Sat 22 Feb

Why Dance?

£10 / £7 concs

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Join us for The Place’s first ever platform dedicated to adult recreational and community dance.

Why Dance? will showcase performances from groups from across London, highlighting the benefits of dance for everyone and the joy it brings!

The evening will featuring performances from:

  • Magpie Dance
  • Akademi Dance Well at Holborn Community Association
  • Jazzology Dance Collective 
  • UK China Performing Arts 
  • Scatter - The Place's adult dance company 
  • Terpsichore​ Dance Company - The Place's over 60's dance group

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More info:

Magpie Dance - Gloria
Through a community residency with Royal Opera House, Magpie Dancers collaborated with David Pickering MBE and Laura McCulloch to create their own version of Kenneth MacMillan’s WW1 ballet, Gloria.

Magpie Dance is the UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities. Celebrating 35 years; Magpie Dance runs regular dance classes and provides professional development and performance opportunities for children and adults. Gloria will be performed by their ‘Dancer Development course’ where dancers study intensively, perform and work with renowned choreographers. | Follow Magpie Dance on Twitter


Akademi Dance Well at Holborn Community Association - Classical Monsoon
This dance performance is inspired by how the monsoon rains bring out feelings of rejuvenation, longing and love. Choreography and teaching by Jesal Patel & Priyanka Chauhan

Akademi’s Dance Well sessions at Holborn Community Association run every week. The group meet to improve their balance, strength and coordination and have fun through exploring South Asian dance. Akademi artists, Jesal Patel and Priyanka Chauhan, lead the sessions and have created Classical Monsoon in response to current and archived music from Akademi.

“…apart from keeping well through movement, the workshops have helped my mental health” - Dance Well Participant  | Follow Akademi on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Jazzology Dance Collective - Dark Matter (We are made up of stars) 
This performance draws on the parallels between Dark Matter - the undetected cosmic binding energy that prevents the galaxies from spinning out of control and Dance - our physical manifestation of that energy that keeps our spirit intact. 

Jazzology is resident group based at WAC ARTS made up of dance teachers, ex performers, and dance devotees aged 16-60. Weekly open class for adults with dance experience is every Sunday during term time 12-2pm. Class is based on Matt Mattox Jazz technique and infused with varied styles and music

"The feeling I have after class is irreplaceable" - Jeff McDaid, The Jazzology Collective | For more information about Jazzology contact

UK China Performing Arts Dance Academy - 1st. Moonlight | 2nd. The beauty of purity and peace
Moonlight is a segment of the dance drama The Eternal Wave. Dressed in smoke grey Qipao, waving palm fans and dancing in the alleyways, the dancers’ elegant movements perfectly capture the peacefulness of old Shanghai.

The beauty of purity and peace uses innovative techniques to capture the beauty of Concubine Yang and allows the audience to harmonise with the beauty and elegance of women in the Tang Dynasty.

UK China Performing Arts was founded in 2017. The dance academy promotes Chinese classical dance and Chinese folk dance in the UK. Through the unique and international language of dance, they build a bridge between different cultures and pass on the colourful Chinese culture to overseas arts enthusiasts.

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Spring Season 2020

CANCELLED: Spring Season 2020

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic outbreak and following the government advice, all public programmes (theatre shows, classes and studio hires) have been cancelled for the time being.