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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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