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A letter to members from our new CEO, Ginny Brown

A letter to members from our new CEO, Ginny Brown

10 January 2019

A letter to members from our new CEO, Ginny Brown

It is an honour and privilege to accept the position of CEO. During the past nine months I have worked with the trustees, staff and faculties to develop a plan for future growth and development of our unique work. Below are some of our plans for 2019 and I will look forward to sharing more with you in the next edition of DANCE.

I am delighted to announce that the ISTD has been invited to become a partner of the One Dance UK 2019 U.Dance Festival.

This festival will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019 at the prestigious Southbank Centre, London. U.Dance has been running for 12 years, showcasing a selection of the best youth dance groups from all over the UK.

U.Dance 2019 will culminate in performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH), London, and will feature the National Youth Dance Companies of Scotland and Wales, youth dance companies from across the UK, students from the London Centres for Advanced Training and, for the first time, performance groups from the ISTD. In total, 24 pieces will be presented in the 900 capacity QEH across the two days, with additional U.Dance activities presented across the Clore Ballroom, Terrace Stage, Purcell Room and foyer spaces. But it’s not just about performance – the selected groups will also take part in workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals, inspire each other with their love of dance and develop their understanding of the dance sector.

A specially designed entry route has been created for ISTD schools, who are invited to submit a filmed piece to a selection panel between January–March 2019. Up to six pieces will be chosen to perform at the QEH and others may be invited to present work in other Southbank Centre venues. This exclusive opportunity is open to schools of all genres, for pupils between the ages of 11–19 years. For full application details, please visit istd.org/events/udance-2019/

On 20th January 2019 we will also be hosting the annual Theatre Bursary Awards at The Robin Howard Theatre in London. 

Performers drawn from the winners of all the Theatre Faculty Awards are invited to compete for financial bursaries to support their further training. I am delighted to announce that this year’s awards will be adjudicated by Richard Alston, Jennifer Jackson and Ashley Day and will include guest performances by Shift Youth Dance Company and the National Youth Ballet Company of Great Britain.

This evening will also include the official launch of our new Contemporary Dance syllabus.

Teachers’ courses for the Intermediate Foundation syllabus will be available from February 2019 in the UK and worldwide from May 2019, with first exams from October 2019. Courses in the Intermediate and Advanced 1 syllabi will then be available from September 2019. To arrange or book onto a course please contact Education & Training: coursebooking@istd.org.

Special membership offers

As a special concession, for a limited time, any current member who attends a two-day Contemporary course will be eligible to enter candidates for that level of Contemporary Dance examination. We also hope to welcome new Contemporary dance teachers to the Society and have devised a special Contemporary Affiliate Membership category for this purpose. For more information please contact Membership: membership@istd.org

With these new initiatives coming to fruition, 2019 promises to be an exciting year for the ISTD. I wish all members an inspiring new year.

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