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How to look after your tap shoes | Dancewear Central

Tap shoes, when looked after well, can last for many years. They don’t wear through as quickly as ballet and jazz shoes, and the sound of the tap plates can mature with age. To make sure that you get the most out of your tap shoes, follow our five top tips to keep you tapping away! 1. Don’t go outside in your tap shoes Going outside in your tap shoes will quickly damage the plates. Tap shoes plates are made of a soft metal, which will become heavily scratched when... Read More

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As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers Here we talk to dancer-in-training, Jessica Templeton, who is in her second year at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? I am a dancer, who trains mostly in ballet and contemporary. I started taking my dancing seriously aged 13, when I left home to train at... Read More

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The Best Jazz Shoes – Our Buying Guide

Confused about which jazz shoes to buy? Our handy guide is here to help you choose the correct jazz shoes for you. What are the different styles of jazz shoes? Jazz shoes are similar to a ballet shoe because they feature a flexible sole, but they usually have a small rubber heel. They are typically used in a jazz class to help to reduce friction beneath the foot, which is especially useful when performing pirouettes. Jazz shoes can be worn by both male and female dancers of all ages. They... Read More

Zannah Chisholm - Covid's Impact on PErforming Arts 16/02/2021
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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Performing Arts: An Interview with Zannah Chisholm

In this interview, we chat to Zannah Chisholm, Artistic Director and CEO of Pavilion Dance South West to find out a little more about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the performing arts sector.  Tell us a bit about what you do in the performing arts sector? “For 25 years Pavilion Dance South West has been creating programmes of dance, nurturing talent and enabling more people to dance and to watch dance. Our strongest roots are in contemporary dance, but we are clear that the future is framed... Read More

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Win a Suzi Bird minishoot styled by Dancewear Central

We thought we’d give a little something to look forward to once lockdown is over. Would you like to win a photoshoot with Suzi Bird and £75 worth of dancewear provided by Dancewear Central? Simply visit our Instagram or Facebook pages then follow these steps to enter; Follow Dancewear Central on Facebook and Instagram Tag your dance besties into the competition post Tag us into your favourite dance shot and use #dwcdancer Good luck! Terms and conditions The prize includes: 1 x 30 minute photography session at Suzi’s studio in... Read More

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Advice for dance teachers during COVID-19

It’s with great sadness that, as of Friday 20th March 2020, all dance schools in the UK have been forced to close until further notice. We understand that many dance teachers are self-employed and how concerned you must feel about the lack of information and support available from the Government. We’re constantly checking any announcements and hoped that we’d hear something more last night particularly with regards to those of you who are self-employed. We’re hoping that there’s more support for the dance teacher community coming soon, and we’ll keep... Read More

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Practising dance at home

How to stay fit at home during a long break can be a big worry for dance students, and even more so with the uncertainty of when dance schools will re-open. However, while you can’t physically attend a dance class, there is lots that you can still do at home to keep active and in good shape for your return. Try to put a positive spin on what is a difficult. This could be the perfect opportunity to work on areas you feel are slightly weaker, such as flexibility or... Read More

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Life at the English National Ballet by Precious Adams

Having fallen in love with ballet at the age of 10, Precious Adams has been dancing ever since. Precious has been dancing with the English National Ballet for over 5 years. We caught up with her at our latest photoshoot about her life as a professional ballerina with one of the world’s leading dance companies. What’s your current level within the company and what does this involve? I’m a First Artist with is like a corphyee. But at ENB you can get opportunities and dance any different level of a... Read More

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Meet our model Ellie Fergusson

Since winning the BBC’s inaugural dance talent show, The Greatest Dancer, back in February 2019, Ellie has been on quite a journey! We caught up with Ellie on our photoshoot in London. When did you start dancing? I was 3 years old when I started asking to go dancing. I loved it straight away and I’ve been dancing ever since. How often do you dance? Every day! I go straight from school and dance until around 9.30pm most nights. What’s your favourite style of dance? I love most styles but... Read More

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At What Age Can Children Start Ballet Lessons?

At What Age Can Children Start Ballet Lessons? Finding out the best age to enrol your child onto ballet lessons can be tricky, as different dance schools often have varying age recommendations for their classes. To help you to decide which age is best for your child, we’ve created a guide to answer the frequently asked question ‘What age should my child be when they start ballet lessons?’. In this guide, we discuss the variety of options available for toddlers and children, and also provide you with some important considerations... Read More