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Three To See 2015: Dance Shows for Kids

By | Published on Tuesday 4 August 2015

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Here’s ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses once again, this time with three dance shows for younger Festival-goers.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid
When compiling this year’s tips, it occurred to me that, despite having been to see millions of children’s shows with my daughter in recent years, pretty much none of them have been remotely dance based. I suspect that it’s at least partly because there aren’t actually very many children’s shows that are. Whatever the reason, it made me determined to find some good shows featuring some dance, for your benefit and mine. This one looks really great, partly because it features one of my very favourite kinds of dance, but also because its creator, Tessa Bide, has garnered some seriously positive feedback for her family performances.
Summerhall, from 5 until 30 Aug

The Princess And The Frog
Every child knows the story of ‘The Princess and the Frog’. Or do they? I suspect that these days, they are more likely to know the plots of the Harry Potters, the Horrid Henrys and the Judy Moodys, but it’s not going to be a hindrance, I am sure; this timeless tale is, in my opinion, the perfect vehicle for a classical dance piece aimed at children, and this production promises gorgeous costumes, mesmerising performances, and clear storytelling. Sounds like the perfect introduction to ballet.
Sweet Grassmarket, from 6 until 30 Aug

Grandad And Me (pictured)
This sounds beautiful, and I am very keen to see it. The work of new Glasgow based company The Letter J, it’s described as a “living storybook” which deals with themes of loss, memory and imagination. It focuses on a girl who is missing her grandad, and who, using material objects and the power of her imagination, traces his steps. The show has already received much critical acclaim, and comes to the Fringe as part of the 2015 Made In Scotland showcase.
Summerhall, from 8 until 23 Aug

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