge in email sign-ups for its visiting companies. Sebastian Cheswright Cater and Matt Kirby tell the story.

More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

National dance bodies join forces to tackle inactivity

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24 Mar 2017

A strategic collaboration between One Dance UK and People Dancing will focus first on encouraging primary schools to spend more on high quality dance.

Dancing with the long cane

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23 Mar 2017

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

Job ladder – Franck Bordese

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23 Mar 2017

The new Executive Director of Protein Dance, Franck Bordese, looks back on his career championing cross-artforms and engagement work.

Dancers can deliver effective healthcare programmes, report finds

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03 Mar 2017

Aesop’s falls-prevention classes were both an enjoyable artistic challenge and faithful to their healthcare objectives.

Juggling and jigsaws

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02 Mar 2017

As a small company with no permanent dancers, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance productions are tricky to coordinate but ultimately rewarding. Amanda Skoog explains how they manage it.

A new dawn of dance

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23 Feb 2017

What’s behind the current rise in interest in dance for older people? Hannah Osmond has been finding out.

Dance sector adopts data-driven approach to dancers’ health

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17 Feb 2017

The Royal Ballet has committed to sharing its expertise in caring for dancers by partnering with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

Job Ladder – David Massingham

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16 Feb 2017

As he leaves DanceXchange, David Massingham reflects on his journey from distributing Christmas hampers to establishing Birmingham as an international dance city.

How to… get boys dancing

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19 Jan 2017

How do you get a room full of sniggering teenage boys enthusiastic about dance? Helen Ganberg says it’s not easy, but experience shows it is possible.

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