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No judges, just dancing. Join Anton du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' in a glamorous celebration of Ballroom and Latin song and dance.
In Kenneth MacMillan's Solitaire, a beautifully English ballet, we inhabit a lone girl's imagination as she dreams up playmates for herself. Set to composer Malcolm Arnold's rip-roaring English Dances, it features stunning period design. In contrast, Hans van Manen's 5 Tangos translates Astor Piazzolla's fiery and passionate music into powerful Latin-inspired ballet. Finally, in Pineapple Poll, a gaggle of girls fall in love with the dashing captain of HMS Hot Cross Bun, so dress up as sailors and sneak aboard. Despite the ensuing chaos, it all ends well in this thoroughly ?Gilbert and Sullivan' affair!
The classic fairy tale. Prokofiev's music was written during the Blitz.
Karen and Kevin are now established as one of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing most popular dance couples. Karen has appeared in four series of TV's most watched programme, partnering Nicky Byrne from Westlife, "Hairy Biker" Dave Myers, reached the final with Mark Wright before stealing the show on the last series with Jeremy Vine. Kevin set a new Strictly record on the last series by becoming the first professional ever to reach the final for three consecutive years. After making a spectacular debut with Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid, he went on to make finals with popstar Frankie Bridge and recently Eastenders actress Kellie Bright.
The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles - This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clich?s joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can! Town and Country - Lie back and think of England.. Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noel Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. Spitfire - An advertisement divertissement: A celebration of male vanity and an affectionate comment on the preening grandeur of the danseur noble, it places Perrot's Pas De Quatre (originally made as a kind of 'diva-off' for the four leading ballerina's of the 19th Century) in the world of men's mail order underwear advertising. Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard? - Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children's games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell's famous "Nursery School" sketches ("George... Don't do that") and set to Percy Grainger's own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.
Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The ?Remembering Fred Tour' will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests. Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz and Janette will be performing steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood's most celebrated dance routines. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and discuss what made him so special. Remembering Fred will feature songs such as They Can't Take That Away From Me, Night & Day, S'Wonderful, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin' On The Ritz, Let's Face The Music & Dance, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, White Tie & Tail and many others.
World Premiere. Enter the hypnotic world of MK Ultra. Rosie Kay's new work is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance, music and imagery. It is inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies.
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.