Welsh dance

The Best of Welsh Dance 2018

It’s been a great year for dance in Wales, and our writers have had a difficult time picking highlights, but here is our list of the top 5 best of Welsh dance in 2018.

Best of Welsh Dance:

PASSION – Co-production by Music Theatre Wales and National Dance Company Wales; Photo credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL


A Child’s Christmas (Ballet Cymru)

Cath Barton attends the Riverfront Theatre in Newport to review a new Welsh ballet performance by Ballet Cymru, A Child’s Christmas.

it will come after (Icodaco)

International Contemporary Dance Collective

Passion (National Dance Company Wales & Music Theatre Wales)

David Truslove reviews the Passion UK premiere at The Anvil, Basingstoke, Co-production from Music Theatre Wales & National Dance Company Wales with London Sinfonietta & EXAUDI.

Frankenstein (Cascade Dance Theatre)

Omertà (National Dance Company Wales)

Gary Raymond reviews Roots, this year’s leg of National Dance Company Wales’ (NDCWales) annual touring showcase, giving voice to international choreographers.


Join us on December 21st when we will announce our no.1 dance production of 2018 from this list.

With thanks to Cath Barton, Jane Oriel, Jafar Iqbal, and Gary Raymond for their contributions to the final list.


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