Summer 2023 at Pavilion Dance South West

A dance season celebrating the Summer Solstice, Pride and Dancing outdoors on the Terraces!

Summer feels like it’s arrived here at Pavilion Dance South West, as we take to the sand to celebrate World Ocean Day on 8 June with a beach workshop led by our Artistic Director Victor Fung and welcome back James Wilton Dance to celebrate the Summer Solstice with their folklore inspired performance of LORE on 23 June.

Our popular Ceilidh series continues on 24 June with live music by Panjandrum and caller Nancy Potts to get you on the dancefloor.  And we’ve got something fun for the little ones too with Club Origami by Takeshi Matsumoto on 17 June with their immersive, interactive performance exploring the wonders of paper and play!

As Pride month begins we’re excited to co-present the vibrant dance circus cabaret GLAM by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre and Van Huynh Company at BourneFree Pride on 8 July in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth to celebrate diversity in its full feathered glory. 

This summer our outdoor Dancing Terraces will be back with a full line-up of dance styles and music every Friday and Saturday in August including: Wheelchair Dance, Latin Fusion, Vintage Jazz, Bollywood, Hip Hop, Street Dance and African with live drumming.

As the sun shines (and even when it doesn’t!) we’ve got lots happening inside and outdoors for all the family to enjoy movement, dance & music this summer. 

One of the driving forces behind what we do is our passion to make a difference to our communities through dance.  We aim to inspire the next generation of dance talent, from performers, to choreographers, creative directors and beyond with our diverse programme.  We are also passionate about improving lives by bringing dance to those communities that might find dance less easy to access or enjoy.

What’s on Summer 2023

Here’s some of our key performances.  Check our full line-up of events at:

World Ocean Day Beach Workshop: 8 June 2023

To celebrate World Ocean Day Pavilion Dance will be hosting a special dance & movement workshop on the beautiful beach in Bournemouth. Led by our Artistic Director, Victor Fung, this workshop will focus on cultivating a sense of body awareness and surroundings, culminating in a gentle group choreography that embraces the freedom of moving outdoor in a beautiful setting.

Club Origami by Takeshi Matsumoto: 17 June 2023

An immersive and interactive dance show inviting family audiences to create, imagine and explore whole new ways of thinking, playing and moving. Dance, fashion and live music meet the magic of origami to sweep us audiences up on a spirited and inspiring adventure in a land made purely of paper and play! Suitable for 0-5 year olds and their families with stay & play after the performance.

LORE by James Wilton Dance: 23 June 2023

A new production from award-winning dance company James Wilton Dance, LORE is a folklore-inspired journey into a pagan world of gods, demons and humans, embodied through the otherworldly athleticism of James Wilton’s dancers.

June Ceilidh with Panjandrum: 24 June 2023

Part of our year round Ceilidh social dance series, Panjandrum will bring live music to the dancefloor with eclectic melodies with caller Nancy Potts leading the dance.  No experience or partner necessary.

GLAM by Etti Ermini Dance Theatre & Van Huynh Company at Pride: 8 July 2023

Along with Bourne Free we are excited to co-present GLAM, a fabulous, vibrant dance and circus cabaret, at this year’s Bournemouth Pride. This outdoor street performance celebrating fabulousness in full technicolour and feathers, will be bringing the glitter and glam to Meyrick Park!

Dancing Terraces: Every Fri & Sat, 7-9pm in August 2023

Our free dancing terraces are designed for people of all ages.  These are participatory, drop in sessions outside on our Garden Terrace, with a different dance leader and style across the summer and featuring live drumming for the African Dance session. Full line-up will be announced soon. And if the weather is bad – we just move it into our dance studios!


Pavilion Dance transforms communities through dance. We offer dance experiences that are relevant, diverse, inclusive, and captivating. Our seaside creative hub in Bournemouth is home to our dancing community. Through theatre and outdoor performances, weekly dance classes, in-school workshops, social dance events, screenings, and many other activities, we welcome people of all backgrounds to experience the embodied joy of dancing. 

As a registered charity (1111641) we are dedicated to transforming our communities through dance. Based in Bournemouth, our historic seafront building has two dance studios for classes and rehearsals and a 197-seat theatre for live and recorded shows. 

Image – GLAM by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre & Van Huynh Company