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March 2012

dance proms is back! A partnership project between the IDTA, ISTD, RAD and the Royal Albert Hall working together in celebration of dance.


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How you can take part in 2012

Making Dance Proms Beautiful– our Title Sponsor – Barry M

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Who we are – IDTA, ISTD, RAD and the Royal Albert Hall

Don’t just take our word for it – hear some of the buzz!

Photo Credits: David Tett, Elliott Franks

How Dance Proms works and what you need to do


How You Can Take Part in 2012 “Dance Proms has surely paved the way for an annual event bringing all dance styles together, at last!” Wayne Sleep OBE, Dance Proms Patron Last November, the first ever Dance Proms was a truly memorable occasion for everyone who took part, from the dancers on stage, to their friends and families cheering in the audience, to the backstage crew who helped make it all happen. More than 450 young dancers took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall and our finale brought the packed venue to their feet for a standing ovation! Now we’re back and we want you to take part and make this year’s event even bigger and better! Registration opens on Monday 12 March 2012 and runs until Sunday 20 May, so read on for more details about Dance Proms. Your students could be performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th November! And don’t forget to keep up with the latest Dance Proms news and updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Dance Proms – made beautiful by Barry M This year we are pleased to announce our Title Sponsor - Barry M Dean Mero, Managing Director of Barry M, said; “As Britain’s leading colour cosmetics brand, Barry M is delighted to support such a vibrant, positive and colourful event as Dance Proms!”

Photo Credits: David Tett, Elliott Franks


How Dance Proms Works Dance Proms is a partnership project between the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Royal Albert Hall working together in celebration of dance. UK and Republic of Ireland members from the three dance organisations are invited to submit a short video at www.danceproms.co.uk featuring an original piece of choreography performed either as a solo, duet or group performance by their students in any dance genre. A variety of acts will be selected by both an esteemed panel of professionals and through a public vote to come together to perform live at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 4 November 2012. For full terms and conditions and more information on how to get involved in the project, please visit www.danceproms.co.uk or contact us at info@danceproms.co.uk

Photo Credits: David Tett, Elliott Franks


Who We Are The International Dance Teachers’ Association’s (IDTA) objectives are to promote knowledge and foster the art of dance in all its forms, to consult, to maintain and improve teaching standards, to offer a comprehensive range of professional qualifications in all dance genres, and to provide and maintain syllabi and technique in all dance genres to train dancers for the profession. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) was formed in 1904 and is today a registered educational charity. The ISTD covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale. ISTD dance teachers are highly experienced in teaching children and adults in a variety of dance styles ranging from Ballet to Ballroom, Street to South Asian Dance, and Latin American to Tap. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential education and dance teacher training organisations. A registered charity, the RAD promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally, and seeks to accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing ballet examinations to set standards and reward achievement. The Royal Albert Hall, built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert, has been in continuous use since it was opened in 1871 as a multipurpose building to host music concerts, dance spectaculars, exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies. It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation and is considered as one of London’s most prestigious performing venues.


The Buzz “Some of the performances took my breath away. All of them were a real credit to their teachers and I went home glad to know that there are inspiring and inspired people out there.” Chris Hollins, Dance Proms Patron “Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity. It will be one I will never forget!” Siobhan from Quay Theatre Arts “The girls had such a fantastic day! Memories to last a lifetime.” Dance Consortium “We had an incredible experience at the first ever Dance Proms. All the dancers were fab!” Adele from Georgie School of Theatre Arts “I was so impressed with the quality of the performance and the sheer number of students who participated. The passion for dance was evident in the students, and it was so powerful to see all of them perform together at the end of the show. Thank you again for having me at this fabulous and inspiring event.” Erin Sanchez, Dance UK “You don’t have to be a celeb to perform at a world famous venue like the Royal Albert Hall.” Centre Pointe on Newsround “Dance Proms succeeded in providing young people with not only an amazing performance opportunity, but a chance to learn about the endless dance styles they could be a part of, and I hope it continues to achieve this for years to come.” Celia Moran, londondance.com To experience what Dance Proms 2011 was like, watch the performance video. For more photos of the event, take a look at the Dance Proms Gallery. Or click here to read more on what people have to say about Dance Proms!


DANCE PROMS is a partnership project between the IDTA, ISTD, RAD and the Royal Albert Hall working together in celebration of dance. Celebration of Dance Festival Limited, Incorporated in England & Wales No. 7407392 www.danceproms.co.uk

Contact: info@danceproms.co.uk


Dance Proms: March Issue