Behind every great dancer is an inspirational dance teacher.
Dance Proms 2017
Dance Proms 2017 was another resounding success at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 November, showcasing a fantastic array of dance talent from our company of hundreds of talented performers.
The international celebration of dance welcomed both old and new dance groups from across the world. The audience buzzed with anticipation as they were welcomed by our Dance Proms host, Radzi Chinyanganya, who got the audience clapping, stamping and whooping from the stalls to the gallery before the performance even began.
The audience were treated to some stunning performances from 20 dance schools from across the UK, Malta, Italy, Austria and Vietnam. Dance styles on display included classical ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, commercial/street, national folk dance, classical Greek and musical theatre jazz.
Our guest acts for 2017 were truly inspirational to our young Dance Proms Company and thoroughly entertained the audience on the night – the 2017 BBC Young Dancer winner, Nafisah Baba; the A Team from XS Latin Cambridge, and the brilliant Flawless who presented the next generation performing with young members from the Flawless Dance School.
Christopher Thomas, the Dance Proms Young Choreographer 2017, performed his emotional piece, In Light of Those You Love, with his dance partner Hannah McGlashon.
Patrons supporting Dance Proms 2017 include Darcey Bussell, Arlene Phillips, Akram Khan, Flawless, Shobana Jeyasingh, Lukas McFarlane, Matt Flint, Nafisah Baba and Karen & Kevin Clifton.
We thank every performer, dance teacher, patron, guest act and sponsor for making this another glittering event, one that will be remembered forever.
Dance Proms announcement
In 2011, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) joined forces with the Royal Albert Hall to launch Dance Proms. A unique and exciting collaborative project, it has been a true celebration of dance, dancers and dance teachers across the world.
So, it is with some sadness, that we have to announce that the Royal Albert Hall has decided not to continue its support following the 2017 event. And, after discussion, the two remaining partners, the ISTD and the RAD, have decided that the performance on 5 November 2017 will, in fact, be the last Dance Proms.
But this decision also allows us to look back with an immense sense of achievement. Over the last seven years, more than 1,800 young dancers have had the privilege of dancing at one of the world’s most iconic venues - a memory that will stay with them forever.
We would like to thank all of the performers and their teachers for making the last Dance Proms a hugely inspirational and memorable event; it was a fitting end to a truly wonderful project. We would also like to thank everyone that has taken part or supported Dance Proms since the beginning.