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Inside this month:

Fringe benefits
From sexy samba and surreal circus to fiery flamenco and comic tapping, Marianka Swain previews dance highlights at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the International Festival

The Best of the British
This month, we begin our coverage of the British Open Championships, which took place from May 22 to 30

Tips for tango tourists
Want to dance tango in Buenos Aires next month during the World Tango Championships? Sally Blake takes us through "the rules"

And much more!

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Connect Festival:

Monday, 12 March 2012

connect_pink-c-gigi-giannellaOpening tonight, the Connect Festival is two weeks celebrating dance and learning throughout life. Presented by the creative learning department of Sadler’s Wells, the programme goes from youth dance showcases to a performance by the Company of Elders, whose members are all over 60.

 

Connect, which reaches thousands of people every year, works with individuals, schools, youth clubs and other organisations. This year’s festival includes masterclasses from Hofesh Shechter Company, Jonzi D (the artistic director of Breakin’ Convention), Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. There is a course on creating successful youth dance events, a workshop on dance reviewing and workshops for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. In U.Dance London, eight youth dance companies compete for a place at this summer’s U.Dance 2012 final, while Rodin Reflections, a collaboration between London and Paris students, responds to Russell Maliphant’s new work The Rodin Project with performance, installation and film.

 

The festival ends with Rumble,a showcase for youth and schools dance, and Body of Knowledge which includes performances by the Company of Elders and Transforming Steps, a dance project created with Kolkata Sanved, an Indian-based organisation that aims to raise awareness of human trafficking.

 

For more information, see http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Connect-Festival-2012

 

Photograph: Gigi Giannella

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