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Dance Proms announces 2012 line-up

Dance Proms announces 2012 line-up

12 July 2012

UK’s rising dance stars to perform at the second dance spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall

Press Release: 12th July 2012 London - The final line-up for the second Dance Proms announced today.

Twenty six dance acts from around the UK have been selected to perform together at the second Dance Proms, a major national dance festival, at the Royal Albert Hall in November. Dance Proms is designed to celebrate dance in all its forms and the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers. 

Dance Proms was launched last year to find the UK and Ireland’s most talented dance students - in all dance genres, from ballet to ballroom, salsa to street dance and jive to jazz dance – and offer them a unique opportunity to perform on stage at one of the world’s most prestigious venues.  It is supported by dozens of top names from the dance world – Dance Proms patrons include Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova, Matt Flint, Chris Hollins, Len Goodman, Wayne Sleep OBE and the RAD’s President Darcey Bussell CBE.

This year’s selected students will now go on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th November 2012, along with guest appearances from Strictly Come Dancing’s Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova.

The Dance Proms Company involves over 400 dancers from around the country and includes solo, couple and group dances.  The full list is shown below and includes six schools who took part last year.

Sponsored by Barry M Cosmetics, Dance Proms is organised by the UK’s leading dance organisations: the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD); the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Britain’s most iconic venue, the Royal Albert Hall. As a charity, the Royal Albert Hall strives to contribute to and support the cultural life of the country to ensure a legacy for future generations, evident in its support of events such as Dance Proms.  

To qualify for Dance Proms, dance teachers and their students submitted a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre. The pieces could be performed as a solo, couple, trio or group performance.  This year, the genres range from more traditional ballet and tap, to cheerleading and Latin American dance. 

Entries were submitted online by video and were judged by a panel including artistic directors and senior examiners from all three dance organisations.  These dance professionals selected the line-up of dance acts to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. 

An online public vote took place during June to find the final act to join the Dance Proms Company. This was won by Studio One in Wimbourne, Dorset with a group freestyle/modern theatre piece called Proud Mary. 

Christopher Nourse, Dance Proms Project Manager commented:

The enthusiasm for last year’s first Dance Proms event has continued, and we are delighted that this year’s entries were of such a high standard.  We have an exciting range of performances to look forward to, from ballet and pas de deux to street dance and tap. 

“Choosing a programme that reflects the range, style, diversity and quality of the dance organisations’ work is always difficult but I know that   Dance Proms will be a spectacular event as well as showcasing the very best of the country’s young dancing talent.”   

Darcey Bussell CBE, President of the RAD and Patron of Dance Proms says:

“Dance Proms provides young dancers from all genres with the opportunity to dance in a truly inspirational setting and I am honoured to be a patron of the project. It is important that young dancers have as many opportunities as possible to experience performing in productions, so that they learn how to perfect their beautiful art form."

Barry M Cosmetics -Britain’s leading colour cosmetic brand - will be sponsoring this year’s Dance Proms, helping to make all the dancers even more beautiful.

Participating students will also be able to connect with each other and get up-to-the-minute Dance Proms news via the Digital Green Room initiative.  The Digital Green Room allows all participating dancers to come together on this private online forum, get to know one another and work together as a team on activities in the run up to the event.  Monthly e-books contain many interesting articles and videos to help stimulate online conversations, as well as including advice from industry professionals from the world of dance.    

Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall is open to the public and tickets are now on sale from just £12 through the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 0845 401 5045 and website – www.royalalberthall.com. For further information please visit www.danceproms.co.uk or contact info@danceproms.co.uk

The following dance acts (listed in alphabetical order by Dance School) have been selected to perform at Dance Proms on 4th November

Dance School Name

Town

Name of piece

A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy

 Hove, East Sussex

The Black Parade

A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy

 Hove, East Sussex

Transformers

Academy of Dance

Chesterfield

TBC

Centre Pointe

Manchester

Viennese Waltz

Expressions Theatre Arts

 Southend On Sea, Essex

Skinny Love

Expressions Theatre Arts

 Southend On Sea, Essex

Extreme

Goodman Dance Centre

 Dartford

Juicy

Goodman Dance Centre

 Dartford

Wiked

Jayne A Coleman Academy of Dance

Frimley, Surrey

Far From Over

KS Dance Ltd

Woolston, Warrington

Japanese Dolls

KS Dance Ltd

Woolston, Warrington

Beauty and the Beast Pas de Deux

Margaret Preedy Dance Studios

Maidstone, Kent

Mambo Magic

Performers College

Corringham, Essex

Flight

Quay Theatre Arts

Weymouth, Dorset

Every Breath

Roshe Performing Arts

Lingfield, Surrey

Celtic Spirit

Rushby Dance and Fitness

 Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire

SDC Stingers Cheerdance Squad

SLP College Leeds

Leeds

To make you feel my love

Studio One

Wimborne, Dorset

Proud Mary

Summerscales Performing Arts

Woodham, Surrey

Sound of the 30's

Summerscales Performing Arts

 Woodham, Surrey

Serendipity

Susan Robinson School of Ballet

Byfleet, Surrey

Dance Russe

The Brit School

 Croydon

For Queen and Country?

The Brit School

 Croydon

Movie Night

The Elsber School of Theatre Dance

Flintshire, North Wales

Addiction

The Morgan Aslanoff School

London

Swing Time

The Morgan Aslanoff School

London

We can't be bothered now

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