NEWS: World Ballet Day 2021, 19 October 2021

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2021!

 

Today is World Ballet Day 2021 and this year the celebration is going to be the biggest and best yet.

A record-breaking 51 dance companies, across six continents, are uniting for the eighth edition of the annual online event.

Organised by The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day 2021 will highlight the theme of resilience. So, as well as rare access to company classes and rehearsals, there will be interviews and discussions that explore the creativity, determination and passion needed to dance through tough times. All 24 hours of content is being live-streamed for free and viewers are encouraged to get involved on social media.

Whether you are a newcomer to ballet or a lifelong fan, you must seize the opportunity to fill your day with dance!

 

World Ballet Day 2021 'jump for joy' image of dancer James Large in rehearsal at The Royal Ballet. James is captured mid-leap, with his legs stretching in a split, his right arm extending out to the side and his left arm reaching up to the ceiling.

 

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NEWS: ‘Waitress’ on tour fresh from the West End – Milton Keynes Theatre, October 2021

 

Discover what baking can do when Waitress serves up a delicious confection of peppy songs, romance, drama and comedy at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The smash-hit show is stopping off in the new city from Monday 4 October as part of its first UK and Ireland tour and musical theatre lovers are in for a treat.

Baked straight from the heart, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie-maker extraordinaire at a small-town diner, who dreams of a way out of her unhappy marriage. Could the arrival of a hot new doctor and the announcement of a pie-baking contest turn Jenna’s life around?

With the support of her workmates, Becky and Dawn, Jenna faces up to unexpected challenges and finds that laughter, love and friendship are essential ingredients in the recipe for happiness.

 

Waitress UK Tour promotional image. Lucie Jones as Jenna, Sandra Marvin as Becky and Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn. All three women are wearing a waitress uniform comprising a pale blue dress with white buttons and a white apron.

 

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NEWS: Be amazed by The 7 Fingers – Milton Keynes Theatre, September 2021

 

Trailblazing arts collective The 7 Fingers will showcase its signature blend of circus and dance at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.

Dance Consortium, which presents the best international contemporary dance to audiences across the UK and Ireland, is proudly welcoming its first touring company since the pandemic began.

The 7 Fingers is based in Canada, the home of the modern circus, and was established by seven founding members in 2002. After performing with some of the world’s most celebrated circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil, they joined forces to redefine the art form.

These multitalented mavericks looked beyond the spectacle of circus to focus on its thrilling essence. They fused the astonishing acrobatics and physical skills with dance, drama, multimedia and music. Unsurprisingly, their inventive approach has won worldwide acclaim.

 

The 7 Fingers performs Passagers. A male circus artist demonstrates his strength and flexibility as he strikes a pose horizontally, mid-backflip, with both hands holding onto a vertical pole.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2020, 29 October 2020

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2020!

 

World Ballet Day 2020 is here to remind us to make the most of any opportunity to celebrate.

This is such a strange year, but “ballet” remains my default setting.

Indulging in the ritual of barre. Sharing knowledge and enjoyment by teaching. Being immersed in the storytelling and emotion of an online performance. No doubt about it: for me, ballet is providing the normality, connection and escapism that 2020 is sorely lacking.

World Ballet Day 2020. Illustration of ballet teacher Georgina Butler.

 

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NEWS: Social Disdancing – The COVID-19 Pandemic, Spring 2020

 

Social Disdancing’ is just one of the many unusual expressions that have been added to our everyday vocabulary in recent weeks. Since efforts were intensified to curb the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have become familiar with countries being on lockdown, adhering to social distancing, and complying with requests to self-isolate or quarantine. The reality of a pandemic and the critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) is receiving unparalleled attention during the unprecedented outbreak.

This is new terminology for an unnerving new world.

Life under lockdown is predominantly characterised by the suspension of our normal routines, enforced by government guidance to “stay at home and away from others” (also known as social or physical distancing). It is a time of immense uncertainty for everybody and the repercussions on physical health, mental health, incomes, education, careers – indeed, the socio-economic status of entire countries – are undeniable.

Under normal circumstances, dance is part of who I am. I teach ballet students. I write about dance performances. I take class, thriving in a studio with like-minded individuals and time to dedicate to myself.

Whenever any aspect of my life feels uncertain, dance becomes increasingly important to me.

Under the current abnormal circumstances, schools, studios, gyms, theatres and countless other venues and businesses are closed indefinitely. But dance is still part of who I am. And times are categorically uncertain. So, I’m dancing through this crisis. At home. And I’m not alone because the wonderful world of dance has earnestly embraced social disdancing.

 

Social Disdancing. Illustration of Georgina Butler doing ballet at home by illustrator Gaia Leandri.

 

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