Let’s Dance

Ballet at Hatch 2017, Covent Garden Dance Company

EXTRAORDINARY choreography by Russell Maliphant and Tim Podesta, breathtaking dancing by Lucia Lacarra, Mara Galeazzi and Ksenia Ovsyanick and dramatic music including a plangent Armenian song all combined to make this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit to Hatch House near Tisbury the most memorable yet. Now in its eighth year, Matt Brady’s company’s weekend in…

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Lucia Lacarra makes her Hatch debut

WHEN you meet an international ballet star, even a small ordinary mortal feels lumpen! You look at this tiny, featherlight creature and have to remind yourself how astonishingly strong she is – and how hard she works. I met the Basque-born Lucia Lacarra on the dress rehearsal evening of this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit…

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Cinders in the summer

VIENNA Festival Ballet brings its touring production of Cinderella to Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Friday 28th July at 7.30. With music by Rossini and choreography by Sheila Styles, the company performs the classic tale of Cinderella, one of the best-known rags-to-riches fairy tales of all time. A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical…

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Dance premiere in a 17th century garden

IT would be hard to imagine a more perfect setting for an evening of great dance and food than Covent Garden Dance Company’s annual visit to Hatch House near Tisbury, this year on 21st to 23rd July. Matt Brady’s company first brought country house ballet to south west Wiltshire in the summer of 2010, and…

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Reliving the journey of the Irish Celts

WHEN Rhythm of the Dance comes to Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 21st July, the versatile company will be re-creating the story of the Irish Celts. Rhythm of the Dance combines traditional dance and music with state of the art stage technology. It features world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band and the handsome Young Irish…

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Discover, Dream and Dance

JULY is bookended by events organised by Pavilion Dance South West in a “festival of dance in everyday places” entitled Discover, Play, Dream, Dance! This is the festival’s second year of the Discover, Play, Dream: Dance! and again it offers spectacular dance performances and activities celebrating all aspects of dance for everyone to experience and enjoy…

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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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