BBC Four is to celebrate the UK’s dance scene with season of programming.

Dance, Dance, Dance a series launched by ITV aiming at the popularity of dance in the UK

“Dance has the power to bring together different communities and generations in a shared love of creative expression. You only have to look at the extraordinary diversity of dance talent and audiences right across the UK to realise how successfully it fulfils this promise.” – Jonty Claypole, Director of BBC Arts

Previously unseen footage of the legendary choreographer and former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet Sir Kenneth MacMillan will be revealed for the first time as part of an upcoming documentary Ballet’s Dark Knight – Sir Kenneth MacMillan, a new film exploring the life and work of the celebrated yet controversial choreographer.

The film forms part of the upcoming BBC Four Dance Season airing in May, which will lift the curtain on today’s thriving dance scene, showcasing the broad range of styles and talent working and creating dance today.

In addition to shining a light on the enduring legacy of dance-makers such as MacMillan, the season will feature insight into some of today’s most acclaimed choreographers; Michael Clark and Shobana Jeyasingh, for example, will be placed alongside rising stars such as former street dance champion Dickson Mbi and Carlos Pons Guerra.

The season will also include contributions from former Royal Ballet principal dancers Dame Darcey Bussell and Zenaida Yanowsky and feature insights from well-known dance lovers including actor Clarke Peters, who will reveal the fascinating history of tap dancing in a new documentary Tap America: How A Nation Found Its Feet.

“The BBC can both reflect this and contribute to it as a creative organisation – and we relish the opportunity to share stories and productions more widely through broadcast. We are delighted to be working with our partners in the dance world to launch BBC Four’s dance season in May – as well as productions throughout the rest of the year.”- Jonty Claypole, Director of BBC Arts

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