JUST DANCE

Greenwich Dance’s Swing and Jam Christmas Ball comes to the Borough Hall this festive season.

Join in a jam-packed night of live New Orleans jazz, swing, Lindy Hop and social dance – and pick up some fun and funky moves! Hosted by Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas, go along for some great entertainment, music and seriously infectious fun with special guests Lindy Kicks. The evening is set in the beautiful Art Deco setting of the Borough Hall – built in the 1930s especially for social dancing.

Dress up classic twenties, or something stylish.

Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas have delivered vibrant classes and events for over ten years. They were also part of Danny Boyle’s London 2012 creative team choreographing the iconic NHS sequence. Grounded Movement have performed and presented events at top venues including Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells.

Saturday 9 December, at 8pm, the Borough Hall, Royal Hill, SE10 8RE. Admission: £15 (£12 concessions).

greenwichdance.org.uk/events/swing-and-funk-jam

ARGENTINE GRAZING

Greenwich’s Buenos Aires café has launched a new bar menu. A more casual alternative to a full meal, the menu offers an array of snacks and tapas. Buenos Aires café opened two years ago, and has become a popular venue for steak, wine, pasta, and pizza, but also a hub for live music (on Thursday nights). Live jazz on Tuesdays is also coming soon. 15 Nelson Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9JB. Phone: 0208 858 9172. buenosairescafe.co.uk

BAND’S STAND

New band the Fred Hampton Appreciation Society is performing at the Old Royal Naval College’s Old Brewery. The seven-piece, who incorporate soul, dance and funk, is named after the Chicago Black Panther chairman who was murdered aged just 21 in 1969. The band is releasing its debut album Songs of Love and Resistance soon. Listen here https://soundcloud.com/tfhas and check them out live on Saturday 16 December (8pm-midnight).

TRICKS AND TREATS

AirCraft Circus is opening its doors and inviting locals to join them for a celebration of all things circus. A weekend of fun for young and old alike; AirCraft has circus shows, circus cabarets, free circus workshops (have a go on the flying trapeze), a clown show, fire performances, face-painting and a giant inflatable slide.

Show highlights this year include Circus All-Sorts Cabaret, the Tim Burton Inspired The Nightmare Before Christmas in collaboration with Bristol’s Temple Cloud Circus, and The Last Supper – a feast of circus delights from the AirCraft Circus professional company.

This will be the final show at the Hangar Arts Trust before it shuts down after ten years supporting the circus community.

December 16 and 17 (12 noon until 6pm). Evening programme runs from 7pm-midnight. Hangar Arts Trust, Unit 7A, Mellish House, Harrington Way, SE18 5NR. Admission: Day tickets are £12 youth day tickets, £14 adults. Evening tickets are £12 youth, £24 adult. www.greenwichcircusfestival.org

 

RAISING THE BARRE

In January, Bromley’s Churchill Theatre plays host to the Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre company’s opulent versions of the Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Showcasing the superb technique and artistic heritage from the cradle of Russian ballet – the City of St Petersburg – the company’s performances have an air of magic, complemented by a full orchestra and outstanding soloists and have won plaudits across the world.

Swan Lake (January 3-6)  is the romantic story of the Prince and the Swan Princess, a tragic tale of love that triumphs over evil, set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime, soaring dramatic score.

The Nutcracker (January 3-6) is a delightfully festive tale, and the perfect introduction to ballet. This enchanting ballet tells the timeless story of Clara’s magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince, including a visit to the delicious Land of Sweets and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy, and is a real treat for the whole family.

High Street, BR1 1HA. Phone: 020 3285 6000. Admission: £27.50-£37.50. churchilltheatre.co.uk