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Pro Dancer News Week Ending 6th June 2021

There was some nervousness this week as the spread of the new Delta variant of the virus may cause a delay in the re-opening plans on the 21st. This would cause big problems for theatres as they have spent a lot of money preparing to open to full audiences – not socially distanced ones.

These are the points of interest to a pro dancer that the team at Dincwear Dancewear has spotted this week.

General Sightings

  • Andrew Lloyd Weber threatens legal action if theatres cannot open at full capacity on June the 21st.
  • Dance group Diversity won a BAFTA for their performance on “Britain’s Got Talent” supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Strictly legend Arlene Phillips is to be made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honors list.
  • The complete casting was revealed for “Chicago” which will launch its tour in Glasgow. Faye Brookes plays Roxie Hart and Djalenga Scott plays Thelma.
  • The full program was announced for the 2021 Edinburgh Festival which will run from the 7th – 29th of August.
  • The Scottish Ballet will perform “The Life and Times” by Joan Cleville at the Dundee Rep on the 17th – 18th of June
  • Adam Wilson won Strictly NHS 2021 with his professional dance partner Amy
  • The MAD Trust and its show “West End Bares” is to wind down.
  • Louis Smith, the British Olympic gymnast and Strictly winner won ITV’s “The Masked Dancer“. Bonnie Langford came in second place.
  • Luis Biasotto, the renowned Argentinian dancer & choreographer, died aged 49.
  • Lucette Aldous, the Australian ballerina, has passed away aged 82.

Future Dance News

  • Bob Fosse’s “Dancin” is likely to make a return to Broadway in 2022-23 with producer Joey Parnes and Nicola Fosse. It will be directed by Wayne Cilento, who was in the original Broadway production.
  • Ekaterina Krysanova from the Bolshoi Ballet and Vladimir Stiklyarov of the Mariinsky Ballet will star at the 16th World Ballet Festival to be held in Tokyo in August.
  • Nominations go live on July the 1st for the BBTAS 2021 Awards.
  • Deja Vu Entertainments announced that the UK Dance Awards 2021 will be on Friday the 11th of November. These awards celebrate the UK street dance scene.
  • Ryan-Lee Seager will be the Associate Choreographer on the upcoming tour of “Rock Of Ages“.

Appointments and Auditions

  • Sadlers Wells has announced an open call audition for the National Youth Dance Company and the Candoco Dance summer residency for disabled and non-disabled dancers aged 16 – 24. The deadline for applications is the 14th of June.
  • The Alan Foley Academy of Dance is looking to recruit a qualified dance teacher from September. Applicants must be proficient in ballet, modern & Jazz. For further information contact: www.alanfoleyacademyofdance@yahoo.com

Dance Classes

  • Lil J is offering a number of “sassy commercial fusion” dance classes at Pineapple Studios. Check the website for details.
  • Jazz Peters has a Summer Workshop on Sunday the 25th of July. For further details & to book contact: jazzpeters@outlook.com
  • Li Li Hodge is doing an intermediate/advanced heels class on Monday evenings at 8.45 pm. Further information is in Li Li’s Instagram Bio.
  • Christina Andrea has classes at Pineapple Studios on Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.30pm & Wednesday from 8.00 – 9.00pm. There is also a class at Base Studios on Thursday from 1.00 – 2.30 pm.

Film And Video

  • In Pieces” – the new musical film by Joey Contreras won the Best Picture Award at The Florence Film Festival. The film also won the best Indie Feature Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
  • Birmingham International Dance Festival is available on demand for 24 hours on Saturday the 12th of June at 11.00 am.
  • Kane Klendjian & Nathalie Zangi choreographed Jorja Smith’s appearance on BBC1’s Big Weekend as part of KZ Creatives.
  • Sam Salter put out his first concept video called “Promising Young Woman” which he directed and co-choreographed with Serena McCall. It was filmed by Melissa Frier.
  • We spotted Austyn Farrell in the latest advert for Yo Sushi.
  • We spotted Zara Richards & Laura Lake in the latest promotion for National Parks UK.
  • We spotted Yiota Theo in the new Margaret video for “Cool Me Down”.


Let’s cross our fingers that the UK will re-open as planned on June the 21st. If it doesn’t, there will be some serious problems for theatres and anyone planning dance productions. The team at Dincwear Dancewear will continue to monitor the situation closely and report back next week.


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