Pro Dancer News Week Ending 17th Oct 2021

Coldplay in pedal-powered performance to launch William’s Earthshot Prize!

 The Duke of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize was launched with a special performance by Coldplay, powered by 60 people pedalling bicycles.
The musicians staged a colourful show that kicked off the inaugural ceremony for William’s ambitious environmental prize aimed at finding solutions to repair the planet.


Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Week Four

Greg Wise has his last dance With Karen Hauer.

Greg and Karen Leave Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing’s Greg Wise has become the third celebrity to be eliminated from the 2021 series after facing Judi Love in the dance-off.
The actor, who was partnered with Karen Hauer, was sent home after performing their Samba to Macarena by Los Del Rio for the second time in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition. The Pro dance was choreographed by Beth Honan.

Rose and Giovanni are the current favourites to win (with Betfair), ahead of John and Johannes and AJ and Kai.


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical to return for UK Tour

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

A new UK tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has been announced to open at the Leicester Curve in February 2022


Dancing Pumpkin

As thoughts turn to Halloween, there was some unusual activity at Strictly this week. Here is the Dincwear Dancewear news that will be of interest to pro dancers.

General News & Sighting

  • It was a strange week for Strictly with Robert Webb withdrawing on health grounds and Ugo Monye not being able to dance this week due to a bad back. Ugo will hopefully return next week.
  • The Black British Theatre Awards unveiled its nominees for 2021. The Awards ceremony will take place at the Old Finsbury Hall on the 21st of November.
  • Leah Hill will be the choreographer on the new production of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”.
  • “The Addams Family”, starring Joanne Clifton, unveiled the complete cast and further UK and Ireland tour dates.
  • Lead casting has been announced for “The Osmonds” which premieres at the Curve Theatre in Leicester next year.
  • The “Bring It On” cast, starring Amber Davies, started rehearsals this week.
  • Sally Ann Triplett will now play the role of Martha in the upcoming tour of “White Christmas”, after Sheila Ferguson’s withdrawl from the production.
  • Floortje Eimers of the Dutch National Ballet is the winner of the 32nd Alexandra Radius Prize 2021.
  • Maria Kowroski, Principle dancer with the New York City Ballet, will retire this year after 25 years.
  • Ballerina Park Sae-eun is the first Asian dancer to reach the top “Etoile” rank in the Paris Opera Ballet’s 352 year history (source: The Straits Times).

Future Dance News

  • The new West End cast for “Six- The Musical” has been unveiled. The dance captain is Esme Rothero and the choreographer is Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.
  • Vidya Patel’s new dance project “When Life Gives You Melons” will premiere on the 23rd & 24th of November at the Lilian Bayliss Studio, Sadlers Wells.
  • “Here Comes The Boys” announced a UK tour for 2022 – it will star Nikita, Pasha, Graziano, Karim & Nadiya from Strictly.
  • Diversity has announced “The Connected Tour” with 79 shows in the UK & Ireland for March until June 2022.

Auditions & Appointments

  • Butlins is looking to cast experienced Pro performers for roles in its 2022 panto.
  • Applications are open for The Place’s Resolution Festival 2022 – a festival of new choreography and performance works by emerging artists. The deadline to apply is the 30th of November.
  • AMCK are looking for Pro dancers for an upcoming Awards Show. Follow the link in it’s Instagram Bio to register and submit.
  • Headliners Theatre Company are looking for Pro dancers to work for P&O and Cunard. Auditions will be held in London on the 25th – 27th of October and in Manchester on the 29th of October. Pre registration closes on the 17th of October.
  • Pearson Casting are casting for the “Six – The Musical” tour of the UK, which commences in March 2022. Email: for more details.
  • Birmingham Ceremonies is looking for pro dancers for both the opening and the closing ceremonies of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year.
  • Dance Affinity are looking for a Dance Teacher to join them in Nottingham, working Mondays & Saturdays, to begin with, on a self-employed basis. For more information:
  • Scottish Dance Theatre is looking for a Head Of Production. Visit the company website for further details.
  • West End show “Hamilton” is advertising for dancers. Auditions will be held in London – beginning in October and finishing in January 2022. Rehearsals will start on the 4th of April 2022. For more information contact:
  • A Dance Teacher is required by DSP Performing Arts for Saturdays during Term time. See the company website for details.
  • Akoma Asa Arts are looking for Dance Teachers. For more information, visit the company website.
  • Blenheim Palace is looking for dancers to interact with audiences in the “Story Of The Nutcracker” indoor Christmas Experience (£150 per day). Performances start on the 18th of November. The rehearsal is on the 15th of November. See the Blenheim Palace website for more details.
  • Lulu MBE has become the Patron of Gareth Walker’s Academy Of Performing Arts.
  • Sir Matt Bourne’s New Adventures Company announced the Overture Dance Artist cohort for 2021-22.

Dance Classes

  • Gareth Walker is teaching a Commercial Jazz dance class at the Pineapple Studios every Tuesday at 3.15pm.
  • Ombracuradance have a weekly Hip Hop /Experimental dance class at The Base Studios on Mondays from 20.30 – 21.55 pm
  • Katie Deacon has an Advanced / Pro Ballet Class starting at the Pineapple Dance Studios on the week beginning the 18th of October. The class will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1.30 pm.
  • Erica Mulkern has a “Suzy Homemaker” dance workshop on the 7th of December from 11.00 – 1.15pm at the Drama Studio in Sheffield.
  • Redbox Dance have a Dance Day with Brendon Hansford & Li Li Hodge on Saturday the 20th of November at Somers Town Community Sports Centre. Contact Redbox Dance for further details.
  • Lauren Gore has her “Tappercise Class” every other Monday at the Holy Trinity Church, London NR21, from 7.30 – 8.15pm for £6 per class. Contact Lauren for further details.
  • Adam Garcia is doing a series of Tap classes with LaVolta events: the 31st Of October (Kent), the 7th of November (Manchester), the 5th of December (Hull), & the 12th of December (Doncaster).
  • Christabelle Field is teaching a Latin Jazz class at the Base Dance Studio on Thursdays from 1.00 – 2.30pm for £9.
  • Louise Barton has a Commercial Dance class at the Pineapple Dance Studios every Friday from 1.45 – 3.15pm.
  • Lil J is offering a number of “sassy commercial fusion” dance classes at Pineapple Studios. Check the website for details.
  • Christina Andrea has classes at Pineapple Studios on Tuesday from 2.15 – 3.15 pm & Wednesday from 7.45 – 8.45 pm. There is also a class at Base Studios on Thursday from 1.00 – 2.25pm.
  • Dollie Henry offers a weekly Jazz class at Pineapple Dance Studios on Sundays from 4.15 – 5.45pm.
  • Michael & Jowita, the winners of “The Greatest Dancer”, are offering a full range of dance classes at their Studio in Ealing, London.

Film And Video

  • Sting’s new dance video for “If It’s Love” features the dance company of “Message In A Bottle” and is directed by Lukas McFarlane.
  • We spotted Erin Corfield in the recent Carpetright campaign.
  • We spotted Sara Kasa on the billboard for the new BBC show “I Like The Way You Move” which started this week.
  • We spotted Jenny Thomas working with Amy & Tom for their salsa on Strictly.

So that is all the dance news for this week. The team at Dincwear Dancewear will keep watching what is happening and report back next Tuesday.


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