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New season at the Paris Opéra Ballet

The Paris Opéra Ballet has announced its new 2019/20 season, continuing its 350th anniversary celebrations this year with new productions and much-loved classics. Among the new works is At the Hawk’s Well: a collaboration between Japanese visual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, invited for the first time to the Paris Opéra, and choreographer Alessio Silvestrin, which features […]

Combi masterclass with Strictly Wheels

Learn the basic techniques of ballroom and Latin Combi dance – performed by a wheelchair user and standing partner – with the UK’s top Para Dance Sport couple Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness, and international coach, Accursio Romeo. The masterclass on April 7 at Romeo Dance Academy in Milton Keynes will cover the internationally recognised […]

Breakin’ Convention returns

The annual celebration of hip hop, Breakin’ Convention returns to Sadler’s Wells and the Lilian Baylis Studio over the May bank holiday. A Sadler’s Wells Project, the international festival, now in its 16th year, takes place on May 4–5, showcasing hip hop dance and theatre talent. Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells associate artist Jonzi […]

Twelve-hour performance of Wallflower

Manchester-based company Quarantine and Dance North Scotland bring the first-ever 12-hour performance of the show Wallflower to Universal Hall, Findhorn, on March 22. Wallflower is a marathon of dance and memory. Spanning a lifetime of music, fashion, politics, friendships, parties, love and loss, it is a show about how dancing can shape our lives. From […]

Girl power

Strictly Come Dancing’s Dianne Buswell talks to Nicola Rayner about a new touring show, Here Come The Girls For one reason or another, 2019 seems to be the year of the same-sex ballroom show – sisters (or brothers) are doing it for themselves. We have Vincent Simone and Ian Waite pairing up for The Ballroom Boys […]

Kiss Me Quickstep

Ballroom drama Kiss Me Quickstep, by Amanda Whittington, opens at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, on February 22, before transferring to New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on March 13 and then touring to Theatr Clwyd, Mold, on March 26. Directed by Kirstie Davis, with design by Jess Curtis, lighting by Mark Dymock, sound by James Cook and […]

Pasha Kovalev leaves Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev has announced he is leaving the BBC show after “eight fantastic years”. The much-loved Russian dancer announced his departure on Twitter on February 13, saying: “After scoring 93 perfects tens, reaching four finals and lifting one glitter ball, it’s time for me to find a new challenge and so […]

Flamenco Festival London 2019

Now in its 16th edition, Sadler’s Wells’ annual Flamenco Festival London returns later than usual this year, running from July 2 to 14 for a fortnight of dance shows featuring some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians. Sara Baras returns to Sadler’s Wells to open this year’s festival with Sombras (Shadows) on July […]

Great Women in Dance

One Dance UK is holding an exclusive photography exhibition Beyond Borders – Great Women in Dance in the 12 Star Gallery at Europe House, Westminster. From some of the UK’s most renowned dance companies to freelance dance artists across all genres of the art form, international artists have significantly influenced the UK’s cultural fabric. Indeed, […]

The Tea Dance with a Twist

Participants are encouraged to dress up in bright colours and throw themselves into the action at DanceWest’s Tea Dance with a Twist on March 16 at Hammersmith Town Hall, London. A contemporary, dynamic event with something for everyone, the Tea Dance with a Twist features a live jazz band, led by nonagenarian Jack Honeyborne, playing […]

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

A film inspired by the life of Carlos Acosta will be released in the UK and Ireland on April 12, with an exclusive screening at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House on April 3. Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story is directed by Icíar Bollaín (Take My Eyes, Even the Rain), written by Paul […]

New show: Message In A Bottle

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK announced a new production choreographed by Kate Prince, set to the music of Sting yesterday, January 29. The world premiere of Message In A Bottle will take place at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from February 6 to March 21, 2020, followed by a UK and international […]

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