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'Tap Dogs' teach basic tap dance
'Tap Dogs' teach basic tap dance

Duration: 01:21

Contemporary tap dancers break down the basic shuffle step and illustrate the use of 'Question and Answer' as a choreographic device.

 
American street locking - an introduction
American street locking - an introduction

Duration: 03:02

Dancer and choreographer Jimmy Williams demonstrates the key movements and stylistic features of American street locking, a form of street dance.

 
An insight into Christopher Bruce's 'Ghost Dances'
An insight into Christopher Bruce's 'Ghost Dances'

Duration: 04:39

An illustrated explanation of Christopher Bruce's most enduring work, Ghost Dances. Includes footage from rehearsal and performance, and comments on the background and development of the piece.

 
An interview with choreographer Merce Cunningham
An interview with choreographer Merce Cunningham

Duration: 05:00

Choreographer Merce Cunningham answers questions about the abstract nature of his work and his collaboration with music composers.

 
Approaches to choreography
Approaches to choreography

Duration: 04:54

Choreographers Wayne McGregor and David Bintley take the same starting point of an ancient Athenian urn to choreograph a dance using their own styles.

 
Ballet and Street Dance Fusion Performance
Ballet and Street Dance Fusion Performance

A performance that fuses Ballet and Street Dance for Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, CBBC.

 
Bhangra and Street Dance Fusion
Bhangra and Street Dance Fusion

A dance performance that fuses Street and Bhangra for Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, CBBC.

 
Choreographer Chisato Minamimura
Choreographer Chisato Minamimura

Duration: 05:30

Deaf choreographer Chisato Minamimura highlights the challenges she faced in creating 'The Canon for Duet'.

 
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet

Duration: 04:33

Choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon explains why he chose 'Alice' as his ballet. He elaborates on some of the collaborations and processes behind the work.

 
Choreography for ballroom dance
Choreography for ballroom dance

Duration: 03:03

An illustrated explanation of the importance of key choreographic elements for ballroom dance.

 
Composing Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Composing Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Duration: 04:33

Composer Joby Talbot shares his vision for the music for the ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He discusses aspects of his process and the nature of the challenges involved.

 
Contact choreography in action
Contact choreography in action

Duration: 02:22

A full length duet from Motionhouse Dance Theatre's piece 'Delicate'. This dynamic dance using advanced contact work is based on an argument between a couple.

 
Contact improvisation
Contact improvisation

Duration: 02:04

The main principles of this contemporary form of partner dance are illustrated and explained.

 
Contact improvisation - key principles
Contact improvisation - key principles

Duration: 03:00

The key principles of this contemporary form of partner dance are illustrated and explained with a range of progressions.

 
Contact improvisation - students' experiences
Contact improvisation - students' experiences

Duration: 03:00

Young performers involved in a piece called 'Turning Point' share their experiences of performing in this style.

 
Contemporary tap dance - 'Tap Dogs'
Contemporary tap dance - 'Tap Dogs'

Duration: 03:31

Contemporary tap dance performed by 'Tap Dogs', with an explanation of style and rhythm.

 
Creating rhythm with 'Stomp'
Creating rhythm with 'Stomp'

Duration: 01:00

Members of the dance company 'Stomp' explore ways of layering up rhythms using sounds produced by the hands.

 
Dance fusion - 'Jiving Lindy Hoppers'
Dance fusion - 'Jiving Lindy Hoppers'

Duration: 03:19

Similarities and differences between Irish, rhythm, tap and African dance are explained and illustrated using short excerpts of repertoire.

 
Dance fusion and choreography
Dance fusion and choreography

Duration: 03:56

Excerpts from dance repertoires by Doug Elkins, choreographed using various dance and movement styles.

 
David Bintley - 'Gymnopedies'
David Bintley - 'Gymnopedies'

Duration: 03:33

David Bintley's response to a specially commissioned piece of repertoire based on the writing on an Athenian urn - 'Gymnopedies'.

 
Defining dance and great dancing
Defining dance and great dancing

Duration: 01:05

Dancer and choreographer Drew McOnie gives his view of the nature of the art form and touches on what it means to be a truly talented dancer.

 
Developing in commercial dance
Developing in commercial dance

Duration: 04:05

Top choreographer Kymberlee Jay offers information and advice to aspiring performers.

 
From contact improvisation to choreography
From contact improvisation to choreography

Duration: 01:57

An illustrated explanation of the progression from contact improvisation to contact choreography.

 
Groundbreaking choreography - Wayne McGregor's 'Infra'
Groundbreaking choreography - Wayne McGregor's 'Infra'

Duration: 06:35

An insight into the creative influences and processes incorporated in the development of 'Infra', Wayne McGregor's groundbreaking piece of choreography.

 
Gumboot dance - an introduction
Gumboot dance - an introduction

Duration: 03:13

An introduction to the origins and basics of South African Gumboot dance with examples of taught rhythms and phrases.

 
Hip hop meets theatre
Hip hop meets theatre

Duration: 02:15

Dancer and choreographer Richard Banks explains the component elements of hip hop dance, demonstrating how it can be taken to a new level through the use of narrative.

 
Incorporating Breaking into Street Dance
Incorporating Breaking into Street Dance

Street dance performance that focuses on Breaking, performed by The Minions on the CBBC show Alesha's Street Dance Stars.

 
Incorporating Grooves into a Street Dance performance
Incorporating Grooves into a Street Dance performance

A Street Dance performance by Wiked, focussing on Grooves from the CBBC show Alesha's Street Dance Stars.

 
Incorporating House into Street Dance
Incorporating House into Street Dance

A Street Dance performance that focusses on House by Beat Breakers on the CBBC show Alesha's Street Dance Stars.

 
Incorporating Locking into Street Dance
Incorporating Locking into Street Dance

A Street Dance performance that focusses on Locking by Lil Diamondz on the CBBC show Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

 
Inspired by salsa
Inspired by salsa

Duration: 03:34

Teenage dancers reveal their thoughts and feelings about salsa and explain what motivates them to rehearse and perform.

 
Introducing the Lindy Hop
Introducing the Lindy Hop

Duration: 04:00

A brief history and overview of the stylistic features of the Lindy Hop is accompanied by footage of 'The Jiving Lindy Hoppers' in action.

 
Kathak dance - composition
Kathak dance - composition

Basic composition skills are supported by exploring Kathak foot percussion, body shape and possible ideas for fusing styles.

 
Kathak dance fusion
Kathak dance fusion

Duration: 01:57

An introduction to the idea of fusing Kathak dance with other styles such as hip hop. Understanding rhythm by exploring different contexts.

 
Kathak dance with Akram Khan
Kathak dance with Akram Khan

Duration: 04:49

Renowned dancer and choreographer Akram Khan explains and illustrates the most important aspects of the traditional Indian dance form Kathak. He introduces a fusion of Kathak with contemporary dance.

 
Kymberlee Jay offers advice on how to pursue a career in dance
Kymberlee Jay offers advice on how to pursue a career in dance

Duration: 02:17

Top choreographer Kymberlee Jay offers advice on how to pursue a career in dance.

 
Lauren Cuthbertson - principal ballerina
Lauren Cuthbertson - principal ballerina

Duration: 05:21

Lauren Cuthbertson describes aspects of her life as a professional dancer and her creative role in the making of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

 
Learning the Lindy Hop
Learning the Lindy Hop

Duration: 02:04

An illustration and explanation of the basic Lindy Hop steps - three key movements are taught with clear instructions and counts.

 
Martha Graham - style, technique and choreography
Martha Graham - style, technique and choreography

Duration: 05:47

An illustrated introduction to Martha Graham's style and philosophy of dance. With contributions from dance artists and critics.

 
Matthew Bourne - Nutcracker ballet
Matthew Bourne - Nutcracker ballet

Duration: 04:15

Short excerpts from the Sweetieland section of Matthew Bourne's Nutctracker ballet illustrate his theatrical style.

 
Performance skills needed by a dancer
Performance skills needed by a dancer

Duration: 01:04

Dancer Drew McOnie explains why expressive skills are so fundamental in good performance.

 
Preparation for dance and choreography
Preparation for dance and choreography

Duration: 01:39

Dancer and choreographer Drew McOnie outlines a structure for safe and effective warm ups and touches upon what it means to be a great dancer.

 
Rhythms of 'Stomp' revealed
Rhythms of 'Stomp' revealed

Duration: 03:56

An illustrated insight into the thinking and processes behind Stomp's innovative work.

 
Salsa - an introduction
Salsa - an introduction

Duration: 02:55

The major stylistic features of salsa are illustrated together with an explanation of the different ways in which it can be performed according to context.

 
Salsa - learning step by step
Salsa - learning step by step

Duration: 01:33

The key salsa movements are broken down and taught with basic options for development.

 
Set and costume designing for the ba.llet,  Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Set and costume designing for the ba.llet, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Duration: 04:03

An explanation of the set and costume design process for the 2011 production of the ballet, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland ballet.

 
Siobhan Davies - exploration of movement
Siobhan Davies - exploration of movement

Duration: 03:29

Dancer Siobhan Davies describes some of the ways she explores and experiments with movement, illustrated by rehearsal footage from one of her early works, 'Sphinx'.

 
Street dance explored
Street dance explored

Duration: 02:54

Dancer and choreographer Doug Elkins gives his definition of street dance with a demonstration of key steps.

 
Street dance in school
Street dance in school

Duration: 02:44

Street dance group 'Booyaka' teach and perform in a school in the North East of England.

 
Street Dance masterclass - Grooves
Street Dance masterclass - Grooves

Duration: 21:12

Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, head judge from Alesha’s Street Dance Stars teaches a Street Dance masterclass focussing on grooves.

 
Street Dance masterclass - House
Street Dance masterclass - House

Duration: 18:18

Turbo, a judge on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, teaches a Street Dance masterclass focussing on House dance with the help of dance group Masters of Movement.

 
Street Dance masterclass - Locking Advanced
Street Dance masterclass - Locking Advanced

Duration: 17:46

Lizzie Gough, judge on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, teaches a Street Dance masterclass focussing on Advanced Locking with the help of one of the dance group 5XS.

 
Street Dance masterclass – B-boying & Footwork
Street Dance masterclass – B-boying & Footwork

Duration: 15:06

Marlon aka Swoosh from Flawless teaches a Street Dance masterclass inspired by Flawless‘s performance on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars. He focusses on B-boying and footwork with the help of dance group Beat Breakers Dance Crew.

 
Street Dance masterclass – Ballet/Street fusion
Street Dance masterclass – Ballet/Street fusion

Duration: 17:20

Professional dancer Claire Craze teaches a Street/Ballet fusion session with the help of Super Six Dance Crew from Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

 
Street Dance masterclass – Bhangra/ Street fusion
Street Dance masterclass – Bhangra/ Street fusion

Duration: 15:36

International choreographer Supple teaches a Bhangra/ Street fusion style with the help of ‘Mischief’ Dance crew from Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

 
Street Dance masterclass – Locking
Street Dance masterclass – Locking

Lizzie Gough, judge on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, teaches a Street Dance masterclass focussing on Locking with the help of a dance group named 5XS.

 
Street dancer Lil' Tim gives expert advice on b-boying
Street dancer Lil' Tim gives expert advice on b-boying

Duration: 05:08

B-boy dancer Lil' Tim demonstrates his moves around Brighton.

 
The 'Stomp' dance company in action
The 'Stomp' dance company in action

Duration: 01:50

A section of the 'broom routine' from dance company 'Stomp'.

 
The basics of Capoeira
The basics of Capoeira

Duration: 02:16

An illustrated explanation of the key skills of this non contact martial art.

 
The floor slide to resurrection moves used in House dance
The floor slide to resurrection moves used in House dance

A breakdown of the floor slide to resurrection moves used in House dance.

 
The Happy Feet technique in House dance
The Happy Feet technique in House dance

A breakdown of the technique called Happy Feet, used in House dance.

 
The KB Bounce in Street Dance
The KB Bounce in Street Dance

A breakdown of the KB Bounce used in Street Dance.

 
The KB Hop in Street Dance
The KB Hop in Street Dance

A breakdown of the KB Hop used in Street Dance.

 
The Leo Walk from Street Dance
The Leo Walk from Street Dance

A breakdown of the Leo Walk used in Locking for Street Dance.

 
The Pause Groove in Street Dance
The Pause Groove in Street Dance

A breakdown of a Pause Groove as used in Street Dance.

 
The Point and Lock in Street Dance
The Point and Lock in Street Dance

A breakdown of a Point and Lock as used in Street Dance.

 
The role of a stage manager
The role of a stage manager

Duration: 04:00

The Senior Stage Manager at The Royal Opera House provides an explanation of her progression route to this position and the various challenges it brings.

 
The skills and qualities of a professional dancer
The skills and qualities of a professional dancer

Duration: 06:22

Three soloists from the 2011 production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, talk about their own experiences and share their views on what it takes to become a successful dancer.

 
The Stomp to Retreat Spin in House Dance
The Stomp to Retreat Spin in House Dance

A breakdown of the Stomp to Retreat Spin used in House Dance.

 
The Stop and Go from Street Dance
The Stop and Go from Street Dance

A breakdown of The Stop and Go move used in Locking for Street Dance.

 
Twyla Tharp - dance composition
Twyla Tharp - dance composition

Dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp describes the background to the development of her piece 'In the Upper Room' with specific emphasis on motif development as a choreographic device.

 
Wayne McGregor - 'Bodyscript'
Wayne McGregor - 'Bodyscript'

Duration: 02:46

Wayne McGregor's response to a specially commissioned piece based on the writing on an ancient Athenian urn - 'Bodyscript'.

 
Wayne McGregor - 'Infra'
Wayne McGregor - 'Infra'

Duration: 03:22

A short section from Wayne McGregor's groundbreaking piece 'Infra'. The use of animated LED screens and innovative lighting is of particular interest.

 

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