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Classically British 2017

Posted on October 18, 2017

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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 Nathan Geering and Rambert School student Joey Barton. It also features Salomé Pressac-Hewitt (pictured, above), whose dancing was praised in Rambert School’s performance of Glint with Richard Alston Dance Company, where she “stood out particularly for her poise and command” (Dancing Times, July 2017).

The performance will be held at the Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY. On Friday afternoon, local schools and colleges are invited to an event including the dress rehearsal, a retrospective of black dance pioneers and a Q&A session.

The evening performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from or on the door.


Picture: Salomé Pressac-Hewitt. Photograph: Nick Guttridge

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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