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Features 14 Preparation is the key to success

Preparing for an audition can be an exciting process but at the same time it can also be very daunting – even more so if it is your first audition because you are not sure what to expect. Here we look at how to make sure that you are prepared for everything – even the unexpected?

17 Get into the rhythm

Dance is a great way to keep fit and there’s always something new to have a go at – such as the Zumba programme which is currently gripping the nation – so what’s it all about?

20 Invest in the future When it comes to choosing a studio floor, one size definitely does not fit all. So how do you go about ensuring that the floor which you choose is the right one for you? Here’s some advice from the professionals.

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26 Events Editorial / Design: Editor: Tracey Rushton -Thorpe 01733 266990 Address: PO Box 1162, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1BD Design: Chilli Design & Print 0845 6769295 Advertising: Vicky Senkey-Dunn 01775 888403 Printing: Printed by The Magazine Printing Company plc, Mollison Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex, EN3 7NT Publishing: Published by: Eastfield Media Ltd. PO Box 1162, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 9BD The editor is pleased to receive contributions for Dance Review in the form of letters, news items, features and photographs (preferably high resolution digital images). Material, whether commissioned or submitted is provided at own risk of the contributor. Eastfield Media Ltd cannot be held responsible for loss or damage howsoever caused. Every care is taken to avoid errors in this magazine; however no liability can be accepted for any which may occur. The opinions and views expressed by authors and contributors within Dance Review are not necessarily those of the editor or Eastfield Media Ltd. © Eastfield Media Ltd 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without prior permission in writing from the copyright owner. Multiple copying of the content of the magazine without prior written approval is not permitted

Contents Editor’s Note I had a bit of a shock when I went shopping last week and saw Christmas cards on sale for the first time because it just seems to get earlier every year. But that got me thinking that actually Christmas isn’t that far away and therefore to avoid the usual last minute rush I need to start planning ahead.

I often hear people say that it’s never too early to start planning and while I don’t want you to wish your life away there are some great things to look forward to this Christmas – and by that of course I mean those festive performances that we all adore so much. So here in the Dance Review office we set about doing a bit of research on your behalf and I can tell you that there is now a distinct buzz of excitement in the office because there are some really great shows to look forward to all around the country. I personally am a bit of a traditionalist and therefore I can’t wait to see The Nutcracker, and I am happy to say that there are so many different productions on offer that I am really spoilt for choice. One of the team is also a big fan of Matthew Bourne so as you can imagine she was delighted to see that his version of The Nutcracker will be doing a seven week run at Sadler’s Wells starting in December – make sure you book early for that one because we already have it firmly filled in the diary! While we are on the subject of Christmas there is a bit more exciting news for you on page 5 because we have decided to let you take over the reins of the magazine for a very special Christmas issue. Make sure you have a look now and get in touch as soon as you can because space is limited and this is a great opportunity to get your name into Dance Review. We are all really excited about this issue and we can’t wait to see what you will come up with. So I think that’s about it for now – make sure you have a look at our Christmas previews and get your tickets booked soon so that you don’t miss out. See you next month

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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! returns to Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 6 December to Monday 23 January.

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Take to the streets

By Stacey Swannell and Charlotte Norris,

Event Managers, Haven Specialist Sales Department

We are lucky enough to see a lot of different types of dance in the competitions that we organise at our Haven Parks, and one which is coming up is street dance. Street dance is a style of dance that has evolved outside the studio in open areas such as streets, parks and school yards and because of this it is also a very social form of dance which encourages you to interact with others. That’s probably why the competitions which take place at our parks are such a success because the facilities which we have encourage the dancers to interact with each other and generally have a good time. That’s not to say that the competition isn’t fierce because it is, but once the event is over there is plenty to

occupy everyone – including families who have spent the day cheering the competitors on. Street dance has increased in popularity in the last few years; thanks mainly to the likes of Flawless and therefore the competitions which take place at our Parks are generally very busy. The UDO Championships in November and the Nadia Jane School of Dance Competition next year will be a very busy time for us – but our team is well trained for this type of event and therefore we will all be working hard to make it a success. For more information click on dance or call 0871 2301911 and quote Dance Review.

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Breathe the Beat Breathe the Beat is a new dance concept from internationally renowned hip-hop artist Salah, who has recorded five video tutorials which will guide people to find new inspirations for their own dancing. The project is a unique opportunity for dancers to be inspired by one of hip-hop’s leading talents, and showcase their skills online for the world to see. The tutorials will be released every few weeks on where you can also upload videos of your own routines to the website, to be entered into a competition. The eventual winner will perform on stage at one of next year’s Breathe the Beat roadshows and will also get the chance to meet Salah himself, as he tours the world in the latest Cirque de Soleil show, which has been

inspired by Michael Jackson, and in which he plays a leading role. The project was previewed in Birmingham and Coventry city centres as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend that marked the start of the one year countdown to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. The Breathe the Beat dancers showed off their moves inspired by this groundbreaking new digital project, and they will be performing again throughout the West Midlands over the next year at various live events and roadshows. The project is part of the Outdoor Dance Programme, led by DanceXchange1, in partnership with Dancefest, Dancescape and Dudley Performing Arts.

Exciting news from ISTD For those who regularly attend the ISTD Dinner Dance there is some exciting news, because the 2012 event will feature a cabaret performance by World Professional Latin Champions, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis. Michael and Joanna started dancing together in October 2002. Since then, representing Poland, they have won all of the major competitions in the Professional Latin category, including: World Professional Latin Championships (2008 and 2009), European Professional Latin Championships (2007-

2010) and British Professional Open (2008-2010). Michael and Joanna have performed at the most prestigious venues around the world and the ISTD are delighted that they will be making an appearance at the 2012 ISTD Dinner Dance. The Dinner Dance will take place on Sunday 18 March 2012 and for the first time it will make an exciting move to a new venue - the stunning Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, one of Marriott’s flagship hotels.

Madonna searches for new dancers

If you’ve always dreamed of dancing on the same stage as Madonna then this could be the perfect opportunity, as the Smirnoff Co. has launched the next Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project with the bold goal of inspiring 10 million people in 50 countries to discover, share and swap their most original nightlife experiences. The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is an ambitious attempt to discover the world’s most unique nightlife, culminating in one-of-a-kind events taking place on the same night all over the world and the big news for this year is that Madonna is joining the project in a bid to find the best dancer to join her next tour. Following the success of last year’s Smirnoff

Nightlife Exchange Project, party goers of Great Britain are invited to get involved on The Smirnoff GB Facebook page and help shape this exciting initiative by submitting ideas on what makes their local nightlife original, in the categories of drinks, dance, fashion, music, places. Fans that take part will have the chance to win once-in-alifetime tickets to one of the global events or experience another country’s party at a Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project event in Great Britain. One of the consistent aspects in nightlife culture around the world is the importance of dance and as well as submitting ideas on what makes their country’s nightlife


special, fans can enter an exclusive dance competition online. Madonna will attend one of the selected Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project experiences where finalists will compete in front of her for the winning spot. The winner may get the opportunity to join Madonna on her next tour as one of her dancers. Simon Burch, Global Brand Director for The Smirnoff Co, said: “Smirnoff mixes original nightlife from around the world and gives everyone the chance to be there through extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences. Who better to decide the best in the dance category than Madonna herself?”

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f you’re a budding writer and want to see your name in print then we have a great opportunity for you because it’s time for you to show us what you can do. Put simply, we are turning the December issue over to you. Yes that’s right – it’s all yours, because the December issue of Dance Review is officially the Take Over issue. So what’s it all about? Well for one month only we are giving you the chance to really get involved with Dance Review and there are loads of opportunities available. It might

be that you have always fancied reviewing one of your favourite performances or you might want to preview an upcoming performance – there are certainly plenty to choose from so let us know what your favourite is.

You might also have favourite products, shoes or dancewear that you feel everyone should know about – after all it’s always good to hear about products which have been tried and tested by others.

very own dance story and the difference it has made to your life or perhaps you just want to tell everyone about the successes which you have achieved over the last few months.

The choice is yours, and we are waiting to hear from you but don’t delay because space is limited. So if you are a budding writer or simply have a fantastic story to tell please email: for more information.

Alternatively you might want to tell us about the school you attend, or share your

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DESH by Vicky Senkey-Dunn


ESH, meaning homeland in Bengali, is Akram Khan’s first full length contemporary dance solo and is a personal account of his roots, both in Britain and Bangladesh in which the performance is split. From talking to ‘tech support’ on the phone, to becoming a character in an animated version of a well-known folk tale, he is telling his daughter, Khan’s stories are not only funny and tender but at times also serve to show the brutality and sadness in Bangladesh’s past. At its heart it is a human story, using a myriad of characters to describe one man’s struggle to reconcile his heritage with present day life. The piece begins on an empty stage with Khan picking up a sledgehammer and landing blows over and over until you feel he has nothing left to give. This is a theme that recurs but is never explained directly, other than to perhaps demonstrate the futility he feels. From there it’s into the

hustle and bustle of traffic in Bangladesh, with Khan desperately trying to find a way through, both literally and metaphorically. Next comes a series of pieces ranging from an old cook who has seen his fair share of violence but remains proud, to being back in the UK, with Khan playing a younger version of himself who is mystified and confused by the morals and beliefs of his father. Amusingly, later on, Khan receives similar attitude from his own daughter as he tries to educate her about her heritage. The set and lighting add extra dimensions to Khan’s performance and some of the backdrops, designed by Oscar winner Tim Yip, are breathtakingly beautiful – at one point a stage-high (and wide) animated projection of the Sundarbans tells an ancient story with a very modern ending and at another the stage is completely engulfed with ribbon to represent the monsoon which literally swallows Khan. The lighting is subtle

but aids beautifully the switches between countries and situations. The musical score by Jocelyn Pook sets the pace for each scene and is an integral part of the storytelling. The performance moves seamlessly from one narrative to the next, back and forth in time frames and locations and although the performance is nearly 90 minutes it passes so quickly you don’t realise how long you’ve been seated. Whether you are new to Akram Khan or a long time fan of his work I urge you to see this production if you can as it’s a prime example of how a full-length solo should be presented. DESH moves from Leicester’s Curve Theatre to Sadler’s Wells for performances between 4-8 October before embarking on an international tour.

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Dance Proms a unique celebration of dance in all its forms Sunday 13 November at the Royal Albert Hall Hundreds of young dancers from across the UK will perform an original piece of choreography on the stage of one of the world’s most iconic and prestigious venues.

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Festive treats for Christmas It may only be October but it’s never too early to think about Christmas, and with some great performances on offer for the festive season now is the time to plan what you really want to see.

Seasonal favourite One thing which I really like about Christmas is getting swept up in the excitement of one of the most famous classical ballets of all time - Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and this year we certainly won’t be disappointed as there are a number of performances throughout the UK. Originally adapted from ETA Hoffman’s story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ and premiered in 1892, The Nutcracker has been performed every Christmas since and is widely recognised as the most popular family Christmas show of all time. One that is definitely not to be missed is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-famous

production by Peter Wright, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, (the designer of the Company’s stunning Cinderella) which will be performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 25 November to 11 December. The Nutcracker captures the magic of Christmas and tells the story of Clara, who after sneaking downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. She successfully saves her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, and is then whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in the arms of the King of Rats, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina. The night passes in a blur and she wakes up on Christmas morning, at the foot of the Christmas tree, with memories that will stay with her forever, as the memory of this wonderful production will stay with everyone who sees it. Following its Christmas 2011 season at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker will head to London and perform six shows at the O2 from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December where tickets will be available from as little as £10 per person and tickets for children under 16 will all be half price.

Off to Sweetieland Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Photo by Bill Cooper

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For the autumn season of Rambert’s 85th If you are looking for a different take on this

Gaylene Cummerfield as Sugar Plum Fairy and Matthew Lawrence as the Prince in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Photo by Bill Cooper

popular classic then you will be pleased to hear that Ambassador Theatre Group will be presenting Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! on its return to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A resident company of Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and the Christmas 2010 sell-out hit, Cinderella. Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! marks New Adventures 10th consecutive Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells with a limited seven week run from Tuesday 6 December to Monday 23 January. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score and with Anthony Ward’s delicious set and costume design, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a bleak Christmas Eve at Dr.

Wayne Eagling’s The Nutcracker for English National Ballet. Photo by Patrick Baldwin

Orchestra, The Sleeping Beauty will bring a little magic to the winter months.

Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the candy kingdom of Sweetieland. I think you will agree that this will be a real treat for all fans.

English National Ballet shown in Spring 2011.

As far as The Nutcracker is concerned we are simply spoilt for choice this year as English National Ballet’s magical production will also be returning to the London Coliseum from 7 December to 14 January.

It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Sleeping Beauty which is another firm favourite for the festive season, and this December you can treat yourself to what promises to be a fantastic performance from Scottish Ballet which combines stunning sets and costumes, breathtaking choreography and Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score.

Another Christmas at family the Coliseum favourite

English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling created this new Nutcracker in 2010 as a traditional retelling of the story set in atmospheric Edwardian London. A world of Edwardian elegance is designed by Peter Farmer bringing to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score that features the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and many other familiar favourites. The making of the production was featured on BBC4’s Agony & Ecstasy; a Year with

Liberally sprinkled with surprising twists and delicious wit, this spectacular version of the much loved story features Artistic Director Ashley Page’s breathtaking choreography and international designer Antony McDonald’s lavish sets and costumes. Complete with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, performed live by the Scottish Ballet

Created by the team behind The Nutcracker, Alice and Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty is a spectacular reimagining of the romantic fairy tale. You can see this performance at Theatre Royal Glasgow from Saturday 17 to Saturday 31 December before the Company begins a tour of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle.

Walking in the air You know it’s Christmas when you hear ‘Walking in the Air’ played for the first time and Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s The Snowman is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit when it return to the West End for a record-breaking 14th consecutive year from Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 8 January at the Peacock Theatre. Based on Raymond Briggs’ book The Snowman tells the story of what happens when a young boy’s snowman comes to life

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on Christmas Eve, and the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure, meeting dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course,

more than skin deep and that anything can happen when you look beneath the surface. This production is set to delight adults and children alike, as Northern Ballet bring a

The Snowman. Photo by Alastair Muir

Father Christmas on their travels. Featuring Howard Blake’s timeless score, and of course including the ever-popular ‘Walking in the Air’ played live by a full orchestra; this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

Beauty and the Beast Fans of Beauty and the Beast should head north for the festive season for Northern Ballet’s new production which will be performed at Leeds Grand Theatre from Saturday 17 to Saturday 31 December. This well known fairy tale tells the story of the handsome Prince who is transformed into a Beast as punishment for his ugly arrogance. Only true love can break the spell but when a beautiful young woman is sent to live with the Beast, despite the riches and attention he lavishes upon her, she is unable to love him as anything more than a friend. As this classic story unfolds in an enchanting world inhabited by fairies, sprites and goblins, we discover that beauty is

Martha Leebolt as Beauty and Ashley Dixon as Beast in Northern Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Jason Tozer

new magic to this timeless fairy tale in a kaleidoscope of colour, Haute couture-style costumes, and breathtaking dancing which is accompanied by an infectious score including music by Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Set your imagination free

Mojo. Photo by Phil Conrad

and characters discover their mojo, igniting visual transformations devised by the award-winning team of Arthur Pita and Sue Buckmaster. Alternatively you could head for The Place on Saturday 3 December when their Autumn season comes to an end with Fresh, a night of outstanding dance with, and for, young people which brings together some of the UK’s most dynamic youth and professional dance companies, including Hofesh Shechter Company and Avant Garde Dance.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are looking for something a little bit different to brighten up December then head for The Barbican where Theatre-Rites makes a welcome return with their latest production, Mojo, which takes place on Friday 16 to Saturday 31 December at the Silk Street Theatre. In an enchanting new presentation for families, a riot of dance, puppetry and music takes you on a spectacular journey through the magic and mayhem of growing up. Bursting with energy and evocative movement, objects come to life

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Avant Garde Dance. Photo courtesy of The Place

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Get on your dancing shoes for The Dance Show!

The UK’s biggest dance extravaganza is back. The Dance Show returns alongside Clothes Show Live in association with Suzuki from 2-7 December 2011 at Birmingham’s NEC – and you could be there!


hether you’re already a dance pro or just starting out in dance, you’ll find everything you could possibly need at The Dance Show. Head to The Freestyle Stage if you’re itching to bust some moves; watch live performances from professionals and your favourite celebrities on The Spirit Stage; have a go at a variety of dance and fitness classes; shop for dancewear from leading brands. Plus, meet the UK’s leading dance experts and choreographers.

Top dance talent Central to the show is The Spirit Stage where you can see a whole host of performances from celebrities from the nation’s most loved TV talent shows, as well as rising talent from leading dance and performance arts schools. Last year saw Flawless, Charlie Bruce and Robbie White from So You Think You Can Dance take to the stage and showcase their skills. This year’s celebrities promise to be more exciting than

ever and, what’s more, the stage will now welcome the hottest acts in music as they perform exclusive tracks!

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Young Dancer of the Year

To see the UK’s hottest troupes and up-and-coming dancers, step up to The Freestyle Stage, sponsored by Kinect for Xbox 360, which offers a platform to those who want to show off their dancing skills. If you fancy having a go, bring your iPod along, plug it in and show the audience what you’ve got. There will be talent scouts from dance agencies all across the country, so you never know who might see your moves.

The Dance Show’s prestigious award, Young Dancer of the Year, will be back and this time the competition will be more intense than ever. Sponsored by Spotlight and supported by Dancers Inc, talented dancers will be given the chance to perform in front of thousands, and launch their career in dance on a huge platform. Regional heats will take place in Birmingham and London, with shortlisted finalists battling it out in live finals judged by a world class judging panel.

Classes and workshops

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The Dance Show has two studios so you can try out one of the workshops or masterclasses, which cater for beginners through to advanced-level performers. Come along to a class with the experts – from burlesque, tap, modern, ballroom, Zumba to jazz, there’s something for everyone. Plus top choreographers including Lizzie Gough and Tobias Mead will be on hand to teach you show-stopping routines inspired by your favourite musicals.

Standard Tickets costs only £27 (plus £2 booking fee) including your dedicated deat in the Suzuki Fashion Theatre. Fancy a bit of VIP treatment then why upgrade to Platinum. Platinum Tickets cost £39 (plus £2 booking fee) and includes all the Standard Ticket benefits, plus fast-track entry to the Suzuki Fashion Theatre, with great seats close to the stage, a show guide and a goodie bag. To Book call 0844 581 1289 or visit NOW!

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Step it up in style

Clothes Show Live in association with Suzuki

The Dance Show is the perfect place to pick up everything you need for a fabulous dance outfit. Shop from leading dance and fitness brands, which will be selling everything from tutus to trainers and leg-warmers to leotards. And as you’ll have access to the UK’s biggest fashion and beauty event, Clothes Show Live, you can get your hands on the latest accessories and beauty buys to help you stand out at your next audition. There’s no better place to look and feel

All tickets to The Dance Show include FREE entry to Clothes Show Live in association with Suzuki. Clothes Show Live is the UK’s biggest and best fashion and beauty event with over 500 leading fashion and beauty brands, top experts giving hair and beauty demos as well as plenty of advice on careers in fashion. After a bit of celeb spotting? George Lamb and Jeff Brazier will be on hand along with hot new girl band Parade. Don’t miss the show’s famous Suzuki Fashion Theatre, which features the world’s longest catwalk and 40 models and dancers who will captivate you in a 45 minute show-stopping performance. Visit for full info!

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Preparation to success By Tracey Rushton-Thorpe

Preparing for an audition can be an exciting process but at the same time it can also be very daunting – even more so if it is your first audition because you are not sure what to expect. So how do you go about making sure that you are prepared for everything – even the unexpected?


ou will often hear people tell you that planning is the key to success – and that goes for everything regardless of whether it is an exam, audition or a holiday with your friends, because the more you prepare, the more chance there is that it will all go according to plan.

Plan your performance In the weeks leading up to an audition you will spend the majority of time planning the performance which you will give. But while time spent in the studio is obviously important there are many other steps which you can take to avoid disaster on the day and planning what you will wear is one very important area to consider.

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So where do you start? Well there is of course the obvious – making sure that you know what is expected of you. This may sound easier said than done – particularly if it is your first ever audition, but there will always be someone who has already been

there who can offer advice. Never underestimate the value of advice from your peers. So if you are attending an audition then don’t be afraid to ask around at your school or college because there will certainly be some very valuable advice which is readily available.

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It may seem like a very easy decision but always double check that whatever you are wearing is clean and in good condition and make a point of checking shoes, tights and any other regulation dancewear

at least a week before to avoid any last minute disasters on the day. You also need to make sure that you have the right music if you are taking your own and that it is in a format which can be used at the audition – again it makes more sense to double check in advance to avoid the stress of not having the right equipment on the day. Now this may seem obvious but make sure that on the day you plan everything meticulously – and by that I don’t necessarily mean your performance. There is nothing worse than arriving late and getting into a flap because everything goes wrong in the minutes leading up to your audition. So whether you are travelling by bus, train or car, make sure that you know how long it will take you and what time you need to leave. Casting Director Mark Summers says: “When preparing for an audition or a performance, remember to arrive on time, discipline yourself to follow the routine and make sure you show your talent.”

Enjoy your performance It sometimes seems a little unfair that after spending months in preparation, your big performance can be over in a matter of minutes. But there isn’t much you can do about that so make sure that you enjoy it. Professional dancer, Karen Hardy says: “It doesn’t matter if you’re dancing on the pavement of a high street, Wembley Stadium or on a round/square floor. If you enjoy your own performance and you are good at what you do, then you will forget about where you are dancing and just feel the love of physically dancing and performing.”

is the key Dance Proms This is great advice for everyone but even more so for the lucky dancers among you who will be performing at Dance Proms which takes place on 13 November at the Royal Albert Hall. A partnership project between the IDTA, ISTD, RAD and the Royal Albert Hall, Dance Proms is a very exciting opportunity for many young people and will see 25 dance acts involving 450 participants – ranging from Ballet to Ballroom to Bollywood – who will come together to perform on stage at one of the most iconic venues in the UK. Ever since the public vote, participants have been practicing their dance pieces in preparation for the event. They have also been receiving extensive support and guidance through the Digital Green Room, an online educational platform created specifically for them by WebPlay, an arts education charity. As the first dance project to integrate technology at all levels, Dance Proms has enabled participating groups from all over the country to take part in a ‘virtual dance festival’ wherever they are in the UK. Although rehearsals are happening in individual dance schools and studios to begin with, the use of technology has brought the various schools together online to form a virtual company which allows them to share advice and experience.

For these young people this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and one for which planning is essential. But perhaps one of the main difficulties which they have had to overcome, and one which you may also come up against at an audition is the ability to work with others. Charlie Bruce who is a member of the West End production of Dirty Dancing says: “Learn to work together as a group and enjoy. Above all, be yourself.”

have a lucky mascot or lucky pair of shoes which they have to have with them on the day. But regardless of what you do, the best piece of advice is to enjoy your performance – you can only perform to the best of your ability and providing you have done that then you should be pleased with yourself – whatever the outcome.

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A number of influential people from the dance world have also been offering tips and guidance to the participants throughout the preparation stages. The Dance Proms patrons and mentors (which include Chris Hollins, Steven McRae, Wayne Sleep and Natricia Bernard) have been instrumental in supporting the young dancers via video clips and online chats uploaded in the Digital Green Room.

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Get into the rhythm By Tracey Rushton-Thorpe

As far as getting fit goes, dance is a brilliant way to keep in shape and there are loads of different ways that you can get involved regardless of whether you are considering dance as a career or just enjoy a few classes with your friends.


very now and then there is a new dance craze that grips the nation – and that is certainly what has happened with the Zumba programme which now boasts over 12 million Zumba enthusiasts who take Zumba classes every week in over 110,000 locations in 125 countries. So what’s it all about?

A bit of history Zumba Fitness dates back a lot longer than many people may think because after success in Colombia, Beto Perez, the creator of the Zumba programme, introduced the classes to the United States and in 2001 he was approached by entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to create a global company based on his fitness philosophy. The three young entrepreneurs trademarked the word Zumba and set a goal to expand the brand all over the world. In 2002, Perlman and Aghion secured a deal with a large infomercial company to launch the concept nationwide resulting in the sale of hundreds of thousands of videos in the U.S. market. The overwhelming response created a demand for more Zumba instructors, so Zumba Fitness created an instructor training programme to satisfy the growing demand. The programme

was an instant success and by September 2006, there were thousands of instructors worldwide. The rest as they say is history and the Zumba programme is now an international

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Dance fitness So now you know where it came from you just need to know what you can expect. Well, the Zumba programme is a dance fitness-party that blends exotic Latin and international rhythms and body-energising, easy-to-follow moves into an effective and exhilarating workout. Its fast-growing popularity has created a global community of Zumba lovers, who work out at home or in the gym, get in shape and, most importantly, have fun doing it. But it isn’t just about a short term craze because the Zumba workout provides longterm fitness benefits through invigorating, high calorie-burning fitness routines, and simple Latin and international urban dance moves that increase the excitement and energy level in every class. The routines feature interval-training sessions with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training, which combined successfully tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Now I suspect that many of you will have tried out the latest dance craze in the past and while some will still be going strong, others will have faded into the background. Not so with the Zumba programme because it has a special ingredient which will ensure that it is still going strong in many years to come – the music. Music is quite simply the special motivational ingredient because the score

is created with specific beats and tempo changes and thus transitions the workout seamlessly from one toning, strengthening or cardio move to another, thus targeting every major muscle group in the body. It is also easy to learn because the Zumba programme borrows Latin flavour and international zest from dance styles such as Salsa, Flamenco, Samba, Hip-Hop and Tango to name just a few which helps to combine easy-to-follow moves with invigorating Latin and international rhythms.

Taking part If you’ve read this and really want to have a go then the good news is that there is a great event coming up which you can take part in because on 16 October, Beto Perez, the creator of the Zumba programme, will lead a Zumbathon charity event for 3,500 people at London’s Alexandra Palace. The event will support breast cancer research and community outreach programmes as part of the Zumba Fitness’ Party in Pink campaign, raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cure Cancer@ UCLH and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise Fund. In 2010, Zumba Fitness, created the Party in Pink Zumbathon movement which raised over $550,000 in the US for breast cancer research and awareness. Due to such huge success, Zumba Fitness is now

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re-launching the Party in Pink campaign globally and as a result at least 75% of ticket sales from Zumbathon charity events hosted by Zumba instructors and 30% of Zumba apparel sales will be donated to leading UK breast cancer research charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and to global breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise Fund. Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer comments: “We are truly excited to be the beneficiary of Zumba Fitness’ Party in Pink campaign in 2011. We’ve seen the huge success it has achieved in the USA, and we hope that people across the UK will embrace it with similar enthusiasm. It’s a great way for friends, family and colleagues to come together, have some fun and support a great cause. The money raised through Zumba’s Party in Pink campaign will enable us to continue with our life-saving research, campaigning and education work.”

Over to you I don’t know about you but I think the Zumba programme sounds like great fun, and there are plenty of classes to choose from around the UK so you won’t have any problem finding one in your local area. Alternatively you could throw yourself in at the deep end and take part in the Zumbathon in October – but whichever you decide to do make sure you have fun, because that is what dance is all about.



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Invest in the future By Tracey Rushton-Thorpe

When it comes to choosing a studio floor, one size definitely does not fit all and the most critical factor is how it feels to the people that will be using it. So how do you go about ensuring that the floor which you choose is the right one for you?


n this digital age the first thing that most people do is head for the internet where there is a plethora of advice on numerous different sites. Simply by typing the words ‘dance floors’ into Google you are offered thousands of results from companies offering help and advice.

wouldn’t make sense as Caroline Reilly UK Marketing Manager for British Harlequin is keen to point out. She says: “We would urge anyone thinking about choosing a dance floor to make sure they get the floor that is right for their particular dance requirements.

But the advice from the professionals is to proceed with caution because while it may all make sense on the internet you simply cannot choose the right floor for your studio by just looking on a website because you can’t tell what the end result will be.

“The demands made on dance floors are different to those for general use. Harlequin has worked closely with dance professionals to develop floors with the performance needs of dancers and their health and safety as essential goals. So point one would be to make sure that the floor you buy is developed specifically for dance and is from a reputable manufacturer.

The best way forward is therefore to seek professional advice.

Meet your needs In every industry there are specialists who know what they are talking about and can therefore give you good advice – so why would you spend thousands of pounds on something which is an essential part of your dance school without seeking advice from the professionals – it just

“A second point which you must consider is the benefits of a sprung or cushioned floor. Typically, a sprung floor absorbs energy in a way that significantly reduces dance injuries compared to dancing on a hard, unyielding floor. It doesn’t bounce like a trampoline and just as important a dancer landing will have only a localised effect with other dancers undisturbed. Researchers

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Danca Livra, Harlequin Allegro dance floor

in dance medicine report that 80% of professional dancers will sustain some form of injury within the course of a year that could be reduced by dancing on sprung floors.

different needs than one who has been trained on a marley style floor which is why it is important to seek professional advice.

“The final point which you must take into account is the type of dancing as you need to make sure that the surface is right for the styles of dance you perform. The dance surface is another critical factor, one that should offer sufficient traction to avoid the risk of falls but not too much friction to cause blocking. Different dance styles demand different surfaces and whether it is barefoot or ballet shoes, or the harsher regime of tap or flamenco there is a surface to suit.”

Capital investment The need to ‘get it right’, and the cost involved can make choosing a floor a very stressful time for studio owners – after all this is a capital investment and having the correct flooring can make a huge difference to the success of your business. It is a good idea to do a bit of research at the outset but this shouldn’t replace the advice which you can get from professionals. Rosco Dance Floors for example have an excellent website which tells you all about the different floors which they can supply, but as Product Manager Matt DeLong points out there is no substitute for the real thing. He says: “Dance flooring manufacturers are a great resource that can be easily overlooked in the time when information is so easily available on the internet. “Manufacturers however have well trained staff members who are available on the phone (and email if necessary) and are accustomed to working with studio owners and dancers who need guidance. “Manufacturers can recommend materials with varying amounts of limited slip and they can also provide advice about which

“We would urge anyone thinking about choosing a dance floor to make sure they get the floor that is right for their particular dance requirements.” surfaces are suitable for specific forms of dance. There is however a great level of subjectivity. For example, a dancer who is trained on wood floors will have very

“Once your choices have been narrowed down, there is no substitute for getting samples of the flooring material so that educated decisions can be made. In most cases samples are available at little cost or no charge at all and can be obtained in just a couple of days which makes your choice a whole lot easier than just picking something from the internet.”

Back to the internet What is clear from this is that you shouldn’t even consider buying a new studio floor without taking advice from the professionals. That’s not to say that the internet doesn’t have its uses because it clearly does have a use at the research stage – Harlequin for example offer a Guide to Dance Floors which you can order online. It is also a good idea to ask other teachers and dance school owners as they will all have experience with different types of floors and will be able to offer first-hand experience of what’s good and what’s bad. But at the end of the day after you have done all your research then it’s time to call in the professionals. Dance floors don’t come cheap and making the wrong choice could prove to be very costly.

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Spotlight on floors as dance popularity grows With the growing popularity of dance, thanks to high-rated TV shows and the interest in newer forms such as Street and Hip-Hop, as well as the more traditional ballet, it is important to consider the facilities required. High on the list for educational establishments, theatres, dance studios or multi-use facilities installing or upgrading a dance floor is choosing the correct floor for their needs.


or dancers at all levels, the floor is where dancers will spend a lot of their time. Not only is the dance floor central to a dancer’s training and working environment, but the wrong floor can lead to injuries sustained from slips and falls, or to longer term stress-related injury. It is tempting to think that an industrial grade floor or sports floor might provide the solution but unsurprisingly these have been developed for different requirements. Sports floors need to offer a high degree of energy return so that there is a predictable bounce for balls. For example, while the sports persons’ increasingly hi-tech shoes provide suitable cushioning and support against such hard floors, this is not so for the dancer, where footwear can range from bare feet to special shoes for tap, Irish Dance and Flamenco. For dance, the floor should provide the right degree of energy absorption or spring and offer a suitable surface the dancer can perform on with confidence. In fact the surface needs vary according to dance styles and consequently a series of different options have been developed. At this point it is perhaps worth a few words to explain that modern dance floors have evolved due to a close relationship with dancers to create floors they prefer to dance on. Dancers are particularly aware of the responses from different floors and can say what they like best. Meanwhile

academic research has provided insights into the relationship between injury and the quality of the floor. British Harlequin has taken a lead role in working closely with the dance community, funding research and then employing the latest developments in materials technology to create floors that provide an optimal solution. A typical installation comprises a sprung sub-floor and a vinyl dance surface. The choice of surface will be influenced by dance style, as those using shoes such as for Irish Dance or Flamenco, will subject the floor to a harsher regime than for ballet or bare foot work. It might be thought that access to this latest technology in dance floors is only available to major dance companies, but this is not the

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case. Harlequin floors are widely used in universities, colleges, schools, and at local dance classes – even versions that can be rolled out for classes in a gym or village hall. The results of decades of research and development is manifested in a range of dance floor options allowing teaching of dance at the grass roots level to be conducted as safely as possible. More and more universities are creating dedicated dance studios and to help with the planning process British Harlequin has produced a free ‘Quick Guide to Planning a Dance Studio’ that can be ordered online at or by calling British Harlequin on 01892 514888, where dance floor advisers will be happy to discuss your dance floor needs.


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What’s on offer? CPA firmly believes that students need to excel in all of the artistic disciplines, and because of this the Principal, College Artistic Director and Head of School have recruited an outstanding team of choreographers, directors, musical directors and tutors and their commitment to driving the students towards their own personal potential is proving to be the key to the success of the School and College. The solid foundation and the vast experience of its faculty also enable it to constantly evolve and develop which means that all of the students are encouraged to highly develop their skills and professionalism. In addition the teaching methods used combine the very best

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Bespoke timetable CPA also provides a bespoke timetable for each student which allows everyone to develop at their own individual level and in addition to this every student has a personal fitness instructor, private singing tutor and a nutrition advisor. There is also the opportunity for students to perform in productions which take place in CPA’s very own studio theatre and the College End of Year show that is presented in a professional Theatre with a band and full professional production team. Quite simply this is a great place to study and if you choose this as the option for you then you will be joining a long list of famous ex-students which include Jessie J, Rochelle Wiseman, Frankie Sandford and the Original Billy Elliot, George Maguire. So have a look at what they have to offer because it could be just what you are looking for.

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Death, Darshan Singh Bhuller Nov 20 Time Gentlemen Please, The Demon Barber Roadshow Dec 4 The Nutcracker, European Ballet CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE Tel: 01242 572573 Oct 8 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 15 Richard Alston Dance BACON THEATRE Dec 7 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet COLCHESTER CHARTER HALL Tel: 01206 282020 Oct 29 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 20 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique CROMER PAVILION THEATRE Tel: 01263 512495 Oct 15 In Love with the Dance Nov 4 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet DERBY THE GREAT HALL Oct 14 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK Oct 28 Rhythm of the Dance DUNSTABLE GROVE THEATRE Tel: 01582 602080 Oct 28 Essence of Ireland: Bigger & Better Nov 5 One Vision with NKB School of Dance EVESHAM ARTS CENTRE Tel: 01386 446944 Nov 19,20 A Night at the Movies, Vale Dance Nov 29 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet FELIXSTOWE SPA PAVILION Tel: 01394 282126 Nov 15 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Nov 19 Streetwise Inc. Live 2 GRANTHAM GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE Tel: 01476 406158 Nov 25 Beauty and the Beast, Ballet Cymru HEREFORD THE COURTYARD CENTRE FOR THE ARTS Oct 20,21 National Dance Company Wales Oct 23 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE Tel: 01473 433100 Oct 23-25 Essence of Ireland KETTERING THE LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE Nov 9 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk Nov 11,12 Michelle Randles School of Dance Nov 18 Beat Project Dance Company KING’S LYNN CORN EXCHANGE Tel: 01553 764864 Nov 16 The Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet la Classique LEICESTER CURVE Tel: 0116 2423595 Oct 26 Declarations, Phoenix Dance Theatre

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Listings Oct 30 Amaas, Aakash Odedra Company, Combust & Desi Masti DE MONTFORT HALL Tel: 0116 2333111 Oct 26 Rhythm of the Dance LICHFIELD LICHFIELD GARRICK Tel: 01543 412121 Oct 23 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 17 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk LUDLOW ASSEMBLY ROOMS Oct 29 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE Tel: 01684 892277 Oct 5 Reflected, Phoenix Dance Theatre Oct 19 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance MILTON KEYNES MILTON KEYNES THEATRE Tel: 0844 8717627 Nov 15-19 Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet NORTHAMPTON ROYAL & DERNGATE Tel: 01604 624811 Oct 4,5 Richard Alston Dance Company Oct 6 Essence of Ireland Oct 15 Street Dance Championships NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 01603 630000 Oct 11-15 Cleopatra, Northern Ballet Oct 17 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 10,11 Rambert Dance Company NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 0115 9895555 Oct 1 Cleopatra, Northern Ballet LAKESIDE Tel: 0115 8467777 Oct 4 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance Nov 7 White Caps, Champloo Dance Company and Travelling Light Nov 22 Frauke Requardt Presents: Episode OXFORD NEW THEATRE Tel: 0844 3727272 Oct 6-9 Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet PLAYHOUSE Tel: 01865 305300 Oct 7 The Featherstonehaughs PERSHORE NUMBER 8 Tel: 01386 555488 Oct 9 Esmerelda, live via Satellite Nov 20 The Sleeping Beauty, live via Satellite Dec 17 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet PETERBOROUGH CRESSET THEATRE Tel: 01733 842500 Nov 10,11 Essence of Ireland RETFORD MAJESTIC THEATRE Nov 20 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet SHREWSBURY THEATRE SEVERN Tel: 01743 281281 Oct 13 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK

Nov 11,12 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk SKEGNESS EMBASSY THEATRE Tel: 0845 6740505 Nov 2 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk SPALDING SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE Oct 5 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance ST NEOTS PRIORY CENTRE Tel: 01480 388922 Nov 16 The Nutcracker, Vienna STAMFORD STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE Tel: 01780 763203 Nov 23 Beauty & The Beast, Ballet Cymru Nov 24 Under Milk Wood, Ballet Cymru Nov 29 Ice, ACE Dance STEVENAGE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE Tel: 01438 363200 Oct 8 Dancemania 2011 Oct 18 Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique Oct 24 Footworks : Showtime STOKE ON TRENT REGENT THEATRE Nov 22-26 Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker STROUD COTSWOLD PLAYHOUSE Nov 30 Beauty and the Beast, Ballet Cymru SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS Tel: 01453 760900 Dec 6 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet TELFORD OAKENGATES THEATRE Tel: 01952 382382 Oct 6 Coppelia, European Ballet Oct 8 A Night of Dirty Dancing Nov 23 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Nov 27 Dance Connection presents the Magic of Disney WELLINGBOROUGH THE CASTLE Tel: 01933 270007 Oct 15 Rhyhtm of the Dance Nov 2 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance Nov 18,19 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique

NORTH BARROW IN FURNESS THE FORUM Tel: 01229 820000 Nov 11 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK BLACKBURN KING GEORGE’S HALL Tel 01524 582579 Oct 20 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE Tel: 01253 290190 Oct 28 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet GRAND THEATRE Tel: 01253 290190

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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on near you. Nov 13 An evening of Burlesque WINTER GARDENS Nov 17-19 National Dance Festival BOLTON BOLTON ALBERT HALLS Nov 4 An Evening of Burlesque BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE Tel: 01274 432000 Oct 31 – Nov 5 Burn the Floor Nov 8-12 The Nutcracker, Northern Ballet Nov 23-25 Rambert Dance Company ST GEORGE’S HALL Tel: 01274 432000 Oct 19 Rhythm of the Dance BURNLEY BURNLEY MECHANICS Tel: 01282 664400 Oct 1 Song & Dance Spectacular, Debra McClaren School of Dance Nov 3 The Ladyboys of Bangkok CARLISLE THE SANDS CENTRE Tel: 01228 625444 Oct 22 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 6 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK COLNE THE MUNI THEATRE Tel: 01282 661234 Nov 22 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique DONCASTER CIVIC THEATRE Tel: 01302 342349 Oct 14,15 Gotta Dance 2011, Hazelbiz Performers Academy Oct 26-29 Variety 2011 – A Myriad of Dance – Marilyn Yeardley School of Dance Nov 4,5 Showtime 2011 – Marie Newson School of Dance Nov 10 Forget Your Troubles, Valerie Rushby School of Dance Nov 24 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM Tel: 0844 8472426 Oct 26 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Oct 29 Essence of Ireland HARROGATE HARROGATE THEATRE Oct 13 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique HEXHAM QUEEN’S HALL Tel: 01434 652477 Oct 15 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance Nov 1 Scheherazade, Ballet Ireland HULL HULL NEW THEATRE Tel: 01482 226655 Oct 25 Rhythm of the Dance HULL TRUCK THEATRE Nov 15,16 Reflected, Phoenix Dance Theatre KENDAL BREWERY ARTS CENTRE Oct 8 In the Dust, 2Faced Dance Nov 4 ICE, ACE Dance & Music LANCASTER GRAND THEATRE Tel: 01524 64695 Nov 4 The Snow Queen, Ballet

Theatre UK LEEDS GRAND THEATRE Tel: 0844 8482706 Oct 14-29 The Ladyboys of Bangkok Dec 17-31 Beauty & The Beast, Northern Ballet LICHFIELD GARRICK THEATRE Tel: 01543 412121 Oct 23 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 17-19 The Nutcracker, The State Ballet Academy of Minsk LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL EMPIRE Tel: 0844 8472525 Nov 1-5 Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet ECHO ARENA Nov 20 Street Cheer Championships and UKCA Winter Op LOUGHBOROUGH CHARNWOOD THEATRE Tel: 01509 231914 Oct 21 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE Tel: 0870 4013000 Oct 12-15 Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet OPERA HOUSE Nov 22-26 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet MANSFIELD PALACE THEATRE Tel: 01623 633133 Oct 1,2 Happy Feet Dance Studio presents Rhythm of Life Oct 14,15 DEVAS Dance School presents Affinity Oct 16 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique Nov 17-19 Christine March School of Dance & Drama Presents NEWARK PALACE THEATRE Tel: 01636 655755 Oct 11 The Ladyboys of Bangkok Oct 15 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK Oct 20 In Love with Dance Nov 10 Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique NEW BRIGHTON FLORAL PAVILION THEATRE Tel: 0151 6660000 Nov 9 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK Nov 10,11 Danza presents Dance Fever 2011 Nov 30 Viennese Strauss Gala Dec 2 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet NEWCASTLE UNDER LYNE NEW VIC THEATRE Tel: 01782 717962 Oct 10 Beauty and the Beast, Ballet Cymru NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 08448 112121 Nov 15-19 The Nutcracker, Northern Ballet JOURNAL TYNE THEATRE

Tel: 0844 4939999 Oct 27 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk Nov 24 Time Gentlemen Please, The Demon Barber Roadshow PRESTON CHARTER THEATRE Tel: 01772 258858 Oct 1 Essence of Ireland Oct 23 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique ROTHERHAM ROTHERHAM CIVIC THEATRE Tel: 01709 823640 Oct 31 An Evening of Burlesque Nov 1 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet SALFORD THE LOWRY Tel: 0843 2086000 Oct 18,19 Happy as Larry, Shaun Parker Nov 4,5 Circa Nov 28 Denote, Ad Hoc Dance SCARBOROUGH SPA THEATRE Tel: 01723 357869 Nov 3 Essence of Ireland Nov 27 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique FUTURIST THEATRE Tel: 01723 374500 Nov 13 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK ST HELENS THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 01744 756000 Nov 6 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Nov 21 The Ladyboys of Bangkok SHEFFIELD PENISTONE PARAMOUNT Tel: 01226 767532 Nov 22 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet STOCKPORT STOCKPORT PLAZA THEATRE Tel: 0161 4777779 Nov 7 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk SUNDERLAND THE EMPIRE THEATRE Tel: 0191 5142517 Oct 12-15 La Fille mal gardee, Birmingham Royal Ballet Nov 10 Don’t Stop Dancing, Shameem Karim School of Dance ULVERSTON CORONATION HALL Tel: 01229 587140 Oct 14 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique WAKEFIELD THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 01924 211311 Oct 29 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk WARRINGTON PYRAMID & PARR HALL Tel: 01925 442345 Dec 10 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet WHITLEY BAY PLAYHOUSE Tel: 0191 2515484 Oct 17 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE Tel: 0844 8472322 Oct 25 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Nov 2 The Ladyboys of Bangkok Nov 13 Essence of Ireland

WALES ABERDARE COLISEUM THEATRE Oct 18 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK Oct 21 A Night of Dirty Dancing Nov 11 An Evening of Burlesque BARRY MEMORIAL HALL THEATRE Tel: 01446 738622 Dec 4 Peter and the Wolf, Nicola Peros School of Ballet BLACKWOOD BLACKWOOD MINERS’ INSTITUTE Tel: 01495 227206 Oct 22 A Night of Dirty Dancing BRECON THEATR BRYCHEINIOG Tel: 01874 611622 Oct 13,14 At Swim Two Boys, Earthfall Oct 28 Beauty & The Beast, Ballet Cymru Nov 13 The Nutcracker, The State Ballet Academy of Minsk CARDIFF WALES MILLENIUM CENTRE Tel: 08700 402000 Oct 14 Bare Bones: The Decade Oct 15 Vajra: Natya Stem Dance Kampni Oct 22 Batizado Roda Oct 25-29 Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet Nov 12 Blaze, National Dance Company Wales Nov 15-19 Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker Nov 19-20 Beauty and the Beast, Ballet Cymru Nov 23-26 At Swim Two Boys, Earthfall ST DAVID’S HALL Tel: 02920 878500 Dec 17-Jan 2 The Nutcracker, The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia CARMARTHEN LYRIC THEATRE Tel: 0845 2263510 Nov 8 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique Nov 18 An Evening of Burlesque CWMBRAN CONGRESS THEATRE Tel: 01633 868239 Nov 24 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet Dec 8-10 Let’s Dance, Annette’s School of Dance LLANDUDNO VENUE CYMRU Tel: 01492 872000 Oct 4 National Dance Company Wales Triple Bill Oct 11 Rhythm of the Dance Nov 12 An Evening of Burlesque NEWPORT THE RIVERFRONT Oct 18 National Dance Company Wales SWANSEA GRAND THEATRE Oct 12 The Nutcracker, The State Ballet Academy of Minsk Nov 8 The Snow Queen, Ballet Theatre UK TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE Tel: 01792 602060 Nov 3 Richard Alston Dance Company

Dec 1 Dance Showcase, Gower College & County Youth Dance Company TREORCHY PARC & DARE CENTRE Tel: 01443 773112 Nov 15 Beauty & The Beast, Northern Ballet WREXHAM WILLIAM ASHTON HALL Tel: 01978 292015 Oct 21 The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet

SCOTLAND ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE Nov 8 Letters from America, Scottish Dance Theatre Nov 15 National Dance Company of Wales DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY BUCCLEUCH CENTRE Tel: 01387 381196 Oct 12 In Love with the Dance Oct 18 Coppelia, European Ballet DG ONE Tel: 01387 381196 Nov 6 The Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet la Classique DUNDEE CAIRD HALL Tel: 01382 434940 Nov 26 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique DUNFERMLINE ALHAMBRA THEATRE Tel: 01383 740384 Nov 25 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE Oct 4,5 Wayne McGregor │Random Dance Nov 22 Richard Alston Dance Company Nov 29-Dec 3 Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL Tel: 0844 8717647 Nov 3-5 Seven for a Secret, Rambert Dance Company ROYAL CONCERT HALL Tel: 0141 3321846 Oct 15 The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet la Classique PAVILION THEATRE Tel: 0141 3321846 Oct 15 An Evening of Burlesque GREENOCK ARTS GUILD THEATRE Tel: 01475 723038 Oct 15 The Nutcracker, European Ballet INVERNESS EDEN COURT THEATRE Tel: 01463 234234 Nov 1 Scottish Dance Theatre Nov 18,19 National Dance Company Wales Nov 25 The Shoogle Project, plan B MUSSELBURGH BRUNTON THEATRE Tel: 0131 6652240 Oct 1 Last Orders, David Hughes Dance Oct 28 Kith Kin, Anthony Missen & Kevin Turner ST ANDREWS THE BYRE THEATRE Tel: 01334 475000

Oct 10 Errol White Dance Residency STIRLING ALBERT HALLS Tel: 01786 473544 Oct 19 The Nutcracker, State Ballet Academy of Minsk

CHANNEL ISLANDS JERSEY JERSEY OPERA HOUSE Tel: 01534 511115 Oct 1 Rhythm of the Dance Dec 2,3 Essence of Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND ARMAGH MARKET PLACE THEATRE Tel: 02837 521821 Nov 3 The Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet la Classique Nov 5 In Love with the Dance BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE Tel: 02890 241919 Oct 27-29 Carlos Acosta DERRY MILLENNIUM FORUM Tel: 02871 521821 Nov 4 The Nutcracker

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AUDITIONS FOR 2012 ENTRY Visit our website for the latest information on our auditions for 2012 entry to the school and for our Saturday Elmhurst Associate Schemes in Birmingham, Manchester, Plymouth and Sunderland. At Elmhurst we offer the highest standard of dance training, combined with a strong academic education and a caring environment. Our dance faculty, under the artistic leadership of Desmond Kelly, former Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, consists of former professional dancers with international experience, who share with students their sound technique and

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extensive repertoire. Our association with Birmingham Royal Ballet further enhances what we offer our pupils. We are fortunate to welcome Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers and staff to the school to teach class, including pas de deux, on a regular basis, and students frequently dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet, in Birmingham and on tour around the UK and on international tours, most recently in Japan. The school is also proud to have provided the students for the RAD’s new vocational graded syllabi DVDs.

Elmhurst School for Dance, 249 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UH Principal Jessica Ward BA (Hons), NPQH Artistic Director Desmond Kelly OBE, Hon DLitt Birmingham, Hon DLitt Leicester Visit the website for full details of all courses and how to apply. Other queries: e-mail; telephone +44 (0)121 472 6655 Full-time courses accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training Sixth Form study leads to a Trinity Professional Diploma or Certificate

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