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February 16, 2011

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Working Together in Celebration of Dance

Announcing a unique dance collaboration at the iconic Royal Albert Hall 

Three of the world’s leading dance examination boards, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), have joined forces with the Royal Albert Hall to launch Dance Proms, a national celebration of dance in all its forms and a celebration of the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers.

UK members from the three dance organisations are invited to video and submit a short dance piece online; featuring original choreography performed either as a solo, couple, trio or group performance by their students in any dance genre.  A variety of acts will then be selected by a respected panel of professionals to come together to perform live at the spectacular Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 13th November 2011.

This partnership brings together, for the very first time the three biggest international dance training/awarding bodies, which between them have more than 30,000 members (15,000 members within the UK & Ireland) and the Royal Albert Hall. This unique and exciting collaboration, with the use of technology will enable young dancers from all over the country to engage with each other as well as the opportunity to perform on stage at one of the world’s most iconic and prestigious venues.

The final performances will showcase the excellent work of the organisations and their teaching members to raise standards and increase participation in and appreciation of dance in the UK.

The three organisations are collaborating with WebPlay – an arts education charity which explores the ways in which technology enriches the live performance experience for young audiences. Their role in the Dance Proms project will ensure that it is the first dance project to integrate technology at all levels and as such, enable people from all over the country to take part in a ‘virtual dance festival’ wherever they are in the UK.  Although the activity will be happening in individual dance schools and studios to begin with, the use of technology will bring people together online to chat, share ideas and learn from one another.

Registration is now open and we have received the first entries from each organisation already. The closing date for receipt of uploaded videos is 11th May 2011. A selection panel will view all entries and agree a short-list of dance pieces which will then be uploaded to the public area of the Dance Proms website to be put to a Public Vote on 1st June 2011.

Dance Proms aims to provide a platform to celebrate all dance, dance students and dance teachers. It aims to inspire creativity and create learning, participation and performance opportunities for young people to engage with and benefit from, whether that is a live or virtual experience. It is the hope of the Dance Proms team to reach new audiences for dance and that its success will create the foundation on which to build an exciting legacy.

Please click on this link for details on how to register, advice and guidance on how to film your dance piece and the full terms and conditions. 

Details on the Public Vote and how to book tickets for the Dance Proms will be made available via the monthly e-book, but for any further information please contact

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