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The Mayor’s Thames Festival

A summer of celebrations – Olympic, Jubilee, Big Dance and more – comes to an end with London’s largest free festival, held in London the banks of the Thames. This year’s event runs from September 8 to 9 – the closing weekend of the Olympics – from the London Eye to St Katharine Docks.

Hauer Power

Look out for our interview with Karen Hauer, the newest recruit to the team of “Strictly” professional dances, in the August issue of Dance Today.

Spectacular at the Peacock Theatre

London’s largest flamenco school will be performing alongside some of the most exciting flamenco professionals in its biennial Spectacular at the Peacock Theatre in London on July 21–22.

Spectacular finale for Big Dance

As the finale of Big Dance 2012, Wayne McGregor’s spectacular Big Dance Trafalgar Square, involving 1,000 performers from 30 London groups, will take place this weekend on Saturday, July 14.

Dancing Voices and Big Dance screening

If you happen to free this afternoon or evening, Wednesday, July 11, then there are dance treats on offer at London’s Southbank Centre. Dance Today readers might be particularly interested in the screening of cult classic Strictly Ballroom (see below for details).

Elysium at Prism Brasserie

This week catch Elysium, at Prism Brasserie, a sensational floorshow mixing cabaret, burlesque, circus and illusion.  

Dance Al Fresco

Dance gets back to the great outdoors with this year’s Dance Al Fresco programme, which kicked off on July 7, with events in London’s Regent’s Park.

TangoWalk

The TangoWalk, a unique concept that combines theatre, dance and audience participation, features as one of the ten pieces in the Gone in 20 Minutes (Gi20) scheme, presenting new outdoor work to audiences both in London and Stockton this summer.

Mayor of London launches Big Dance 2012

Until July 15, Big Dance, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance, will spread across the nation in a week of dance-inspired projects and high-profile mass performances. Big Dance is characterised by a strong emphasis on participation; some of the UK’s most renowned and innovative choreographers will be interacting with local dance groups and members of […]

Compagnie Käfig in YogeeTi at the National Theatre, Taipei

Choreographers have often evoked the analogy of knitting to describe what they do. Few, however, have made knitting, in the real sense, as integral as does French choreographer Mourad Merzouki in YogeeTi, a highlight of the 2012 Taiwan International Festival of Arts.

Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance launches at Goldsmiths

An interesting project – building a cultural bridge between the UK and China –has begun in south-east London. In June, Goldsmiths, University of London launched the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance with inspirational speeches from Chinese and UK officials and beautiful performances from artists from both countries.

A novel venue: discover dance at your local library

Contemporary dance company Second Hand Dance is breathing new life into libraries this month as part of the Big Dance festival.

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