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Classically British 2014

Classically British 2014, part of Black History Season – 20th Anniversary!


2014 is the Mark Elie Dance Foundation and Portobello Dances’ 20th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone a series of events have been taking place throughout the year, including a retrospective photographic exhibition and now the up and coming Black History event  entitled Classically British’.


The Classically British event will be showcasing and celebrating the unique and rich cultural mix of British professional dancers and choreographers in contemporary and neo-classical ballet. After a decade of dazzling performances to packed audiences, the event has found a very clear purpose in instilling fresh hope for change to the old classical Ballet establishment in the UK.


The 20th anniversary showcase sees British legends of dance taking to the stage including Contemporary dance maestro Namron who received an OBE this year for his services to dance and Marie Kamara, a founding member of the Ballet Nègre.  This year features a non-stop evening of fresh and exciting new work from some of the most talented emerging and established British artists.


Thursday 16th October 2014

Dress rehearsal: Doors open at 1.15pm, show 1.45pm –  tickets £5
Main event: Doors open at 6.30pm, show at 7.30pm – tickets £10

Tickets: Doors only


For more info, contact the Artistic Director, Mark Elie 07947 484 021 or email


About Portobello Dance

Portobello Dance School is a community initiative on the international stage. Through dance education and events, Portobello Dance runs and participates in a variety of activities – locally, nationally and beyond.


Back in 1994, the Mark Elie Dance School began to encourage Ballet training for Notting Hill’s diverse population, offering diversity in trainers. It promoted optional exams in classical ballet and outreach classes. Shining students were introduced to advanced training and mainstream performance.

Artistic Director, Mark Elie is excited about the future of the dance school, which still remains part of the Mark Elie Dance Foundation, the registered charity set up in 1994 to provide affordable dance.


Based in North Kensington’s diverse Notting Hill, Portobello Dance School is a popular weekend destination offering children from 3yrs to adults training in Classical Ballet, Tap, Street and Salsa.

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