This one-day fest is a chance to immerse yourself in all things Afro-Luso (aka Portuguese-speaking African culture). There are workshops for dancers of all levels by day and parties and performances at night, drawing on an eclectic mix of traditions including kizomba and semba from Angola, Jamaican dancehall, Cuban orixa, and coupe decale from the Ivory Coast.
Avant garde Russian artist Natalia Goncharova also turned her hand to creating stunning costumes with Sergei Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. See a slice of ballet history at this exhibition of her work.
Southbank Centre are putting on a massive free party over the August bank holiday weekend, and it's full of chances to throw some shapes. A four-day line-up of mambo workshops, interactive carnivals, and social dancing finishes off with a celebration of 45 years of hip hop on the Monday - featuring a top line-up of DJs, beatboxers and dancers.
This speakeasy-inspired show from the makers of 'La Soiree' is more cabaret than dance but there's plenty of opportunity to shake a tail-feather, with artfully-choreographed tumbling cocktail waiters and fizzy tunes from a live in-house band. The line-up includes sizzling burlesque star Laurie Hagen, jazz performer Dandy Wellington, and aerialist Yammel Rodriguez, who'll perform on and around an onstage bar that'll dish up cocktails before the show.
After his Tower of London takeover in July, Hofesh Shechter is bringing his amped up, hyper physical dance style to another of the city's landmarks. 'Shechter Underground' will fill the tunnels under Somerset House with a crew of young dancers who'll stage a circus-like performance that draws on Shechter's hit show 'Clowns'.
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's take on 'Swan Lake' is sumptuously traditional, from the lavish handpainted backdrops to the bejewelled costumes to its elegant corps de ballet. It's coming to Coliseum (home of the ENO) for a limited run of dates this summer, offering London audiences a chance to see a masterful Russian take on Tchaikovsky's emotive classic. The star attraction is seasoned prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, who'll share the role of Odette/Odile with guest star and Bolshoi Ballet principal Anna Nikulina. Her fellow Bolshoi star Denis Rodkin will play Prince Siegfried, alternating the role with Mariinsky Theatre’s principal dancer, Kimin Kim.
Coming to Sadler's Wells after a premiere in Paris, this reimagining of Bizet's fiery opera classic 'Carmen' is shot through with Cuban spirit. It's got new salsa and rumba-inspired orchestrations by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), which will be brought to sizzling life by a huge company of dancers and musicians from Cuba.