FEATURE: I Can Do Anything If I’m Wearing A Tutu! – World Tutu Day, 2nd February 2018

 

Georgina Butler. Journalist. Dance Writer. Dance Teacher. Ballet. Tutu. Splits.

 

Sometimes, you just need to put on your tutu and twirl.

But what do you really know about the Ballet Tutu?

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day – Thursday 5th October 2017

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2017!

 

Today, Thursday 5th October 2017, is World Ballet Day 2017.

As someone who has never known life without ballet, I would be lost without it. Ballet class has always been my favourite place to be. Moreover, my professional life revolves around watching ballet, learning about ballet, writing about ballet and teaching ballet. Essentially, most of my days are ballet days!

Still, today is an extra special day. It is all about celebrating what makes ballet important to us, sharing our love of ballet with those who have the same passion and encouraging everyone else to discover ballet for themselves.

World Ballet Day 2017 is the fourth edition of the annual celebration and the format of the international online event remains the same. Five of the world’s top ballet companies are live-streaming footage from their studios today to give us an insight into the day-to-day athleticism and dedication that life as a professional ballet dancer requires. Throughout an incredible 22 hours of live filming, viewers will see some of the most talented dancers on the planet take their daily ballet class, rehearse for upcoming performances and work with esteemed choreographers. We will also be treated to interviews with company directors, dancers and teachers – and be urged to get involved in discussions ourselves by joining the ballet buzz on social media.

 

Georgina Butler. World Ballet Day 2017.

 

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FEATURE: Learn the Lingo – A Simple Glossary of Street Dance, September 2017

 

If you thought Street Dance was all just “hip hop”, think again!

 

What do you know about Street Dance? Do terms like “b-boy” and “cypher” leave you flummoxed? Are you starting to feel like you’ve lost your swag and are getting left behind as your favourite venues embrace a dizzying array of dance productions featuring new styles? Are you now wondering what “swag” is and whether you ever had any?

Relax, discovering the ins and outs of new dance forms is so much fun. Honestly, don’t worry, I’ve got all the moves covered so sit back and read on for a short and sweet guide to Street Dance lingo!

 

Street Dance. The Soweto Skeleton Movers (Photo by Paul Hampartsoumian).

The Soweto Skeleton Movers (Photo by Paul Hampartsoumian)

 

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FEATURE: Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with First Class Honours in Dance Education – London, July 2017

 

On Wednesday 12th July 2017, I became a First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential institutions for dance education and dance teacher training. Founded by an international group of dancers and dance teachers in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching in the United Kingdom, the organisation now operates in 85 countries. Its classical ballet syllabus is taught globally, with over 240,000 candidates taking Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations each year. Beyond this, an ever-increasing programme of outreach work takes dance into diverse communities, while the Faculty of Education’s research develops knowledge which informs and inspires dance enthusiasts all over the world.

I have graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA (Hons) Dance Education programme. This varied programme not only equips graduates with the anatomical, musical and pedagogical knowledge and understanding to teach dance but also engages with philosophical, professional and practical issues in the fields of dance and dance education.

 

Royal Academy of Dance Awards Ceremony 2017. Georgina Butler is a First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

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FEATURE: Being Dance Education Advocate for the ‘Meet the Student’ Social Media Campaign – Royal Academy of Dance, March 2017

 

Dance Education: Dancing. Writing. Learning.

 

Having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science; qualified as a journalist; and established myself as a dance writer, furthering my knowledge of dance by studying with a world-renowned dance education institution seemed like a natural next step.

Every time I dance, I turn into a better version of myself. Essentially, dance excites me — and that is true whether I am participating in dance, watching dance or writing about dance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the possibility of sharing my enthusiasm for dance through teaching has always intrigued me.

Attaining a place as a student on the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA (Hons) Dance Education programme in 2014 marked the start of a learning experience that has equipped me with the skills and understanding to fully appreciate the complexities of dance, art and education. The syllabus covers dance in relation to the disciplines of Anatomy, Cultural Studies, Health, History, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and more. This truly rounded education in dance has enhanced my previously established skill set, ensuring my teaching practice is informed and impassioned.

Being invited to feature as a Dance Education advocate for the Royal Academy of Dance’s 2017 social media campaign ‘Meet the Student’ was a fitting way to acknowledge the learning journey I have been on.

Finding ways to continue my development in dance as a practitioner, writer and teacher is important to me. Working hard is part of my personality — a part that has undoubtedly been nurtured by my involvement in dance!

I can’t wait to see where dance (and my work ethic) will take me next…

 

Georgina Butler. Meet the Student. Royal Academy of Dance social media campaign. BA (Hons) Dance Education. View Post