"BBC Young Dancer" tag
English National Ballet School publicity image for the 2017 Summer Performance.© ENB School. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   The highlight of the second half of the programme was Mats Ek’s Pas de Danse, staged by his assistant, Pompea Santoro.

Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

National Youth Dance Company in Damien Jalet's Tarantiseismic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – Tarantiseismic – London

★★✰✰✰   Reviewing a youth dance company is always a tricky thing. These are not professional dancers although everything else about the production is a professional show.

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Lucy Balfour and Luke Ahmet in The Creation.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – The Creation – London

★★★★✰   This is the largest production yet mounted by Rambert – celebrating its 90th Anniversary, this year – accounting for over 110 performers, including 70 musicians and singers.

Adam Park in Lucy Guerin's Tomorrow.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Tomorrow (Guerin premiere), Terra Incognita, A Linha Curva – London

★★★★✰   The centrepiece of this richly diverse programme was a dance puzzle, perhaps broadly equivalent to a game of three-dimensional chess.

Mark Samaras and Mia Labuschagne in Sharon Watson's Repetition (2) Change.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2016 Tour – Tonbridge

★★★✰✰   Ballet Central’s 2016 tour visits 17 theatres with 8 diverse works. Bruce Marriott catches up with one of the paciest nights of dance you will find…

Vidya Patel and Liam Riddick in An Italian in Madrid.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – An Italian in Madrid, Brisk Singing, Mazur, Stronghold – London

★★★★✰   All-in-all this was an outstanding programme of entertaining dance…

The 7 Fingers in an extract from Triptyque.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled, the dance taster festival – London

★★★★✰ 2016 marks the tenth annual “Sadler’s Wells Sampled,” a January taster of the London dance house’s upcoming season.

Latitude Festival© Marc Sethi. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2015 – Faraway Forest: A Weekend at Latitude

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2015 – Sara Veale with a full report…

Interview – Jane Hackett, Director of National Youth Dance Company

Sara Veale catches up with Jane Hackett, director of National Youth Dance Company, ahead of NYDC’s performance at Latitude Festival on 19 July.

Inala.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Inala – London

Enthusiasm alone doesn’t make a show a success, though, and Inala doesn’t quite succeed in melding all that goodwill into a coherent exploration of dance and music from markedly different traditions.

Connor Scott - being presented with his award by Carlos Acosta.© BBC/Guy Levy. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2015 – Some Thoughts

Days after BBC Young Dancer made its first successful appearance on TV people are still talking about it…

Encore Dance Company in James Streeter's Untouchable Void.© Brian O'Carroll. (Click image for larger version)

Encore Dance Company – Tour 2015: De Part Ed, Intermezzo, Don Quixote pdd, Testament, Untouchable Void – London

High spirits saturated this programme from Encore Dance, the graduate company of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Connor Scott, the competition winner, in his Solo 2 - Ride by Patricia Okenwa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand Finals

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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