Let’s Dance

Hip hop festival returns

BOURNEMOUTH’S festival of hip hop culture, B-Town Throwdown, returns to Pavilion Dance in Westover Road from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May. Once again the seaview venue will stamp its credentials as a hip-hop hotbed as they festival enters its fifth year! The programme features an exhilarating mix of battles, workshops and masterclasses. For more…

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Ballet Central on tour again

THE annual Ballet Central nationwide tour comes to Yeovil Octagon on Wed­nes­day 24th May, the first of four venues in the south west region. The Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company is this year under the guidance of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. The company brings audiences around the country the chance…

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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 Strode Theatre, Street, on Friday 19th May, to Salisbury Festival on 30th May and Bridport Arts Centre on 16th June. It is a hopeful comedy about a woman recovering from trauma who begins to discover a…

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Magical watery waste

INTO the Water, coming to Pavilion Dance on Sunday 21st May, is described as a foot-stomping, hand-tapping show set in a magical wasteland. In the Up and Over It show, anything is possible and friendship is everything. Packed with dance and percussion, this playful hour sees hands and feet fly at breathtaking speed, in a…

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Cinderella … the first ballet

WHAT better story for a child’s introduction to the joy of ballet than Cinderella, and that’s just what English National Ballet offers at Bristol Hippodrome on 20th and 21st May. The company, working with the  English National Ballet Schoo, has reimagined a version of the classic fairy-tale created specially for children as young as three….

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Preview for Poole BRB dance fans

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet returns to Poole’s Lighthouse on 9th and 10th May with three performances of a triple bill, previewing a new work to be danced at Birmingham in June. The mixed programme celebrates both the power of storytelling – from Ancient Greek mythology to Shakespearean poetry – and the versatility and virtuosity of the…

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Coppelia at the Regent

DELIBES’ classic ballet Coppelia comes to the Regent Centre in Christ­church on Wednesday 19th April at 7pm, in a recording from Australian Ballet and the last in the current season of Encore screenings from satellite at the venue. Coppelia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief and has everything a good ballet story should…

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Pinocchio in Poole with Jasmin

THE Jasmin Vardimon Company visits Poole’s Lighthouse on Tuesday 18th April for a family performance of Pinocchio, arranged in conduction with Pavilion Dance South West. Starting at 7pm,  this wonderful adventure features a cast of multi-talented dancers who will guide the audience through the story of Pinocchio, a naughty wooden marionette who lies a lot,…

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Catch Lord of the Dance at Bristol

THE 20th anniversary celebration of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is on a world tour, which started earlier this year and continues until April 2018. The only UK date in the south and west is at Bristol Hippodrome, where it is on stage from Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th April. Sub-titled Dangerous Games, the…

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Pavilion Dance looks into the future

PAVILION Dance South West is organising an event  on Saturday 22nd April to explore the influence of new technology on dance and discuss what dance could be for the 21st century. New Tech: New Movement: New Future highlights the growing interest in creative technology, entrepreneurship and collaboration inspiring the future of dance. The South West…

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