Ballroom Blitz of Glitz for Lancashire Business Awards

A famous Lancashire venue and favourite of the BBC Strictly dancers are set to showcase the best in Lancashire’s business.

And the leading business awards ceremony in the Tower Ballroom will offer Blackpool the chance to welcome people back to the resort.

Maria Coupe , of Shout Network, said a sell-out crowd for the Be Inspired Business Awards, The BIBAs, would be a fantastic sight to see in the Tower Ballroom at the Blackpool Tower.

The awards is scheduled to host its annual prize-giving ceremony on Friday, September 17.

Shout Network is the official Social Media Partner of the awards which has 20 prize categories hand out to businesses across Lancashire.

Maria said: “The sight of the Tower Ballroom with a sell-out BIBAs audience will be a fantastic lift for the Lancashire business community.

“I know that the hundreds of people who are attending the evening will make sure they do everything to support Blackpool’s economy with hotel bookings, taxi fares and even a pre-ceremony drink in the resort.

“This is a great opportunity to remind people who may not have been for a while exactly what a great place our county can be.”

The awards’ organisers have said the safety of all guests at the evening will be their number one priority with measures in place to limit the spread of the virus.

All guests attending the ceremony will be asked to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the Tower.

It will hand out 20 awards to recognise the achievements of Lancashire businesses and the people behind them during the past 12 months.

The prizes include the BIBAs’ lifetime achievement award, Lancastrian of the Year, which recognises the achievements of a special individual from within the county’s business community.

Written By Tim Gavell and published in the Blackpool Gazette.

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Derek Hough Wins Third Emmy Award

Derek Hough Wins Third Emmy
Award for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Choreography

Derek Hough, winner of the Emmy for outstanding choreography for variety or reality programming for the “Paso Doble-Uccen / Tap Dance – Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” routines in “Dancing with the Stars” at the Media Center during the third ceremony of the Television Academy’s 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Choreographer Derek Hough won the Emmy Award for outstanding choreography for variety or reality programming for the “Paso Doble-Uccen/Tap Dance – Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” routines on “Dancing with the Stars.”

It was one of two Emmy Award Nominations he received this year, the other for a Disney project he worked on.

This marks a third Emmy Awards win for Hough, who is an 11-time nominee, making him the most nominated male choreographer in Television Academy history. But this year was different with the art he created during the pandemic being recognized.
It was also a time he tried to help how he could.

“Last year my goal was to bring entertainment, joy during a difficult time. The sing-along, dancing in the house, ‘DWTS,’ trying to bring a little bit of creativity, a little bit of joy into people’s homes,” he said.

As for the competition around awards shows, Hough takes it all in stride.

“My background in what I do, I compete. I was a competitive dancer when I was 12, before ‘DWTS.’ For me it was always about dancing to compete, to be judged,” he said.

The Emmys are the beginning of a busy time for Hough. The 30th season of “Dancing” premieres on Sept. 20 and his Vegas residency opens two days after that. He’s on the sidelines as a judge this season, so some of his fans are wondering: Will his career have a full-circle moment with him returning to the dance floor as a pro?

“As the great philosopher Justin Bieber once said, ‘never say never,’” he said.

Article By Bianca Rae Sherman Oaks

PUBLISHED 8:00 PM PT Sep. 13, 2021 “SPECTRUM NEWS 1”

Euro 2020 winners

Who won the golden boot, best young player and player of the tournament? The awards in full.

Euro 2020 Awards & Trophies

Uefa has handed out individual awards following Italy’s win over England in Sunday’s European Championship final.

Italy won their second European Championship and sixth major trophy overall on Sunday by beating England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, but which players scooped the individual awards?

There are four main individual awards up for grabs at the Euros: Player of the Tournament, Young Player of the Tournament, the Golden Boot, given to the top scorer and the Goal of the Tournament. A Silver Boot and Bronze Boot are also handed out to the second and third top-scorers at the tournament.

Additionally, there is a Team of the Tournament, as selected by Uefa’s team of technical directors comprised of 16 former players and coaches from across the continent.

Unlike in the Premier League, there is no Golden Glove for the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets or a Playmaker Award for the player with the most assists. Had there been, Jordan Pickford would have won the Golden Glove after keeping five clean sheets, while Switzerland’s Steven Zuber would have collected the Playmaker Award for his four assists.

Player of the Tournament – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s heroics in Sunday’s penalty shootout ensured that he got his gigantic hands on the Player of the Tournament trophy shortly after the final whistle had sounded at Wembley.

Donnarumma saved twice in the shootout – as many as his opposite number Jordan Pickford managed – and also denied Alvaro Morata from the spot in the semi-final victory against Spain.

The 22-year-old kept three clean sheets in seven appearances in the competition, making eight saves in total. He is the first goalkeeper to win the award since its inception at Euro 1996.

All but one of the seven winners of the award has played for the eventual winners, Antoine Griezmann bucking that trend at Euro 2016.

The 22-year-old kept three clean sheets in seven appearances in the competition, making eight saves in total. He is the first goalkeeper to win the award since its inception at Euro 1996.

All but one of the seven winners of the award has played for the eventual winners, Antoine Griezmann bucking that trend at Euro 2016.

European Championship Player of the Tournament winners – in full

  • Euro 1996 – Matthias Sammer (Germany)
  • Euro 2000 – Zinedine Zidane (France)
  • Euro 2004 – Theo Zagorakis (Greece)
  • Euro 2008 – Xavi (Spain)
  • Euro 2012 – Andres Iniesta (Spain)
  • Euro 2016 – Antoine Griezmann (France)
  • Euro 2020 – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Young Player of the Tournament – Pedri (Spain)

Spain’s most impressive performer, from the beginning of their tournament until the end.

The 18-year-old (yes, really), looked every bit Andres Iniesta’s successor for La Roja, keeping possession of the ball at will and committing defenders with balletic dribbles up the pitch.

Pedri saved his best performance at Euro 2020 for his last, excelling in the semi-final defeat to eventual champions Italy.

Remarkably, he completed all 55 of his attempted passes in the opening 90 minutes, finishing up with 65 successful passes out of 67 at the end of extra-time.

Golden Boot – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo led the golden boot football trophy race from the end of the group stage right the way through to the end of the tournament after scoring five goals and providing an assist in his first three matches.

Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary, registered a goal and assist in a 4-2 defeat to Germany and managed another double in a thrilling 2-2 draw with France.

Although the Juventus striker finished level on goals with the Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick, he was the outright winner of the golden boot, by virtue of supplying an assist and playing fewer minutes.

Schick scooped the Silver Boot award instead, while France’s Karim Benzema pipped Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Emil Forsberg to the Bronze Boot after scoring his four goals in less time.

Goal of the Tournament – Patrik Schick vs Scotland

Schick might have missed out on the Golden Boot and a place in the Team of the Tournament (somewhat controversially) but at least he didn’t end up empty-handed.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward was rewarded for his sensational strike against David Marshall at Hampden Park during the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win over Scotland in the Group Stage. Schick spotted Marshall out of his goal and gloriously lobbed the ball over his head and into the net with a from 49.7 yards out, making it the furthest goal scored at a European Championship since records began in 1980.

Team of the Tournament

Uefa’s team of technical directors – including Robbie Keane, Fabio Capello and David Moyes – announced the official team of the tournament on Tuesday with five Italians named in the XI.

Uefa’s Team of the Tournament – in full

Goalkeeper:

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Defenders:

  • Kyle Walker (England)
  • Harry Maguire (England)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
  • Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy)

Midfielders:

  • Pedri (Spain)
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark)
  • Jorginho (Italy)

Forwards:

  • Federico Chiesa (Italy)
  • Raheem Sterling (England)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Player of the Tournament Donnarumma was joined by Leonardo Bonucci, Leonardo Spinazzola, Jorginho and Federico Chiesa in the official team.

Runners-up England had three representatives with Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling all making the cut.

The other three positions were filled by Young Player of the Tournament Pedri (Spain), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

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By Oliver Young-MylesJuly 14, 2021

Livestream Dance Shows: How Online Watch Parties Work – and Their Perks

Fisrt Posted on by Alison Roberts-Tse in Dance Dispatches

With all of the wonderful streaming performances freely shared to lift our self-quarantined spirits, there is plenty of opportunities to watch dance, opera, musicals, and more with friends (and other fellow art lovers). And it’s not only the dance and performing arts companies that are showing work; many theaters and opera houses host Livestream dance performances on their Facebook and YouTube channels, too. These live streaming dance shows and digital watch parties don’t bring the same buzz as a live performance, but they have plenty of additional perks – and keep audiences and performers safe at home.

Check out our comprehensive list of digital dance home resources to see where you can find online dance performances, both streaming and on-demand

Is The Online Performance ‘Live Streaming’ – or ‘On Demand’?

Are you curious how are all of these theaters are streaming live performances – if theaters remain shut and everyone is supposed to be quarantined? Well, in many cases the theaters are ‘live streaming’ productions that have already been recorded.* However, they are still labeled as ‘live streaming videos’ because the organization has chosen to broadcast the performance at a specific time. Viewers can attend the online ‘live streaming’ premiere to watch the show as soon as it becomes available.

Note: In other cases, the performances really are staged live and broadcast immediately – but with online audiences, instead of live audiences.

After a dance video is livestreamed, it can also remain ‘on demand’. Depending on the publisher’s video settings, a performance may or may not be available to view after the livestream. Some shows will be accessible for 24 hours, a week or even longer. An ‘on demand’ video just means that you can watch it at your convenience, as long as the host continues to allow access.

Note: Not all ‘on-demand’ performances are uploaded with a live stream or live digital watch party; but it does seem to be a common trend.

Join a Digital Watch Party on Facebook or YouTube

Live streaming premieres are commonly advertised as ‘digital watch parties’ – either as Facebook watch parties or Youtube premieres. They encourage viewers to enjoy the show together, as a community. Dance watch parties allow groups of dance enthusiasts to watch the show at the same time and hold discussions in the live comments section (that functions like a chat room).

Facebook’s virtual watch parties are particularly social, as streams of ‘likes’ and other reactions travel up the screen when viewers react to the video. And the comments field is full of interesting observations from other viewers that may enhance your viewing. You may even glean some insight into the production from show organizers, who moderate the discussion.

There are also live streaming shows broadcast as YouTube watch parties. If you want to completely immerse yourself in the show, you can maximize the video screen, so you won’t see the discussion. Sometimes the event organizers will host post-show Q&A sessions with the dancers and/or choreographers after the show, which is a special treat.

Watching Online Dance Shows on Your TV

You can watch online dance shows on your laptop or tablet, but you may want to watch from your television, instead. To do this, you need a Smart TV, which connects with applications, such as YouTube – or you can stream live dance to your TV by using a device such as Google Chromecast. The Chromecast will allow you to pair your television with another digital device, and whatever you play on your cell phone, tablet or laptop will appear on your television screen.

Perks of Attending a Livestreamed Dance Show

Despite the availability of digital shows, many art lovers sorely miss the live theater experience. It’s understandable. But if you have grown weary of watching dance shows online, here are a few ways that online dance shows beat a night on the town. Thank goodness for these tiny silver linings!

The top 10 benefits of livestream dance performances are:

1. You Can Crash in Your Comfy Clothes.

Watching a digital dance show means you don’t have to stress about appearances, like you might at ritzier theaters. Since you’re skipping the ‘see and be seen’ part of the occasion, you can lounge around in whatever suits your fancy: sweat pants, onesies, slippers, the closet is your limit.

2. It’s Easier to Find a Date.

If you don’t have lots of ‘dance’ and ‘artsy’ friends, securing a show date can take some serious wheedling. It should be much easier to convince friends to hop on a digital dance date with you (since they can chill out in their pajamas, too). Selecting a free performance will also increase the likelihood of your friends’ attendance.

And even if it doesn’t work out, you needn’t be self-conscious of flying solo.

(Note: I fly solo to live shows all the time, but I know it makes some people feel anxious.)

3. You Can Save Some Cash.

Who doesn’t like to save money? When you tune in to an online dance show, you’ll spend much less than you would during a night on the town. There are many free shows, and renting or buying productions is much more affordable than purchasing live theater tickets. You also won’t spend money on transportation, a restaurant meal beforehand or cocktails afterwards. Cha-ching.

4. Boom, You’re There.

Once you open the web browser to the right page, you have already reached your destination. You don’t have to navigate any one-way streets or scan for a parking spot. You can skip cramming onto the trains and metro carriages with hundreds of other passengers. The short commute to attend a digital dance show is unbeatable, really.

5. The Bathroom Is All Yours.

Small bladdered theater-goers, rejoice! You do not have to line up for the bathroom before the show, during intermissions or after the shows. And since you can relish the privacy of your own bathroom – and you have your own kitchen space – you can stay as hydrated as you like, with whichever beverages you like. 

6. You Can ‘Chat’ During the Show.

If you are a chatter-bug, you can discuss the performance without disturbing other audience members when you’re all watching from home. You can either sound off in the comments section of a live streaming dance performance – or you can simultaneously call a friend to discuss the action as it unfolds.

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7. You May Gain Insight From Show Organizers and Dance Artists.

When you attend a live show, purchasing a show program will provide the best information about the choreographer, the choreography, the dancers and the larger production. In lieu of a show bill, the host organizations will occasionally appear at the virtual event to provide background into the live streaming dance piece. And after the curtain comes down, you might get to hear from the people who created or starred in the shows.

8. You’ll Have the Best Seat(s) In the House.

Shorties tuning into a live-streamed dance video do not need to worry about getting stuck behind a very tall audience member, who will block half of the stage from view with his or her head. Thanks to the camerawork, digital audience members will have a consistently clear view of the choreography. If you’re watching screen dance or dance made specifically for film, your views will be handpicked by the videographer (to focus on aspects like formations or the dancers’ facial expressions).

Additionally, when you watch an on-demand or streaming show online, you don’t even have to sit in a chair like a normal person. You can slump on the couch or sit on the floor and stretch.

9. You Can Eat All The Snacks – Even Smelly Ones.

Unobtrusive theater snacks are mostly limited to hard candies, since food and drink is typically banned in US theaters. (I was so surprised to see UK theaters sell ice cream… that you can eat in your seat!) But when you watch a dance show from home, you can chow down anything. Chomp on that crunchy apple or indulge in a curry. Your house, your food, your rules.

10. Peace-ing Out Early Is an Option.

Not every dance show is stellar. Sometimes you may wish you could just sneak out of the theater. Leaving a show before the curtains come down is easy, when all you have to do is shut off a computer screen. Thanks to digital dance shows, you can leave early – guilt free. And, since watching companies and dance genres you haven’t seen before is low risk via digital platforms, you can easily diversify your dance viewings.

At the moment, digital dance is all many of us have… So, viva virtual dance shows!

We’ve seen tons of digital dance shows this year, including École des Sables Dancing at Dusk, Ballet Trockadero ChopEniana, Ballet Hispánico Noche Unidos, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at Royal Albert Hall. Which Livestream and on-demand dance performances have you watched? Let us know in the comments section!

Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 – We’re back

first Posted by Laura Wolfe | May 19, 2021 | NWFA Blog

Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 – We’re back and open for entries now!

After an extremely difficult year for so many of us, we are delighted to be able to announce that the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards is back!

The Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2021 will take place on Monday, 22nd November 2021 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, hosted by broadcaster Dan Walker, and will celebrate the Northwest region’s footballing elite, paying tribute to those from both on and off the pitch, who have excelled in the 2020/21 season.

The NWFA 2021 will see awards presented to those who have achieved footballing excellence, from grassroots level through to the elite level of the beautiful game, in what was a season unlike any other for fans, players, and clubs alike.

Laura Wolfe, of the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards said, “We are over the moon to be able to set the wheels in motion for a live event in 2021.  After our digital online event in 2020, we know how excited the everyone is at the thought of being able to be together again in person in November, after such a long time living under the necessary Covid-19 restrictions of the past months.   Whilst the fans have not been able to be in stadia live this past season, it has been no less exciting and certainly as controversial, and we look forward to sharing some of the wonderful stories from around our clubs and celebrating the personalities from across the Northwest region.”

Simon Clare of Ladbrokes said, “Ladbrokes is delighted to be back on board as title sponsor of the 2021 Northwest Football Awards.  We are in awe of the incredible work that has been carried out by all the Clubs, their staff, and the players over the past season in such difficult circumstances, both on and off the pitch, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements and successes with the Northwest football family in November.”

Ladbrokes is back on board as title sponsor for 2021, together with other sponsors and partners; the PFA, musicMagpie, Mob Sport, Tongue Tied Media, Pitch Publishing, the FMPA, the FSA, Kick it Out, Manchester FA, PFSA, Road3 Concierge, and Women in Football and media partners; the BBC, The Athletic, FC Business, She Kicks, The Cheshire Magazine and brand new partners for 2021, TalkSPORT.

The NWFA is delighted to be supporting the Darby Rimmer Foundation and The Offside Trust at this year’s Awards.

Stephen Darby, co-founder of the Darby Rimmer Foundation and married to Manchester City Women and England captain, Steph Houghton, said, “Chris and I are honoured that the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards has chosen the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation as its charity partner for this year’s event once again. I was lucky enough to play for three North West teams (Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers) in my career, and both Chris I reside in the North West. We look forward to raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in order to assist and support others with the disease and in our quest to find a cure.”

Steve Walters, director of the Offside Trust said:  “We are delighted that our partnership with the Northwest Football Awards continues in what has been a momentous year for the Offside Trust. After supporting survivors of child sexual abuse in the sport since 2016, the last few months have seen the publication of the FA’s Sheldon Report and renewed public awareness culminating in the BBC’s Football’s Darkest Secrets documentary. One of the most poignant stories featured the late Billy Seymour, whose struggle for justice and support for other survivors has inspired our work. To have an award named in Billy’s honour is a fitting tribute to the lasting impact of a man who epitomised the strength, leadership, and selfless service to others that deserves to be celebrated in football and throughout society.”

Nominations to the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 are now open. Having been forced to host the 2021 event online, the 2021 NWFA is expected to be bigger than ever.  Enter here.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards

L’Oréal Postpones Colour Trophy Finals Until 2021

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy is back to showcase some of the brightest hairdressing talents across the country, whilst ensuring that hairdressers nationwide are continually inspired to celebrate hair inspired by fashion.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy has evolved from its origin 65 years ago, growing from only 300 attendees in 1954 in a singular event to now 8 regional heats and a grand final with the attendance of thousands across the country throughout the competition, and continues to inspire around the world, giving salons the chance to share their passion and talent!

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy celebrates the best in the industry each year with a spectacular final held in London and Dublin in front of thousands of guests.


The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Finals

In light of the current climate regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic L’Oréal have made the decision to postpone the L’Oréal Colour Trophy UK Grand Final and the Live Final Republic of Ireland.

The new dates for the finals will be held on 7 June 2021 (UK) and 20 June 2021 (ROI) respectively. Both events will be held at the originally planned locations – Battersea Evolution (UK) and The Mansion House (ROI).

“We believe that postponing both event finals will give the competition the best chance to proceed safely with a live event format and also allow us to celebrate the UK 65th year all together, as well as celebrate in Ireland with all of our partners and teams,” reads a statement from the company.

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Opening Your Own Dance Studio

Starting up your own dance studio might seem daunting, but Owning a studio is a commercial venture that requires capital, business savvy and almost obsessive attention to detail.

Here is a recently published article written by Dayna Farrington about a dance teacher who did just that.

Dance teacher achieves dream of opening her own dance studio

A young dance teacher is celebrating lockdown restrictions being finally lifted so that she can achieve her dream of opening her own studio in Wolverhampton.


Tracy King and Hayley Morris have opened Synergie Dance and Fitness Studios in Wolverhampton

Hayley Morris, 26, from Sedgley, has opened the Synergie Dance Training Academy in Commercial Road and her former teacher, Tracy King, has also moved her business, Tracy King’s School of Dance, previously based in Sedgley, into the building.

Already the two dance studios have more than 110 pupils on their books…

Hayley, a BA Honours dance graduate, said: “The opening was to have been in November but then lockdown hit and I am just delighted that we are now finally welcoming people to the two dance studios and other dance and fitness classes.

“It has been a life-long dream of mine to open a studio and then I finally stumbled on these premises and thought they would be ideal.

“I have opened the Academy to teach pupils for both examination and performance on stage.

“Tracy, my former dance teacher from when I was six-years-old, has moved her school into the building.

“She concentrates mainly on ballet, tap and modern dance while I deal with the more acrobatic.”

Hayley currently works as a part-time sales assistance with a company in Wolverhampton, but eventually hopes to become a full-time teacher as pupil numbers grow.

She said: “Tracy and I have sort of joined forces and we are both delighted to be finally working from the Academy.

“I am fully qualified through the National Association of Teachers in Dance and recently gained recognition from the International Dance Teachers Association in freestyle dance.

“I also had the privilege of taking part in the televised Olympic handover ceremony held in Birmingham two years ago.

“Through the opening of the Dance & Fitness Academy, I feel that I will be giving something back to the local community.”

Main article and photo By Dayna Farrington, Wolverhampton …. First Published: in the expressandstar.com, 20th April 2021

Pro Dancer News

Dincwear Dancewear Pro Dancer News Week Ending 7/02/21

The team at Dincwear Dancewear have captured all the latest dance news in this weeks “Pro Dancer News“.

Dincwear Strictly Pro Dancers

General Sightings

  • There was an advert in “The Dancing Times” that the Stuttgart Ballet is looking for 2 full-time teachers starting on the 13th September 2021. Applications have to be submitted by March the 15th.
  • Taira Foo was spotted filming “Sick” – a dance piece about one man’s struggle through depression.
  • Strictly star Janette Manrara was spotted on both the BBC1’s “Good Morning Show” and, later that day, the “Jeremy Vine Show“.
  • It was announced that James Wilson will be choreographing “Theatreland” for Curtis Productions, which will take place this April at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
  • We spotted pro dancers Kate Thompson, Kelechi Nwanokwu & Gracie Gledhill performing on “The Masked Singer“. The choreography was by Beth Honan.

Future Dance News

  • Audition Alert – Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds are recruiting professional dancers with at least 2 years experience. The application deadline is Friday the 26th of February. For information: visit the Phoenix Dance Theatre website.

Online Dance Classes

  • MTS will hold its February Half Term Intensive Week from Wednesday the 17th – Friday the 19th of February. This will feature 3 days of workshops with professionals from the world of stage and screen. For information: contact Annie Guy on [email protected]
  • Devon Young is holding a Commercial Dance Class via Zoom on Saturday the 13th February from 5.00 – 6.30. The cost is £5. Contact Devon on [email protected]
  • Tring Park announced it’s Senior Intensive Ballet Weekend on the 20th & 21st of February from 9.45 – 1.35. The workshops are designed for students aged 13 -18 and the teachers are, Antony Dowson, Sarah Mcllroy, Daisy Hulbert & Clare Wilders. Contact Janet Devenish for further details.
  • Charlotte Tonkinson, the dancer with The Royal Ballet, has a half-term workshop on Saturday the 13th of February – a dance-based Pilates Ballet Class plus a Q&A about company life. This is designed for students aged10 -14 and costs £26.
  • AYAW Studios have an online masterclass with Brian Friedman on Monday the 15th of February at 7.00 for £20. For information, contact Craig Wharmby at AYAW Studios.
  • There is an open Jazz Class with Ryan-Lee Seager on Saturday the 27th of February from 10.30 – 12.00 for £7.
  • Bethany Kingsley-Garner, the Principle dancer with The Scottish Ballet, brings a half-term dance workshop learning the role of the ballerina in “The Nutcracker“. Designed for 9 – 13-year-olds, the course is on Friday the 19th of February from 4.30 – 5.30. Book online at, [email protected]

Film & Videos

  • Harrison Dowzell and Cameron Flynn of The New Adventures Dance Company have released a short dance film titled “Unskilled”.
  • Northern Ballet has launched a new digital Season Of Dance, including “What Used To, No Longer Is” – an original dance film by Olivier Award-winning Mthuthuzeli November. In addition, the company will premiere two more original films: “Northern Lights” and “Have Your Cake” by Kenneth Tindall.
  • We spotted Kieran Daly-Ward & Mukeni Nel in the new video of Priya Ragu’s: “Chicken Lemon Rice“.

That is it for this week and with the amazing roll-out of the vaccine, it does look like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Audi RS6 ECU Remapping

1,000 HP Audi RS6 Hits 220 MPH

People probably never asked for a station wagon with supercar performance levels, but that did not stop Audi from making one. And they still say the Germans do not have a sense of humour.

In stock form without any modifications, tunning or ECU Remapping, the RS6 Avant produces 600 metric horsepower and a staggering 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque, all channelled through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to all four wheels via the proprietary Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

For most people, that should be more than enough, especially when you consider the rest of the package. We are talking about five full seats and a huge trunk that, ironically enough, makes the RS6 quite useful for a family with up to three kids. Three kids and two very cool parents.

In terms of actual performance, we’re looking at a typically German electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint of 3.6 seconds. If it weren’t for Tesla’s Model S Performance, these numbers would have probably topped the list of family-friendly cars, but a close second place is still perfectly honourable.

However impressive the numbers are, though, they’re far from the actual full potential of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. As it turns out, despite having half its engine, the Audi RS6 Avant can be pushed to match the performance of the original Bugatti Veyron, and that’s without messing with the engine block at all.

The guys over at MTM managed to get over 1,000 hp and 922 lb-ft (1,250 Nm) – the exact specifications of the first modern Bug – by upgrading to larger turbochargers, installing an open-air filter, using a larger air intake, replacing the exhaust system, and, of course, remapping the engine’s ECU.

The result is simply breath-taking, especially if you happen to love the new RS6‘s exterior design – which we do. The 0-62 mph sprint now takes 2.8 seconds, whereas the top speed… well, it’s still limited, but not electronically limited. As it turns out, the only two things holding it back right now are the tire specifications and the risks of doing 220 mph (354 km/h) on open roads, even if we are talking about an unrestricted segment of the Autobahn.

Information shared with kind permission from “autoevolution”.

French Open 2020 Trophies

All You Need to Know About the French Open 2020 Trophies

French Open Trophies

The French Open 2020 will be a very different tournament than the previous editions. With the ‘bubble life’ and a limited number of fans, that too just on Court Philippe Chatrier, the tournament will feel unusual. What remains the same for the players, though, is the desire to lift the coveted trophy and be a Grand Slam champion.

The main French Open event has five historic trophies for the five draws. These are men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

All five French Open trophies have some history of the event attached to them, as well as that of past legends of tennis. They have been awarded to champions since 1953.

Who has made the French Open 2020 trophies?

Mens Singles French Open Trophy

Men’s singles trophy at French Open 2020

One of the two main trophies, The Musketeers’ Cup, is awarded to the winner of the men’s singles event. The trophy is a classy silver bowl with swan-shaped handles and vine leaves decorating the top. It sits on a marble base and displays the names of all winners of the men’s singles event since 1891.

The name is a tribute to Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet, and René Lacoste, who are known as the four musketeers of French tennis.

Rafael Nadal has held this trophy the most number of times, with 12 Roland Garros to his name.

Women’s singles trophy

The Suzanne-Lenglen Cup has been awarded to the women’s singles champion for the last 41 years. It honors women’s tennis legend, Suzanne Lenglen, who is a six-time French Open champion, from the 1920s.
The trophy bears resemblance to the cup offered to Lenglen by the City of Nice, back in the day. It is displayed in the National Sports Museum.
Chris Evert has seven French Open titles, the most women’s singles titles in the Open Era, and overall.

Womens French Open Tennis Trophies

Men’s doubles trophy

The men’s doubles champions at the French Open 2020 lift the Jacques-Brugnon Cup, which is a tribute to one of the Musketeers who goes by the same name. It was created in 1989.
Women’s doubles trophy

The Simonne-Mathieu Cup was created 30 years ago and has been awarded to the women’s singles champions since. It honors Simonne Mathieu, who won two women’s singles titles at the French Open and is an eight-time finalist. She is an eight-time champion in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles as well.

The third biggest court at Roland Garros is also named after Mathieu.

Mixed doubles trophy

The French Open 2020 will be a very different tournament than the previous editions. With the ‘bubble life’ and a limited number of fans, that too just on Court Philippe Chatrier, the tournament will feel unusual. What remains the same for the players, though, is the desire to lift the coveted trophy and be a Grand Slam champion.

The main French Open event has five historic trophies for the five draws. These are men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

All five French Open trophies have some history of the event attached to them, as well as that of past legends of tennis. They have been awarded to champions since 1953.
Who has made the French Open 2020 trophies?

The trophies have been made by the famous Parisian jewelers – La Maison Mellerio.

Men’s singles trophy at French Open 2020

One of the two main trophies, The Musketeers’ Cup, is awarded to the winner of the men’s singles event. The trophy is a classy silver bowl with swan-shaped handles and vine leaves decorating the top. It sits on a marble base and displays the names of all winners of the men’s singles event since 1891.

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