Genée International Ballet Competition

The Genée International Ballet Competition Each year the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) hosts the Genée International Ballet Competition, which is open to dancers aged 15 – 19. Ballet dancers that have passed the RAD Intermediate Advanced 2 examinations in classical ballet with distinction can apply, and 50 dancers are chosenRead More →

Up&AtEm Travel heavily features dance – but why? Although seemingly disparate, dance and travel are strongly related. Up&AtEm Travel highlights dance as a unique lens to learn about other cultures. Dance and Travel Definitions What is dance? My dance professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Jin-Wen Yu, maintained:Read More →

While London may be seen as the capital of British culture, the city also does a magnificent job of displaying other world cultures by hosting various celebrations. For instance, the London Dance Umbrella festival specifically features international acts. Many festivities take place in Trafalgar Square – including celebrations of Chinese New Year,Read More →

Trois Grandes Fugues - Marin - Credit Bernard Stofleth

Trois Grandes Fugues: The Premise The premise of Trois Grandes Fugues will pique the interest of “Project Runway” fans. Although created at different times, three master choreographers (Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin) all set unique dance pieces to Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. With only theRead More →


Origami launched the 2017 Dance Umbrella festival at Battersea Power Station. Created by Paris-based Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl, the 40-minute site-specific piece offers Londoners the chance to view modern dance for free in public spaces. Noro emerges from a carmine coloured shipping container, which de-constructs and reconfigures in newRead More →


BalletBoyz’ FOURTEEN DAYS presents four new pieces that were created and set on company members within two weeks. Inspired by the concept of “balance,” choreographers commissioned by BalletBoyz’ artistic directors were matched with a composer to making a dance piece with accompanying sound score. Although the time constraint challenged theRead More →

Masurca Fogo

‘Masurca Fogo’ – Pina Bausch & Dancers (1998) The late Pina Bausch’s dancers brought a refreshing splash of Lisbon to London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre during a particularly long and dreary February. A dreamscape of intertwining vignettes personifies the gaiety of Lisbon’s summertime in Bausch’s mostly playful “Masurca Fogo.” Throughout, dancers alternateRead More →