Our judge for this Friday’s Dance Your City Competition made headlines last week – the Guardian even talks about ‘fashion history’ and the ‘event of the season’. London Fashion Week 2012: Stella McCartney invites to a dinner in an old church in Mayfair. The guest list includes Kate Moss, Rihanna, Zaha Hadid and Kanye West. Suddenly some of the guests start a flash dance in the evening wear of Stella McCartney. Supermodels and dancers including the choreographer Blanca Li herself surprised the soiree with this special display of fashion. This video gives an idea of the spectacle by the remarkable choreographer, responsible for Daft Punk’s 1997 ‘Around The World’ music video:

There are still some tickets for Blanca Li’s show Elektro Kif this Friday and Saturday. You could even give it a try and learn some cool Elektro Kif moves in the workshop on Saturday afternoon 14:00!

On Friday at 18:00 Dance Your City Competition finals will take place live in The Clore Ballroom, free to everyone and sure to be an epic battle.

Stella McCartney’s party will go down in fashion history (Guardian article)

Daft Punk – Around the World (YouTube)

Get tickets for the show

Meet the Dance Your City Judges

Our panel of experts will choose the ultimate winner of the Dance Your City competition at the Live Final on 2 March 2012. Check out the finalists here

Blanca Li

Born in Granada Spain, Blanca Li studied dance in New York and then relocated to France where she founded her own company in 1993. Since then she has created and produced a wide range of dance and non-dance projects featuring flamenco, feature films, classical ballet, multi-media exhibitions and hip hop. In 1999 she created the award-winning Macadam Macadam featuring 11 hip hop dancers, roller skaters and a BMX biker. In recognition of her innovative contributions to contemporary dance, Blanca Li is a recipient of the Manuel de Falla Award, the Globe de Christal and the Premio Max and was named Chevalier de l´Ordre du Mérite and Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.


Kate Prince


Kate is the Artistic Director of ZooNation Dance Company which she founded in 2002. In May 2010 she became an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation became a Resident Company.

In 2008 Kate directed and co-choreographed ZooNation’s five-star award-winning production Into the Hoods at the Novello Theatre which became both the first ever Hip Hop dance show to open in the West End and the longest running dance show in the West End’s history. In 2011 Kate wrote, directed and co-choreographed ZooNation’s production Some Like it Hip Hop at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre which enjoyed a critically successful sell-out run.

Kate has choreographed for two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance (BBC) and for the movie StreetDance 3D.


Kenrick “H20” Sandy

Kenrick “H2O” Sandy is a choreographer, performer, teacher and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Oliver Awarded Boy Blue Entertainment. Kenrick’s career spans over 10 years, both nationally and internationally. Video choreographic credits include Peter Andre and Plan B, Alexandra Burke, Misteeq, Beverley Knight, Big Brovas, Victoria Beckham, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Dizzee Rascal and All Saints. Boy Blue Entertainment’s production of Pied Piper won an Olivier Award and the company won Best Dance Act Award at the Black Entertainment Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards in 2010. With this incredible list of achievements Kenrick is highly recognised as one of the most accomplished Hip Hop specialists from the UK today.


Peter Maniam

PeterManiam is the Projects Manager at Breakin Convention, the UKs festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre. Launched in 2004, the festival profiles the world’s elite hip-hop performers, nurtures  UK-based talent and challenges the possibilities of Hip Hop Dance Theatre. Based at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the festival now includes a UK tour to Plymouth, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Inverness, Sheffield, Brighton, Bristol and Leeds.


Wendy Martin

Wendy joined Southbank Centre in the Spring of 2011 as the Head of Performance and Dance. She had previously been living and working in Australia. In 2000 Wendy joined Cultural Affairs a the City of Sydney and was responsible for curating a program of outdoor performance across the city during the Olympics as well as producing the live event and broadcast for the arrival of the Olympic Flame into the City of Sydney. At the end of 2000 Wendy joined Sydney Opera House as a producer where she developed a number of significant events and productions. In 2006, Wendy was appointed Head of Theatre and Dance at Sydney Opera House and developed the international performance series “Adventures.” This program has presented work by artists including dancer Sylvie Guillem, director Peter Brook, Juliette Binoche, Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter, Improbable Theatre, Patti Smith, and comedian Daniel Kitson. She produced Nigel Jamieson’s award winning physical theatre/dance work, Honour Bound that toured Australia, the UK and Europe in 2007. In 2008 Wendy founded SpringDance Australia’s only international contemporary dance Festival that is now a much anticipated annual event. In May 2011 she moved to London to take up the position of Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre.

Introducing…The Vocal Orchestra, created by beatboxer Shlomo

The Vocal Orchestra
We’re excited to announce one of two headline shows coming to E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre in 2012.

The Vocal Orchestra, created by Shlomo, is a spine-tingling hour of incredible musical entertainment. A celebration of everyone’s favourite tunes using seven mouths, seven mics and no instruments!

Combining jaw dropping human beatboxing, glorious vocal harmonies and floor wobbling basslines, The Vocal Orchestra is a breathtakingly original show, written and created by internationally acclaimed beatboxer Shlomo, and performed by a company of the world’s most exciting beatboxing superstars.

This uplifting mash-up of intricate group beatbox routines and roof-raising interpretations of all-time classics will leave you whooping, clapping and dancing all the way home.

Check out this taster of what to expect…


Catch The Vocal Orchestra, created by Shlomo, at E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre from Monday 9 April 2012. Get tickets here.

ZooNation’s Kate Prince confirmed as judge for Dance Your City competition!

Kate Prince, photo: Rachel Cherry

Kate Prince, photo: Rachel Cherry


There’s only 2 days left to enter and vote for your favourite video for Southbank Centre’s Dance Your City competition. Check out the favourites here.

The top 6 acts will go on to compete in the live finals at Southbank Centre on Friday 2 March in front of a line-up of guest judges who are dance-legends in their own right. We’re very pleased to announce that ZooNation’s Kate Prince will join this panel. The final is free to come and watch so make sure you come down to Southbank Centre to take a look at the finalists! The overall winner will get the chance to perform on stage at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall ahead of the Elektro Kif performance on Saturday 3 March.

Dance Your City Live Final at Southbank Centre on Friday 2 March. More info here.

Vote for your favourite video in Dance Your City here.

Elektro Kif with Blanca Li Dance Company at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 2 & 3 March. Get tickets here.



More Tim Minchin tickets available!

Tim Minchin, photo: James Penlidis

photo: James Penlidis

We are making the remaining 150 tickets for Tim Minchin’s exclusive show available to purchase next week. The buzz about this show has been monumental. And we’re keen to make sure that tickets are purchased by true fans and not touts. With that in mind, we are launching a ticket ballot for the remaining tickets.

You can apply to purchase up to 2 TICKETS for Tim Minchin’s performance on Sunday 8 July. You’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions to enter the ballot. And you can’t re-sell any tickets – they’re only collectable on the night with the card you paid with. The ballot is now open and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 7 February.


Conversations with Klein and Sassoon

Probably like you, I meet and talk to lots of people in any one week. Some of the conversations are uplifting and the words uttered are reaffirming, staying with me for a long time, causing me to pause and consider, shaping my mind. Other conversations are fleeting with a promise to follow up soon.

One recent conversation was with Emily Phillips from Psychologies Magazine. Emily interviewed me in December for publication in January 2012 on the moments that have changed my life. Emily captured me well. I found reading her interpretation of what motivates me extremely affirming and her insights into my loves and passions were just glorious. Just like Emily I too enjoy finding out about people and documenting the discussion and at MSL we call these events Semple Secrets.

On Saturday 4 February 2012 at 2pm, MSL will host its next Semple Secrets event at Southbank Centre. I am excited about our event as I will be in conversation with two iconic fashion designers – Roland Klein and David Sassoon. They have many things in common – they share a love of designing clothes for women, they have designed for the discerning rich and famous including the late Diana Princess of Wales and they are generous with passing on their flair for creative knowledge, particularly to the next generation. Roland and David will display a few of their celebrated dresses and talk to the audience about the inspiration behind each garment as well as divulging their secrets about working with celebrities.

Come and join us on 4 February as we would love to meet you.

Maggie Semple

Join Maggie at Southbank Centre on 4 February for Semple Secrets. Get tickets here.