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.




Into the Hoods

Five budding young critics mentored by Guardian dance critic Sanjoy Roy and Times dance critic Donald Hutera attended the press night of Into the Hoods for Play the Critic, an initiative of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a theatre education charity that enables young people with limited resources or support to engage with the best of London’s theatre.

More info/buy tickets for the show (until January 10th)

Read the reviews and see what they thought of the show…

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Get to know…the Into the Hoods cast

castWe asked some of our favourite characters from Into the Hoods to answer some questions that reveal a bit about their personal lives. Enjoy and don’t miss ZooNation’s award-winning five-star show that starts from 16 December (find out more/buy tickets here).  Or perhaps, you’d even like to be part of the cast? ZooNation are running auditions from the 15th – 19th of November – click here for more details.

We also have a surprise next week – so check this blog again then!

KP = Kate Prince (Director/Choreographer)
RH = Rowen Hawkins (Jaxx, who lives in the basement)
AO = Andry Oporia (Wolf)
DH = Denny Haywood (Ensemble)

Who is your favourite hero from fiction?
CJ Cregg from The West Wing. Some people wear T-shirts that say ‘What would Jesus do?’… I would like one that reads ‘What would CJ do?’
RH: Spider-Man. Always has been, always will be.
AO: Those who have affected the course of history for the better and influenced the world with their character. Too many to name – from politicians to athletes.
DH: Superman, ever since I was a boy.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player?
Beautiful Surprise‘ by India Arie.
Rhymes like ‘Dimes‘ by MF doom. Love it!
AO: Hip-hop or R&B but I shuffle my playlist ’cause I love my funk and electronic/dance, and especially soul (The J.B.’s, James Brown, Romanthony, George Clinton etc).
All sorts!

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I wish I could sing. I can’t. At all. I recently sang karaoke with my husband in Tokyo and then watched the video back afterwards and was absolutely horrified. I did my very best Cyndi Lauper ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun‘ and I sounded completely shrill, squeaky and posh. Like a chipmunk on speed.
I would love to own a four foot tail. the things you could do!
AO: I’ve recently taken an interest in poker. For some reason, I am intrigued by how the rules work (still confused though!?). But it’s a skill I’d like to acquire.
I’d like to fly a plane even though I’m a terrible plane passenger.

What – or where – is perfection?
KP: The Japanese gardens in my husband’s favourite park in Dusseldorf – feet in the water,  sun on my face.
RH: Perfection is Christmas dinner.
Coming from a background of perfectionists, I’ve inherited the desire to try to do everything to the best of my ability. Life has taught me my limits.
DH: On a surf board in the ocean waiting for the wave, it’s so good for your soul.

Into The Hoods: Production Photos


Into the Hoods the award-winning smash hit hip hop musical comes to Southbank Centre this Christmas. To get you in the mood we’ve posted a set of photos from the production up on our Flickr channel. Continue reading

Southbank Centre staff in DanceMob routine shocker


Southbank Centre staff learn DanceMob routine at lunchtime

That’s right, Southbank Centre threw caution to the wind (and flip flops to the side) today to learn the DanceMob routine at lunchtime in Royal Festival Hall!

There were no serious injuries but much practice needed. Can you do better? Learn the dance routine using the vid tutorials http://bit.ly/14rMcc then come and show us how it’s done at the main event on Aug 30.

Don’t forget to Tweet, Flickr, YouTube your routines and tag all your posts ‘dancemob’