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Dance fans are spoilt for choice in London: from classic work by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House and English National Ballet at the London Coliseum, to contemporary dance at Sadler's Wells and The Place, plus performances at smaller venues across the capital, there's always plenty to choose from. Here are my top tips for the coming weeks.
First up is New Movement Collective with NEST, a site-specific promenade performance in a disused 19th-century chapel in the centre of town. The venue was formerly home to an iconic London nightclub but has been closed since 2010; this production sees its relaunch as a performance space. NEST is inspired by Homer's Odyssey and involves not just dance but live music, animation and interactive lighting design. July 15-24.
From July 29 to August 17, the Bolshoi Ballet will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first visit to the Royal Opera House with a season that includes Swan Lake, La Bayadere and The Sleeping Beauty. The renowned company, one of the world's oldest, has been embroiled in scandal in recent months: its artistic director, Sergei Filin, was the victim of an acid attack in January, said to have been arranged by one of the company's lead dancers angered by what he saw as a culture of favouritism within the company. This controversy notwithstanding, the London season is sure to offer some spectacular ballet theatre.
More traditional ballet is on offer care of Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta, who will be appearing at the London Coliseum July 30 through August 4. Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection will see the sexiest dancer in the world perform pas de deux from the classical and neo-classical canons, including extracts from Mayerling, Winter Dreams and Requiem. He'll be joined by past partners and Royal Ballet principals including Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish.
Whatever kind of dance shows you like, you'll find them on offer in London. Ballet lovers should head to the 'Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty', which is being shown at London's Royal Opera House from 5 through 9 August. Thrill-seekers should make a beeline for the 'Cirque du Soleil: Alegría' show at the O2 Arena from 18 through 21 July. Street dance and contemporary dance fans should try 'Swan Lake Reloaded' at the London Coliseum, from 6 through 10 August, and for those who like a sprinkle of Shakespeare with their dance, 'West Side Story' is making a return to Sadler's Wells from 7 August through 22 September. Finally, if you aren't completely sold on a dance at all, we'd recommend a trip to 'New Movement Collective: Nest' at 136 Shaftesbury Avenue from 15 through 26 July. Its heady blend of music, animation, design and light displays means even dance-sceptics are guaranteed a great time.