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Sadler’s Wells’ annual dance taster festival returns in February

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SADLER’S Wells’ annual dance taster festival, Sadler’s Wells Sampled, is returning for 2019. Featuring world-class performances and a series of workshops and activities, it runs from Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 9.

A regular fixture at Sadler’s Wells since 2007, Sadler’s Wells Sampled showcases a wide variety of dance, from ballet to waacking, and contemporary dance to classical Indian dance.

Appearing on both evenings, an eclectic line-up of renowned performers and dance companies comprises Mavin Khoo, Richard Alston Dance Company, Uchenna Dance, BirdGang, Patricia Guerrero, Semperoper Ballett and Rambert2.

The schools’ matinee features a reduced programme, with Uchenna Dance, BirdGang and Semperoper Ballett appearing. Workshops take place throughout the day on Saturday, February 9.

Many of the artists appearing at Sadler’s Wells Sampled performed at the venue in its 20th anniversary year of 2018, whilst flamenco soloist Patricia Guerrero appeared at Flamenco Festival London in 2017; and Uchenna Dance, who performed as part of UK tour Dance:Sampled last year, makes its Sadler’s Wells debut at Sampled 2019.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding, comments: “With Sadler’s Wells Sampled, we offer the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of world-class artists and dance genres in one programme, at a reduced price. It is a chance for new audiences and dance fans who are not so familiar with all the different styles we present to discover how rich and varied the art form is.”

Sadler’s Wells Sampled is supported by American Express.

Tickets: £20; £5 ‘proms’ style standing. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Times: Friday at 1pm (schools’ matinee) and 7:30pm; Saturday at 7:30pm.