Let’s Dance

Bollywood in Poole

FROM Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July, it’s time to Bring on the Bollywood at Poole’s Lighthouse. The romantic musical comedy, a love letter to traditional Bollywood style, is filled with with music and high-energy dance. It tells the story of the headstrong Katrina Pawar, a British Asian woman who returns to her ancestral…

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Morris and choirs at Petherton Folk Fest

MORRIS sides and choirs from around the region will be gathering in the historic centre of South Petherton for this year’s 6th Petherton Folk Fest on Saturday 17th June. The day-long free festival brings a wide range of folk dance and music to South Somerset – Morris and Appalachian dancing, blues, Celtic rock and busking…

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Thoroughly Modern Millie returns

IN 1967,  Thoroughly Modern Millie was a huge hit on screen, and went on to be adapted for the stage. Now a major revival is on a UK tour, coming to Bristol Hippodrome from 20th to 24th June. It stars Joanne Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing in the title role. The world ballroom showdance champion…

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Strictly sweethearts in Southampton

STRICTLY Come Dancin’s Kevin and Karen Clifton visit the Mayflower Theatre on Sunday 25th June at 3pm as part of their UK tour. They met on stage and got engaged during a live stage performance on Broadway and now have their first live show together, taking what is described as a sultry, hip-swinging journey through…

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A balletic dream

BALLET Cymru comes to Poole’s Light­house on Thursday 22nd June with a perf­ormance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starting at 7.45pm. The award-winning company is touring this funny and heart-warming adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, danced to Mendel­s­­sohn’s joyous music, with colourful costumes and sets and video projection. The Queen of the Fairies Titania and Puck…

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Ballet Central showcase

BALLET Central comes to Bridport Arts Centre on 23rd and 24th June with a showcase programme and a new artistic director, Christopher Marney. The performances, at 7.30pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday, are an opportunity to see dynamic and talented young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers in newly commissioned works and…

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How many Joans?

WRITER-performer Viv Gordon, artistic director of Mean Feet Dance, brings her remarkable autobiographical one-woman show I Am Joan to Bridport Arts Centre, on Friday 16th June, her final performance in the region after a lengthy tour. It is a hopeful comedy about a woman recovering from trauma who begins to discover a sense of herself…

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Remembering Terence Brady at Ballet Under the Stars

COUNTRY house ballet, glamorous sister of the long-established country house opera season, returns to the perfect setting of Hatch House near Tisbury from 21st to 23rd July. Founded by Matt Brady, the Covent Garden Dance Company returns to Hatch House for the eighth year with a programme that includes the premiere of Les Colombes, created…

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Closing in the US, opening in Street

AS historic circus Barnum and Bailey closed its big top to the world, the South West School of Dance in Street is about to open its latest production, Barnum, at Strode Theatre from 31st May to 3rd June. This youth production, inspired by the great circus, has a cast of 79 performers aged from seven…

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