A host of London dance shows are on across the capital this month. From ballet to tap, from street dance to folk tales, there is a wealth of options. The tough choice is where to start.
We’re here to help. Theatre.London’s resident dance expert has put together a handy list of the London dance shows she’s most excited about this month. We’re sure one or two will be up your dance street.
Rhythm Of The Dance (Churchill Theatre) – 3 July
Ringlets at the ready! World champion Irish dancers create a turbo-tapping storm on the Bromley stage in this two-hour celebration of Gaelic music and movement.
Sisters Grimm: Voices Of The Amazon (Sadler’s Wells) – From 4 to 8 July
Producers Sisters Grimm bagged a Grammy nomination for INALA, a Zulu ballet featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Now they’re back with an intriguing dance musical work tackling the subject of deforestation. In Voices Of The Amazon, choreographer Helen Pickett blends ballet, contemporary and capoeira to tell the story of a water sprite who searches the depleted rainforest for a remedy with which to save her sister’s life. We found out more when we were invited into a rehearsal. BOOK NOW
Bring On The Bollywood (artsdepot) – From 6 to 8 July
If you’re after romance, comedy and high-energy Bollywood dance routines, look no further than Phizzical’s latest production. It features a cast of meddling mothers, dashing suitors and awkward encounters in the Himalayas.
Mithkal Alzghair: Displacement (Lilian Baylis Studio) – From 6 to 7 July
Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair presents a double bill based on war and migration that deconstructs the traditional folk dances of his homeland. This show is part of Shubbak, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.
My First Ballet: Cinderella (Peacock Theatre) – From 18 to 23 July
A three-hour Swan Lake probably isn’t the best way to introduce kids to the magic of ballet. So, the students of the English National Ballet School bring Cinderella to life in a colourful and accessible style. This fairy tale features an onstage narrator to make it an extra child-friendly experience.
London Contemporary Dance School: Graduation Performances 2017 (The Place) – From 7 to 14 July
If you’re after something a bit more avant-garde, head to Camden. There, you can see the future stars of contemporary dance present their degree shows.
LCP Dance Theatre: Escape 2 (Blue Elephant Theatre) – From 7 to 9 July
This multi-ethnic, multimedia dance company is dedicated to exploring issues surrounding human-rights violations, specifically human trafficking. Now they’re coming to Camberwell with a follow-up to their 2016 show Escape, fusing aerial acrobatics and pole dance to evoke the experiences of refugees.
Dorrance Dance: ETM – Double Down (Sadler’s Wells) – From 12 to 15 July
It’s the mission of tap-dance innovator Michelle Dorrance to pay tribute to America’s oldest dance form while bringing it right into the here and now. Fred Astaire this isn’t. Expect computer technology and electro music when Dorrance Dance hoof their way onto the Sadler’s Wells stage. BOOK NOW
Mariinsky Ballet (Royal Opera House) – From 24 July
With the Royal Ballet off on tour down under, Covent Garden says, “Dobryi vechir!” to the inimitable Mariinsky Ballet. While Saint Petersburg’s finest dancers bring familiar classics (Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère) to the London stage, they also show their modern mettle with neoclassical fare including Wayne McGregor’s Infra and Alexei Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina.