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Commons: A Dance Festival

This venue-wide festival of dance is all about getting people connecting, interacting and moving again, and is taking over Stanley Arts this May. With the Commons Festival, Stanley Arts continues its commitment to showcasing dance for everyone with a joyful programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances and parties; all celebrating the glorious diversity of dance.

Come and get inspired! From entry-level workshops to our infamous monthly Ballroom OTA there is something for everyone – whether you are a wallflower or a party animal. Featuring Hip Hop, South Asian dance, Vogue Ballroom and more, Commons is all about exploring our shared love of movement and music.

The programme includes:

Thursday 12th May Open Ballroom Session with Sattva Ninja + Celeesi Revlon

Friday 13th May Ballroom Workshop: New Way with Princess Sofia Ninja

Friday 13th May Ballroom Workshop: Vogue Fem with Karteer

Friday 13th – Tuesday 31st May Exhibitions curated by Simeon Qysea and Vipul Sangoi

Saturday 14th May Ballroom Workshop: Commentating with Overal European Father Typhoon Prodigy

Monday 16th May Beginners Hip Hop Class with BirdGang Ltd’s Kayla “Peacock” Lomas-Kirton

Monday 16th May Beginners Popping Workshop with Mechanikool

Tuesday 17th May Advanced Hip Hop Workshop with BirdGang Ltd’s Simeon “Kardinal” Campell 

Wednesday 18th May Beginners Breaking Class with BirdGang Ltd’s Amber Williams 

Wednesday 18th May Dance Industry Networking Event

Sunday 22nd May Advanced Breakin Workshop with AJ-47

Sunday 22nd May Advanced House Workshop with Frankie J

Sunday 22nd May The Commons Battle by BirdGang Ltd and Stanley Arts

Sunday 22nd May Storyland a community dance piece from Ania Straczynska 

Monday 23rd May Indian Folk dance class for all ages and abilities with Anusha Subramanyam

Tuesday 24th May Beginners Bollywood for adults with Anusha Subramanyam

Tuesday 24th May Bollywood for kids with Anusha Subramanyam 

Friday 27th May AltBlax x F*** It Up Fridays x Let’s Have a Kiki #TheParty

Saturday 28th May Commons: After Dark Finale Party


Don’t hesitate to go to our What’s On page for more info – check out the full list of events here.

Arts Council England Lottery Funded

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