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 May.


London Tango Festival

The London Tango Festival arrives in the capital with a host of international tango couples including Cristina Sosa and Daniel Nacucchio and Nati and Bruno Rodriguez. Over four days you can watch people get saucy and rhythmical, while also doing a bit yourself. Take part in the many classes or watch one of the many, many performances.

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New Unity Until Mon May 4


This big-scale show pairs two intriguing dance disciplines – street and flamenco. They are brought together in a mad dance fusion by Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. Three flamenco dancers, three hip hop dancers and three break dancers take to the stage with a live band that mixes traditional flamenco with urban beats.

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Peacock Theatre 23 May 2015


Fan of dance and synchronised swimming? Then this is surely the show for you. As part of the Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival of south Indian culture, here's 'a sensational pool-based spectacular'. 'Synchronised' merges synchronised swimming and Indian kathak and contemporary dance in an actual swimming pool. Head down with the whole family to the Orchard Lisle pool at Guy's Hospital.

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Guy's Hospital Until Sun May 24

Boris Charmatz/Musee de la danse

Boris Charmatz has made a name for himself and his company for being a radical, experimental choreographer and artist. Here he returns to Sadler's Wells with a London premiere of a series of performances, installations and 'provocations'. There's a chance to get involved in the onstage art and dance too.

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Sadler's Wells 20 May 2015
Sebastian Bolesch

Sasha Waltz & Guests: D'Avant

Great choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui teams up with Damien Jalet on this piece with Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz de Garaio Esnaola who all share an interest and passion for Medieval music. Dancers perform on a construction site set to music from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall 07 May 2015

Breakin' Convention

Jonzi D's classic mad hip hop and street dance weekend returns to Sadler's Wells this May. UK and international companies take to the stage over three nights, with workshops, jams and DJ and graffiti demos running alongside the main shows.The bill includes regulars Boy Blue Entertainment alongside Spain's experimental dance company Iron Skulls, London-based street dance Protocol Dance Company and France's identical twin brothers Les Twins.

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Sadler's Wells Until Sat May 2
Northern Ballet photo by Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet

There's a brand new and intriguing mixed bill presented from one of the UK's best touring companies Northern Ballet. They bring Christopher Hampson's 'Perpetuum Mobile', set to Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major, as well as pieces by Demis Volpi, Kenneth Tindall and Mark Godden.

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Royal Opera House 14 May 2015
benedict johnson

Rambert Dance Company: Dark Arteries

Rambert Dance Company's regular stop-off at Sadler's Wells brings this brassy work from Mark Baldwin. It's the world's first brass band dance work, and tells of Britain's coal mining communities. Alongside this piece is a new work by rising star choreographer Alexander Whitley and a revival of 'Four Elements' by Lucinda Childs.

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Sadler's Wells Fri May 15 - Sat May 16

Woolf Works

A full-length ballet about the brilliant modernist writer Virginia Woolf? Why not, if anyone can do it, choreographer extraordinaire Wayne McGregor can. This will be his first full-length ballet for the Royal Ballet and will draw on Virginia Woolf's many works, including the seminal 'Mrs Dalloway'.

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Royal Opera House 26 May 2015
Lesley Leslie-Spinks

Sylvie Guillem

Now here's a May event that really mustn't be missed. The superb French ballet and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem is performing her swansong, before bowing out gracefully. Over 35 years she's wowed the dance world and this is the last time to catch her on stage. There's existing work and new stuff, including a solo, danced with live musicians choreographed by Akram Khan and a pas de deux with Italian dancer Emanuela Montanari choreographed by Russell Maliphant.

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Sadler's Wells Until Sunday May 31 2015