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28 May

The Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen capped off the company’s 50th anniversary season from December 2019. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson with set designs by the award-winning Lez Brotherston, this imaginative two-act ballet is perfect for families. The 90-minute wintry Snow Queen ballet (sans intervals) loosely follows Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Snow Queen – which also inspired the hit movie, […]

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18 May

Swans are semi-regularly represented by ballet dancers; bugs – not so much. However, the Royal Opera House has presented a version of Franz Kafka’s greatest literary work. With just seven cast members, Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis ballet was first shown in the Royal Opera House’s intimate Linbury Studio Theatre (2011). The dance theater production won a […]

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28 April

Raymond Sweetman is not your typical dance professional. He began dancing as an adult, transitioning into a dance career from the sports sector; and he enjoys K-pop dance as much as the more widespread dance genres of ballet and contemporary dance. As the founder of Purple A, a London-based K-pop dance group, Sweetman organizes dance events and […]

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28 December

Our list of the top 19 dance shows from 2019 includes productions across many dance genres, including our favourite ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, folk dance and ballroom dance performances.

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08 December

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® ballet at the Lincoln Center jubilantly celebrates the Yuletide season with an extra dash of Christmas magic.

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19 September

Three very different dance performances of Giselle are showing in London this autumn. Akram Khan’s modern interpretation, infused with Indian dance, is followed by Dada Masilo’s contemporary choreography with a dose of traditional Tswana dance from Africa – and a classical performance by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The first to London, Akram Khan’s Giselle, catapults […]

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10 September

The winners of this year’s Genée competition were crowned in Toronto, Canada on 29 August. The week-long 2019 ballet competition was held the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, drawing young talented dancers from around the globe. In the finals, Darrion Sellman (age 15, USA) and Mia Zanardo (age 15, Australia) were awarded gold […]

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27 July

Learning a short piece of repertoire can lots of fun – and London Ballet Masterclasses offers adult ballet workshops throughout the year.

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18 June

Admittedly, I rarely danced ballet every day; but I did dance regularly. From the age of 10 I took weekly ballet class from my small, local studio. The 30-minute sessions, paired with another half hour of another dance genre, stretched into longer class as I trained to earn my first pair of pink satin pointe […]

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10 June

London is one of the world’s finest capitals of culture, but buying tickets to attend extraordinary shows in the city’s divine venues can cost a pretty penny. While London’s Royal Opera House leads the pack in terms of quality and price, they have found a way to increase accessibility to their productions: live screenings of […]

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29 May

Although most dancers never reach pop idol status, Sergei Polunin became recognisable as the prolific ‘Take Me to Church’ ballet dancer in Hozier’s official music video. The former Royal Ballet dancer has been compared to ballet greats, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, and featured in Hollywood blockbuster Red Sparrow. But in 2019, much of the […]

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08 March

The BalletBoyz ‘Them/Us’ is comprised of two halves: an abstract dance with a large sculpture and a touching piece choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

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