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Best Dance Schools in the UK – A Guide

The UK’s Best Dance Schools – A Guide Each year, thousands of children from across the world audition for full-time ballet schools and colleges. We are fortunate in the UK to have some of the best training available in the world, producing top-class dancers. Applying for and choosing ballet schools can be difficult and expensive – even before the lengthy audition processes. The application process for ballet schools usually involves sending in an application form, audition fee and photographs in certain ballet positions. From here, applicants are offered an initial... Read More


*NOW CLOSED* Win a £150 cinema gift voucher for your dance school

We are so excited about the launch of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms so have decided to give away an amazing prize! We’re giving you the chance to win a £150 cinema gift voucher for your dance school! All you need to do is like our competition post on Facebook or Instagram, tag your dance school (or comment with the dance school name and town) and tell us why you love dancing there. The winner will receive a £150 cinema voucher on behalf of their dance school, for either... Read More

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*NOW CLOSED* WIN a dance teacher bundle worth over £70

Win this dance teacher bundle worth over £70!  The prize includes a wrap top, skirt, teaching shoes, tights, keyring & notebook. Perfect for class! To enter, simply like our competition post on Facebook or Instagram, and tag/comment with your dance school name. We’ll pick a winner on Monday 29th October. Prize includes the following items: Bloch Paris teaching shoe in pink worth £29.95 Intermezzo wrap top in black worth £18.45 Rumpf chiffon wrap skirt in black worth £10.95 Bloch Contoursoft tights worth £6.95 So Danca keyring in purple worth £4.95 Danzarte... Read More

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WIN 2 x tickets to Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

We have a lovely back to class treat for you! We are giving away 2 tickets to see Roald Dahl Matilda The Musical this October in Manchester, worth £134. The RSC are touring the UK with their production of Matilda and we have 2 tickets for 1 lucky winner to attend the 2.30pm showing at The Palace Theatre on Saturday 27th October 2018. Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect: To be in with the chance of winning a set of 2 tickets, find us on Facebook or Instagram. Simply like and... Read More

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WIN a back to dance class bundle

We have a great competition to put a smile on your little dancer’s face! Choose from 2 back to class bundles, both worth over £40. We’re giving away 4 bundles (2 of each) and will pick our 4 winners on 26th September 2018. Good luck! Little dancer bundle Teen dancer bundle Enter here! Simply select your bundle and like our Facebook page below. Little dancer bundle > a Rafflecopter giveaway Teen dancer bundle > a Rafflecopter giveaway What’s in the bundles? Little dancer bundle, worth over £47 Bloch sparkle ballet... Read More

Hidden Tutu and Watermelons Puzzle 28/08/2018

Can You Find the Tutu Skirt Amongst the Melons?

We love a good puzzle and it’s been a little while since we created one of our own. So we’ve put together this quick brain-teaser for a weekday morning. Hidden in the sea of watermelons in the photo below (there’s a sentence we never thought we’d write) is a tutu skirt. Can you find it? Speed is everything. The fastest in the team at Dancewear Central HQ picked it out in an impressive 8 seconds. Let us know how you get on.

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*NOW CLOSED* Competition! Join us on the CYD? Super Convention Fashion Stage

Do you want to join us on the CYD? Fashion Stage at the CYD? Super Convention in September? We are auditioning for dancers to join our 2 fashion show performances taking place on the CYD? Fashion Stage. Could this be you? The prize: Take part in our 2 Dancewear Central fashion shows on the CYD? Super Convention Fashion Stage on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018 Take part in a 1-day choreography day with renowned choreographer Emma Rogers to take place on Saturday 8th September at location in Central... Read More

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Ballet Shoes: A Buying Guide

Ballet Shoes: A Buying Guide Worried about which ballet shoes to buy? Overwhelmed by the choice? The writers at Dancewear Central have compiled a buying guide that covers the basics of fabric, fit, and full sole VS. split sole ballet shoes. What are Ballet Shoes made of? Ballet shoes are light, round toed shoes that are most commonly made from Satin, Canvas, or Leather.  These shoes have no heel and a flexible sole that is used for ballet dancing. They are often available in pink, white, ivory and black. While... Read More

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Becoming A Ballerina: Sylvie Guillem

From Paris Opera Ballet ‘rat’ who preferred gymnastics to Ballet, to the ‘Mademoiselle Non’ who could pick and choose her performances for the Royal Ballet: Sylvie Guillem’s rise to ballet stardom. A Swan Among Ducks Guillem was born in the 11th arrondissement of Paris in 1965. The young Guillem had ambitions of becoming a gymnast instead of a ballerina, and even trained for the French Olympic gymnastics team. Claude Bessy (the director of the Paris Opera Ballet School) noticed her flare for dance and offered her a spot to board at his... Read More


Hidden Talents: 6 Celebrities Who Did Ballet

These celebrities may be best known for other professions, but they began with ballet. Rio Ferdinand’s Childhood Ballet Lessons Did you know this footballer from Peckham had classical ballet training? One of England’s most recognised footballers is a celeb who did ballet. He won a scholarship to The London School of Ballet at just age eleven. In his autobiography Rio wrote about defying stereotypes: ‘I’ve never been one to be boxed in by other people’s prejudices.’ He goes on to say that he enjoyed gymnastics, so he did it, despite... Read More