Enjoying a very British day out watching dance at Greenwich

What could be more British than sipping Pimm’s whilst sheltering under a parasol from the drizzle at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich? This was the scene as crowds waited for the English unveiling of an Olympics-inspired collaboration of three new pieces by the three national dance companies in the UK.

The mastermind behind the new piece, Dance GB is Wayne Eagling, the outgoing director of English National Ballet. The piece, which is Olympic in spirit, has already debuted in Glasgow and Cardiff, and with the three national troupes, it is slightly competitive too.

It would be the NDCW (National Dance Company Wales) that would be awarded the gold medal. This is a young company and much smaller than English National Ballet. However this prompted Ann Sholem, company director, to choose a top class choreographer. She succeeded in enlisting Christopher Bruce who has created the enchanting Dream. This is the bravest and most appealing piece of the three, being direct in the way it has adopted the Olympic brief.

Sport and dance do not often sit well together: Sport can be unpredictable, the beauty is generated by the job being done well. On the other hand, dance is well choreographed and elegance is the whole point. The other two dances fall short of what was expected