DANCE NEWS


Rob Guest Endowment announces future changes

Posted on: 29/9/2020 4:00PM

For over a decade the Rob Guest Endowment (RGE) has provided vital support and encouragement to young emerging performers, musicians and technicians, awarding over $400,000 in scholarships to assist them in their pursuit of excellence in their chosen discipline within the commercial musical theatre genre.


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Springs Dance Company present Nourish an online event

Posted on: 28/9/2020 4:00PM

In response to the global pandemic, and with a heart to connect and equip Christian dancers, Springs Dance Company (UK) will be facilitating a brand-new international online event. NOURISH is a chance to share with Christian dancers, teachers, organisations and companies from across the globe. NOURISH will take place in the autumn from the 29th October – 1st November 2020 as an online dance intensive.


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Sydney Dance Company, 5 Continents Series Workshop

Posted on: 24/9/2020 6:00PM

On 26 and 27 September, Sydney Dance Company will present a two-day workshop beginning with a Contemporary technique class lead by Sydney Dance Company’s Rehearsal Associate, Charmene Yap. Across both days, Company dancers Liam Green, Riley Fitzgerald and Jesse Scales will delve into the repertoire of Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris, teaching various sections of the work. Participants will have the chance to embody the athletic and dynamic movements of two different unison phrases and develop their own language based on a solo in the repertoire.


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English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer 2020

Posted on: 20/9/2020 4:00PM

On Tuesday 22 September 2020, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be broadcast live from the Production Studio at the Company’s East London home for the first time. The annual event, now in its 11th year, celebrates the bright future of ballet and the excellence of the Company’s young talent. This year’s event will be live streamed and available to watch online for just £5.


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Arts Centre Melbourne invite you to join them for the first season of Mental Health Matinées

Posted on: 19/9/2020 4:00PM

Arts Centre Melbourne invite you to join them for the first season of Mental Health Matinées, that run throughout September and October 2020 and are a series of online presentations, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts.


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Sydney Eisteddfod Goes Virtual to Give Young Artists The Chance to Perform During the Pandemic

Posted on: 18/9/2020 6:00PM

For the first time in its 86-year history, Sydney Eisteddfod has announced that its Crowd Favourite Performances competition will premier online to give young Australians and international performers an opportunity to showcase their performing art talents during the COVID-19 crisis. You can see virtual concert performances now!


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Finding Flow, a workshop series for those who are curious about The Feldenkrais Method

Posted on: 17/9/2020 6:00PM

Summer is on its way and in Perth Western Australia they are finding ways to be creative and thrive through COVID. Finding Flow is a workshop series running this October for those of you who are curious about discovering the benefits of The Feldenkrais Method.


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International Summer School will return to The McDonald College in 2021

Posted on: 17/9/2020 6:00PM

International Summer School will return to The McDonald College from 11-15 January 2021. Suitable for ages 7-20, ISS is a dance program designed for all skill levels, ranging from recreational to the pre-professional dancer.


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Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia shines focus on Australian Youth in Australia’s Newest Dance on Film Festival for Schools

Posted on: 15/9/2020 6:00PM

In the 6 months since Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia (IDFFA) opened online submissions, the inaugural festival has already received 44 film submissions from 14 different countries across the globe. Due to overwhelming demand, IDFFA Schools Festival has been created as a separate festival with the goal to galvanise part-time, full-time, and secondary dance schools and students to expand their creativity and explore, bold, innovative concepts on film. The Schools Festival will be held alongside the IDFFA gala screening Sunday 8 November 2020. Tickets for the Festival will go on sale in late September 2020.


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Casting Call for SA Dance Festival- Apply Now!

Posted on: 15/9/2020 6:00PM

SA Dance Festival are looking for a variety of SA based talent to produce a professional production that will open in January 2021. Applicants must be 16yrs+ Dancers, Singers, Acrobats, Parkour, Burlesque Talent and would be required for a 3 week rehearsal period prior to opening night.


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Timely and Uplifting Musical Onsale - Come From Away

Posted on: 11/9/2020 6:00PM

COME FROM AWAY launches in Sydney mid 2021 (and returns to Melbourne in February 2021) and is the ground-breaking new musical based on the incredible real-life events in the wake of the September 11 tragedy when 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from over 100 countries were redirected to Gander, Newfoundland, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town. Capturing the generosity and hospitality of the small community of Gander who invited the “come from aways” into their homes, it is a timely and inspirational story of hope and humanity.


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Short film featuring Emma Wiggle and The Royal Academy of Dance

Posted on: 8/9/2020 6:00PM

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has collaborated with Emma Watkins, best known as Emma the yellow Wiggle from iconic children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, to produce a short film aimed at young children from pre-school age and above. The film, which features Emma returning to dance class to see her friends, shows step-by-step some of the new safety measures that children might encounter. From leaving parents at the studio front door, to hand sanitising before entering, through to dancing with social distancing, Emma prepares children for how they will safely return to dance classes. The film aims to provide reassurance to both children and parents that the dance studio is a safe place and that classes will return a spring to their step after months of staying at home!


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Ways to make you smile in the world of online dance this week

Posted on: 6/9/2020 6:00PM

Enjoy watching dance, doing dance and breathing the spring outdoor air as we dance into September. Here is a list of streamed performance and live dance classes to keep you inspired as we continue to navigate this unusual CV-19 season together.


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"FourByFour" collaboration breathes new life into struggling arts sector

Posted on: 4/9/2020 6:00PM

Revelation Perth International Film Festival, in association with Tura New Music and Co3 Contemporary Dance, continues its commitment to collaborating across media forms and encouraging active film production in Western Australia with its announcement of ambitious 360°VR production FourByFour.


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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie comes to life in Ballet

Posted on: 3/9/2020 6:00PM

As the Spanish Flu pandemic gripped the world 102 years ago, Western Australian children’s author and cartoonist May Gibbs brought joy to Australia with her tales of two Gumnut babies. Now, with COVID-19 dominating the news, West Australian Ballet prepare to premiere a new adaption Gibbs’ iconic story, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will debut on 28 September for a five show run on an outdoor stage in the Perth Cultural Centre, the site of successful children’s ballet Peter and the Wolf which was also choreographed by Weidemann and enjoyed by over 6,500 attendees. Like Peter and the Wolf, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will be free for all as the centrepiece of the AWESOME Arts Festival.


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2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award Semi-Finalists Announced

Posted on: 1/9/2020 6:00PM

After online auditions conducted over the past few weeks, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced. The Rob Guest Endowment committee is pleased to announce the following Semi-Finalists who will perform for a panel of judges to determine the six finalists for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award:


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Watch The Bell Shakespeare at home student winners!

Posted on: 28/8/2020 6:00PM

National theatre company Bell Shakespeare announced the winners of the inaugural Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival at an online awards ceremony on 12 August. The festival was open to primary and secondary school students Australia-wide, with students invited to make short films about or inspired by Shakespeare’s works.


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Another successful Darwin Festival

Posted on: 25/8/2020 6:00PM

In what has been the first major arts festival in the world to go ahead since COVID-19 drove global communities into lockdown, Darwin Festival has officially drawn to a close following 11 glorious homegrown August nights in the Top End.


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Try these awe-inspiring online dance classes and performances

Posted on: 23/8/2020 6:00PM

Wear your pyjamas or dancing sequins. Dance with your pets, children or housemates. You don’t need to be a performer or a dancer to enjoy dance online, you just need a computer or phone and an internet connection. Check out our ideas below!


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Corey Baker Dance has created a new short film entitled Swan Lake Bath Ballet

Posted on: 20/8/2020 6:00PM

Corey Baker Dance has created a new short film entitled Swan Lake Bath Ballet which received its global release on BBC YouTube on Thursday 23rd July at 3 pm BST. This follows the film’s UK premiere screening on BBC iPlayer and bbc.co.uk/arts on Wednesday 8th July at 9 am BST as part of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine, bringing arts and culture to the homes of the nation under lockdown. Since the UK release of the film, Swan Lake Bath Ballet went viral being viewed by over 4 million across social media and featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Times and many more. The film has been released on the BBC's YouTube channel with over 9 million subscribers for its international launch.


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Red Bull BC One today announces its worldwide digital tournament, Red Bull BC One E-Battle

Posted on: 18/8/2020 6:00PM

Renowned breaking competition Red Bull BC One today announces its worldwide digital tournament, Red Bull BC One E-Battle. Bringing together b-girls and b-boys from around the world, this year’s Red Bull BC One E-Battle aims to give today’s breaking community the global platform it deserves, while also honoring the legacy of the communities who gave birth to the original artform. Beginning Friday, August 7th, participants can submit their videos via the Red Bull BC One E-Battle website for a chance to enter the competition and make it to the 2021 Red Bull BC One World Finals.


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Global, Virtual Dance Classes and Performances

Posted on: 16/8/2020 6:00PM

The world is your oyster when it comes to taking a dance class from any major city in the world wight now. We’ve rounded up some of the online dance classes and performances you can experience at home right now.


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Bloody Brilliant returns to Perth

Posted on: 14/8/2020 6:00PM

In the early 1990’s, a young dancer lusting for a breakthrough role was challenged with a character that many associate with fear, but the young Aurélien Scannella knew that Dracula had many facets. Dracula by WA Ballet will run from 11 – 26 September 2020 at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth WA.


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March Dance questionnaire

Posted on: 11/8/2020 4:00PM

You can help in the planning towards March Dance 2021. March Dance has been created to support and champion the work of independent dance artists in Sydney. It brings together the diversity of ongoing independent dance practice in Sydney; opening these activities to a wide audience.


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Four innovative opera and dance performances online

Posted on: 10/8/2020 4:00PM

As we await the reopening of theatres, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen will continue its virtual world tour of all living rooms. The audience can join them for an adventure with four world premieres: Chaya Czernowin's opera Infinite Now and three short dance pieces from the acclaimed Choreolab series.


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Darwin Festival Kicks Off

Posted on: 6/8/2020 4:00PM

 Darwin Festival runs from August 6th-16th 2020 and is the first major capital city event in Australia to go ahead since COVID-19 shut the world down. The DF20 Homegrown program is a celebration of Top End talent with an array of exciting live and virtual events spanning theatre, music, comedy, cabaret, visual arts and more.


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We Are Here Audition with Western Sydney Youth Dance Company

Posted on: 4/8/2020 4:00PM

Are you ready for something really exciting? WE ARE HERE is happening! The WE ARE HERE Company will be a new, breakthrough contemporary dance company like no other. It is open to Western Sydney dancers aged between 16-30 years. They are looking for open minded and confident performers with previous dance training in any style of dance and who exhibit performative and choreographic potential. The audition will be held August 15th Riverside studio, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.


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Learn online this week with these performances and classes!

Posted on: 3/8/2020 4:00PM

You never stop learning in life so we have listed some ways you can keep learning online this week! Here’s some online classes, events and performances you can engage with this week.  


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Sharp Short Dance, Sydney’s most exciting youth dance festival, is going digital in 2020

Posted on: 29/7/2020 6:00PM

Sharp Short Dance, Sydney’s most exciting youth dance festival, is going digital in 2020. Held by FORM Dance Projects, the Festival offers the best young dancers and choreographers from across Australia the opportunity to showcase their talent to a panel of industry professionals and compete for a variety of prizes and awards this October and November.


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New work Pendulum in development

Posted on: 28/7/2020 6:00PM

Lucy Guerin has recently begun creative development for their new work PENDULUM; a co-creation with Lucy Guerin, composer and percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott and sound and video artist Nick Roux.


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