Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Showcase and Move It at the Dancehouse

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The Dancehouse theatre at 10 Oxford Road in Manchester is the sister company of Northern Ballet School which is an international centre of excellence in training for classical ballet and musical theatre. Every December the school's performing company, Manchester City Ballet, dances a full length ballet in the theatre. I reviewed the company's performances of The Nutcracker in Alchemy on 13 Dec 2014 and Giselle last year. Every July the students from the jazz theatre focus join the ballet students in an exuberant Showcase of Dance. I reviewed last year's show in Serendipity 10 July 2016. This year it will take place between 7 and 9 July 2016.

In the evening and on Saturdays the Dancehouse's studios which are used by the Northern Ballet School during the day are opened up to the general public for classes in all kinds of dance. Today, for example, there are classes in flamenco and hula as well as intermediate ballet.  On Mondays there is tap, jazz, contemporary and belly dancing. On Saturdays there are classes in Chinese traditional, classical and folk dance.  I attend ballet classes given by each of the teachers shown in the clip above and enjoy them very much (see So Proud of Manchester - KNT Danceworks Complete Beginners Class 29 Aug 2014).

The evening and Saturday students also present a show from time to time. I was in the last one last in January (see One of my proudest moments - Dancing in Move It! 31 Jan 2016 and I reviewed the summer show in Better than Eurovision on 24 May 2015. This year's summer show takes place on 18 June 2016 and tickets can be obtained on-line from Ticketline or by phone on 0161 237 9753 or 0161 237 1413 for £5.00.

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