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A festival for the footloose

Dana Michel, dance

Enthusiasts best lace up their dancing shoes for the biennial Cardiff Dance Festival, which will take place at venues across Cardiff from 10 – 22 November.

Tapping into the rich dance culture in Cardiff, the festival will feature programmes by leading dance and theatre companies in Wales, in addition to a repertoire of international talent.

dance, festival, performance

Ghost Dance by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, where an all-female cast explores the fate of the drowned Welsh village of Capel Celyn

While there’s plenty to watch, there’s also plenty to learn. Workshops like ‘Cardiff West’ gave aspiring dancers the chance to perform in a special show to be put up at the festival, and others, like ‘Let’s Talk’ and the Interactive School Matinee, will let audiences have intimate Q&A sessions with professional dancers.

Igor and Moreno, dance, contemporary, folk

Igor and Moreno draw from Sardinian folk traditions for a humourous and riveting piece entitled Idiot-Syncrasy

“We initiated the festival to grow the audience for dance in Cardiff and enable professional development opportunities for the sector,” said Chris Ricketts, its director and programmer. “Rooting it locally is really important to us – homegrown festivals can generate such energy in a community,” he added.