London is home to a large and varied dance scene. You can find all sorts of dance shows, dance lessons – and even dance auditions, if you know where to look. For more than a decade, LondonDance.com provided a useful online forum for the London dance community. Unfortunately, the website has ceased to update on 5 August 2019; and LondonDance.com will completely shut down on 6 February 2020.
The London dance website, supported by the Arts Council England and Sadler’s Wells, provided performance reviews and dance interviews for nearly two decades. Their dance writers also compiled a monthly dance guide, highlighting exciting dance events in London’s top venues, such as the Battersea Arts Centre, Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Opera House and The Place.
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Additionally, LondonDance.com “promote[d] and celebrate[d] dance across London through news stories, event listings and a noticeboard for job vacancies and audition opportunities,” according to their ‘About’ page. These digital dance resources were valuable for dance enthusiasts and keen dance professionals alike.
Although visitors can still access the website’s archived materials until the site permanently closes on 6 February at midnight, no new content has been published since August. This means that you are already more likely to find fresh dance news elsewhere.
So, what’s the silver lining? You’ve found us, Dance Dispatches; and you can always check out our latest London articles. We celebrate dance all around the world, but we specifically focus on the London dance scene, since we happily call the UK capital our home.
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The website’s good-bye post thanks everyone who contributed to the dance listings over the years. It also better explains why they have chosen to discontinue the site. The main reason is that Sadler’s Wells does not want to offer duplicate services, available elsewhere.
They write, “Since the launch of the website in 2001, the dance sector has considerably changed, as have the communication channels and services available to dance professionals in London and beyond. There are now a number of websites featuring sections dedicated to dance job listings, while the Mayor of London’s Cultural Infrastructure Map incorporates information about both dance performance venues and dance rehearsal studios.”
Where to Find Dance News in London (Now)
Similarly to the media in many large cities, the local newspapers and magazines cover a bit of dance in their much larger spread across all art. Unfortunately, dance doesn’t always have a large space – or any. There have been weeks when I’ve eagerly flipped through the pages of Time Out London, but they’ve published a ‘theatre and dance’ section without any dance features. (Ugh!)
In addition to our site, you can find dance show reviews and stories in the ‘Stage’ section of The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Times. Strictly online London-based publications such as Londonist, Culture Whisper and The Arbuturian also occasionally publish dance features.
LondonDance.com left a few specific recommendations, as well. Dance job listings can be found on Dancing Opportunities, One Dance UK, People Dancing and Arts Jobs, and dance enthusiasts can search for information about local artists and companies on British Council’s Theatre and Dance directory.
While it’s sad to say good-bye to LondonDance.com after 18 years, the city’s dance community will carry on and evolve, maintaining connections through other mediums.
If you have any other London dance resources that you would like to share, please tell us about them in the comments section below.