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The magnificent Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is debuting his dance company, Acosta Danza, in London! The company performs at Sadler’s Wells from 27-30 September.
The repertoire mixes ballet, modern and traditional dance styles in a fabulous multi-colour, multi-ethnic, multi-talented extravaganza of movement. “It’s a symbol of diversity, of unity,” he says. “Acosta Danza embraces everything.”
This will be spectacular.
Tickets via Sadler’s Wells.
Here’s the official blurb:
Based in Havana, the company is made up of the best dancers Cuba has to offer who have trained in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. They will perform new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country, and commission new pieces from international choreographers who will take inspiration from their iconic nation.
For their first UK tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, they will perform works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán, Spanish dance-makers Jorge Crecis and Goyo Montero, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
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Did you catch the Big Dance event in Trafalgar Square at the weekend? One thousand Londoners of all ages, races, shapes and sizes dancing together. Pretty amazing.
Dance is one of the most powerful ways we have to express unity and joy. Like yoga, it is one of the fundamental ways we connect with ourselves and each other.
There are still loads of Big Dance 2016 activities coming up in London, and across the UK, as it runs until 10 September. Events this week include The London Bridge City Summer Festival, Street Dance for Toddlers, and a dance-and-science evening exploring how scientists believe motor neurons work. For a full list of activities click here.
If you’re already a dancer, or involved in an organisation that does dance, you can get involved and organise an event that inspires people to get dancing. The Big Dance Hub has more information about how to be involved.
If you’re not a dancer, now is a great time to discover how amazing dance is. Like yoga, it is an integrated practice that will change your mind, body and point of view.
Like yoga, dance teaches us to be mindful and present in our body, to move with the breath… It is also a lot of fun!
Move It London Dance Expo is 13-15 February and it offers a range of fun dance classes for everyone from total beginners to professionals.
Why not try some hip-hop?
SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY
A class for hip hop dancers looking to challenge themselves. BirdGang’s goals are not just to entertain but to explore social issues through dance, learn their own style; Aahehop. In this class dancers will put the exuberance, the ART, and soulful feeling back into hip hop. This class is open to all levels, be prepared to have fun, and dance till you drop
Or sex it up with some tango?
FRIDAY 13 FEBRUARY
12:30 – 13:15
Style: Ballroom / Latin
Learn the Argentine Tango from experienced performer and choreographer, Raquel Greenberg. In this open class, Raquel will teach students the fundamentals of this iconic sensual and passionate dance Latin style. Come alone, or with your partner, you will leave this class with a new found passion for the Tango!
There are over 200 classes, and at just £4.50 it is a great, inexpensive way to try something fun and new!