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The best dance shows this month

Take your pick from the highlights of the London dance scene this month

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best dance pieces to catch in the capital this October.

© Paul Blakemore

Dance Umbrella

London's peerless festival of contemporary choreography is back back back

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By: Alice Saville
Tristram Kenton

Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons

Mug up on your ballet history with this double programme celebrating Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. 'Monotones' (1965) is an ethereal piece danced to Satie’s 'Trois Gymnopédies' while 'The Two Pigeons' (1962) explores the nature of love.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Friday December 4 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015

Romeo and Juliet

Pirouetting into their autumn season with style, the Royal Opera House stage Kenneth MacMillan's much-loved definitive version of Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'. There's a raft of exciting dancers working on it, including Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nunez.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Wednesday December 2 2015

The Snowman

It's never too early to get into a Christmassy mood with this gorgeous ballet based on the Raymond Briggs book and animated film. Colourfully-costumed animals, fairies, and a crew of dancing snowmen and a bounding Santa will set your spirits soaring.

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Peacock Theatre , Holborn Until Sunday January 3 2016