Five shows to watch on International Dance Day

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If you love dance in either a musical or more traditional dance based show, here’s a few shows you need to either book for or visit today:

1. The Red Shoes, by Matthew Bourne and New Adventures: 

Currently proving to be a sell-out success on its current UK tour, this latest Matthew Bourne and New Adventures production is based on the 1948 film of the same name, proving popular with audiences and critics alike. It features some of the most exquisite choreography that you will see on stage this year – if you can get tickets!

2. An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre: it is a musical that feels more like a story told through dance rather than the classic songs by Ira and George Gershwin, combining ballet with a more contemporary style that is both graceful and elegant to watch, thanks to the lead performances of Robert Fair Child and Leanne Cope and of course the direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

3. 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Dury Lane: featuring choreography by Randy Skinner, this is one of the biggest tap dancing spectacles ever seen on stage. Filled with glitz and glamour it is a show that really celebrates dancing and is wowing both critics and audiences – hopefully set to stay in London for a while yet.

4. Half Sixpence, Noel Coward Theatre:  everyone in the cast of this well received production are so light on their feet – not least Charlie Stemp who dances around the stage with style and charm. Andrew Wright’s choreography perfectly captures the spirit and charm of the musical, fitting in with the music beautifully.

5. Thriller Live, Apollo Theatre: as well as the music of Michael Jackson, a lot of this concert style show relies on the energetic and exciting choreography by Gary Lloyd that really captures what it must have been like to have watched Michael Jackson performing live.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at theatre_emma.
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Emma Clarendon
Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at theatre_emma.