The best dance shows this month

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

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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 August.

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  • BFI: Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!

    Okay, so this isn't technically a dance show. But stick with us – it's the BFI's Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance! season, which includes some of the best dance films around. Included in the line-up is the beautiful 3D 'Pina' by Wim Wenders which celebrates the life and work of superb German choreographer Pina Bausch and the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim 'West Side Story' (see picture and link) complete with Jerome Robbins's ground breaking and visceral choreography.

    Aug 9 – 31
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  • Nest Collective: Reach For The Bunting

    Part of the Roundhouse's Summer Sessions this month is this, a massive folk dance hosted by The Ceilidh Liberation Front, who bring new meaning to an old dance classic. Everyone loves a good ceilidh, right? So hop along to dance the night away from 8pm to 2am with performances from Family Atlantic, who have a latin-inspired sound and The Gentle Mystics.

    16 Aug 2014
    Roundhouse

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  • Angelina Ballerina - The Mousical

    There's not just a chance to see Angelina Ballerina dance, there's also a chance to see the lovely children's book character sing in this new musical for all the family.

    Fri Aug 8 - Sun Aug 10
    Richmond Theatre

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  • Funk Da Cirque: Soul Trip

    Dance/circus hybrid Funk Da Cirque pitch up as part of the Roundhouse's summer sessions. Get all your b-boying, human pyramids and boogaloo appreciation skills at the ready. The company is made up of street dancers aged 11-25 who have been mentored by top bods in their game.

    09 Aug 2014
    Roundhouse

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  • Solo For Two

    High profile ballet darling Ivan Vasiliev teams up with his equally in demand erstwhile fiancée Natalia Osipova on four nights of a mixed programme. The ballet superstars are hot property, considered two of the best dancers in the world at the moment. Here they perform works from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita.

    Wed Aug 6 - Sat Aug 9
    London Coliseum

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  • Mariinsky Ballet season

    The superb, classical Mariinsky Ballet is over from St Petersburg with this season of works danced at the Royal Opera House. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre this three-week season over August includes Konstantin Sergeyev's 1950 'Swan Lake', with music from Tchaikovsky; two ballets from twentieth-century choreographer George Balanchine 'Apollo' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and a triple bill of ballets from Mikhail Fokine, Frederick Ashton, Alexei Ratmansky 'The Firebird', 'Marguerite and Armand' and 'Concerto DSCH'. These guys are one of the greatest ballet companies in the world at the moment so catch them while they're here.

    Tue Aug 5 - Sat Aug 16
    Royal Opera House

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  • ZooNation: Groove On Down the Road

    After the success of ‘Into the Hoods’ and ‘Some Like it Hip Hop’, Kate Prince’s groundbreaking hip hop dance theatre company ZooNation delivers another extraordinary show with ‘Groove On Down the Road’. The performance is based on the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz', but Prince packs it full of contemporary twists and curves – with a subversive message on the importance of creativity in the education system.

    Until Tue Aug 26
    Queen Elizabeth Hall

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BFI: Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!

Okay, so this isn't technically a dance show. But stick with us – it's the BFI's Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance! season, which includes some of the best dance films around. Included in the line-up is the beautiful 3D 'Pina' by Wim Wenders which celebrates the life and work of superb German choreographer Pina Bausch and the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim 'West Side Story' (see picture and link) complete with Jerome Robbins's ground breaking and visceral choreography.

Aug 9 – 31
BFI

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