Diversity in dance
With a full range of contemporary dance groups and venues, from many different cultures, showcasing the latest in exciting and edgy performances.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet is Britain's premier touring ballet company. The Company leads the world in the creation of new and innovative popular ballets and has a busy programme of shows throughout the year. When they are at home you can see them at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
DanceXchange is a power-house of dance also located in the Birmingham Hippodrome complex. The organisation brings together dance artists, companies, educators and venues in the promotion of dance activity, education and performances for people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.
Sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian Arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role in the UK promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse artforms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sampad perform a diverse public programme throughout the year.
Elmhurst School for Dance provides a world-renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of classical dancers for Birmingham Royal and other national and international dance companies. The School was founded in 1923, in Camberley (Surrey), and relocated to Birmingham in 2004. Famous alumni include: Dame Merle Park DBE, Jenny Agutter, Tessa Wyatt, Hayley and Juliet Mills, and Sarah Brightman. More recently, Elmhurst students have joined such notable dance companies as: Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
RoguePlay, Birmingham's most innovative Circus Theatre Company, combines the spoken word with unsurpassable Physical Theatre and stunning Aerial Circus. Enjoy dancing? Looking for a new challenge? RoguePlay's weekly Contemporary Dance class is perfect for you! Create a routine using rhythms, co-ordination, performance and flexibility. Learn some new skills and get a fun physical workout while you do it!
You simply can’t visit Birmingham without enjoying Bhangra. Beginning as an energetic form of lively folk music and dance performed at harvests in the Punjab, Bhangra now integrates folk songs and musical instruments with Western music.
It is an important part of mainstream music and the UK’s arts industry and Birmingham is without doubt the hub of the UK Bhangra and home to some of the most influential bands and promoters of the music. Check out this brilliant video of a Bhangra flash mob in the city.
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