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New classes from Strictly and Olympic opening ceremony choreographers

Posted on August 24, 2012

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richard_marcelChoreographers who have worked on “Strictly Come Dancing” and the Olympic opening ceremony will teach courses at London’s Greenwich Dance this autumn.

Richard Marcel (pictured) will be teaching salsa at Greenwich’s Borough Hall on Thursday evenings. Marcel choreographs salsa routines for “Strictly” and has worked with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross and Tom Jones. He has just finished work on the new British salsa movie Cuban Fury.

Temujin Gill, a Greenwich Dance associate artist, will return to teach the 1930s jive dance lindy hop. Temujin was a co-choreographer on the NHS sequence of the Olympic opening ceremony, which featured 600 dancing staff.

Greenwich Dance will also offer courses in ballroom, tango, Pilates, Zumba and more. The seven-week term runs from September 10 to October 25. Booking in advance is required. There will also be drop-in classes, with no need to book, in styles including Egyptian belly dance and flamenco.

For full details of Greenwich Dance classes, including dance for children, young people, professionals and the over-60s, see

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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