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The best dance and ballet shows in London this August 2019

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

By Time Out London Theatre |

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best modern dance and ballet pieces to catch in the capital this August 2019, including hip hop for kids, sizzling new ballet romance from Matthew Bourne, and four days of fiery Afro-Luzo sounds at Batuke Festival.

Dance, Hip hop

Tales of the Turntable

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank

Hip-hop masters ZooNation are back with another family-friendly dance show, and this time it's a time-bending musical adventure. Aspiring DJ Eric and his grandad George go right back to the origins of hip hop and soul music, as a cast of young dancers bring music culture from each decade to toe-tapping life. 

Theatre, Circuses


icon-location-pin Underbelly Festival, South Bank

Underbelly Festival's final headliner for the summer is 'Rouge', a circus-cabaret night from Australia that mixes aerial hoop, fire-eating, and raunchy dancing galore. 

On Your Feet!. London Coliseum
©  Johan Persson
Theatre, Musicals

‘On Your Feet!’ review

icon-location-pin London Coliseum, Covent Garden

Latin pop queen Gloria Estefan's musical is jam-packed with the best of Cuban dance. Its flamboyantly costumed performers tell the story of Estefan's rise through impressive salsa and R&B numbers, soundtracked by a live abnd. 

'Batuke!' at Rich Mix
© Fonteini
Things to do, Festivals

Batuke Festival

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Shake it and parade it at this four-day arts festival celebrating Afro-Luso culture. Join dance workshops in Kizomba, Semba, Ginga, Afro and Afrobeats, watch theatre performances and screenings and get stocked up at the Afro Marketplace with clothes, jewellery, hair-styling all in preparation to join the Batuke float at Notting Hill Carnival (places limited). Yes, you shall go to the ball!  

Adam Weatherley
Things to do, Festivals

London Mela

icon-location-pin Southall Park, Southall

Back for its 17th year, this annual celebration of South Asian culture takes over Southall, the birthplace of bhangra. Last year showcased international artists like Jay Sean, Apache Indian, Arjun, and you can expect plenty more massive musical guests this year, plus local talent, comedy, cabaret, art, dance, Bollywood and more. There's also a funfair and a huge fireworks finale. 

Dance, Ballet

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell

The latest show from Matthew Bourne's dance theatre hit factory New Adventures is a fresh take on 'Romeo and Juliet', his follow up to 'The Red Shoes' and his perennially popular 'Swan Lake'. It'll get its London premiere at Sadler's Wells this August, after warming up with a UK tour.  Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet is billed as a contemporary spin on Shakespeare's story and is performed by two aptly named alternating casts, 'The Montagues' and 'The Capulets'. The central duo will be played by Cordelia Braithwaite, Paris Fitzpatrick, Seren Williams and Andrew Monaghan. They'll dance to an updated version of Prokofiev's score, with set and costume design by Lez Brotherston. Appropriately for a show that's all about puppy love, it'll also star a chorus of young performers aged 16-19, who've been sourced via a nationwide call-out.   

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