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COMMONS Festival 2023

  • Date May 26Jun 8
  • Time 12:00 am till 11:59 pm
  • AgesAll ages

COMMONS returns for 2023. A curated dance festival of performances, workshops and exhibitions.

Stanley Arts continues its commitment to showcase dance for everyone with a joyful programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances and parties; all celebrating the glorious diversity of dance and exploring our shared love of movement and music! 

Leading Hip-Hop we’ve got the movement architects BirdGang Ltd. Thick & Tight will be bringing a contemporary twist. We have Akademi leading our South Asian work, and Juicy Couture will be bringing us all the flavour of vogue Ballroom.

We invite you to join our mailing list as we reveal the COMMONS 2023 programme. They’ll be plenty for all ages to get involved and share our appreciation of the art form of dance. This Spring, come witness something fresh as we encourage new audiences to dive into our workshops, exhibitions, dance battles and kiki balls. 

The programme includes:

15th – 28st May – Dance at Stanley Arts exhibition in the Gallery

Tuesday 16th May – Akademi presents: Contemporary Bollywood class with Aanchal Gupta

Wednesday 17th May – Oceanallover Presents: Ecdysis – Shedding Your Skin

Thursday 18th May – Oceanallover Presents: Ecdysis (In Vivo)

Thursday 18th May – Thick & Tight: Can dance be entertaining and political?

Friday 19th  May – The OTA Battle Zone with  BirdGang Ltd and Juicy Couture

Saturday 20th May –  COMMONS Extravaganza

Sunday 21st May – Mini movers and their Grown Up Groovers

Sunday 21st MayThick and Tight workshop with: Corali Dance Company

Sunday 21st MayThick and Tight workshop with: Vidya Patel

Sunday 21st MayThick and Tight workshop with: Azara Meghie


Monday 22nd May – Akademi presents: Understanding Bharatanatyam’ – Open to all with Mathangi

Tuesday 23rd MayAkademi presents: Breakdance and Bharanatyam with Shreya

Wednesday 24th May – Akademi presents Elemental: Forces of Nature

Wednesday 24th MayBirdGang Ltd Presents: An Intro to Hip Hop with Kayla “Peackock” Lomas-Kirton

Wednesday 24th MayBeginners Vogue Femme

Thursday 25th May – BirdGang Ltd Presents: Dance on film workshop with Simeon ‘Van Hasselt’ Qysea

Thursday 25th May – Vogue Femme Master Class

Friday 26th MayF*** It Up Fridays, COMMONS special

Saturday 27th MayThe Take Me Back Kiki Ball

Sunday 28th MayMini movers and their Grown Up Groovers

Sunday 28th MayThe Battle Cage 

More events to come!

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Join the conversation and keep tagging us in your pics and vids, and use the hashtags #DanceForAll & #CommonsFestival23.

Early-bird until: 31st March 2023

Photography credit to Vipul Sangoi.

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