Dance Calendar

Festivals & Annual Events

Need to see the year at a glance? Check out our Dance Calendar of the year’s festivals and annual fixtures

Plan ahead with our Dance Calendar, listing annual fixtures on the London dance scene. And if we’ve missed any – let us know!

London International Mime Festival
Various venues across London
LIMF presents international visual theatre. In previous years the festival has presented some of the most distinguished names in its field: Jacques Lecoq, Bolek Polivka, Philippe Genty, Lindsay Kemp, Annie Fratellini, Jérôme Deschamps, Marcel Marceau and his company, as well as a new generation of performers like La Ribot, Compagnie 111, Josef Nadj, Licedei, Complicite, Phelim McDermot and Improbable Theatre.

January – February
The Place
Resolution! is The Place’s annual new year open season for shorter dance works. Over 100 works will be presented in nightly changing triple bills. Each evening a triple bill of three dance companies appearing under one of three headings:
• First Footing – brand new companies making their Resolution! debut
• Evolution – companies returning to Resolution! with a new piece
• Aerowaves – companies from other European countries performing in London for the first time
Box office: 020 7121 1100

Connect Festival
February – March
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells
The Connect Festival is a celebration of dance produced by the Sadler’s Wells community and learning team Connect. The annual Connect Festival features performances, workshops and seminar events.
Box office: 0844 412 4300

Dance Currents
February – April
Stratford Circus and other venues
An eclectic season of dance celebrating work by local, national and international companies presented by East London Dance. Dance Currents promotes contemporary dance – being street, funk, hip hop, breaking, krump and cross genre styles – along with modern/Contemporary dance

Flamenco Festival London
Sadler’s Wells
The annual Flamenco Festival London features some of the finest dancers, musicians and singers from across Spain.
Box office: 0844 412 4300

Move It
This annual dance event gets bigger every year – now with over 220 dance classes, 100 performances and 180 exhibitors. Whether it’s ballroom, ballet, hip hop or jazz, MOVE IT offers something for everyone.

Spring Loaded
April – May
The Place
A collection of some of Britain’s best independent dance and a chance to sample where dance is going next.
Box office: 020 7121 1100

Breakin’ Convention
Sadler’s Wells
An International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre. The festival showcases dance companies and artists from around the world. There is also a focus on education, with a comprehensive workshop programme led by artists from around the world; graff commissions; graff jams; DJ demos and freestyling; film screenings and lecture demonstrations.
Box office: 0844 412 4300

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
Various locations in the Greenwich & Docklands area
London’s biggest free festival of open air spectacle and performance. In 2008 the festival became the UK’s biggest commissioner of outdoor work. GDIF incorporates dance, circus, street theatre, and music.

London Youth Dance Day
The Scoop at More London
Open air performances taking place in the area surrounding the Mayor’s Office.
London Youth Dance

Big Dance
Big Dance is a celebration of dance in all its styles and forms, and aims to get as many people dancing as possible. Big Dance 2008 saw an estimated half a million participants in London and over 500 events across the capital.

Watch This Space
July – August
Theatre Square, National Theatre
The National Theatre’s free summer festival with a programme of British and international street theatre, bands, club nights, dance, cabaret and spectacle. For the summer months (when the weather holds off) Theatre Square in front of Denys Lasdun’s iconic building on the South Bank becomes the fourth auditorium, where all sorts of surprises are waiting to happen.

Trafalgar Square Festival
Trafalgar Square
Free outdoor performances. An annual programme of street arts and performance.

IDC” International Dance Connection
The Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars
IDC” International Dance Connection is the first Dance Showcase that gives dancers in the UK the opportunity to dance on stage with some of the best choreographers in the world. In addition dancers can work on a set routine over a week and perform with real professionals from studios and TV shows such as “Debbie Reynolds” & “Millenium”, “So you think you can dance” & “America’s Best Dance Crew”

Place Prize
The Place
The Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg, is a choreography competition. It runs every two years, each time commissioning twenty UK-based choreographers to create new dance works to be performed at The Place in London. From these, five finalists are selected and, following further performances, an overall winner.
Box office: 020 7121 1100

Touch Wood
The Place
Touch Wood is a performance complement to Choreodrome, where every other summer The Place’s studios are given over to artists to pursue research and development projects. Each night in Touch Wood comes together at the last moment and no two nights are the same – a safe Place to risk all on a bare stage.
Box office: 020 7121 1100

Dance Umbrella
Various venues across London
Dance Umbrella celebrates and champions contemporary dance. It pushes the boundaries of innovation and enriches the enjoyment and experience of contemporary dance for its audiences.

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