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I-PATH is an innovative, fast moving organisation that is constantly growing its membership worldwide and collaborating with other great organisations. Keep an eye on this page for the latest breaking news stories of the organisation and the performing arts world. 

 
 

Choreography Course for Today's Choreographer

11th July 2021, Article by Hillary Sukhonos

Canada’s Choreography Online, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s International Performing Arts and Theatre (I-PATH), opens an online accredited Diploma in Choreography Program.

Taught by industry connector, choreographer, casting director, and digital dance expert Rick Tjia the Diploma in Choreography Program is an accreditation course unlike any other, because it combines the most recent technological advances with insider knowledge gained from 30 years experience with the most prominent contemporary dance companies and top grossing arts-entertainment houses. The course guides choreographers towards increased success and confidence in their artistic creations while also educating them in rights management, career development, and modern marketing methods. Using the geographical power of the internet, choreographers are guided while working in their respective countries. Privileged intel on how to copyright and sell choreography online and offline is only offered through Choreography Online, the only digital marketplace for buying and selling choreography internationally.

When: September 6th, 2021 begins the 7-month first unit of the course for the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. The course has three units in total. Each unit is priced at £300, or approximately $415 USD. The price includes the examination fee for the diploma and accreditation by International Performing Arts and Theatre.

Rick Tjia is the CEO of Choreography Online, the world's first online choreography market, and both producer and director of the International Online Dance Competition (IODC) which discovers the world's upcoming dance creators. As principal dancer with La La La Human Steps for eight years, Rick toured and performed in over 25 countries and 100 different cities. He has also worked in the movie industry in Los Angeles as both a dancer and actor. In 2004 he joined the Cirque du Soleil Casting Team as an Artistic Talent Scout for all styles of dance, where he played an integral part in building the online casting database, pioneered video audition casting standards, auditioned and cast numerous running shows and new creations over the course of 16 years. He was also one of the original acrobatic choreographers on Cirque du Soleil's big top touring show 'Volta'.

Registration is currently open.

Press Contact: hillarysukhonos@choreography.online | Website: www.choreography.online

 
 

Brand New FREE Mental Health App Launched

10th July 2021, Article by Mandy Rose

TO HELP DANCERS WITH THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING

FEATURING PROFESSIONAL DANCERS AND PRACTITIONERS

A brand-new free mobile App is aiming to help dancers from across the globe become mentally fit and emotionally strong by building resilience from the stresses and strains of dance training and performance.

HELP4DANCERS, which can be downloaded now from both the Apple and Google Play stores, provides dancers with access to a professional programme of daily sessions including: weekly check in health questionnaires and advice from dance-related psychotherapists and counsellors on many aspects of mental health; exercise and meditation videos; injury prevention and maintenance with leading physiotherapists.

“I would recommend it to any dance professional as a valuable tool for regaining any emotional and physical strength which may have been lost during the pandemic”  

Rosalyn Walsh, Professional Dancer

Other features are strength and conditioning sessions and Pilates with professional coaches, advice on career development and nutrition and regular guest speakers including UK and international dance professionals.

HELP4DANCERS has been created by psychotherapist Terry Hyde MA MBACP founder of Counselling for Dancers.  Terry started ballet classes at the age of 6, was awarded a 5-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and attended The Royal Ballet Senior School. He later joined The Royal Ballet followed by a move to London’s Festival Ballet (English National Ballet) as a soloist. After 5 years, he moved to musical theatre, performing in London’s West End, Film and TV.  

Terry Hyde said “During the pandemic dancers have been missing in-person training and performing and sadly, as a result, I have seen an increase in clients seeking my help. Because of my own experiences as a performer, I can bring a genuine understanding of the unique demands that are placed on dancers, from body image and bullying to audition anxiety.” 

Terry, who has been running free online wellbeing sessions for those in the performing arts throughout the pandemic, has been working on the App for the last 6 months on its design and comprehensive, professional content as well as trialling it out to a team of dancers.  He feels the App will help dancers to continue their career, keep mentally and physically fit and prepare them for live performances and in-person classes.

Terry continued: “On this free App, users will be able to join a six-week programme which tracks their progress and in turn helps them to recognise what they can do to help improve their emotional and physical strength.”

HELP4DANCERS participants can join pre-recorded sessions with a host of professional dancers and practitioners including Director and Choreographer Brendon Hansford who has shared his skills with the likes of Sam Smith, Rod Stewart and David Guetta; Isabella Gasparini, Soloist with The Royal Ballet; Tomorr Kokona, Coach and Mentor and former international arts professional; Ballet Physio Luke Abnett who spent 6 years treating students at The Royal Ballet School, Mikko Nissenen, Artistic Director of The Boston Ballet Company and School and Professional Irish Dancer and Pilates Teacher Joe Duffey (Riverdance/Lord of the Dance/Broadway).

If successful the team behind the App hopes to expand its offer with the introduction of seminars, workshops and conferences.

HELP4DANCERS, for professional and student dancers as well as parents and teachers, is available for all dance styles including Ballet, Irish Dance, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom and South Asian Dance.

The HELP4DANCERS APP can be downloaded now from both the Apple and Google play stores.

 

West End & TV Star Becomes I-PATH Patron

17th May 2021, Article by David Stinson

International Performing Arts & Theatre are delighted to announce that Layton Williams has been appointed as a Patron. Layton was born in Bury, Manchester and he began his career at the age of 12 playing the title role of Billy in the West End production of Billy Elliot


He made his debut TV appearance as Kylie in the BBC comedy Beautiful People.


He went on to study at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts which was documented on CBBC’s School For Stars


Theatre credits include: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre), Paul in Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible); Seaweed in Hairspray! (2018 UK Tour); Angel in Rent (London/UK Tour); The Car Man (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures); Simon in The Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures) and Young Michael in Thriller Live (West End).


TV/Film credits include: Rocketman (Paramount); Larry in Benidorm (ITV), Postcode (CBBC) and Murder They Hope (Gold). Layton played series regular ‘Stephen’ in the BBC Comedy Bad Education series and feature film. 


Layton is also the director of ‘Pros From The Shows’ which provides high quality workshops for young performers. They’ve reached thousands of students across the country hoping to inspire the next generation and nurture talent.


I-PATH is very excited to be working with Layton and will announce opportunities to meet Layton and his colleagues from ‘Pros From The Shows’ in due course. We thank Layton for joining us at I-PATH. It is an absolute honour to have such a talented West End & TV star amongst our team. 

 
 

Royal Academy of Music Professor Becomes Patron

1st May 2020, Article by Adam Tate

I-PATH is delighted to announce that Ross Campbell has accepted our invitation to become a Patron.

Ross is currently a Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has held a number of roles including Head of Singing at the Guildford School of Acting, a Panel Mentor for the ABRSM and a Specialist Reviewer for the UK Higher Education’s Quality Assurance Agency. Ross is an award-winning published author, and has vast experience of creating meaningful education experiences from short courses to Masters degrees. His passion for singing is shown throughout his teaching, which is underpinned in research and evidence-based practice.

We are extremely excited by his endorsement for I-PATH helping to recognise the mission and purpose of I-PATH in providing a safe and successful Performing Arts sector. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that Ross will have an active involvement with I-PATH, Ross will be involved in some training courses for teachers and involved in judging of some of our competitions. This is a key milestone for the organisation.

Ross has said of the appointment: “I was honoured to accept I-PATH’s offer to become a patron having been inspired by the highly innovative programmes of study being offered by this truly global organisation. I have been impressed with the pedigree of its Board of Directors, together with the quality of the inclusive training they offer worldwide, including robust pedagogies and holistic development for the student. I am very happy to endorse the first class quality of I-PATH’s product which is surely the way forward in all branches of the performing arts”.

David, CEO of I-PATH has said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ross has accepted our offer to become a patron. I have been following Ross’ work in the performing arts for over a decade, as he is highly regarded internationally. It has been a pleasure and inspiration getting to know Ross and learning from his experiences. As a teacher myself, I always tell my students that they must never stop learning or training, and this philosophy is embodied in learning from Ross. I have had the pleasure of becoming one of his private singing students, so I am in the singing studio refining my own voice. Wow, what an incredibly talented singing teacher he is; Ross’ approach to teaching simply inspires you to reach another level. With this I am incredibly excited for the future with Ross as a Patron of I-PATH. Thank you Ross, we look forward to continually being inspired by your work, experiences and knowledge enhancing our own work.”

What is clear, is that both I-PATH and Ross look forward to working together, and the future opportunities for I-PATH, its members, and by extension, all students taking an I-PATH qualification.

For more information on Ross Campbell, click here