The 13th Moscow International Ballet and Choreographers Competition is scheduled for this summer. Set for June 10-20, it will be held at the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Applications for the competition are now available.
The launch event for Cancer Council NSW’s celebrated community dance gala Stars of the Beaches: Dance for Cancer is set for this Thursday, 9 February at 12 p.m. The event will be held at the Dee Why RSL Club and the dress code is cocktail or business formal.
Dance Informa, in partnership with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, is delighted to announce the new 2017 Summer Scholarship Contest! Starting this month, Dance Informa will be awarding a total of 50 Summer Scholarships to dancers! Students just need to fill out a form online and submit a 1-3 minute video.
A large audience viewed the 2017 Prix de Lausanne Finals last weekend, both online and in-person at Théâtre de Beaulieu in Switzerland. In the end, eight young dancers were awarded a scholarship allowing them to choose among the 68 prestigious partner schools and companies of the competition.
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) recently announced a $300,000 grant by the Luminis Foundation to assist Indigenous creative professionals undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cultural Leadership. The grant will also support the Luminis Foundation Director’s Studio, a new black box teaching space for NIDA’s MFA students.
Renowned Australian dancer and choreographer Paul Knobloch was recently appointed the Regional Touring and Storytime Ballet Master of The Australian Ballet. The role will involve him teaching daily classes within the company, as well as rehearsing and coaching the artists for regional tours and Storytime Ballet productions.
After four days of intensive classes, 20 candidates of the 2017 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland have qualified for the Finals. Of them, two represent Australia – 15-year-old Jessi Seymour and 16-year-old Joshua Jack Price.
Energetiks, the innovative Australian dancewear brand, recently unveiled its new Tech Fit Ballet Shoe, which is designed to enhance the arch and articulation of the foot. The slippers are now available in pink, black and tan.
Neglected Musicals presented a stripped-back, script-in-hand production of Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney last August. Even without a set and only under basic lights, the show sold out its run of seven performances. Now the Doris Day movie musical is back March 8 – April 1 with leading lady Virginia Gay returning to the helm as legendary frontierswoman Calamity.
White Night Melbourne, an event that transforms the city through installation, lighting, exhibitions, performances, film and music, returns Saturday, February 18 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Some programs that dance fans can particularly look forward to are The Red Detachment of Women by The National Ballet of China, Australian Dance Theatre's Proximity installation, and the social Swing City dance marathon.
An explosive group of talented artists has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of Green Day’s American Idiot in the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 23 February. This new production of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning rock musical will feature choreography by none other than Lucas Newland, owner of Brent Street in Sydney.
QL2 Dance in Canberra will soon hold its annual auditions for its Quantum Leap ensemble, a troupe for young dancers aged 15-26 with a creative mind and significant dance or gymnastics experience. Auditions are set for 12 February at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) is on the search for talented male and female dancers aged 14-20 to join the 2017 intake of the ADT Youth Ensemble. Participation in the Youth Ensemble will provide essential, unmatched experience to aspiring professional dancers, with performance opportunities at upcoming festivals and events.
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) will host an Open Day at its Sydney Olympic Park campus on Saturday, February 4! If you’ve ever considered a career in dance, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more about ACPE’s industry-focused Bachelor degrees.
Contemporary dance practitioners Sioned Huws and Reina Kimura (Japan/UK) invite local Sydney area people to take part in their new project through Critical Path’s Development Program. Participants do not need to have experience in dance or performance, merely an interest in movement, theatre, architecture and art.
World-renowned dance artists Eko Suprinyato and Ahil Ratnamohan have been at Campbelltown Arts Centre in NSW throughout January, working on the development of a new dance work. Their residency will soon present a free public dance workshop on Tuesday, January 31.
Tasdance is a dance organisation based in Launceston, Tasmania that’s home to a professional company and a lineup of public classes. It invites all locals interested in learning dance to come try up to three different dance styles at its Open Day this Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Returning this Thursday, January 26, the Yabun Festival is the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Local dancers should be sure to check out the Corroboree Ground, which will be hosted by Jax and Daz from the Muggera Dancers, well-known as stars of Logie Award-nominated TV series Move it Mob Style.
Internationally renowned choreographer Mia Michaels has announced that she’s coming to Australia for the first time to hold workshops for student dancers and teachers in February 2017. Her masterclasses will be held in Melbourne and Sydney.
The highly anticipated Victorian Dance Festival (VDF) recently announced that U.S. and Canadian dance celebrities Kathryn McCormick and Tate McRae will be appearing at VDF 2017 this March!
Expressions of Interest are still being accepted for STRUT Dance’s first program of 2017 – a Master Workshop with Antony Hamilton and his longtime collaborator Alisdair Macindoe. This collaborative opportunity will take place February 20 - March 3 at King Street Arts Centre and State Theatre Centre of WA in Studio Underground.
Encouraging dancers to be ‘anything but ordinary’, Linkd is innovative Australian dancewear brand, Energetiks’ newest collection - released this week. The line delivers a much-needed dose of urban essentials to the commercial dance market. Linkd is the result of the collaboration with well-known Australian commercial dancers, David McLean and Cat Santos.
Perth audiences are in for yet another treat with the return of West Australian Ballet’s summer season – Ballet at the Quarry – on February 3 – 25. Proving the hottest festival ticket in town, the mixed-bill program of contemporary ballet has sold to capacity three years running.
The Sydney Eisteddfod recently announced its 2017 event dates. Entries close 13 March for those wanting to compete in Dance, Classical Singing, Contemporary Singing, Choirs, Piano, Instrumental Solos and Duos, Instrumental Groups, or Speech and Drama this year.
It’s circus as performance art and beards across the board when the Québécois Cirque Alfonse brings BARBU to the Sydney Opera House this February. BARBU flings the audience into a fairground time warp of kooky curiosities and feats of spellbinding strength and skill, all inspired by Montreal’s burgeoning circus scene at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
Murmuration Associate Director Dan Daw's autobiographical solo On One Condition will soon be presented at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February.
This year, the Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) celebrates 80 years as the state’s premier youth dance company. To kick off this exciting anniversary season, it will present its adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairytale Cinderella to Brisbane audiences on January 19-21 at QPAC’s Concert Hall.
A new festival of contemporary dance is set to hit Brisbane in February! SUPERCELL will be presented at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from 18 – 25 February.
Applications close this Friday for Bridge Dance Intensive 2017, being held in February at ACPE, Sydney Olympic Park. Workshop facilitators include Shaun Parker, Dean Walsh and Kay Armstrong.
Australian music favourites Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Marina Prior and Rhonda Burchmore are among the entertainment icons who have joined Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2017 Morning Melodies program. The feel-good concerts held each month at Hamer Hall will showcase an eclectic mix of celebrated Australian and international artists performing an array of musical and dance styles.