The popularity in dance has surged in recent years. When I was at school, we had our very own Billy Elliot who didn't come out for years that he was a ballet dancer because he was afraid of being bullied. Everyone in class was very supportive of him, but elsewhere, he had suffered from lots of teasing.
Today, dancing for men seems to be tolerated a lot more. Even praised. I think television has a lot to do with it. Reality TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, and Britain's Got Talent, has really pushed people to go for it. And those not interested in performing themselves, take great pleasure in watching dance.
There was a time when you would only expect to see a certain kind of class going to the ballet or going to watch other forms of dance on stage. They would pay top prices for top seats, and not bat an eyelid at the number of digits after the £ sign.
Today, however, lovers of dance come from all backgrounds and budgets. Even those who are well off have had to tighten their belts in recent years, so it is not always possible to see such grand and expensive shows.
Sadler's Sampled is the perfect solution. The festival offers world class dance at rock bottom prices. It is surely the best value you will ever get for a dance show.
For two days you can watch an eclectic programme of events for £8 at the Sadler Wells Theatre. Not 'starting from' £8, but £8 across the board. Sampler's Sampled is from the 25 June - 7th July; although it sounds like along way off, At such a great deal, tickets are sure to sell fast. The festival will include acts from the Stuttgart Ballet, hip hop from Storyboard P and Vagabond Crew, new work from contemporary choreographer Alexander Whitley and the National Youth Dance Company choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon, and the Tango World Champions from Argentina.
On top of that, there will also be free events such as the Paper People art installation and workshop, a film screening of Idill and Force of Nature, discussions, and Tango and breakdancing classes.