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Paint Birmingham red!

Posted on April 3, 2014

swingamajig pic courtesy idfb

swingamajig-pic-courtesy-idfbBack for its fourth edition, International Dance Festival Birmingham promises social dance from swing to samba, alongside stage performances, workshops and free outdoor shows.

The “Paint the Town Red” strand stages a social dance extravaganza for each weekend of the festival, which runs from April 24 to May 25. The first weekend is an Argentine Tango intensive, with lessons from Javier Rodriguez, Noelia Barsi and Birmingham Tango directors Loyd Vidal and Sandra Bernard, plus milongas with music from DJ Damian Boggio.

Flamenco takes over for the second weekend. Dancers La Lupi and Ana Garcia

offer workshops from beginner’s classes to choreography and technique, with live music from guitarist Curro de Maria.

There’s plenty of swing, with workshop days on April 21 and May 3, followed by the Swingmajig (pictured) on Sunday, May 4. Running from 2pm until 5am, this is an urban festival dedicated to electro swing, gypsy folk and vintage, giving a modern twist to the sounds and styles of the 1920s. Led by Electric Swing Circus, the Swingmajig will feature swing performances on three stages, dancing, acrobats, DJs and more.

May 17 is a day of house and jazz fusion workshops, followed by The Sound of Footwork, a footwork fusion dance night in association with club night Brukup!.

The festival’s last weekend includes an international Capoeira festival and a Brazilian carnival parade, plus a late night Brazilian club night.

The festival offers more workshops as part of its performance strand. Luca Silvestrini’s Protein presents a workshop aimed at over-50s, who can then watch the company dance its new show Border Tales. In A Haka Day Out, New Zealander Corey Baker will lead exhilarating Haka (war dance) workshops with native Maori performers, followed by a mass live Haka performance on May 10.

See for details.


Picture courtesy of International Dance Festival Birmingham

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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