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Summer Dance Intensives – which schools to apply to

With applications now opening for summer intensives, it can be a daunting process to decide which intensives to attend and going through the applications for each. We spoke with two of our regular Dancewear Central models, Emily and Denis, and their mum, Olena, about their experience of summer intensives and to ask for any advice they may have. Denis is currently a full-time student at The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge in London and Emily is a full-time student at The Hammond School in Chester. Both dancers regularly attend intensive... 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 dance teacher Johanna Hadley about her experiences over this past year. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? I’m Johanna Hadley and I’m a ballet teacher at our family business, the Janet Lomas School of Dancing in Bury, Lancashire. The school was founded by my mum 43 years ago. At the school, I... 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

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Ballet shoe guide for mature dancers

Ballet shoes come in different styles and materials, which can be confusing for the beginner dance student. Ballet shoe guides are often aimed at the young dance student, however, and don’t discuss some of the problems encountered by mature dancers when choosing ballet shoes. We’ve asked Johanna Hadley, Silver Swans® licensee at the Janet Lomas School of Dancing, for her advice about ballet shoes for older dancers. Johanna teaches over 100 dancers aged 55+ each week and encounters a wide range of adult dancers. From those who are taking up... Read More

Hidden Tutu and Watermelons Puzzle 06/05/2020

More Activities for little movers

Activities to keep dancers busy We’ve pulled together some activities to keep your dancers busy this weekend. Why not have a go at our printable wordsearch? And can you work out all the famous ballet dancer anagrams? Click on the wordsearch to open a printable pdf. Can you solve these anagrams? They are 7 famous ballet dancers, past and present. Just for fun! Can you spot the tutu skirt amongst the watermelons? You can find more activities here


How to practice safely in dance shoes at home

In lockdown, it can be difficult for dancers to find an appropriate space with suitable flooring to dance in – especially as many dancers don’t have special dance flooring in their home. The way dance shoes react can change drastically from flooring to flooring. This can affect weight placement and ease of movement. We’ve compiled a guide to talk you through the limitations – or even advantages – of different shoe styles on common home floorings, along with helpful tips. Remember that dance shoes should never be worn outside. Dance... Read More

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Fun Dance Activities

Activities to keep dancers busy Print off these activity sheets, fill in the blanks and colour in the dancers. If you need a bit of help with the answers you can find the answers on other posts in our blog. Good luck! Spot the ballerina amongst the flamingoes Can you spot the hidden ballerina? Once you’ve found her, visit our Facebook or Instagram and comment with an emoji to let us know you have found her.

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*NOW CLOSED * WIN tickets to see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker this Christmas

We have a very festive pre-Christmas treat for you! We are giving away a pair of tickets to see The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker this December. The performance will take place at 1pm on Saturday 14th December 2019. To be in with the chance of winning 1 pair of tickets, find us on Facebook or Instagram. Simply like and share our competition post and comment with all your favourite Christmas emojis! Please ensure you are able to attend the performance (details above) before entering the competition. For more details... Read More

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**NOW CLOSED**WIN £250 towards your summer dance school

Are you currently applying for or have you already been accepted onto a dance Summer School or Intensive for this year? Then this is the competition for you! Simply find us on Facebook or Instagram, like the competition post & tell us why you should win. Dance teachers are welcome to nominate a student. Please check the details below. We’ll select a winner on Monday 10th June 2019. Good luck! Here’s everything you need to know… Terms and conditions Enter our competition to win; £250 towards your Summer school application To enter the... Read More