Katya Jones has signed up for Celebrity Hunted

Pro Dancewear News 15th June 2022

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BBC Strictly Come Dancing star joins Channel 4 show.

Katya Jones has signed up for Celebrity Hunted

BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has signed up for Channel 4’s Hunted. The pro dancer will swap the ballroom for being on the run as part of the celebrity edition of the hit show.

Show producers are expecting Katya to be able to evade her pursuers for some time as she’s incredibly smart and particularly fit.” They added: “It just depends who she ends up getting paired up with on the programme, as she doesn’t want a celebrity partner who will hold her back.”


The Bodyguard to tour UK and Ireland 2023.


Producers, Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that the award-winning international smash hit musical THE BODYGUARD will tour the UK and Ireland opening at Glasgow King’s Theatre on Saturday 28 January 2023.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, THE BODYGUARD, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar-winning Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and was nominated for four Olivier Awards. A sell-out 18-month UK and Ireland tour followed before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre ahead of a second sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2018/19. To date, THE BODYGUARD has played to over 3.6 million people in 15 countries and 45 US cities. Countries include the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Australia, Spain, France, the US, Austria and Japan.


Hamilton and Mary Poppins extend booking to December 2022.


Cameron Mackintosh Limited announce their West End productions of Hamilton and Mary Poppins are extending their booking periods to December 2022.

Hamilton which currently plays Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm at the Victoria Palace Theatre, will, from 12 July 2022, play Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Hamilton will extend to Saturday 17 December 2022. Hamilton is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh. www.hamiltonmusical.com/

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins which currently plays Thursday – Saturday at 7.30pm with a Family Night on Wednesday at 7pm and matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm at the Prince Edward Theatre, will, from 30 June 2022 also play Monday at 7.30pm. Mary Poppins extends booking to Sunday 18 December 2022 and is produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. www.marypoppinsonstage.co.uk/


Eurovision ‘will be hosted by the UK’ if winners Ukraine give up slot in 2023.

 Sam Ryder Space Man

Eurovision is likely to be organised by the BBC if Ukraine decides to ‘resign’ the chance of hosting the event, according to the president of Spain’s state broadcaster RTVE. Eurovision fever stormed the continent last month, with the latest edition of the song contest attracting 189 million streams.

It was won by Ukrainian act Kalush Orchestra, who rose up the leaderboard with their track Stefania, just weeks after the nation was invaded by Russia. But with the UK coming second for the first time in years, after Sam Ryder’s momentous efforts, many fans believe it will be up to the runners-up to put on the show next year.

The band were victorious in Turin

With doubts over whether Ukraine will have the capacity to host, the chairman of Spanish state broadcaster RTVE, Manuel Pérez Tornero, has admitted he thinks the BBC ‘will organise it’ if the winning nation is unable to.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Faro de Vigo, Pérez Tornero said: We don’t want to be left with the mirage of a good result.

We are going to go out to win next time. We were also interested in organising [Eurovision 2023].

‘But if Ukraine resigns, it will be the BBC that organises it.

It comes after Eurovision fans already noticed that the OVO Hydro in Glasgow has slots missing for May, around the time Eurovision would normally occur. The venue has listed the Magic Mike arena tour on 25 April, Andre Rieu on May 27th and Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 on 4 June, but currently nothing else in the month of May 2023.


‘A costly mistake’: Andrew Lloyd Webber booed as Cinderella closes in West End.

Director Laurence O’Connor was met with audible reactions from the audience as he read out the composer’s words

The Composer penned a letter read out at the final performance, praising ‘superb’ team but prompting criticism from some audience members Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s comments were booed by the audience as a letter written by the composer was read out during the final bow of his West End musical, Cinderella.

The stage show, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in the lead role, closed for good on Sunday night at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, more than a month earlier than initially planned.nIts closure also stopped an in-the-works cast change due to take over in July on a year’s contract, which included Strictly Come Dancing finalist John Whaite in his theatrical debut.

Reports at the time claimed that some staff read the news on social media before being told themselves, which sparked a protest outside the theatre by performing arts union Equity, who condemned producers for ‘effectively sacking by press release’.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s comments were booed by the audience as a letter written by the composer was read out during the final bow of his West End musical, Cinderella. The stage show, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in the lead role, closed for good on Sunday night at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, more than a month earlier than initially planned.

Its closure also stopped an in-the-works cast change due to take over in July on a year’s contract, which included Strictly Come Dancing finalist John Whaite in his theatrical debut.

Reports at the time claimed that some staff read the news on social media before being told themselves, which sparked a protest outside the theatre by performing arts union Equity, who condemned producers for ‘effectively sacking by press release’.


General News & Sighting

  • The producers of “Cabaret” announced a special charity performance for Ukraine on the 14th of July – with 100% of ticket sales going to the appeal. Collections are also being held at every performance.
  • The Queen will allow “Strictly Come Dancing” to host it’s semi-final in the Buckingham Palace ballroom to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
  • Theatre group Nederlander, which owns 3 theatres in the West End, has revealed ambitions to expand in the UK.
  • West End Live announced the full schedule for the weekend of the 25th & 26th of June.
  • It was a good night for Britain at the Tony Awards: “Company” won 5 awards while “Six” picked up 2. “A Strange Loop” picked up the award for Best New Musical.
  • The winners of the 22nd National Dance Awards were announced. Edward Watson won the award for Best Male Dancer and Marianela Nunez won the award for Best Female Dancer. The Award For Outstanding Company went to the English National Ballet. Sir Matt Bourne won the award for Best Modern Choreography with “The Midnight Bell”.
  • Full casting was unveiled for the return of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” ahead of a new tour and a run at Sadlers Wells. It will open at the Manchester Opera House on the 16th of July. The choreography is by Ann Yee and the Dance Captain is Charlotte Coggin.
  • The New musical “Bombay Superstar” revealed its touring dates as it prepares for its premiere in Coventry on the 15th of October.
  • The West End productions of “Hamilton” and “Mary Poppins” have both extended their booking periods until December.
  • The Curve Theatre in Leicester has pushed back the start date of it’s new production of “Billy Eliot” by a week due to covid within the company.
  • Karen Hauer, star of Strictly, has launched her own KH Leotard. It is available only at: www.dincweardancewear.com
  • Deja Vu’s “The Dancers Delight Summer Special” will take place on the 29th of July. This event is a celebration of female choreographers. Tickets will go on sale next week at: www.229thevenue.com
  • Beth Leavel and Taylor Iman Jones will star in the new production “The Devil Wears Prada” in Chicago on the 19th of July. The choreography is by James Alsop.

Future Dance Events News

  • “The Bodyguard” will embark on a new UK tour at Glasgow on the 28th of January 2023.
  • Further casting and an additional date has been announced for “Chess The Musical In Concert”. It will now play 2 dates at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 1st and 2nd of August. The Director and Choreographer is Nick Winston. The Associate Director and Choreographer is Alexzandra Sarmiento.
  • Casting was announced for the Edinburgh Fringe run of “I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical”. The show will run at the Gilders Ballon from the 3rd of August until the 28th of August. The Direction and Choreography is by Joanna Goodwin.
  • Disney’s musical “Newsies” will begin at the Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park on the 29th of November, with an official premiere on the 8th of December. Direction and choreography is by Matt Cole, with Jane McMurtrie as Associate Choreographer.
  • A new production of “Shrek The Musical” announced a UK tour from July 2023. Nick Winston will be the choreographer.
  • “Dirty Dancing” is to return to the Dominion Theatre on the 21st of January 2023. The choreography is by Austin Wilks.
  • A new production of “From Here To Eternity” is coming to the Charing Cross Theatre from the 29th of October. Cressida Carre will be the choreographer.
  • “The Lion King” extends its Manchester run by 7 weeks. The choreographer is Garth Fagan.
  • The complete cast and creatives have been revealed for Chichester Festival’s revival of “Crazy For You”. Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph the production. It will run from the 11th of July until the 4th of September.
  • A star-studded “Sondheim” concert is to take place at the Cadogan Hall in London on the 23rd of July.
  • To mark the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer, the Birmingham Royal Ballet is presenting a triple bill of “On Your Marks”, “Interlinked”, and “Lazuli Sky”.
  • Casting has been announced for the new UK tour of “Strictly Ballroom”. It will star Kevin Clifton and Maisie Smith and begin in Portsmouth on the 26th of September.
  • ZooNation are celebrating 20 years at Sadlers Wells from the 5th until the 8th of October.
  • Giovanni Pernice is doing “Shall We Dance – An Evening With Giovanni Pernice” at the Clapham Grand in London on the 10th of July.
  • Three musical concerts will take place in August at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London. The first will be the concert version of “Chess” on the 1st of August, starring Hadley Fraser & Samantha Barks.The Director and Choreographer is Nick Winston and Alexzandria Sarmiento. On the 8th of August it will be “Kinky Boots” starring Cedric Neil & Courtney Bowman. Finally on the 22nd of August there is a new musical called “Treason”, with choreography by Taylor Walker.
  • The Edinburgh Festival takes place from the 5th of August until the 28th of August this year. Dance highlights include Scottish Ballet’s “Coppelia”, Akram Khan’s new “Jungle Book Reimagined”, the UK premiere of Kyle Abraham’s “An Untitled Love” plus Aakash Odedra’s “Samsara”.
  • The “Secret Garden” musical is to be staged at the London Palladium on the 28th of August. It will be directed by Nick Winston.
  • Brit Award winner Becky Hill makes her Ibiza Rocks debut this summer with a 6 weeks residency.
  • Sir Ian McKellen is to perform alongside ballet dancers in a new show based on “Hamlet” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • A new “Strictly Presents” tour was announced. It will feature contestants Maisie Smith & Rhys Stephenson, who will be joined by Strictly pro dancers Neil, Cameron, Jowita & Nancy. The show will tour in June and July.
  • The original cast of “Six The Musical” will re-unite for 6 performances at Hampton Court Palace on the 19th & 20th of June. The choreography is by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.
  • Disney musical “Newsies” will have its UK premiere on the 28th of November at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London. The choreography is by Matt Cole.
  • A 30th anniversary revival of “Crazy For You” will be staged in Chichester from the 11th of July until the 4th of September. It will be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman – who choreographed the original production in 1992 for which she won the Tony award for Best Choreography.
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will run at the Hope Mill Theatre from the 1st of November until the 11th of December. It will be directed by Joseph Houston and choreographed by William Whelton.
  • The Chantry Dance Company announced that it’s 2022 production would be “Beauty And The Beast”. The tour details will be announced shortly.
  • It was announced that Nicola Benedetti will become the new Director of the Edinburgh Festival in October 2022.
  • Sir Matt Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty” will return on tour this Winter, opening in Plymouth on the 12th of November. Further tour dates and casting is to be announced shortly.
  • The musical “Newsies” is set to open in London this year.
  • “Jagged Little Pill” will transfer from Broadway to London in November.
  • Strictly stars Graziano de Prima & Giadi Lini will be choreographing a brand new musical called “La Bamba” – based on the story of Richie Vallens.
  • Craig Revel Horwood announced his “All Balls And Glitter” tour of the UK.
  • In the Autumn, Northern Ballet will visit 10 cities with revivals of two family favourites: “The Little Mermaid” & “The Nutcracker”, plus a premiere of “Three Short Ballets”. The season will open at the Leeds Playhouse.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” which is currently touring in the UK, will have a limited run at the London Palladium from the 24th of June until the 17th of September. Directed and choreographed by Matt West, with new dance arrangements by David Chase. Nick Winston is the Associate UK Director / Choreographer with Chandon Jones as Associate Choreographer.
  • The Dance Space, Brighton’s first building designed specifically for dance, will open in July 2022.
  • The “Peaky Blinders” inspired dance show will premiere in Birmingham at the Hippodrome on the 27th of September. This will be directed and choreographed by Benoit Swan with the Rambert Ballet.
  • Tim Rice confirms that “Chess” is set for Broadway.
  • The revival of “White Christmas” will embark on a new tour in 2022. It will open on the 22nd of November 2022 at the Nottingham Theatre Royal. The choreography is by Stephen Mear.

    Auditions & Vacancies

    • Drew McOnie is looking for female dancers for a paid creative development period. They must be available from the 25th to the 29th of July and the 1st of August. It is in Central London. For further deails contact: classicalcreativesproject@yahoo.com
    • Harriet Macauley & Co InDance International is looking for 5 dancers to take part in her new work “Triplicity” at the Northern Ballet in Leeds on the 5th of July. The deadline for applications is the 1st of July. For more information and to apply, go to the company website: www.indanceinternational.com
    • Classified Entertainment (Christabelle Huddleston) has an audition on the 25th & 26th of June for representation. To apply go to: www.classifiedent.com/auditions
    • The Place in London is looking for Professional Dance Teachers. Visit the website for further details and how to apply.
    • Winchester Theatre Arts is looking for a dance teacher. This is a permanent position starting in September. For more information email: claire@winchestertheatrearts.com
    • One Dance UK is seeking an experienced Project Manager. Enquiries and applications should be directed to: info@onedanceuk.org
    • English National Ballet has launched a global search for a new Artistic Director to replace Tamara Rojo CBE. For more information visit: www.odgers.com/85718
    • Auditions for this years Thursford Christmas Spectacular are on the 20th & 21st of June. Go to www.thursfordjobs.com for more details.
    • BOR Productions are casting for several of their cruise ship contracts with MSC Cruises. For more details contact: casting@borproductions.com

    Dance Classes

    • Joanne Clifton, world dance champion and Strictly winner, is giving a masterclass on the 26th of June at JGH Studios in Canterbury for £15. For more information and to book your place: info@jghacademy.co.uk
    • Dollie Henry and her BOP is holding a Summer Pop Up class on the 1st of July from 1.00 – 4.00pm at the BOP Studio at Morley College, London SE1 7HT.
    • Bethany Kingsley Garner, Principle dancer with the Scottish Ballet, is joining Fumi Kaneko, Roberta Marquez & Fernanda Oliveira to teach a summer course for Balletstar at the Royal Ballet Studios on the 27th and 28th of August. For further information contact: www.balletstar.co.uk
    • Mica Bradbury of the Royal Ballet is offering “A Masterclass With Mica” – a ballet class at the Royal Opera House plus an exclusive “Day in the life of a Royal Ballet dancer” backstage tour on the 2nd of July from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. For more details: micabeau@gmail.com
    • London Studio Centre announced the line up of teachers for its Commercial Dance Summer Intensive. These are: Briony Albert, Philip Birchall, Lisa Spencer, Randall Watson, Josh Denyer & John Graham. It will take place from the 8th of August until the 12th of August.
    • 3 Rings Talent offers a Commercial class with Beky Humphreys every Tuesday from 2.30 – 4.00pm at Base Dance studio in London.
    • Gaz Davis is offering a 3 day Mentor Programme for pro dancers on the 10th -12th of August in London. Contact Gaz on: gazdavis1@yahoo.co.uk
    • Oti Mabuse Dance Studio is offering a Latin American Beginners class with Marius every Thursday from 8.00 – 9.00pm.
    • Lukas McFarlane will hold an Intensive dance course from the 6th of September to the 15th of September. For more information contact: www.untitleddance.com
    • Nafisah Baba is teaching at Danceworks in London on Wednesdays from 5.30 – 7.00pm and on Tuesdays from 8.00 – 9.30pm.
    • Sherisse Bisram is offering a Commercial class on Tuesdays at Pineapple from 7.30 – 8.30pm and a “Sexy RNB” from 8.30 – 9.30pm.
    • Danceworks in London have a Summer Intensive with Marianela Nunez & Alejandro Parente from the 8th to the 12th of August.
    • The TGS Summer Intensive will take place from the 25th to the 29th of July at the Hemingford Pavilion from 10.00 – 3.00pm daily. Collette Guitart (from “Six” & “& Juliet” ) will be the first guest with Michael Andrew Naylor the second guest. Wednesdays guests are Travis Kerry & Nick Kerry from “Hamilton” and on Thursday the guest will be Nikki Trow. On Friday it is Jordi Guitart. To book: email: jordiguitart1962@gmail.com
    • Lowri Jackson has a new weekly Heels class at Base Studios on Saturdays from 4.00 – 5.30pm.
    • Martina Gumbs is doing a Jazz Heels class on Wednesdays from 7.00 – 8.15pm for £7 at Studio 25, Manchester. For more details and to book, contact: mmjazz5678@gmail.com
    • Holly Stubbings is giving a Contemporary Fusion class at Pineapple Dance Studios on Fridays from 6.00 – 7.00pm.
    • Sophie Haws is offering a Commercial class on Sundays from 6.00 – 7.00pm for £8 at the JD Studio in Southampton.
    • Jared Hageman is offering a Jazz class on Mondays from 5.30 – 7.00pm for £9 at the Hub Studio in London.
    • Shona Wilson has a Commercial class at Base Studios on Thursday from 8.30 – 9.55pm.
    • Lara Hunt has a Contemporary class on Fridays from 5.30 – 6.30pm at Hi-Bri’s Dance Studio in Solihull. Book at: john@chance2.dance
    • If you live in LA, Tobias Ellehammer is teaching at Millenium Studios in North Hollywood on Fridays from 7.00 – 9.00pm.
    • Holly Johnson is offering Commercial dance classes at the Rooftop Studios in Leek on Wednesdays for £5 per class. Aged 16+. Message Holly on Facebook for more details.
    • Aileen Carroll-Turner is offering Adult Ballet classes at intermediate level on Mondays from 8.00 – 9.30pm at CTSD in Brighton. Students £8.50 and drop ins £9.50.
    • Laura Gilchrist is offering a Commercial class on Mondays from 7.15 – 8.45pm for £7 at the Grove Community Hub in Leicester, LE31QZ.
    • Laura Morse is offering a class on Wednesdays at Base Studios, London, from 5.30 – 6.55pm. Book your space via the app.
    • Haley Monaghan is teaching a Heels class on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 10.00pm at the Base Dance Studios in London for £12. Book your place via the app.
    • Kim Collins is offering a Commercial class every Wednesday & Saturday from 1.00 – 2.25pm at the Base Dance Studios in London.
    • Christopher Tendai is offering a Musical Theatre Jazz class at Pineapple Studios, London, on Tuesdays from 10.15 – 11.45am.
    • Drew McOnie is giving a dance class at Pineapple Studios on Fridays at 6.30 – 8.30pm.
    • 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 at 8.30 – 9.55pm
    • Katie Deacon has an Advanced / Pro Ballet Class at the Pineapple Dance Studios on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1.30pm.
    • Christabelle Field is teaching a Latin Jazz class at the Base Dance Studio on Thursdays from 2.30 – 4.00pm for £9 in the Timberlake Studio.
    • 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 5.00 – 6.00pm (Studio 2) & Wednesday from 7.45 – 8.45pm (Studio 1). There is also a Commercial Edge class at Base Studios on Thursday from 2.30 – 4.00pm (James Brown Studio).
    • 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

    • The first trailer for “Matilda” was released. The choreography team on this film is: Ellen Kane, Jonathan Goddard, Gemma Fuller, Amy Thornton, Kayla Lomas & Katie Lee.
    • “Starstruck” by the Scottish Ballet was presented with the National Dance Award for the Best Dance Film. This is a re-imagined version of the ballet that Gene Kelly created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1960.
    • Northern Ballet has released “Ma Vie”, an original dance film choreographed by Dickson Mbi. The film features dancers from the Northern Ballet plus Max Revell, the winner of the BBC’s Young Dancer competition in 2019. It can be seen on:
    • We spotted Lizzie McConachie in the new summer campaign for Boot’s sunglasses.
    • We spotted the following dancers performing with Mark Owen: Katie Koegel, Unissa Cruse & Scott Alexander. The choreography was by Briony Albert.
    • We spotted the following dancers performing at Capital’s Summertime Ball: Zara Richards, Joy Duckrell, Darcey Simmons, Summer Villiers & Ella Goodwin.

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