What’s On: Tango, Dirty Dancing, Romantic Dance

Festival of Love – Learn to Tango, Dirty Dance, Romantic Dance  

Southbank Centre’s summer festival of love gives you the chance to learn the dirty dance moves made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey at the Dirty Dancing Masterclass. There’s also a sing-a-long screening of the film in the Royal Festival Hall.

For tango lovers, there’s a the Tango Teaser a day of lessons, demonstrations and live music.  If you’re more of a romantic, bring some glamour of yesteryear balls and learn to dance and waltz at the Romantic Dancing Workshop where you may meet your own Mr Darcy or Elizabeth Bennett.

You can also join a mass outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Power Nap) an abridged version from Moving Stories. Open singing, dancing and verse workshops will be running throughout the day, giving you the chance to learn key moments from production such as fairy queen Titania’s dance routine – which will then be performed alongside the actors and musicians on Southbank Centre’s terrace.

Southbank Centre’s summer festival is dedicated to the theme of love in all its forms. A series of weekends will explore seven Ancient Greek themes of love through an array of workshops, performances and installations. The last weekend of the festival will focus on two types of love: Eros – romantic, erotic love; and Ludus – flirtatious, playful affection.

So get your dancing shoes on down to the Southbank Centre and fill your weekend with romance, love, and playful dancing flirtations.

TITANIA’S FAIRY DANCE WORKSHOP

Saturday 23 August, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 11 am & 1 pm, free

Join this inclusive free workshop to learn fairy queen Titania’s dance routine which will then form part of Moving Stories mass outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Power Nap) at 4.30pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT’S DREAM (POWER NAP)

Saturday 23 August, Level 2 Terrace, 4.30pm, free

Join in an abridged performance of the classic tale of love and mischief – Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Inclusive singing, dancing and verse workshops will be running throughout the day, giving people a chance to learn key moments in the production such as Titania’s dance routine, Oberon’s speech and the final song. Participants will then be able to put what they have learned into practice during the mass outdoor performance alongside the actors and musicians which will take place on Southbank Centre’s terrace.

THE ART OF ROMANTIC DANCING

Sunday 24 August, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, workshops from 11am-3pm (suitable for all abilities) free

FESTIVAL OF LOVE TANGO TEASER

Monday 25 August, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 12-8pm, free

For more information visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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