What's happening in South East London?
Take a look at some of the organisations who provide dance classes and events in South East London.
Acosta Dance Centre
Location: Building 40, 1 Artillery Square. Woolwich Royal Arsenal. SE18 6BH
An international reference for dance. The Acosta Dance Centre is a network for dance-creative practitioners, industry professionals and the community with dance-related interests. It is a destination for dance education and workshops. They allow international dance encounters and other related cultural events, emphasising the development of young people’s creativity and talent through dance and a direct engagement with boys, girls, and young men & women from disadvantaged backgrounds. They provide a multifaceted, unique approach by bridging dance and community engagement gaps. They bring the Cuban cultural and ‘dancistic’ legacy as an intangible manifestation of their identity, continuity, respect, diversity, and creativity.
What they offer: Professional and Community Classesacostadancecentre.com
Afro Fusion Dance Classes
Location: The Forum, 177a Trafalgar Road, London SE10 9EQ
Set your week on fire with a boost of energy and joy with Afro Fusions Dance Classes taught by Josue in the heart of Greenwich.
What they offer: Regular Afro Fusion Dance Classesforumatgreenwich.org
Arts Trust Productions
Location: 20 McLeod Road, London, SE2 0BP
Arts Trust, founded in 2012, is an organisation that is dedicated to bringing the transformative power of culture to public spaces. Through collaborations with local communities and businesses, they aim to create opportunities for artistic expression and engagement.
What they offer: Events/Arts Productionartstrust.co.uk
Location: Croydon, classes take place at CVA, Centrale shopping centre, Upper Mall
Beeja was started by Anusha Subramanyam – dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist – who is seen as one of the most exciting exponents of bharatanatyam working ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of its tradition. Her work is trans-cultural and inter-generational. She has also worked extensively with people who are differently abled.
What they offer: Choreography, Performances, Classes and Workshopsbeeja.com
Candoco Dance Company
Location: Mountview, 120 Peckham Hill St, London, SE15 5JT
Candoco is world-leading professional and inclusive dance company, continually expanding perceptions of what dance can be. They hold weekly open level dance class for disabled and non-disabled adults aged 18+ at their base in Peckham, as well as creating new dance work for stages nationally and internationally.
What they offer: Inclusive Performances and Classescandoco.co.uk
Chisenhale Dance Space
Location: Chisenhale Dance Space 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ
Chisenhale Dance Space (CDS) has been making space for artists to lead, experiment and create for over 40 years. They support an Artist Community of independent artists who shape their programmes, ethos and ethics. Artists span all ages and roles within experimental performance: as performers, choreographers, teachers, curators, producers & advocates for change in the sector.
What they offer: Studio hire, classes, artist development, performances, education.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk
Location: C2, Design District, 3 Cripps Yard, Soames Walk, London, SE10 0BQ
CLOD ENSEMBLE is an internationally renowned performance company delivering an award-winning artistic programme with public engagement at its heart. Through music, movement and performance, Clod Ensemble connects people to themselves, to each other, to their communities and to their environment.
What do they offer? Performances, Workshops, Training and Development Opportunitiesclodensemble.com
Location: Various locations
Long term Greenwich Dance collaborator and artist in residence Maria Da Luz Ghoumrassi holds multiple dance classe in the borough and beyond.
What they offer: Classes, choreography, creative workshopsdaluzdance.com
Location: Arch 16, Byron Close, London
A local dance group for young people offering street dance, hip hop and afrobeats. Their mission is to provide children and young teens residing in the London Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich with opportunities to perform and showcase their talents and abilities through dance.
What they offer: Dance Classes for young people.dynamixdx.wixsite.com
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Location: Various locations around Royal Borough of Greenwich + East London
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts and, in the words of The Guardian, makes an “unrivalled contribution to the happiness of the people of London”. GDIF is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in the UK.
What they offer: Free festival of outdoor theatre and performing artsfestival.org/gdif
Location: West Dulwich
Grounded Movement produces work inspired by social and street derived dances, drawing on a rich blend of forms from Lindy Hop and Tap to Funk, Soul and Hip Hop. Through both professional and community programmes, we bring together a wide range of people, artists and cultures, celebrating dance as a shared experience.
What they offer: Youth and Adult classes, Performances and Engagement workgroundedmovement.com
Location: Studio 2, Forum@Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, SE10 9EQ
A regular AfroDance class inspired by Kiduku Rhythms’ classes in Greenwich Park which were programmed by Greenwich Dance. Classes are aimed at adults; children and young people may participate if registered by a responsible adult; under 14’s must be accompanied throughout.
What they offer: AfroDance with Silyvesterkiduku-rhythms.co.uk
London College of Performing Arts
Location: The Link, Bazalgette Way, London, SE2 9BS
London College of Performing Arts is one of the UK’s fastest growing specialist performing arts colleges. They provide first class training in acting, dance and musical theatre at sixth form level (16-18) with a 2 Year funded Performing Arts diploma courses at Level 3.
What they offer: BTEC Courses in Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance
Location: High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA
The UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities.
Through dance, their participants gain life, social and communication skills with added health and wellbeing benefits. They also deliver professional training for education, dance, health and business clients, and work with the NHS to provide in-patient work for people with dementia and learning disabilities.
What they offer: Inclusive Performances, Classes and Training.magpiedance.org.uk
Online Lindy Hop Tutorials
Created by Greenwich Dance, Temujin Gill, Wendy Steatham and Roswitha Chesher, these fun tutorials are available for free on YouTube.
What they offer: Introductory tutorials on the basics of Lindy Hop, to get you ready for the dance floor. Includes a warm up and seated version for those with less mobility.youtube.com
Location: Woolwich Works, The Fireworks Factory, 11 No 1 St, Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6HD
One of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Artistic Director Luca Silvestrini has been using a blend of original choreography, text, music and social commentary to engage and entertain audiences and participants for over two decades. They produce a range of projects including a wide range of productions and outreach projects which are much admired and in demand across the UK and the world.
What they offer: Performances and Theatre Dance Classesproteindance.co.uk
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Location: Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
Trinity Laban is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. They identify, support and develop talented and innovative performers and creators throughout their creative lives, nurturing their transformation into resourceful, enterprising and adaptable artistic leaders ready to make a positive change to society.
What they offer: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dance Training, Performance Companies and Community Classes for all ages.trinitylaban.ac.uk
Location: The Fireworks Factory, 11 No 1 Street, Royal Arsenal, SE18 6HD
Woolwich Works is a multi-disciplinary cultural hub on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The landmark venue opened its doors in September 2021 and has recently been named London’s ‘best new culture spot’ by Time Out. Their programme includes cutting-edge contemporary music, award-winning stand-up comedy, as well as theatre, dance, cabaret and everything in between.
What they offer: Performances, Cabarets, Classes, Workshopswoolwich.works