**Guest post**

As 2012 is drawing to a
close, it’s time to reflect on how the British dance scene has changed over the
last few years. From new trends in UK dancewear to
new players in the dance world, there’s a lot to consider. Here’s a short
overview of the most important changes in the UK dance industry:

– The rising popularity of urban
Being one of the most exciting and lively dance
cultures, urban dance offers plenty of opportunities to develop an individual
style in accordance with the dancer’s personal taste and abilities.

– Fashion-forward dancewear.
Besides being comfortable, urban dancewear is greatly influenced by street
fashion, with hip hop dancers developing their own take on music and fashion. For
instance, hip hop singer and songwriter Azealia Banks showcases glamorous ASOS
clothes in her new music video Fierce
inspiring young hip hop dancers to glam up.

– New opportunities to dress up.
In addition to the possibility to buy stylish urban dancewear on sale, urban
culture followers can pick up personalised garments as part of Christmas eBay
auctions. Jackets, shirts, hats and other items feature gift tags signed by
Geno Washington, Dionne Warwick, Rizzle
duo and other music idols.

– Possible curriculum changes. As
the government is considering the possibility to exclude dance along with other
art subjects from the new English Baccalaureate, a replacement for GCSE
examinations from 2015, the leading dance figures are taking action to prevent
the potential damage to dance because the absence of these subjects in
secondary education “runs the risk of devaluing” them within schools.

– Dance in the Olympic ceremonies.
The predominance of dance performances in the Olympic ceremonies shows how
rewarding it is to be a dancer as you can be part of the history of Britain.
London 2012 opening ceremony dancers state “it truly was a phenomenal
spectacle” and “experience of a lifetime”.

– National Dance Awards for modern
Dancers such as Azzurra Ardovini, Wendy Houstoun,
Hannah Kidd, Dane Hurst, Tommy Franzen and others have won awards for
outstanding modern dance performances during the 13th National Dance Awards.

The popularity of
modern dance genres is on the rise. If you’re also into dancing, use these last
weeks of 2012 to get discounted dancewear for a new term. 

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