Pro Dance News – Edition 06-07-24

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Red Bull to host world’s biggest street dance battle in Manchester this July.

 Red Bull Manchester

Red Bull to host world’s biggest street dance battle in Manchester 0n July 27th.

Winner from the UK Final in Manchester will head to the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final in Mumbai, India in November
The final for the world’s biggest street dance is taking place in Manchester next month. Freight Island will be the stage for the dance competition ran by energy drink giant and events company Red Bull on Saturday, July 27.

An international mixed-style competition, ‘Red Bull Dance Your Style’ has been running since 2019 and celebrates a variety of talent across the UK. The unique competition looks to unify dancers and spectators alike, through 16 rounds of freestyle dance which showcase any style from Hip Hop to House, Afro Dance, Locking, Voguing, Krumping and more.

Road to the UK Final, Red Bull Dance Your Style has visited cities across the UK for a nationwide open audition, including Swindon, Edinburgh, and Manchester. The last open audition is set to take place in London on July 13. Find out more and register for an audition here.

All successful qualifiers from these auditions will attend the final UK showdown on July 27 at Freight Island in Manchester. The UK Final is set to be an ‘electric crescendo’ that sees finalists battle it out for their chance to compete at the world final in Mumbai, India, in November.

The all-gender competition consists of 16 rounds where dancers battle one-on-one at each round, and the audience are in charge to crown the next UK winner through live voting.

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Wicked movie moves up release date to avoid Moana 2 clash.

Wicked Movie Dates

The cinema release date for the first half of the Wicked film series has been moved up by five days, now coming by bubble into cinemas on November 22 instead of November 27.

November 27 was also the set release date for Disney’s Moana 2; the two films will no longer go head to head in their frist weekend. Now, Wicked will go up against Gladiator II.

The Wicked films star Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Ariana Grande as Glinda, Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, Tony nominee Ethan Slater as Boq, Marissa Bode as Nessarose, Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard of Oz, and Peter Dinklage as Dr Dillamond. Jon M Chu directs the two-part property. Part Two is still slated for November 26, 2025.

It is based on the hit novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of two unlikely university friends in the land of Oz, one destined to become Glinda The Good and the other, the Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked writers Winnie Holzman (book) and Stephen Schwartz (score) are collaborating on the screenplay.

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Blackpool’s dance heritage celebrated at festival.

Blackpool's dance heritage celebrated at festival

The woman behind a month-long festival of dance in Blackpool has hailed the resort’s “unrivalled heritage” for the art.

The Capital of Dance pilot event features dozens of live shows, classes and street dancing with everything from drag queen workshops to ballet taster classes.

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing stars Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez will also be hosting workshops.

Marina Blore, the artistic director of the festival, said she intends build on its success and return in 2025 with the dance and movement version of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ms Blore said the resort boasts two iconic ballrooms – the Empress ballroom at the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Tower’s ballroom, which between them have staged some of the world’s biggest dance events with the latter hosting Strictly Come Dancing shows.

She said Blackpool’s dance history “goes back to the Victorian dance trains that used to bring hundreds of people to dance on Central Pier through to the big band era”, adding there was also “the heyday of variety, disco, Northern soul, super clubs and now, of course, Strictly”.

“Where else could you possibly launch a festival like this?”

The festival runs until 14 July.

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Posthumous LGBT Award for Strictly Dancer.

Posthumous LGBT Award for Strictly dancer.

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor has been honoured at the British LGBT Awards with a special posthumous award.
Actor Lisa Riley, his dance partner for the 2012 series, accepted the award alongside the late dancer’s family.
Windsor, who appeared on the BBC One show between 2010 and 2013, died in February aged 44.

His aunt Alison gave a speech thanking his fans for their “endless messages and tributes.”
She said: “[The tributes] have been a great comfort to myself and all the family on days when we needed it most.”
“He was out and living his best life, a proud gay man who wanted to be seen at his real self.
“When we look at this beautiful award, we’ll smile back and feel him closer.”

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Riley told the BBC the honour was “incredibly important” and that she hoped to use the event to raise more awareness of mental health.
Windsor was an advocate for mental health and worked closely with the charity Sane.

Riley said: “Mental health in the gay community is really bad, and if I can help in any way… then I’ve done my bit.
“I wish he was here, he should be on my arm covered in sparkles and having a ball, but the energy he had is imprinted on my heart.
“He would be shining down and laughing at us. His vibrancy, energy and zest for life was out there for everyone to see.
“He wasn’t a hidden gay man, he was a proud, proud gay man.”

Windor’s sister Hayley also attended the event.
She said: “Events like these are hugely significant to the community and he’d have been over the moon.”

The British LGBT Awards, now in its 10th year, was created to celebrate and promote the work of the LGBT community.
The host of this year’s gala, Julian Clary, said the awards were a “loud, proud and inspiring” way of celebrating LGBT people’s contributions to society.

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Giovanni Pernice in huge career move as Strictly scandal could see him ‘leave UK’.

Giovanni Pernice in huge career move as Strictly scandal could see him'leave UK'

Giovanni Pernice could be getting set for a fresh start in his native Italy according to reports. The former Strictly Come Dancing pro, who has been axed from next year’s lineup, is reportedly in talks to appear on Dancing With the Stars Italy, which is called Ballando con le Stelle.

“Giovanni is in advanced talks to join the Italian version of Strictly, Dancing with the Stars. Bosses are really keen to sign him as a judge given his fame and status in the UK but are also open to the dancer performing as a professional, if he still wants to compete.

“It’s a great move for Giovanni, who has weighed up the possibility of doing shows like I’m A Celeb, but dance will always be his passion. All he wants is a fresh start and to join Dancing with the Stars in Italy will certainly give him the new chapter he’s been hoping for,” a source told Media.

His live show commitments end on July 21, which frees him up to film Dancing With the Stars when it begins shooting in August should he sign up for it.

The 33-year-old professional dancer has been embroiled in controversy for months after his most recent appearance on the BBC dance show due to allegations about his behaviour, which he has denied.

He was partnered with actress Amanda Abbington, who left the show prematurely and later claimed she suffered from PTSD.

The BBC reportedly initiated an internal investigation after receiving complaints from several other stars who had worked with him on the show.

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General News & Sighting

  • Election 2024. Theatre bosses have welcomed a new government, praising the change as an opportunity for growth in the arts but warning that capital investment remains a key priority. (The Stage)
  • Lisa Nandy will become Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Synergy Dance Competitions will be looking for an Ambassador at the SDC Intensive on the 14th of August at the Base Dance Studios in London.
  • Flawless has announced its 20th Anniversary Show at the Peacock theatre in London on the 9th of November.
  • Iain Mackay has been appointed as The Royal Ballet School’s next Artistic Director.
  • The Royal Ballet announced it’s promotions with Calvin Richardson and Joseph Sissens promoted to Principal dancers.
  • Royal Ballet soloist Gina Storm Jensen is to join the Norwegian National Ballet.
  • Myles Brown won the award for Best Choreography at the Pantomine Awards 2024.
  • Talent Agency, AK Agents, which has represented figures including Denise Van Outen and Kate Kelly Flood, has closed its doors after 8 years.
  • Sir Matt Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company announced the full cast of 40 and the tour dates for the 30th Anniversary tour of his iconic production of “Swan Lake”. It will star Ashley Shaw as the Queen and opens in Plymouth on the 11th of November.
  • “The Rocky Horror Show” announced the cast for its 50th Anniversary tour. Stacey Monahan is the Dance Captain.
  • “Cake” is to return to London at The Other Palace in September. It will again star Zizi Strallen and Renee Lamb and have choreography by Drew McOnie and Christopher Tendai.
  • “MJ The Musical” has extended its West End run into 2025. The show stars Myles Frost and has choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.
  • A new staging of the Broadway musical “The Wild Party” at the Earth theatre in Hackney has been cancelled.

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Future Dance Events News

  • “The Lightening Thief” is set to open at The Other Palace in London from the 23rd of November until the 2nd of February 2025. It will be directed and choreographed by Lizzie Gee.
  • “Bat Out of Hell” has revealed tour dates and venues for its 2025 tour. The show will star Glenn Adamson and Katie Tonkinson and has choreography by Xenia Gusthart. The show will open in Edinburgh on the 6th of January 2025.
  • Disney’s animated classic “Hercules” is headed for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the Summer of 2025. It will have choreography by Casey Nicholaw and Tanisha Scott.
  • The UK premiere of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” will take place at the Donmar Warehouse on the 7th of December. The show has choreography by Ellen Kane.
  • The full casting has been revealed for “Dear Evan Hanson”. The show has choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and will open at the Nottingham Playhouse on the 9th of September ahead of a UK tour.
  • The Curve Theatre in Leicester has announced the UK premiere of “Muriel’s Wedding The Musical”. The show will be choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth and will run from the 10th of April until the 10th of May 2025.
  • The world premiere of “Wild Rose” will run from the 6th of March until the 5th of April at the Lyceum theatre in Scotland. It has choreography by Steven Hoggett.
  • “Calamity Jane” will tour the UK and Ireland before a West End run in 2025. It has choreography by Nick Winston.
  • The Leeds Playhouse will host the world premiere of “Coraline – A Musical” from the 11th of April to the 11th of May 2025 before the show embarks on a UK tour. The choreography is by EJ Boyle.
  • The hit Broadway musical “Something Rotten” is coming to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 5th & 6th of August, starring Jason Manford.
  • The Edinburgh Fringe will host the world premiere of “I Wish You Well” – a musical parody based on Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski crash and ensuing legal battle. It will star Diana Vickers and have choreography by Dame Arlene Phillips and Tino Sibanda.
  • “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is set to embark on a world tour in 2025. The new production will launch in the UK while its West End staging will continue its run at the Piccadilly theatre.
  • The current touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” will return to the West End on the 15th of August at the Gillian Lynne theatre. The cast will be led by Aston Merrygold.
  • The musical “Lizzie” will return to the Hope Mill theatre in Manchester from the 17th of October until the 11th of November. It is directed and choreographed by William Whelton with associate choreography by Yandass Ndlovu.
  • “Mary Poppins” announced a new UK tour. It will star Stefanie Jones and Jack Chambers and have choreography by Sir Matt Bourne and Stephen Mear. The show will open on the 4th of November at the Bristol Hippodrome.
  • “Magic at the Musicals” will return to the Royal Albert Hall on the 22nd of September. Participating in the event so far are: “Hadestown”, “Mamma Mia”, “Six” & “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”.
  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” is set to return for a new tour starring Donny Osmond. It will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse on the 3rd of December. The choreography is by JoAnn M Hunter.
  • “Heathers” will return for a new UK tour opening in Windsor on the 24th of July. The choreographers will be Gary Lloyd and Christopher Parkinson.
  • A stage musical based on Prince’s film and album “Purple Rain” is in the works with producer Orin Wolf.
  • “The Wizard of Oz” has confirmed the full cast for its tour of the UK and Ireland. The choreography is by Shay Barclay. The show will open in Liverpool on the 13th of December 2024.
  • “Some Like It Hot” is coming to the West End in 2025. It will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
  • Full casting has been revealed for the first UK and Ireland tour of “Aladdin”. Gavin Adams will star with Desmonda Cathabel as Jasmine. Sarah Benbelaid is the Assistant Dance Captain. The show will open in Edinburgh in October.

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Auditions & Vacancies

  • BPA Camden is looking for a Contemporary and Street dance teacher to join the team on Saturdays. For more information, email:
  • CAPA College is looking for a Commercial / Jazz dance teacher and a Classical dance teacher. Look at the website for more details.
  • Classified Entertainment (Christabelle Field) has an agency audition on the 25th of July for commercial dancers – by invitation only. You can apply via the website: The deadline is the 18th of July.
  • Scottish Ballet is looking for 2 female and 2 male dancers. Look at the website for details.
  • ZooNation is looking for dancers for the period of October until December. Visit the website for details.

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Dance Classes

  • Adrian Gas and Alyx Steele have a class on the 18th of July from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm at the Hub Studios in London.
  • Ashley Nottingham has a showdance workshop at Pineapple Studios on the 11th of July from 4.00 – 6.00 pm.
  • Erin Boag and Vincent Simone will do a Tango masterclass at the Kingston Workmen’s Club on the 19th of September. You can book tickets on:
  • Sinead Kenny has a West End Aladdin masterclass on the 10th of August at the Mere Green Library & Community Centre from 1.00 – 3.00 pm. For more details email:
  • Abbie Brown has a 1 day Summer Intensive on the 14th of July. For more information:
  • Gaz Davis and Abbie Brown are doing the Synergy Dance Intensive on the 14th of August at the Base Dance Studios in London from 12.00 – 4.00 pm. You can email to book.
  • Jazz Peters is doing Commercial workshops at the North Shields studio on the 25th of July and the 8th of August. You can book a place on:
  • Tyra Roberts is doing a Commercial Choreography dance class at John Reed Fitness in London every Tuesday at 6.30 pm.
  • Chris Marney and Kate Lyons of London City Ballet have an Open Ballet class on Thursday evenings from 6.15 pm – 7.45 pm from the 30th of May at: 45 White Lion Street in London.
  • Jenni Inglis, Ellie Fergusson & Chloe Ferns are teaching at the Edinburgh Dance Academy on the 30th & 31st of July. You can book at: hello@eda.scott
  • Gaz Davis offers “The Programme” in August – by invitation only. More more details email:
  • Keisha Atwell has a Jazz class at the Dance Box Summer Intensive on the 28th of August. You can book at:
  • The Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) has a 3 day Summer Intensive from the 30th of July until the 1st of August from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. See the college website for further details.
  • Amy Ireland has weekly classes on Fridays at 10.00 am at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London.
  • The annual TGS Summer Intensive takes place this year on the 22nd – 26th of July from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm daily. The dance teachers are: Jacob McIntosh, Leighton Jay Halliday, Charlie Bruce & Jordi Guitart. Email: to book your place.
  • Nafisah Baba is teaching a Contemporary class at Pineapple studios on Mondays from 8.15 – 9.45 pm.
  • Keith and Judy Clifton have a new beginners class on Thursdays at the Grimsby Town Hall from 7.30 – 8.30 pm. Contact:
  • Ryan Jenkins has partnered up with Mandy Allen to produce the iD – Company Summer School from the 12th until the 16th of August. For more information contact:
  • Lizzie McConachie has a commercial class on Mondays at Pineapple Studios from 7.30 – 8.30 pm.
  • Aimee Casey has an Adult Ballet class at Flame Studios in Cardiff on Fridays from 6.30 – 7.30 pm.
  • Lucy Jane Adcock has 2 weekly classes at the Base dance studios in London on Sundays at 11.30 am and on Wednesdays at 10.00 am.
  • Christina Andrea has a Commercial Edge class at Base Studios on Thursdays from 2.30 – 4.00 pm.
  • Beth Ackroyd is doing an Adult Ballet class at the Fresh Ground in Battersea on Thursdays from 11.00 am – 12.00 pm. You can contact Beth on:
  • Veronika Wiktoria is starting a Street Jazz class every Monday at 5.30 pm at the Base dance studios with Ralitsa Chepisheva.
  • Lil J is offering a sassy Commercial class at the Pineapple Dance Studios on Tuesdays at 4.15 pm. You can book on the Pineapple app.
  • Dominique Marinho is teaching a Beginners Heels class on Tuesdays at Pineapple Studios from 3.45 – 4.45 pm.

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Film & TV

  • Sir Matt Bourne’s “Edward Scissorhands” has been filmed for the big screen and will be released in cinemas from the 25th of September.
  • The cinema release date for the first “Wicked” movie has been moved forward by 5 days to the 22nd of November to avoid a clash with Disney’s “Moana 2”.
  • We spotted the following dancers performing with Dua Lipa at Glastonbury: Robyn Rae Laud, Sammi Lee Jayne (Dance Captain), Ben Joseph-Hukin, Demi Rox, Ed Munro, Fatou Bah, Joy Duckrell, Kane Horn, Danny Coburn, Lina Guarin, Summer Jay Jones & Li Li Hodge. The choreographers were Charm La’Donna, Sharon June and Sammi Lee Jayne. The contract was with the AMCK Agency.
  • We spotted Oluwatosin dancing with Little Simz at Glastonbury.
  • We spotted the following dancers performing with Griff before the Taylor Swift concert: Pfion Vince, Sophia Turner, Vicki Leung & Sabrina Wong. The choreography was by Jay Revell.
  • We spotted the following dancers performing with Robbie Williams in London: Jenny Griffin, Natasha May Thomas, Lauren Gottlieb, Shari Ross, Tylah Patterson, Olivia Beckford, Channelle George, Elise Pinel, Erica Stubbs & Emma Nielsen. The choreography was by Ashley Wallen and the agency was Kutes.
  • We spotted Austyn Farrell and Randall Watson performing with Eternal.
  • We spotted the following dancers performing with Rita Ora at the Saga Festival: Renae Hughes, Curtisha Kruythoff, Kate Ivy Jay, Lashay Harvey, Kenzie Hunt, Pippa Atkinson & Tasha Ross.
  • We spotted Dominique Marinho in the new series of “My Lady Jane” on Amazon Prime.

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