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Burn The Floor

“Ballroom. Reinvented” is the strapline for Burn The Floor, the much-hyped steamy spectacular that was first conceived at Elton John’s 50th birthday celebration in 1997 before it made its world premiere in the UK two years later.

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Dirty Dancing

Some cinematic moments are indelibly printed on the collective conscience. For a generation of thirtysomething women, the moment a leather-jacketed Patrick Swayze marches into the end-of-holiday revue at Kellerman’s and says, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” will remain with them forever. With its legendary lines (“I carried a watermelon”), feelgood soundtrack and hip-rolling moves, […]

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Tom Tom Crew at E4 Udderbelly

Housed within the belly of a giant inflatable cow on London’s South Bank this summer were Australian troupe the Tom Tom Crew, who take their unique mix of street-styled circus and music to the Edinburgh Fringe this month. MC Ben Walsh leads the proceedings, asking the audience to remain seated while the company do their […]

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The Nutcracker

Sometimes you need a kick-start to get you into the swing for the festive season and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome on November 31 was just the thing for me.

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Imagine This

It’s hard to imagine fun entertainment based on the subject matter of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. But in Imagine This, the premiere of which I saw at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, a love story unfolds while a play within a play is performed. The cast struggles against adversity to transform the greyness of life in the shadow […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet in Strictly Dancing at Birmingham Hippodrome

Like a tin of Quality Street, Strictly Dancing promised to offer something for everyone. From grandiose Russian classicism to Greek fable infused with English school romanticism via the 20th century nostalgia of partner dancing, Birmingham Royal Ballet delivered an ensemble as part of its autumn season best described as eclectic.

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