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Classically British 2017

Portobello Dance commemorate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month with a performance on Friday, October 20. Classically British, the company’s annual event, crosses boundaries with a programme of British dance, including classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary and street dance. Dancers announced for this year’s event include former Portobello Dance student Yinka Esi Graves, street dancer […]

Sadler’s Wells spring 2018

London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has announced its programme for Spring 2018, including Akram Khan’s final full-length solo production, Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill of works by female choreographers, the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Viktor and the 15th anniversaries of Flamenco Festival London and Breakin’ Convention. The season opens in January with […]

Akram Khan to retire from full-length dance performance

Akram Khan has announced his final full-length solo production. XENOS, which will have its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells in May 2018, is inspired by Greek mythology and by World War I. It will mark Khan’s final performances as a dancer in an evening-length work. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the […]

MOVE IT Early Bird Tickets on sale now!

For the first time ever, people can get their hands on an Early Bird ticket for MOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event. Taking place from March 16 to 18, 2018, at London ExCeL, MOVE IT brings together dance schools, enthusiasts, professionals and performers from across the UK and around the world. After MOVE IT […]

A new chapter in Cuban dance

Fourteen dancers, five dances, two hours. That’s what it took for Acosta Danza to make its UK debut at Sadler’s Wells, packing the house as it nailed its colours to the mast for all to see. Founded in 2015 to develop Cuba’s dance talent, supported by the Cuban government and international assistance, and now with […]

World Ballet Day

The online international celebration of ballet returns on October 5, with behind-the-scenes footage from the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. This is the fourth year of the programme: World Ballet Day 2016 had more than 700,000 views during the day, and later reached an […]

Dance at BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival returns from October 4 to 15, with a programme that includes new and classic dance films. In the archive strand, the festival brings back The Dumb Girl of Portici, a 1915 movie starring Anna Pavlova in her only feature film role, a silent adaptation of Auber’s ballet-opera. Directed by Lois […]

October 2017 issue

This month’s issue has a strong focus on women in dance, from flamenco superstar Rocío Molina to new Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison, who reflects on dance and motherhood, and a group of women making names for themselves in the often male-dominated world of hip hop… Strictly Shirley New judge […]

Acosta Danza’s UK debut

Carlos Acosta’s new company gives its first UK performances this autumn. Debut, the company’s first programme, runs at Sadler’s Wells from September 27 to 30, before a UK tour visiting The Lowry, Salford, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Brighton Dome and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Acosta, who started the company after retiring from The […]

New Forsythe at English National Ballet

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced its plans for spring and summer 2018, including a world premiere by William Forsythe, the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage and the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Forsythe, who has recently returned to creating works for large ballet companies, is one of the […]

Prix de Lausanne 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Prix de Lausanne, the annual competition for young ballet dancers aged 14 to 19. Candidates have until September 30 to register, and until October 22 to submit a video of themselves. The 2018 competition will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 28 to February 4, 2018 The […]

Dancing at Raindance

Look out for dance documentaries at Raindance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the UK. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, this year’s Raindance includes films about Marcelo Gomes, Wendy Whelan and the Trocks, alongside international features, shorts, a webfest and more. Directed by David Barba and James Pellerito, Anatomy of a Male […]

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