East London Dance brought together a variety of performances and demonstrations over the two days:Led by east London based artists Joshua and Jordan Franklin, New Movementz brought the unbridled energy and passion of Hip-Hop, House, Krump and other dynamic dance forms, to the stage. New Movementz, credit: Rory James Kloé Dean's all-female collective of strong Hip-Hop dancers, Myself UK promoted empowerment, ambition, individuality and self-worth through powerful Hip-Hop dance. Myself UK Dance, credit: Rory James Young dancers aged 10-16 from East London Dance and HeadStart Newham initiative On The Move performed and invited young audience members to take part in special workshops to get a sense of the fun, community and confidence that dance can provide. On The Move, credit: Rory James Highlighting our opportunities for all ages, our youth company and older people's group performances shone a light onto the fun that can be had with dance, regardless of age. There was even the chance to get involved in a dance workshop for older people. Leap of Faith, credit: East London Dance Step Change Studios is the UK's first inclusive Latin American Ballroom company and had South American pros Anna and Gonzalo giving a special tango performance followed by a fun intro session for all ages and abilities.
Sadler’s Wells presented Candoco Dance Company’s You and I Know, a romantic duet by Arlene Phillips told through a series of vignettes set across time. Danced with passion and sensitivity by Candoco dancers Joel Brown and Laura Patay, the piece was set to a collection of pop songs, and offered audiences a potent and emotive exploration of how we fall in and out of love over and over again, often with the same person.
Completing the line up, Here East-based Company Wayne McGregor performed excerpts from Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist McGregor’s award-winning production Autobiography.