News: Dance TV viewing for Christmas

Monday 23 December 2013 by Deborah Jones

Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

There is a reasonable selection of films, musicals and televised dance performances to give you your dance fix over the holidays.

On Christmas Eve there’s a choice of two fun classics to get you in the mood,
An American in Paris on BBC Two at 10.15am.
The 1951 musical film inspired by George Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
and Fantasia on BBC Two at 4.15pm.
Walt Disney’s ambitious film animation made in 1940. It features the much-loved Sorcerer’s Apprentice, in which Mickey Mouse dons a wizard’s hat and commands a broom to do his chores. My favourite section is when the ostriches and hippos pirouette in the Dance of the Hours… one for watching with the kids but be ready for the scary Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

For Christmas Day choices will have to be made, especially if you are spending the day with lots of in-laws. So program the recorder or catch up on iPlayer when they have all gone. To start the day off there is
The Red Shoes on BBC Two at 8.50am.
The 1948 film stars Moira Shearer and filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all time favorite films.

You may feel like allowing yourself to indulge in what will no doubt be a very sparkly
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on BBC One at 5.00pm.
Six new celebrities take to the ballroom for a one-off festive performance, competing to get their hands on the Christmas Strictly trophy. Comedian Rufus Hound, Rochelle Humes from girl band The Saturdays, West End legend Elaine Paige, DJ Sara Cox, EastEnders star Ricky Norwood and musician Matt Goss rock around the Strictly dance floor.

Finally you can take your pick between the contemporary take of
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty on BBC Two at 5.55pm.
His 2012 version of the classic ballet is a gothic tale for all ages with the traditional fairytale turned upside down in this supernatural love story across the decades.

Or you can enjoy watching a classical
Royal Ballet in Don Quixote on BBC Four at 8.00pm.
Carlos Acosta presented his first work for The Royal Ballet this year- an entertaining new dance adaptation of the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

Whatever it is, Happy Holidays!

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