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Pro Dance News 16th May 2023

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Sam Ryder brings on dancers with disabilities and prosthetics in Eurovision Set.

Sam Ryder Singing Mountain

Sam Ryder has performed with a host of backing dancers with disabilities and prosthetics during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final.

The 33-year-old singer, who came second at last year’s contest in Turin with his track Space Man, took to the stage in a trademark sequined jumpsuit reminiscent of his 2022 Eurovision outfit to perform his empowering new single Mountain.
The track features lyrics partly inspired by the struggle of the Ukrainian people and calls on listeners to remember they are “an unstoppable force of nature”.

A group of dancers all with prosthetic limbs appeared on stage with Ryder and Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who delivered a raucous drum solo alongside a guitar solo from Ryder.

The performance, during the voting portion of the evening, included a ballroom dance from a pair of dancers before the troupe, wearing neutral tones, began playing drums that spat fire.

Mel Giedroyc said in the UK Eurovision commentary box: “He (Ryder) took that to an 11 and beyond…and he has the most fragrant hair in showbusiness, it’s floral with a note of Cheryl Baker.”

It is not the first time Ryder has performed with Taylor, as they joined forces alongside Queen guitarist Sir Brian May during a tribute concert for the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium in September last year.

Taylor sat at his drum kit which featured the outline of his face on its bass drum skin.


Dirty Dancing unveils 2023 tour cast and dates.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing has announced its casting for the 2023 UK and Ireland tour, following its successful run at the Dominion Theatre in London.

Michael O’Reilly and Kira Malou, who starred as Johnny and Baby, will reprise their roles for the tour. O’Reilly has previously appeared in West Side Story at the Leicester Curve, while Malou has starred in Fame at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.

Producer Karl Sydow said today: “I am thrilled about the success of the second Dominion Theatre season and to be going out on tour for the fifth time since 2011. We have an amazing cast for this new tour.”

The rest of the company includes Georgia Aspinall as Penny Johnson, Jack Loy as Dr Jake Houseman, Taryn Sudding as Marjorie Houseman, Daisy Steere as Lisa Houseman, Danny Colligan as Billy Kostecki, Colin Charles as Tito Suarez, Christian James as Neil Kellerman, Mark McKerracher as Max Kellerman, and Lydia Sterling as Elizabeth.

The show will also feature Mark Faith, Lowri Hamilton, Tyler Lotzof, Jody Zimmerman, Eva Phillips, Callum Fitzgerald, Michael Nelson, Joel Benjamin, Akeem Ellis-Hyman, Jenna Warne, Taylor Bridges, Daisy West, Aaron J Smith, Ayden Morgan, and Thomas Inge.

The production is directed by Federico Bellone and choreographed by Austin Wilks, with costumes designed by Jennifer Irwin, lighting by Valerio Tiberi, sound design by Chris Whybrow, music supervision by Conrad Helfrich, and supervising musical direction by Richard John. The show is written by Eleanor Bergstein and produced by Karl Sydow in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions.

The tour will kick off on 25 May at the New Wimbledon Theatre in south London. After that it will visit Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Birmingham, Oxford, Newcastle, Cork, Belfast, Dublin, Derry, Blackpool, Bradford, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Canterbury and Hull.

Dirty Dancing is inspired by the popular 1987 film and features hit songs such as “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey! Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”


RIDE – A New Musical -by Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams.

RIDE - A New Musical -by Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams.

“The Triumphs, Trials, and Tribulations of a remarkable woman named Annie Londonderry and her incredible adventures on the velocipede… Tad long? It’s a working title.”

It’s 1894 and as the bicycle is sweeping change across America, Annie Londonderry has a wager to settle: can a woman cycle across the world? 4 continents in 15 months: easy! Except she’s only been on a bicycle twice. From moneymaking masquerades as a Harvard professor to hunting tigers with German royalty, Annie spins the media into a frenzy with tales of her thrilling escapades. But with time running out and press coverage spiralling, she soon discovers that no matter how many miles she rides, the secrets of her past are never far behind.

Hold on to your handlebars and join Annie on the journey of a lifetime in this ‘sublime, pitch perfect’ (WhatsOnStage) new musical that will leave you breathless! Liv Andrusier returns to the saddle straight from her win at the OffWestEnd Awards for her “barnstorming performance” (The Stage) as Annie Londonderry in this five-star production that “ticks literally all of the boxes”


Crazy For You, the Gershwin musical has announced casting for its London season.

Crazy For You

Full casting has now been announced for the London transfer of Susan Stroman’s acclaimed production of Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Crazy For You will star Charlie Stemp, the Olivier-nominated star of Half a Sixpence and Mary Poppins as Bobby Child, Carly Anderson, star of Wicked as Polly Baker, and Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden as Bela Zangler, following their critically acclaimed performances in the celebrated, sold-out production at Chichester Festival Theatre last summer.

They will be joined in the West End by Natalie Kassanga (Dreamgirls) as Irene Roth, Mathew Craig (We Will Rock You) as Lank Hawkins, Duncan Smith (White Christmas) as Everett Baker, Marilyn Cutts (Funny Girl) as Lottie Child, Sam Harrison (Les Misérables) as Eugene Fodor, Rina Fatania (The Killing of Sister George) as Patricia Fodor, Jack Wilcox (Anything Goes) as Standby Bobby Child, and Kayleigh Thadani, Kate Parr, Lila Anderson, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Imogen Bowtell, Laura Hills, Ella Valentine, Tara Yasmin, Marc Akinfolarin, Lucas Koch, Philip Bertioli, Jason Battersby, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Nicholas Duncan, Nathan Elwick, Liam Wrate, Joshua Nkemdilim, Nell Martin, Bradley Trevethan, Bethan Downing, Ryan Jupp, Jinny Gould, George Bray.

Theatre mad Bobby Child is torn between his showbusiness dreams and running the family bank. He reluctantly heads west to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a theatre’s mortgage, only to fall for the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly. Desperate to prove his good faith, Bobby decides to put on a show – complete with dancers from the glamorous Zangler Follies in New York City – to save the theatre, renew the town and hopefully win Polly’s love.

With a riotously entertaining book by Ken Ludwig and overflowing with glorious Gershwin melodies (including Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me), this production is a joyful celebration ‘blessed with ingenious, sparkling choreography from Susan Stroman, which sends you out on a high from the joy of music and dance’ (Financial Times.) The original production of Crazy For You won several Tony and Olivier Awards, including Best Musical.

Direction and choreography by multi-Tony and Olivier award winner Susan Stroman, with book by Olivier Award winning Ken Ludwig, this spectacular production transfers from a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre.


General News & Sighting

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet is to split the role of Chief Operating Officer following the resignation of Anna Williams after almost 30 years.
  • Phoenix Dance Theatre and Opera North present a re-imagining of Mozart’s “Requiem” with South African dance partners Jazzart Dance Theatre at Leeds Grand Theatre from the 26th of May until the 4th of June. The choreography is by Dane Hurst.
  • The cast has been announced for the musical “In Dreams” at the Leeds Playhouse from the 3rd of July until the 5th of August. It will star Oliver Thompsett, Lena Hall and Gabriela Garcia. The choreography is by Fabian Aloise and Paris Green.
  • Full casting has been confirmed for the transfer of “Crazy For You” to the Gillian Lynne theatre in London from the 24th of June. It will star Charlie Stemp and Carly Anderson. The choreography is by Richard Pitt and Angelique Lio.
  • “Dirty Dancing” unveiled the 2023 tour cast and dates. It will star Kira Malou and Michael O ‘Reilly as Baby and Johnny. The cast includes Georgia Aspinal as Penny, Tyler Lotzof and Daisy West. The choreography is by Austin Wilkes. The tour will begin in Wimbledon on the 25th of May.
  • The cast has been revealed for the new all-male production of “The Mikado” at Wilton’s Music Hall from the 7th of June until the 1st of July. Lewis Kennedy will play Mikado. The choreography is by Adam Brahm.
  • A production of “Evita” will take place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 31st of July & the 1st of August. Auli’i Cravalho will play Evita.
  • Burn The Floor revealed the full cast for its upcoming tour of Japan.

Future Dance Events News

  • Manchester’s Hope Mill theatre will stage the world premiere of “To Wong Foo – The Musical”, based on the 1995 film, on the 21st of October. The cast and creative team is to be announced. The casting is by Sarah Leung.
  • “Hadestown” will open at the Lyric Theatre in the West End on the 10th of February 2024. The choreographer is David Neumann.
  • The Chaka Khan musical “I’m Every Woman” announced plans to open in London. It will workshop in the West End in November. The director will be Racky Plews.
  • The new musical “Starter for Ten” will premiere in Bristol next year at the Old Vic theatre from the 29th of February until the 30th of March 2024.
  • “The King And I” will return to the West End in early 2024 starring Helen George and Darren Lee.
  • “Sister Act – The Musical” will return to the Dominion theatre in the West End on the 15th of March 2024. It will star Beverley Knight and Alexandra Burke. The choreography is by Alistair David.
  • A musical based on the songs produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman called “I Should Be So Lucky” will open in Manchester on the 1st of November.
  • A new musical based on the life and work of Frank Sinatra will open at the Birmingham Rep on the 23rd of September. The director and choreographer is Kathleen Marshall.
  • The lead cast has been unveiled for “We Will Rock You” opening in the West End. It will star Lee Mead and Brenda Edwards.
  • The upcoming “Wicked” tour has announced its lead casting. Laura Pick will play Elphaba. The show will open in Edinburgh on the 7th of December. The choreography is by Wayne Cilento.
  • “Jesus Christ Superstar” will tour the UK in 2023/4 opening in Manchester this September. The choreography is by Drew McOnie.
  • “The Wizard of Oz” will embark on a UK tour at Liverpool Empire on the 13th of December. The choreography is by Shay Barclay.
  • “Come From Away” has confirmed plans for a new tour beginning in March 2024. The choreography is by Tara Wilkinson and Kirsty Malpas.
  • “Grease” will return to the Dominion Theatre in the West End from the 2nd of June. The choreography is by Arlene Phillips.
  • The musical version of “Rebecca” will play at the Charing Cross theatre in London on the 4th of September.

Auditions & Vacancies

  • Humanhood in Birmingham is looking for 4 dancers. The audition is at Fabric on the 18th of June. The deadline for applications is the 28th of May. For more information, visit:
  • The Black British Ballet Project is holding auditions for 2 male and 2 female black dancers at the Central School of Ballet on the 18th and the 25th of May. For more information, visit:
  • Bird College is looking for a Tap tutor, with a focus on Musical Theatre, to begin in September. Have a look at the website for more details.
  • Pearson Casting is looking for dancers for cruise ship contracts. There is an audition in Manchester on the 23rd of May. For more information, contact:
  • Emil Dale Academy is looking for freelance Ballet teachers. There is more information at:
  • Edinburgh Festival is auditioning dancers to perform with the Alvin Ailey dancers at the Festival. The auditions are on the 17th & 18th of June. The deadline to apply is the 29th of May. It has a rehearsal and performance fee of £1,200. For more information, visit:
  • Darlington Arts is looking for a Dance Practitioner. The deadline for applications is the 23rd of May. For more information, visit:
  • Birmingham Hippodrome is inviting applications for the new role as Head of New Musical Theatre. The deadline for applications is the 9th of June.
  • Sonia Sabri is looking for Indian dancers for a touring production. For more information, contact:
  • Bird College is looking for a Musical Theatre tutor to work 3 days a week in September. Contact the College for further details.
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular is auditioning for dancers on the 19th & 20th of June at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London. To register your interest, go to:

Dance Classes

  • Mica Bradbury of the Royal Ballet is doing a Sleeping Beauty workshop on the 4th of June at the Royal Opera House from 11.00am – 1.30pm (for ages 9 – 11) and from 2.30 – 5.30pm (for ages 12 -16). For more details, email:
  • Sophie Allnatt of the Royal Ballet has 2 classes on the 11th of June at Thorpe Hall school in Essex. The first class is from 11.00am – 1.00pm (for ages 9 – 11) and the second is from 1.30 – 4.00pm (for ages 13 – 16). Contact:
  • Gaz Davis (Jazz & Commercial) and Josie Lee (Lyrical) are holding their first Synergy Dance Championship Intensive on the 2nd of June at the Base Dance Studios in London. To book, email:
  • Hannah O’Brian is giving a Heels class on Wednesdays from 7.00 – 8.00pm in Chelmsford. DM Hannah on her Instagram for details.
  • Gemma Hoddy is giving a class at Base Studios on Thursdays from 5.30 – 6.55pm.
  • Alice Crawford is teaching a Floor Barre class at Danceworks on the 6th of June from 10.00 – 11.30am.
  • The TGS Summer Intensive 2023 will take place from the 24th until the 28th of July at Hemingford Pavilion. Guest teachers include: Ebony Clarke, Michael Naylor, Isaac Edwards, Travis Kerry & Jordi Guitart. You can book on:
  • Dance with Joanne Clifton on the 20th of May at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.
  • Leonie Sian is offering a Contemporary class on the 2nd of July from 1.00 – 2.30pm at the Base Dance Studios in London.
  • Nicolette Whitley is offering a dance class on Thursdays from 6.15 – 7.15pm at the Inner Space in Nelwyn for £7. Reserve your space on:
  • Strictly star Johannes Radebe is offering a Heels class at Heaven Nightclub in London on the 7th of June.
  • Anita Mannings has a Contemporary Jazz Class (Int) on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 9.55pm at the Flow Dance Studios in Oval.
  • Emma Levene is offering a General Ballet Core and Stretch Contemporary class at Forest Gate Community School on Thursdays from 7.00 – 8.00pm. Email to book:
  • Michael Naylor is teaching a class on Thursdays at the Base Dance Studios from 2.30 – 4.00pm. Book via the Base app.
  • Alexandre Novelli is offering a Beginners Commercial for Adults class every Tuesday at her Novelli Studios from 6.00 – 7.00pm.
  • Amy Ireland has a Commercial Tap class at Pineapple Dance Studios in London on Thursdays at 12.15pm and a Contemporary Jazz class at 1.15pm. On Fridays Amy teaches Beginners Tap at 10.15am.
  • Nafisah Baba is teaching a weekly Lyrical Contemporary Intermediate / Advanced class at Danceworks in London every Tuesday from 8.00 – 9.30pm.
  • Lucy Jane Adcock is teaching a Show Tap class at Base Dance Studios on Wednesdays at 11.30am.
  • Poppy Tremlett is offering an Improvers Choreography class at Base Dance Studios on Tuesdays from 8.30 – 10.00pm.
  • Rachel Bolsworth is teaching an Absolute Beginners Heels class from 7.00 – 8.00pm on Tuesdays and an Improvers Beginners Heels class on Monday from 8.30 – 9.30pm at Pineapple Dance Studios.
  • Hannah Cleeve is giving a Heels Technique class on Wednesdays from 1.00 – 2.30pm each week at the Base Dance Studios.
  • Jazz Dance Rewired will present a 2 day programme of jazz dance theatre at the Place in London on the 27th of May and the 3rd of June.
  • Kamila Zalewska is teaching at the Base Studios in London on Mondays from 4.00 – 5.25pm for intermediate/advanced level. Book on the Base app.

 Film & TV

  • The film of the stage show of “Oklahoma” starring Hugh Jackman is to be screened in UK cinemas on the 16th & 19th of July. The choreography is by Susan Stroman.
  • We spotted Kieran Lai and Bonnie Rose in the latest TV advert for Screwfix. The choreography is by Tommy Franzen.
  • We spotted the following dancers in the new Disney film “The Little Mermaid”: Yasmin Harrison, Erica Stubbs, Kate Thompson, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Johnny White & Charlotte Wilmott. Well done!
  • We spotted Tamika Williamson as the face of MAC cosmetics at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
  • We spotted a host of UK pro dancers performing at the Kings Cup Final in Saudi Arabia. The dance captain was Devon Young, the choreographer was Billy Roy Sawyer and the creative director was Mark Jennings. The contract was with Mass Talent.
  • We spotted Kimberly Wyatt performing at the half time show at the Ladies F. A Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

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