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Pro Dance News 9th July 2023

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Harper Beckham shows off her dance moves with dad David Beckham in new viral video.

Harper Beckham shows off her dance moves with dad David Beckham in new viral video.

Harper Beckham has the moves! Victoria and David Beckham’s youngest showed off her dance skills in a new video posted by fashion designer Victoria.
Inspired by her godmother Eva Longario’s new film Flamin’ Hot, Harper and David made a Mexican feast for dinner on Saturday June 23, and spent some time listening to Juan Gabriel at the same time.

“I’m salsa dancing!” Harper exclaimed as she danced across the kitchen and helped her dad make homemade guacamole. Harper, 11, wore the most adorable pale floral dress with cycling shorts, as David rocked a simple white tee and brown corduroy pants.

“Salsa Saturday!! When @Davidbeckham and #HarperSeven are inspired by @Flaminhotmovie @Evalongoria!” Victoria captioned the video, which you can watch below.

 Harper danced the salsa as she made homemade salsa.


Frankie Goes To Bollywood musical announced.

Frankie Goes To Bollywood musical announced.

Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester will co-produce new musical Frankie Goes to Bollywood.

The piece follows a British South Asian woman who is catapulted into the largest film industry in the world. It has a book by Pravesh Kumar, songs and music by Niraj Chag, songs and lyrics by Tasha Taylor Johnson and costume design by Andy Kumar.

Pravesh Kumar, who is also artistic director of Rifco, said: “In my decade working in Bollywood I collected so many stories of young people with bright eyes looking for the spotlight, who got chewed up and spat out by the nepotistic machine.

“Women are constantly objectified by the industry, and I wanted to tell a story about these issues that also embraces what we love about Bollywood. This show brings all the vibrancy of a Bollywood musical, and is also very funny with some larger-than-life characters, but I decided it’s time to we held up a mirror to the Bollywood film industry and exposed its darker side too.”

The show will premiere at Watford Palace Theatre in April next year, before heading to HOME Manchester as part of their 2023-24 season (which also includes Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder!, a new production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing and a new staging of Little Women). Additional tour dates, cast and creative team for the piece are all to be revealed.

The show comes courtesy of Rifco Theatre Company


Show starring the Northern Soul world champion dancer is coming to Wigan.

‘And they want local folk to contribute’

Show starring the Northern Soul world champion dancer is coming to Wigan

Theatre company Not Too Tame, which is known as a specialist in creating a great night out, is working on a Wigan version of its production title The Social: an experience that uses Northern Soul to tell local stories of the town’s dance venue, social clubs and those who will forever keep the faith.

Dubbing itself as a love letter to Wigan Casino and celebrating all things community, clubland and northern soul, it features live and recorded music while the audience will be able to get up and dance.

Brought to the borough by Down To Earth – Wigan’s Creative People and Places Programme – in collaboration with Not Too Tame, they will work together with local and national artists to uncover the true stories and memories of the Northern Soul communiuty so that they can feature real Wigan moments in the show.

They will be hosting several consultation days at The Old Courts and in social clubs where people can come together, tell their stories and reminisce over Wigan Casino memorabilia.

Jimmy Fairhurst, director and co-writer of the show said: “We are incredibly excited to bring this show to Wigan, the home of Northern Soul. We produce high-octane, heart-on-the-sleeve stories that are steeped in working-class culture and made by working class artists and this show is no exception. Northern Soul belongs to Wigan, so we must get this right!”
The show aims to celebrate regional identity and champion community, and promises to be a nexhillarating night for the audience.

The cast includes the incredible Sally Molloy, who was crowned World Northern Soul Dance Champion in 2022 so audiences can expect authentic dancing and music to get lost in and her unique story of winning the title will be told in the production.

Jenna Omeltschenko, director of Down To Earth, said: “We can’t wait to bring this brilliant and fun show to local people to celebrate 50 years of Northern Soul. See you on the dancefloor!’’

The show will tour around four social clubs between November 15 to December 9 : Hindley Community Sports and Social Club, Bryn Labour Club, Leigh Miners’ Welfare Institute and St Jude’s Social Club, Worsley Mesnes.


New theatre freelancers survey highlights ‘underpaid and overworked’ status of the industry.

New theatre freelancers survey highlights ‘underpaid and overworked’ status of the industry.

The organisation known as Freelancers Make Theatre Work (FMTW) has released the findings of a survey today as the third in a planned series to be conducted from 2020 to 2025.

Carried out in March and April of this year in collaboration with the University of Essex, the survey illuminates the current status quo of theatre freelancers and addresses why many are leaving – or being forced out of – the industry resulting in skills shortages across the entire sector.

Paul Carey Jones, data and communications manager for FMTW, commented: “The 2023 Big Freelancer Survey paints a stark picture of a freelance workforce ‘under siege’, facing the perfect storm of a cost-of-living crisis, and the ongoing impact of Covid and Brexit; combined with deeply embedded structural inequalities. The clear message from this year’s survey is that the freelance theatre workforce feels ‘undervalued, underpaid and underappreciated’, a feeling that has been amplified by significant funding cuts in the last year.

“Although many find the work fulfilling, unsustainably low pay is leading to skills shortages across the arts industry, coupled with the devastating impact of the fallout from Brexit. The industry needs to take a long hard look at itself and call upon the government to assist in a much-needed shake up.”

The survey also indicates a 37.4 per cent pay-gap between the male and female workforce, widening to 47.7 per cent for freelancers with 21 to 30 years of experience in the industry. Furthermore, it concludes that the overall, average earning for theatre freelancers are 17.5 per cent below the UK national average salary.

Amid the current cost of living crisis, the survey has found evidence of “a chronic scenario in which many freelancers are living hand-to-mouth due to the constant expectation to work for below minimum wage or for free” and 64.6 per cent of respondents having to take on a greater workload for the same or even less pay in the last 12 months.

Since the pandemic, a high number of freelancers have left the industry, resulting in the hiring of low-paid, inexperienced freelancers and concerns over workplace fairness and safety.

In addition, almost 80 per cent of respondents claim that Brexit has led to a climate of uncertainty causing employers to discriminate against workers without EU passports, as well as UK practitioners and suppliers losing contracts to their EU counterparts due to increased import costs and slower delivery times. In particular, the opera, classical music and live events sectors have been impacted the most.

The survey also addresses the issues of persistent exclusivity, inequality and inaccessibility, with many participants discouraged due to the industry’s lack of meaningful progression in terms of equality and describing inclusivity as “just a word and not reality”.

The FMTW calls for a “thorough review of government funding policy”, alongside a system that enforces fair rates of pay and eliminates both the disparity between freelance and salaried staff wages and the gender pay-gap, tackles London-centric funding and increases the touring allowance to match inflation. It also highlights the continued need to improve accessibility for under-represented groups.

The survey also adresses the lasting impacts of Brexit and the pandemic, as well as the gender pay-gap


Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice shares ‘dream come true’ career announcement.

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice shares'dream come true' career announcement.

BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice is set to make a “dream come true” career move. The Strictly Come Dancing pro is set to launch his own fragrance.

Gio – who won the Glitterball Trophy – is partnering with two pals to start GP Vita lifestyle brand. A website shows him smiling as he declares: “Welcome to my exciting new venture, creating products to inspire and bring joy to life.”

Gio, 32, said: “One of my dream projects finally is coming to life.” He added: “Let’s play the game .. can you guess what it is? Thank u @jumeirahzs for having me and of course thank you to @trendingtravel for organising this exciting and fun trip.”

The cryptic Instagram post left some fans wondering whether he was set to QUIT Strictly. Gio shared a snap of himself putting pen to paper on a contract in Dubai.

“Signing the law banning pineapple on pizza in Dubai? Can’t wait to hear what it really is!” one fan joked. Tanya said: “My guess – launching your own cologne/ aftershave/ toiletries range? Whatever it is, wishing you all success!”

Another asked: “Are you taking your 2024 tour international?” But other fans begged him not to leave. Kai said: “Gio whatever happens do not leave strictly please and thank you.”

Lillian said: “Okay, you’re going to open your own restaurant like the above and you’re going to entertain us and you’re going to make a lot of money. You and Lauren will be roller skating… Anton (King of Ballroom will be dancing with Rose)… Bringing Anton and Rose into the show will naturally increase the audience.

“Wow, you’ll become a multi, multi millionaire in no time. Good Luck!!” Lily said: “So, are you going to tell us about it or are you going to keep us guessing??” Jo Jo said: “My guess is a residency. Like in Vegas.”

Go said: “Make Dubai dance @giovannipernice #dubai.” Tarny said: “Ah all the luck in the world.” Nikki said: “No idea whatsoever but really intrigued and excited to hear.” G asked: “Doing a show over there but hopefully not leaving Strictly?”

Stacey said: “Really can’t wait to find out. So happy for you. You work so hard I’m guessing maybe acting.”


Grace Mouat performs “Any Day Now” from new musical Angry Salmon.

Grace Mouat performs “Any Day Now” from new musical Angry Salmon 

& Juliet and The Great British Bake Off Musical star Grace Mouat headed into the recording studio to perform a new number in support of the British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT).

BYMT alum Mouat joined Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Jordan Paul Clarke in London in order to record solo tune “Any Day Now”, penned by Clarke as part of new musical Angry Salmon.

Angry Salmon is set to be presented by the BYMT at the Bridewell Theatre in London from 4 to 6 August, with a cast made up of current BYMT members. The piece tells the tale of a school of farmed fish getting lost in the British waterway system.

The video has orchestrations by Clarke, backing vocals by Nikki Davison and Clarke and music production and additional orchestration by Joe and Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam.

The new musical is about a school of farmed fish that end up in unfamiliar waters.


General News & Sighting

  • The Royal Ballet announced its list of promotions. We spotted Isabella Gasparini being promoted to First Soloist and Mica Bradbury, Hannah Grennell and Sae Maeda being promoted to Soloists.
  • Top dance agency AMCK has teamed up with Soho House to create a space in Shoreditch “designed to inspire and ignite creativity”.
  • The cast for the UK and Ireland tour of “Pretty Woman” has been announced. It will star Amber Davies and open in Birmingham on the 17th of October. The choreography is by Jerry Mitchell.
  • The lead cast has been revealed for the “Jesus Christ Superstar” tour. It will star Ian McIntosh, Shem Omari James and Hannah Richardson and will open in Manchester on the 11th of September. The choreography is by Drew McOnie.
  • “Halls The Musical” has unveiled the cast for its developmental run at the Turbine theatre in London from the 7th of July until the 30th of July.
  • “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” has provided the complete tour cast which includes Kevin Clifton, Giovanna Fletcher and Sam Bailey. Ivano Turco plays the lead role. The choreography is by Kate Prince.
  • Elena Skye will play Twiggy in “Close Up – The Twiggy Musical” which opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory on the 18th of September. The choreographer is Jacob Fearey.
  • The full cast has been revealed for the two performances of “Love Never Dies” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 21st and 22nd of August. It stars Norm Lewis and Celinde Schoenmaker and has choreography by Joanna Goodwin.
  • Jennifer Ellison and Olivia Hallett will take over the lead roles in the Take That musical “Greatest Days” from the 21st of August. The choreography is by Aaron Renfree.
  • The West End production of “Frozen” has announced its third cast. Laura Dawkes will play Anna with Jammy Kasongo as Kristoff. The choreography is by Rob Ashford.
  • New casting and an extension has been confirmed for “Jersey Boys” in the West End. It is now booking until the end of January 2024. The choreography is by Sergio Trujillo.
  • A new cast has been announced for the West End production of “Back To The Future” which will start on the 16th of August. The choreography is by Chris Bailey.

Future Dance Events News

  • “An Officer and a Gentleman” is set to embark on a new tour in February 2024 starting in Birmingham. The choreographer is Joanna Goodwin.
  • Leeds Playhouse will stage “Oliver” in the round from the 27th of November until the 27th of January 2024.
  • “Diana the Musical” will open at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, on the 4th of December. It will star Kerry Ellis and Maiya Quansah-Breed.
  • “Standing at the Sky’s Edge” will run at the Gillian Lynne theatre from the 8th of February 2024. The choreography is by Lynne Page.
  • New musical “Lizzie” has confirmed its tour dates plus a London run. It will open at the Hope Mill theatre in Manchester on the 30th of September with Lauren Drewvill playing Lizzie Borden. The associate choreographer is Yandass Ndlovu.
  • “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will embark on a UK tour from April 2024, opening in Southampton on the 30th of April 2024. The choreography is by Karen Bruce.
  • “Shucked” will open in the West End in 2024. The choreographer is Sarah O’Gleby.
  • The musical “Bonnie & Clyde” will be heading off on a tour of UK and Ireland in 2024, opening in Manchester on the 19th of March. It is directed and choreographed by Nick Winston.
  • “Come From Away” announced a UK and Ireland tour beginning in Leicester on the 1st of March 2024. The production is being cast by Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher. The choreography is by Tara Wilkinson and Kirsty Malpas with Richard Hinds.
  • 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.
  • The musical version of “Rebecca” will play at the Charing Cross theatre in London on the 4th of September.

    Auditions & Vacancies

    • UCH Limerick is looking for dancers for its production of “Sleeping Beauty”. The audition is on the 23rd of July at the Dublin Studios from 1.00 pm. To register contact: auditions@robertckelly.ie
    • Sadlers Wells / Breakin’ Convention is looking for a Head of Academy. The deadline for applications is the 17th of July. See the website for further details.
    • The Crystal Girls, cheerleaders of Crystal Palace, have an audition on the 19th of July. For more information, contact: sgreenh1@hotmail.co.uk
    • Birmingham Royal Ballet is looking for a repetiteur. Have a look at the company website for details.
    • Ballet Black is auditioning in America for new dancers for the 2023/4 season. For more information, contact: admin@balletblack.co.uk with “US Audition” in the heading.
    • 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.
    • Emil Dale Academy is looking for freelance Ballet teachers. There is more information at: info@emildale.co.uk
    • Sonia Sabri is looking for Indian dancers for a touring production. For more information, contact: info@ssco.org.uk
    • Bird College is looking for a Musical Theatre tutor to work 3 days a week in September. Contact the College for further details.

    Dance Classes

    • Dominique Marinho is teaching a Beginners Heels class on Tuesdays at Pineapple Studios from 3.45 – 4.45 pm from the 1st of August.
    • Jaye Richard Noel is starting a Commercial Hip Hop class from 8.00 – 9.30 pm on Wednesdays at Gymbox in Holborn. You can book via: heelsandfeels.com
    • Charlie Bruce has a Jazz Fusion Int / Adv class at Base Studios in London from 10.00 -11.00 am on the 13th of July. You can register on the Base app.
    • Natalie Twist has a “Sexy R n B” class every Wednesday from 8.00 – 9.00 pm at the Pineapple Dance Studios.
    • Kimberly Wyatt Dance Academy has its Summer Showcase on the 21st of July at the Addlestone Community Centre. Doors will open at 5.30 pm with a show from 6.00 – 7.00 pm.
    • Olivia Rose Shouler is doing a beginners choreography class on Wednesday from 7.00 – 8.25 pm at the Base Studios in London.
    • Dane William Bates is doing a Summer Intensive on the 27th & 28th of July at Liverpool Central Studios from 9.00am – 3.00 pm each day.
    • Daniela Fabbricatore is teaching at the CYD Super Convention on the Sunday: 9.00 am Jazz Fusion Advanced, 11.00 am Tap Intermediate & 2.00pm Jazz.
    • Lowri Amelia Jackson has a Commercial workshop on the 13th of August at Pas De Deux Studios. Contact Freedom Dance to book.
    • Anna Maria Barber is doing a Choreography class at Flow Dance in Oval every Tuesday from 7.00 – 8.30 pm.
    • Hannah O’Brian is giving a Heels class on Wednesdays from 7.00 – 8.00 pm in Chelmsford. DM Hannah on her Instagram for details.
    • Gemma Hoddy is giving a class at Base Studios on Thursdays from 5.30 – 6.55 pm.
    • 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: jordiguitart1962@gmail.com
    • Nicolette Whitley is offering a dance class on Thursdays from 6.15 – 7.15 pm at the Inner Space in Nelwyn for £7. Reserve your space on: nicolettewhitley@outlook.com
    • Anita Mannings has a Contemporary Jazz Class (Int) on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 9.55 pm 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 – 8.00 pm. Email to book: doubletwistdance@gmail.com
    • Michael Naylor is teaching a class on Thursdays at the Base Dance Studios from 2.30 – 4.00 pm. Book via the Base app.
    • Alexandre Novelli is offering a Beginners Commercial for Adults class every Tuesday at her Novelli Studios from 6.00 – 7.00 pm.
    • Amy Ireland has a Commercial Tap class at Pineapple Dance Studios in London on Thursdays at 12.15 pm and a Contemporary Jazz class at 1.15 pm. On Fridays Amy teaches Beginners Tap at 10.15 am.
    • Nafisah Baba is teaching a weekly Lyrical Contemporary Intermediate / Advanced class at Danceworks in London every Tuesday from 8.00 – 9.30 pm.
    • Lucy Jane Adcock is teaching a Show Tap class at Base Dance Studios on Wednesdays at 11.30 am.
    • Poppy Tremlett is offering an Improvers Choreography class at Base Dance Studios on Tuesdays from 8.30 – 10.00 pm.
    • Rachel Bolsworth is teaching an Absolute Beginners Heels class from 7.00 – 8.00 pm on Tuesdays and an Improvers Beginners Heels class on Monday from 8.30 – 9.30 pm at Pineapple Dance Studios.
    • Hannah Cleeve is giving a Heels Technique class on Wednesdays from 1.00 – 2.30 pm each week at the Base Dance Studios.
    • Kamila Zalewska is teaching at the Base Studios in London on Mondays from 4.00 – 5.25 pm for intermediate/advanced level. Book on the Base app.

     Film & TV

    • “Matilda The Movie” has been released on Netflix in the UK.
    • We spotted Yasmin Hepburn in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”.
    • We spotted Annie Blomfield in the latest music video from Cashh. The agency was Suzette Brissett Creatives.
    • We spotted the following dancers performing with Take That at Hyde Park: Chelsea Marie Hogg, Liv Quantrill, Yasmin Harrison, Erin Dusek, Philip Birchall, Charlieanne Robinson, Crystal Hantig & Jo Dyce. The choreography was by Adrian Gas.
    • We spotted Erica Stubbs and Tylah Paterson performing with Peach at Hyde Park.
    • We spotted the following dancers performing with J Balvin on his European Tour: Jazz Peters, Shivawn Joubert, Alexandre Novelli, Charlotte Hawthorne, Chloe Simons & Emma Steindl. The choreographer was Jaquel Knight.
    • We spotted Honor Roche in the latest advert for KFC on TV.
    • We spotted Summer Jay Jones dancing with Rina Sawayama at Glastonbury. The choreographer was Josh Pilmore.
    • We spotted the following dancers performing with Rita Ora at London Pride: Yves Cueni, Emma Nielsenn, Becky Hicks, Amie Mills and Becky Wong. The choreographer was Becky Hicks. The agency was Kutes.
    • We spotted Anjula Kelly performing with Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas.

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