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Family Dance Day 2018 at The Place

FOR one day only – Saturday, July 21 – The Place is being taken over by an explosion of dance performances and workshops selected especially for families in the aptly entitled Family Dance Day.

The day features the riotous The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show – an ever-changing playground constructed and inhabited by the audience – and the uplifting Tidy Up, a play of chaos and order finding out if they can ever live side-by-side.

Audiences can also take part in bespoke workshops to help give inspiration to artists from The Place; help Igor & Moreno rethink their hit show by jumping with them and Protein Dance get inspiration for their new show, The Little Prince; and learn to breakdance and Romp & Roll to some great music, plus much more.

Lia Prentaki, Youth and Families Producer at The Place said: “This festival has a special focus for us, it is a simple one really: to help families make memories, create snapshots together and to do that by watching, doing and experiencing dance.”


Peut Etre – July 21 at 1pm and 3.30pm. Price: £10 (£8). Age recommendation: 3+.

When it all starts out ship shape there’s only one way for it to go.

This dance-theatre show gets all messed up. As we wriggle our way through the muddle of life we often discover things anew. So why can’t tidiness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for parents? Who said there’s a ‘right way’ anyway?

Inspired by the child’s desire to create order, patterns and systems, this show is a witty and uplifting journey discovering if chaos and order can ever live side-by-side…. With plenty of surprises, Tidy Up is an unforgetable party!

The production was developed in partnership with GOSH Arts, patients and families and the psychological services at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Anatomical – July 21 at 11am and 2pm. Price: £10 (£8). Age recommendation: 5+.

From the team that created The Doodle Dance Show, this is a magical hour of building, music and dancing.

Let your imagination run riot as hundreds of boxes are stacked, squashed and rebuilt. Help create enticing caves, wonky castles and fabulous creatures, as together we learn that the strongest thing we can build is friendship.

Awar- winning performers Anna Williams and Tom Roden create an enchanting, ever-changing playground constructed and inhabited by its audience.

Protein: The Little Prince: A Workshop for Families – July 21 at 11am and 1.30pm. Price: £4. Suitable for families with children aged 3 – 10 years.

Award-winning dance theatre company, Protein, are devising a new dance theatre show based on the much-loved Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic The Little Prince and have invited you to help.

Join artists from Protein to reimagine the story through play, movement, storytelling and props. Feel free to come dressed up… as a fox perhaps, a snake or a little prince and be a part of the making of this magical family fairy tale for children and their grown ups.

Tidy Up

Family Dance Jam – July 21 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Price: £4.

Family Dance Jam is the perfect space for your child to get creative and let loose. Structured around games and dance routines, the dance jam is a safe space for parent and child to get together and have fun. Watch as your little one gets their chance to bounce, spin, jump, run, jiggle, and shake across the studios. This is the space to get creative, enjoy moving with music and show off your individuality. Bring friends, make friends, have fun and dance!

11 – 11.45am: 5 – 8 years and parent
12 – 12.45pm: 3 – 4 years and parent
2 – 2.45pm: 3 – 4 years and parent
3 – 3.45pm: 5 – 8 years and parent

Family Break Dance – July 21 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Price: £4.

Join this action packed workshop, break some fresh moves, make some new friends and take you and your little one on a cool and funky journey. Learn the basic skills of break dance, improving your co-ordination and flexibility in an environment that encourages freedom and individual expression.

Expect amazing teachers, a buzzing environment and music that you and your little one just can’t help but groove to.

11 – 11.45am – 3 – 4 years and parent
12 – 12.45pm – 5+ years and parent
2 – 2.45pm – 5+ years and parent
3 – 3.45pm – 3 – 4 years and parent

Romp & Roll – July 21 at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Price: £4.

Children and their adults can dance together to great music (no kiddy tunes) and become creative collaborators in this playful and creative session.

The session follows a soft learning approach to dance, initiating the learning of rhythm, coordination and motor skills. Physical contact including lifting, features strongly.

It going to be a lot of fun so come and join us, take your shoes and socks off and get ready to roll on the floor!

11 – 11.45am – 1-2 years and parent
1 – 1.45pm – 2 – 4 years and parent
2 – 2.45pm – 2 – 4 years and parent
3 – 3.45pm – 2 – 4 years and parent

A Jumping workshop with Igor & Moreno – July 21 at 12pm and 1.15pm. Price: £4.

Igor and Moreno love dance.
They wanted to make a dance that would change the world.
They started the dance by jumping.
That made them feel like idiots. They kept jumping, and kept jumping, and kept jumping!
Will you help them?
Will you jump and sign and laugh and jump some more with them?
No bouncy castles, no trampolines, no pogo sticks required.
Just bring your feet, your smiles, your laughter and your energy.

12-12.45pm – 3+ and parent
1.15-2pm – 5+ and parent

Free events include face painting and Under and through – I found you!: a fabric installation for pre-walkers.

The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Tel: 020 7121 1100