Dance is back – live and direct

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06 Oct 2021

Birmingham International Dance Festival is a celebration of the return to outdoor arts. For Debbie Jardine and Raidene Carter, it is both a taste and a test for next year's Cultural Programme of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Unvaccinated dancers bid to keep their identities private

28 Sep 2021

Professionals on Strictly Come Dancing who refuse to get vaccinated are trying to keep their identities hidden.

The Times reports they have hired lawyers in a bid to stop the Mail on Sunday naming two of the three dancers.

Whilst vaccination is not a requirement to take part in the popular TV show, the vaccine status of competitors and the right or otherwise of their partners to know has been a talking point in recent weeks.

Despite the show's strict safety protocols, singer Tom Fletcher and his professional partner, Amy Dowden, tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. There is no suggestion either was unvaccinated.

 

A golden thread running through a creative career

20 Jul 2021

Whether in policy development, advocacy or nurturing talent, Executive Director of Clore Leadership Hilary Carty’s career is born of a passion for arts and culture.

Who can dance?

Promotional poster for the National Youth Dance Festival 2021
06 Jul 2021

As the U.Dance National Festival returns in an online format this month, Cameron Ball shares how the event connects the nation’s young dancers with the best in the industry.

Dancers lead the arts in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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15 Jun 2021

More than 60 arts professionals are included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, the most ethnically diverse to date. 

Alarm at plans to cut higher education arts funding in half

07 May 2021

A consultation on plans to cut arts education funding by £17m says the subjects are not a "strategic priority" for the Government.

Crashing through the barriers to classical music

04 May 2021

Moving an orchestra into a school sparked a creative collaboration that can be replicated to benefit students elsewhere, write Anna Bennett and Adrian Bending.

Why do we prize ballet over kathak?

Four students performing dance in a class wearing masks
16 Apr 2021

'Decolonising the curriculum' has become a touchstone for educational institutions. But what does this mean in practice? Clare Connor and Lise Uytterhoeven examine the changes ahead.

V&A's Theatre and Performance archive 'at risk of becoming a dead collection'

25 Mar 2021

Staff restructuring proposals that threaten the museum department have been condemned as a "devastatingly bad idea".

Challenging the norms of dance

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24 Mar 2021

Grace Nicol wants to redefine how we make dance to support more risky work. The answer, she thinks, lies in greater pastoral care.

Challenging ideas about children’s dance

03 Mar 2021

Performers and providers often treat young children as a passive audience. Dr Angela Pickard says they can actively create and engage – and give feedback too.

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

Culture Recovery Fund grants raise transparency questions

22 Oct 2020

588 more organisations have received Culture Recovery Fund grants in England worth £76m, but information about how many were unsuccessful is no longer being shared.

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Pivoting: when a dance festival moves online

image of a pair of hands taking a photo on a mobile phone of a dancer in mid air - the phone has the U.Dance 2020 logo in the foreground
13 Jul 2020

Dance thrives on physical contact and live audiences, so how can the country’s largest youth dance festival move to an online format? Cameron Ball explains.

Falls-prevention dance scheme could bring £160m savings to NHS budgets

a younger female dancing with an older black gentleman
03 Jun 2020

The effectiveness of a community dance programme in reducing falls among older people has been praised as “an example of ‘super social-prescribing’.”

Celebrating local excellence

07 Nov 2019

We spend too much time trying to learn lessons from cities and apply them in other places, argues Brendan Keaney. It’s time to recognise that creative powerhouses can come in all shapes and sizes – and not always where you might expect.

My gurus: ‘A sense of community in everything’

A Boy Blue performance
07 Nov 2019

Joseph Toonga, Artistic Director of Just Us Dance Theatre, looks back on how his career as a choreographer, dancer and teacher has been shaped by the family he grew up with and the family he found.

Galleries dance partnership aims to tackle knowledge gap

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19 Jul 2019

A new initiative to commission dances with UK galleries will improve the profile and practice of this developing field, its founders say.

Dance Manchester closes after 27 years 

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05 Jul 2019

The company says its operating model was too “old school” to remain sustainable after the loss of NPO funding in 2018.

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