Dance is the Word

Dance is the Word is back for the 4th year with some exciting changes that will provide aspiring dance writers and journalists special access to English National Ballet

In collaboration with English National Ballet’s Digital team, Dance is the Word has evolved to give aspiring writers the opportunity to develop features and articles about events, productions and projects taking place throughout the Company, as a springboard for starting a career in dance writing.

Course participants and writing alumni will provide English National Ballet audiences an exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes world of the Company with interviews, access to rehearsals and the opportunity to follow the development of Engagement projects for feature articles on the English National Ballet Blog .


Dance is the Word Course, May 2014
Develop your appreciation of dance and launch your writing career with our three-day course, facilitated by The Times dance and theatre critic Donald Hutera.

Dance is the Word 2014 is a unique and thorough course providing professional guidance for participants wishing to develop their dance analysis and journalistic skills. Donald Hutera leads a variety of workshop sessions including dance analysis and interpretation, the language of dance writing and the role of the dance writer.

This year, Dance is the Word will feature an exclusive masterclass led by The Ballet Bag , focusing on the specific writing skills and stylistic differences when writing for a variety of mediums including blogs and social media.

Dance is the Word offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award . Participants will have the chance to watch dancers in rehearsal, pose questions to dancers of the Company and write a review of the Emerging Dancer awards – a selection of which will be posted on the English National Ballet blog.


Saturday 10 May
9.30am – 4pm
Introductory Day / Writing Skills
Venue: Westminster Reference Library 

Learn the techniques of writing for dance and the differences in writing for print, online and social media.

Saturday 17 May
10.00am – 5pm
Meet the Emerging Dancers
Venue: Markova House

Watch the dancers in the final stages of rehearsals and hone your skills as an interviewer with an exclusive behind-the-scenes chat with them.

Monday 19 May, 6.45pm
Performance begins 7.30pm Emerging Dancer Performance
Venue: Lyceum Theatre

Meet Donald for a short pre-show discussion and then sit back and watch the awards before writing your review of the evening.

Saturday 24 May
10.00am – 2pm
Feedback Day
Venue: Westminster Reference Library

An opportunity to get expert feedback on your writing and fine tune your newly developed skills with individual and group discussions.

How to Apply

Applications have now CLOSED

Dance is the Word Alumni
Following the course, participants have the chance to become one of English National Ballet’s official Dance is the Word Alumni.

This aspect of the programme offers opportunities for a number of course participants to continue contributing to the English National Ballet blog and access special opportunities to write for the Company. Dance is the Word Alumni will be invited to attend events and Engagement projects, reporting on a wide variety of activities throughout the following season.

After a year, Alumni will be offered professional opportunities from English National Ballet with the chance to write features on dancers, choreographers and main stage performances.

Terms and Conditions
All participants are required to sign English National Ballet’s Dance is the Word content policy. All assignments, feature requests and article content is led by English National Ballet. We reserve the right to select what is published in accordance with the ENB Dance is the Word Content Policy.



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