Two not-to-be-missed dance companies are crossing from May into June. First up, the exhilarating Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, with a triple bill that includes the likes of mambo dance, boxing and Carmen, all given a striking contemporary makeover. Sadler’s Wells, 29 May – 1 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £12-£32.
Next, the boundary-pushing Mark Bruce Company at the soon-to-be-refurbished Wilton’s Music Hall bring Made in Heaven, a darkly comic narrative with a Rock sound score. Wilton’s Music Hall, 31 May- 2 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £15.
If you’re eagle-eyed at spotting up and coming talent, then early June has two tasty offerings: 1:1 is a showcase for four young London-based choreographers, with work ranging from the animalistic to emotional. 1 June, Roundhouse, 7pm tickets £10.
And Laban’s Transition’s Dance Company — which showcases new graduate talent — will be performing exciting works by Taiwanese choreographer Shang Chi Sun and Berlin’s Martin Nachbar. 7-9 June, 7.30pm, at Laban, tickets £12.
Saturday 9 June marks the beginning of a series of dance performances in libraries, A Novel Venue, with a delicate solo that interacts with a paper sculpture, followed by family-friendly workshops giving kids the opportunity to create their very own Paper Solos. See the Second Hand Dance’s website for venues and dates.
The Jump Off kicks off this month bringing 15 fortnightly street dance battles, with high energy dance crews competing for a £10,000 prize. On top of that let’s not forget the MCs, producers, comedians and models who will also be competing at Scala, 11 & 25 June, 8pm. Tickets £8.
Finishing off the month with flair, Dancing City brings a fantastic array of street choreographies — that’s on the street, not necessarily street dance — to Canary Wharf. Shopping trolleys, beds and fairgrounds are all either evoked or physically present in these playful and free shows on Saturday 30 June. There are various performance times, see the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival website for details.