In the beautiful setting of Duke of York Square, the glamour and glitz of Hollywood’s golden era was revived, courtesy of English National Ballet, Cadogan Estates, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Luna Cinema.
The iconic partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, coupled with the much-loved music of George Gershwin, provided the inspiration for an evening of high-quality dance and film.
Hundreds of people were inspired to get involved in some part of the evening, which began with a high-energy performance by American youth group Tabor. There was the chance to learn some of Fred and Ginger’s steps with Theatre Workout™, which was followed by a masterful ballroom performance and workshop courtesy of Benny Maslov and his partner Clare Craze.
Five dancers from English National Ballet treated the audience to two performances from the critically-acclaimed Strictly Gershwin. First, Stina Quagebeur and Nathan Young performed a breathtaking tango to Gershwin’s Ain’t Necessarily So, before Kerry Birkett, James Streeter and Daniel Jones rounded off the dance performances with a highly-spirited tap-routine, set to Lady Be Good.
The scene was now fully set for the screening of the 1937 film Shall We Dance?, which could only be adequately described as being ‘the icing on the cake’. Once again the rain came down, but the transportive quality of great cinema kept people in the Square until the credits rolled – at which point, the assembled crowd made their way down the King’s Road with a spring in their step…
"Incredible performances." – Audience Member
"The workshops were cool and the teachers were good without being intimidating – you felt like you could join in even without any dancing background. That’s great." – Workshop Participant
"I want to say it was a wonderful event and the choice of movie was excellent. I liked how it was a movie for all age groups." – Audience Member