Spiltmilk Say Dance (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Spiltmilk Say Dance

credit: Nick Rutter

An informative and entertaining mash-up of old-school social dances with incongruous backing music

This show by Spiltmilk Dance is as much about education as it is entertainment. Did you know that the twist was the first social dance that didn’t need a partner? Or that the hand jive came about so people could dance in busy bars?

All this and more is imparted by three female performers smartly dressed in colourful outfits, with tidy hair and matching red heeled shoes. So you know from the off that, unlike most dance shows, they won’t be breaking into a sweat.

Instead, they find alternative ways to demonstrate a myriad of social dances, from the 1920s to present day. The Charleston, foxtrot, disco and line dancing are all delivered in unusual ways with unexpected music (watching them rave to Judy Garland’s ‘Get Happy’ is a particularly amusing juxtaposition).

It’s pleasing throughout, but really steps up a gear during the closing montage, when more recent styles get an airing. Seeing the ‘Gangnam Style’ moves danced to Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ isn’t something you’ll forget in a hurry.

C nova, 0845 260 1234, until 26 Aug, 3.45pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£4.50–£8.50).

Spiltmilk Say Dance

  • 3 stars

Spiltmilk Dance present a fusion of various styles, which sees swing performed to disco music and contemporary dance paired with classical pieces.