News: Dance picks for summer in London

Friday 23 June 2017

Looking for something a little bit different? Dance photographer and writer Carole Edrich lists her top dance picks from across the capital this summer.


Dance For Refuge | Friday 23 June
Free | V&A
Hit the dance floor as three migrant DJs perform sets inspired by the V&A’s collection.

Art Night | Saturday 01 July
Free | Exchange Square, Liverpool Street
Join the dance processions of different dance schools to Exchange Square, which will be transformed into a temporary stage with free dance lessons. When lessons finish, the space will then become an open dance floor until 4am.

Tango At Spitalfields | Sunday 02 July
Free | Spitafields Market
A monthly free outdoor milonga offering Londoners a rare opportunity to tango outdoors. The dance floor is covered by a canopy so the dancing can continue through any summer showers.

RainCrew Summer | Jam 15 – 16 July
Free – £20 | Red Lion, Leytonstow
Now in its third year, Rain Summer Jam brings people together to compete and witness some of the most exciting Hip Hop and Urban dancers around.

Werk The Floor | Sunday 16 July
£12 | Cargo, Old Street
An all-day waacking one-on-one, featuring a showcase, contest and after party.


A/her/my/our/their/no flamenco | Thursday 29 June
£8 | Cervantes Theatre, Southwark
A thought provoking flamenco and contemporary mash-up.

Nicht schlafen | Friday 30 June
£20 | Sadler’s Wells
See the trailblazing Alain Platel return with his critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B, for the dark and moving nicht schlafen. Inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler and the time the composer lived in, drawing parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe.

Remnants | until Saturday 01 July
£20 – £28 | Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill
Performed by solo dancer and fourn singer, Remnants juxtaposes Balkan folk and Klapa (traditional a cappella singing from Croatia) to tell a story of tragic love, set against the backdrop of two wars in Bosnia 50 years apart.

Turmoil, Claw Festival | 3 – 4 July
£8 – £16 | Cervantes Theatre, Southwark
A physical tragicomedy featuring live music, Flamenco and a tap dancing goat!

The OV Battle | Saturday 8 July
£10 | Studio Three Arts, Barking
Join the Odd Venture’s first battle event with categories including seven to smoke Hip Hop, seven to smoke krump and two vs. two all style.

Afro Play – Colour Vs Place | Sunday 16 July
Free | Southbank Centre
Five artists share how Africanism and related dance forms have become part of their identity. A provocative performance designed to spark conversation and develop an alternative understanding of why we connect with African culture.

Flamencura | 8 – 12 August
£12 – £40 | Sadler’s Wells
The master of flamenco Paco Peña returns with an electrifying showcase of flamenco talent, featuring three dancers and six musicians.

Hoochie Koochie | July/August
Free | Barbican
Step into the dreamlike world of Trajal Harrell and uncover a series of imaginative encounters. Harrell’s performances are carefully crafted blends of fact and fiction in which he skilfully mixes the conceptual with the whimsical in an inventive, playful and sassy way.

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