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Councils set to cut arts budgets
The recession is still here and there has been much controversy over cutting funds completely from the arts. Newcastle City Council has now confirmed that this is not the case. However, this is not all good news, Westminster Council has confirmed that they will be cutting their £350,000 arts budget to £192,000.

Cuts on one side of the river and investment on the other
Arts Council England, alongside other charitable foundations, has gathered just under £450,000 to help refurbish dance facilities in South East London. Trinity Laban will be using this money to refurbish the Laban Centre’s old home, at Laurie Grove, New Cross, before they moved to Deptford.

Rosie Kay Dance Company – Have you heard of them?
In January the National Dance Awards for 2012 was announced; Rosie Kay Dance Company lost out to Ballet Black as best independent company. They formed in 2004 and this year Rosie Kay was appointed as the first artist in residence, ever, at the University of Oxford. Watch out medicine students there are some performing artists coming your way to shake things up.

The Harlem Shake taking the world by storm
This new phenomenon has swept across the world, with videos of the dance being replicated and put into many different contexts – underwater, the army and now in the professional world of dance! The English National Ballet and Northern Ballet have released their own renditions of the dance for you to check out on YouTube right now!
Featured Image: Northern Ballet – Taken from

London’s Southbank Centre begins multi-million pound transformation
The Southbank Centre, which opened in the 1960s, will soon be undergoing some exciting refurbishment works. A glazed atrium will be built, connecting the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, also adding a new venue above this area. Alan Davey said the scheme would make the venue “even more sustainable for the benefit of current and future generations” as written in the Stage’s article, by Alistair Smith (2013) about the transformation.

News Across the Pond 
Trisha Brown has now retired from making work due to the effect Parkinson’s disease has had on her. This is a sad time for the world of contemporary dance, as she was a founding member of modern dance and her work with Judson Dance Theatre will always be remembered.


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