It looks set to be a sensational few days for dance fans as a series of stunning events are due to take place in Manchester, which will leave dance fans pirouetting in delight.

So what’s on?

First off is the Northern Ballet School’s Musical Bites.  Taking place at The Dancehouse Theatre from Thursday 26th March until Saturday 28th March, this show by Jazzgalore, the performance company of Northern Ballet School, is a sumptuous selection of showtunes and dance including excerpts from Sweet Charity, The Wiz, Godspell and Cats.  The show is set to be an evening full of entertainment and a chance to watch tomorrow’s stars of musical theatre take to the stage.  After excellent previous shows including The Evolution of Dance and Swan Lake, we expect this will be a tremendous show to watch and a great opportunity to support the stars of tomorrow.

image of Northern Ballet School - Evolution of Dance

Northern Ballet School – Evolution of Dance

Musical Bites takes place at The Dancehouse Theatre.  26th – 28th March.  Tickets £8.


Also taking place this weekend is the Moscow City Ballet’s return to Manchester’s opera House with Giselle and Swan Lake.  Accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra, the group will perform two of their most famous and best loved classical ballets.  Giselle tells the tale of a carefree village girl who dies of a broken heart when her peasant lover Albrecht is unmasked as a nobleman who is betrothed to another. When Albrecht visits her grave he finds the spirits of other maidens who died before their wedding day (the Wilis) dancing among the graves in the moonlight. Any man who sees the Wilis dancing is doomed to dance until he dies from exhaustion, but can Giselle’s spirit and everlasting love for Albrecht save him from death?  Swan Lake is a signature piece of Moscow City Ballet’s entire repertoire. The orchestra, choreography, interpretation, beauty and outstanding virtuoso performances have enthralled audiences. The company’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s most well loved haunting score.

image of Moscow City Ballet performing Swan Lake

Moscow City Ballet performing Swan Lake

Moscow City Ballet performs Giselle at the Opera House Manchester.  26th March.  Tickets £22.90 – £42.40
Moscow City Ballet performs Swan Lake at the Opera House Manchester.  27th – 28th March.  Tickets £22.90 – £42.40


Finally, over at The Contact Theatre is two day micro-festival of new dance, Turn.  Returning for the fourth year Turn takes over the Contact theatre on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March from 7.30pm, featuring fifteen new works.  The Event finds pirouettes, spins, twizzling and twirling all over the Contact theatre, taking over a number of different spaces and formats – where audiences will be seated, stood or even participating.  For more details see our preview.

Turn 2014 at the Contact Theatre

Turn 2014 at the Contact Theatre

Turn takes place at Manchester’s Contact Theatre, Oxford Road.  27th – 28th March.  Tickets £9/£5 (or a two day pass £11/£6).


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