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Fifteen dance shows we're excited to see in London in 2015

London's line-up of dance shows is set to be spectacular in 2015. Here are our highlights for the year ahead

By Daisy Bowie-Sell
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15. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

Dance Contemporary and experimental

It's been a whopping 25 years since Mexico's national dance company have performed on London's stages. They mix Mexico's dance heritage with contemporary movement to create a showstopping spectacle of colour.

14. Carmina Burana & Serenade

Dance Ballet

It's big, bold and the sound may melt your ears. David Bintley creates an epic staging, inspired by satirical writings by medieval priests to the impossibly dramatic sounds of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Birmingham Royal Ballet perform the piece alongside George Balanchine's 'Serenade'.

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13. English National Ballet: Lest We Forget

4 out of 5 stars
Dance Ballet

English National Ballet return with this bill that was a hit at the Barbican in 2014. 'Lest We Forget' is inspired by the centenary of the WW1 and includes 'Dust' by Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant's 'Second Breath' and Liam Scarlett's 'No Man's Land'.

12. Diana Vishneva: On the Edge

Dance Ballet

Versatile and technically brilliant dancer Diana Vishneva stages the UK premiere of two works commissioned specially for her. 'Woman in a Room' is inspired by the films of Tarkovsky and is a journey into the life of one woman, while 'Switch' is a pas de trois by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

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11. La Fille Mal Gardée

Dance Ballet

Looking for classical ballet in 2015? You could certainly do worse than the Royal Ballet's staging of Frederick Ashton's joyful ballet about a rural love story. Catch the likes of star ballerinas Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae and Marianela Nunez in the lead roles.

10. The Car Man

Dance Contemporary and experimental

Matthew Bourne's spunky brand of dance-theatre arrives at Sadler's in 2015 in the form of this revival. It's a thrilling adaptation of Bizet's opera 'Carmen' set in a 1960s garage-diner in America.

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9. English National Ballet: Modern Masters

Dance Contemporary and experimental

Continuing their stint as Sadler's Wells's first ever associate ballet company, English National Ballet bring this exciting new triple bill with choreography from the likes of Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe.

8. Cinderella

Dance Ballet

Rather cheekily, the Netherlands has been keeping Christopher Wheeldon's new interpretation of 'Cinderella' to itself for the last two years. Dutch National Ballet first performed the new work in 2012 and 2015 will see its UK premiere at the London Coliseum. It's a new ballet set to Prokofiev's score.

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'Four Elements', Rambert Dance Company
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7. Rambert Dance Company: Dance Arteries

Dance Contemporary and experimental

This year's offering from the contemporary dance company is as bold as brass, and not just because they're staging the first dance work ever to feature a brass band. Tredgar Town Band provide the soundtrack to 'Dark Arteries' a look at the coal mining communities of Britain by Mark Baldwin, in a triple bill alongside work by Alexander Whitley and Lucinda Childs.

'Bayadere - The Ninth Life'
Chris Nash

6. Bayadere - The Ninth Life

Dance Ballet

A brand new dance theatre work from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance inspired by Marius Petipa's ballet 'La Bayadere'. The intriguing fresh look at the classic ballet explores the west's fascination with the orient.

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5. BalletBoyz: Young Men

Dance Contemporary and experimental

Hefty, impressive and all-male BalletBoyz premiere a new full-length work 'Young Men' choreographed by rising star Ivan Perez this January. It's a portrait of love, loss and friendships which explores the bonds that develop in war.

4. The Four Temperaments/Hofesh Shechter/Song of the Earth

Dance Ballet

In 'Political Mother' he brought us booming drums; in 'Sun' cardboard cutout sheep – it's difficult to predict quite what to expect from a new piece by Israeli-born, exhilarating choreographer Hofesh Shechter, but whatever it is, it should be something to book for. This will be his first appearance at the Royal Opera House and the new piece sits within a robust triple bill.

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3. Woolf Works

Dance Ballet

Virginia Woolf, in a ballet? If anyone can do it, cutting-edge choreographer Wayne McGregor can. And he will, in May when he stages his first full-length work for the Royal Ballet. 'Woolf Works' draws on the modernist writer's novel 'Mrs Dalloway'.

2. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Dance Contemporary and experimental

Their iconic leader Pina Bausch may have passed on, but her spirit remains in company Tanztheater Wuppertal. In April 2015 they will bring over two of her works that have never been staged in the UK – an exciting chance to see rarely performed pieces by the master.

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1. Sylvie Guillem

Dance Contemporary and experimental

Alas, just like footballers, dancers can't go on forever. It's with the typical effortless grace and timing that brilliant French dancer Sylvie Guillem has exhibited on stage for the past 35 years that she now steps away.  Don’t miss her swan song at Sadler’s this May.

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