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English National Ballet, Random Dance and National Youth Dance Company Top Latitude 2014 Dance Bill

Latitude, the summer festival for people who don’t like rolling around in the mud, is back in sunny Southwold for a ninth year…

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

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Sadler’s Wells – Spring / Summer 2013 Programming

It’s the name of the game that one does not necessarily appreciate all plans (or indeed how they crystallise out in practice) but I have to say that Sadler’s Wells set a benchmark re new work/experiences and for where you want a progressive art to be.

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Helgi Tomasson – San Francisco Ballet – Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer

Q: Any regrets?
Ans: “No regrets — I would do it all again the same way.”

Publicity image for James Cousins, winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award.© James Cousins. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled – companies from Hip hop to Ballet – London

Sampled offered smorgasbord snippets of the goodies that will be gracing the stage of Sadlers Wells Theatre this coming season. This show, like cinema trailers, entices viewers to decide what to see, or what to miss. However, there was nothing shown in Sampled that should be missed!

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New English Ballet Theatre – Inaugural performances, 4-8 July, London

Synergies is an exciting programme of world renowned choreography and four premieres by young emerging choreographers. NEBT’s dancers will perform alongside guest artists Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, only on the gala night of July 5th…

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San Francisco Ballet bringing 9 premieres to London in September 2012

True to style, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson is showcasing his dancers in a highly varied programme of ten short works – no fewer than nine of them UK premieres – for their long-awaited return to the London stage.

DanceEast Rural Retreat 2012 group photograph.© Eamonn McCabe. (Click image for larger version)

DanceEast Rural Retreat – Dance leaders call for re-branding of Dance

I went to the final get-together of of the Rural Retreat on Monday at the House of Commons. I’ve been to a few of these wrap-up sessions now and they are good for…

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