Created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is an international competition for young dancers aged 15 to 18. One of a kind, its prime objective is to discover, promote, and support talents among the world’s finest young dancers. Next year’s competition will run from January 29 to February 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dancing for Safe Water Everywhere - Global Water Dances is a world event planned for this Saturday, June 25. A 24 hour series of dances around the globe will be danced, centered around water issues. Beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, and encircling the globe, rolling westward through the time zones, the series of dances will also be broadcast online. These dances will use dance and music to blend local water issues with the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.
Paramount’s much anticipated Footloose remake will be in cinemas this October! The 2011 version will star Kenny Wormald from Center Stage: Turn It Up as rug-cutting bad boy Ren - the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. The basic story looks the same, although the dancing looks hotter, complete with a new version of the famous, high-flying warehouse dance scene. Professional dancer Wormald is sure to show up Bacon’s 80’s moves, although you can’t diss a cult classic.
One of Australia’s most brilliant ballerinas will prepare her pointe shoes for the very last time next month. After an illustrious 15-year career on stage, Principal Artist Kirsty Martin has announced that she will retire at the end of The Merry Widow season in Melbourne. Her last show in the title role will be Monday July 4. Kirsty joined The Australian Ballet in 1995. In 2000, she and fellow dancer and partner Damien Welch headed to Europe to dance with acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater I. They returned to Australia and rejoined the company in 2002. Kirsty was promoted to Principal in 2003.
At the beginning of May, Nederlands Dans Theater contacted dance professionals across the world with the petition ‘Keep Nederlands Dans Theater Alive’ after the company was threatened to have its government subsidy reduced by 40 to 50% and to be demoted to the status of a ‘regional’ company. More than 11,500 people in the Netherlands and abroad signed the petition and last Friday, June 10, it was announced that NDT will remain in the long-term national subsidy structure, as it is now, and will only receive a generic reduction in subsidy of approximately 5%. NDT is extremely pleased with the overwhelming support it received. The company now retains its international status and can continue to fulfill its important role in the dance industry.
ADT have just announced that renowned contemporary dancer Kristina Chan (who danced in Birdbrain, HELD and Age of Unbeauty with ADT) will teach at this July’s Winter Intensive. Chan will join esteemed faculty Gabrielle Nankivell and Chris Aubrey. The ADT Winter Intensive allows dancers to experience the creative and physical challenge of being a full time contemporary dancer at Australian Dance Theatre, one of the country’s leading contemporary forces.
Congratulations to Georgia McCarthy, Holly Sheils and Jesse Kean of The McDonald College for their recent successes at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, which was held on Sunday 5 June. Georgia, of Year 9 at The McDonald College, took out the Vocal Championship of the Eisteddfod. "The College community wish her every success in the upcoming Gala Concert where championship winners of other genres also perform”, said Mr Michael McGregor, Head of Music at The McDonald College. Not to be outdone by Georgia, Holly Sheils and Jesse Kean, both Year 11 students of the College, will also perform at the Gala Concert which takes place on June 17 at Brookvale. Holly and Jesse’s lyrical duo “Bang, Bang” earned them a spot at the Gala final after they were awarded 1st place at the Eisteddfod.
A week’s intensive studio-based program for emerging professional choreographers and dancers with Artistic Director, Phillip Adams and renowned choreographer Rebecca Hilton. A creative forum to explore choreographic and improvisational practices as a basis towards new work development. 4 – 8 July. Expressions of Interest Due by Friday 17th June.
Last night the 65th annual Tony Awards were held at the Beacon Theatre, New York City. The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards celebrate excellence in the theatre. “The Book of Mormon” took top honors winning the Tony Award for best musical as well as eight others. British import “War Horse” won best new play of the 2010-11 season. Norbert Leo Butz was named best actor in a musical for his performance in “Catch Me if You Can” and Sutton Foster received her second Tony for best actress in a musical, for her portrayal of Reno Sweeney in the revival of “Anything Goes.”
Exploring the concept of soul mates and human connection, Side to One follows two individuals destined to connect. Attracted like magnets they are never static but constantly evolving. Last seen at the Space Theatre in Tanja Liedtke’s construct in 2009 the stunning Lisa Griffiths will be back to perform her own work. Craig Bary is known to dance audiences from his work with Australian Dance Theatre and Leigh Warren & Dancers. Side to One premieres in Adelaide at the Space Theatre, July 27-30.
The final nominees for this year’s Australian Dance Awards have been announced. Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre stand shoulder to shoulder with multiple nominees. Presented by Ausdance in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the dance industry’s premier national award event will be held in Queensland for the first time in its 14 year history in QPAC’s Playhouse on Sunday 24 July 2011. Dance Informa is the proud major media sponsor for the 2011 Australian Dance Awards.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the Nederlands Dans Theater I Pre-show Forum on Friday 15 July in Melbourne. ONLY 100 TICKETS AVAILABLE AND THEY ARE SELLING FAST! Reserve your place now, Call 1300 182 183. Quote the promotion code INDUSTRY when booking. Offer ends 14 July.
Sydney Festival has announced Lieven Bertels as the new Director for Sydney Festival 2013-15. Lieven Bertels is currently Artistic Coordinator for Holland Festival, the Netherlands’ oldest and largest annual arts festival. Bertels helped to re-establish the event as a leading presenter and producer of contemporary music, opera and non-western work. Support for Bertels comes from peers and artists alike. Renowned festival and former Sydney Festival Director Brett Sheehy said, “Lieven is a terrific choice for Sydney Festival. I have long-admired his work at Holland Festival and this is a very exciting appointment for Sydney.”
Adelaide's Move Through Life Dance Company is seeking three to four dancers to join the company until at least the end of 2011, with a view to performing in the September performance season, Illuminate 2011. MTL is a non-profit, project based dance company that provides a pathway for highly skilled adult dancers to continue dancing at a challenging and exciting level. Interested dancers are invited to attend a contemporary class and company session on Thursday 9 June. For further information contact Artistic Director Jo McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is International Tap Dance Day so get your tap shoes on and make some noise! May 25 was chosen for the date as it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Grandfather of Tap.
Sydney Eisteddfod has annouced that Claudia Dean and Aaron Smyth will feature as guest artists at the 2011 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships Final at Sydney Opera House on July 31. Since attracting attention at the 2008 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships, these dancers have worked tirelessly to make their dreams come true. Aaron Smyth is currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre 2 and Claudia Dean has just graduated from The Royal Ballet School, London and will join the company in August.
Kick off the uggboots, unwrap your scarf, start stretching those muscles and get ready for a whole week of dancing from July 4-8. Expressions Dance Company’s Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive caters for everyone serious about dance – from 13 year olds through to experienced professionals. Now in its second year, EDC’s Contemporary Dance Intensive has already garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s top training programs, attracting participants from around the country. Applications close Wednesday 8 June 2011 and places are strictly limited so get in your application now! Check out the website for all the details www.expressionsdancecompany.org.au
The Australian Dance Festival this September is a celebration of Australia's best in dance. As part of the celebrations ADF will showcase Australia's best dance crews on Friday September 16 across all genres of dance. The unique competition will award prizes for the most entertaining dance crew, best choreographed dance crew and the dance crew displaying the best technical ability. The winner of each of these titles will receive $2,500 and a trophy.
Phly Crew recently qualified to represent Australia in the upcoming Hip Hop International in Las Vegas this July. The enthusiastic James Barry (JB) and Neale Whittaker founded the unique hip hop crew when performing together at Luna Park Sydney. Recently Phly Crew has performed alongside many national and international artists and their choreography has earned them nationwide recognition.
The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes the budget announcement of $10 million in new funding for artists! The initiative will support artists across all artforms to deliver new artistic works, undertake fellowships and create additional presentations to Australian audiences over the next five years as part of the Government’s commitment to invest in a creative Australia.
Search engine Google likes to get creative with its logo from time to time, and today, May 11th , is no exception. To honour the birthday of American modern dance legend Martha Graham, Google has re-created its logo as a dancing Martha Graham! What a tribute from one of the world’s most visited websites! To see it visit Google today www.google.com
Dancers across Australia are looking forward to the 2011 Australia Choreographic Competition – as part of Spash!dance Festival in Geelong, Vic this July. Splash!dance includes a free Carnivale afternoon, a showcase performance of local dance schools, a variety of dance workshops for all ages and levels, and The National Choreographic Competition. Held on Saturday July 9, the competition has two categories and open is to secondary school students, tertiary students and adults with total prize money of $4500. Applications close May 27.
Suga Pop is a member of the world famous Electric Boogaloos and the legendary Rock Steady Crew. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson for Thriller and Beat It music videos, James Brown, LL Cool J, De La Soul and Lionel Richie. Suga Pop will be at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, North Melbourne on Friday May 13 for a special workshop. Having over 30 years of dance experience he is The Master of Hip Hop - this workshop is not to be missed! For further information contact MOD on 03 9329 6770.
Shayarne Matheson (18 yrs), Joel Woellner (16 yrs) and Elise Hart (18 yrs) all trained at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Sydney were prize and scholarship recipients at this year’s prestigious Alana Haines Australasian Awards held in Auckland, New Zealand. Shayarne Matheson was announced as the Supreme Award Winner receiving a bursary of NZ$11,000 and a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. 16 year old Joel Woellner was awarded 1st Runner Up Supreme Awards B Group and received a week’s work experience scholarship with the Australian Ballet Company and Elise Hart was awarded 3rd Runner Up Supreme Awards B Group and two week’s work experience scholarship with the Hong Kong Ballet Company.
One of Australia’s most renowned contemporary choreographers, Sarah Boulter, was just invited to choreograph two routines for SYTYCD UK for the Showcase Week and Top 20 week. She recreated "Man’s World” on the top 10 boys, who all found her choreography ‘extreme’, due to her signature athleticism. She then choreographed a routine to ‘Turning Tables’ by Adele which was called the best routine of the night! Sarah enjoyed the challenge and found the British team a pleasure to work with. “The biggest thrill for me was working alongside such world recognised choreographers such as Karen Bruce and Mandy Moore. Both were humble and amazing”, Sarah told Dance Informa.
Andrew Killian, Amber Scott and Leanne Stojmenov step up
Audiences at the opening night of British Liaisons in Sydney experienced a triple treat last night. It was revealed that a trio of dancers from The Australian Ballet had been promoted to the most senior rank of principal artist. Artistic Director David McAllister made the surprise announcement onstage in front of a packed Opera House. Senior Artists Andrew Killian (31, from Melbourne), Amber Scott (28, from Brisbane) and Leanne Stojmenov (30, from Perth) were completely unaware of their impending promotions until the good news was announced.
The 2nd Korea International Modern Dance Competition, organized by the Korea dance Association and approved by the UNESCO International Dance Council (UNESCO-CID), will take place from June 22- 28 in Seoul, Korea. Registration is now open worldwide for male and female soloists aged 17-28. Dancers will compete for a grand prize of $7000 USD. Registrations close May 20.
In an exciting first for The Australian Ballet, the company has teamed up with Principal Sponsor Telstra to present a live internet broadcast to ballet fans across the nation. Utilising the latest in digital technology, BigPond will live stream the final performance of Bodytorque.Muses at Sydney Theatre on Sunday 29 May at 3pm at http://bigpondvideo.com
New Musicals Australia, an initiative dedicated to the production of original Australian music theatre has announced that they are now accepting submissions for their second round of workshops. New Musicals Australia is encouraging writers and composers to make those final touches on scores and books. Submissions close on the 31st of May and all submissions are made via website www.newmusicals.com.au
The opening event for Dance Week this weekend, Sunday May 1.
Ausdance WA with Be Active, the City of Perth and the PPCA will present Dance Live, a two hour showcase of the finest West Australian dance talent at Forrest Centre Tavern and Reception Centre, Perth. Dance Live will present a mix of professional dance companies, dance studios, community and cultural dance groups from the metropolitan and regional areas of WA. There will be something for everybody at Dance Live, from ballet to break, contemporary to hip-hop, and Chinese dance to flamenco. Doors open at 2:00pm.