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Press Release: Step Change Studios returns with Fairy Tales at Sadler's Wells

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Step Change Studios
Fairy Tales 
Thursday 27 June 2019
Performance: 7.30pm
Tickets: £17
Ticket office: 020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com


National award-winning Step Change Studios – an inclusive company for disabled and non-disabled dancers – presents the UK premiere of its new show Fairy Tales, at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Fairy Tales showcases solo, duet and group numbers interpreting the universal themes of childhood tales through ballroom and Latin-inspired dance. The production challenges the boundaries of dance and the dancer, drawing on the artists’ backgrounds to create original pieces.

Step Change Studios founder and producer of Fairy Tales Rashmi Becker said: “Last year I had the privilege of presenting the UK’s first inclusive ballroom-inspired show Fusion with the support of Arts Council England and Sadler’s Wells. I wanted to provide a platform for talent and challenge established notions of ballroom and who can dance. The audience response and enthusiasm for new work has led me to produce Fairy Tales. Taking inspiration from the stories we tell, Fairy Tales brings together a diverse cast of 20 artists to presents dynamic, captivating dance that cuts across convention placing artistry, ability and storytelling at its heart.”

Step Change Studios welcomes a number of new artists to its team with Fairy Tales, including former ballroom competitor Ian Banham, who has performed and choreographed in the West End in hits such as Dirty Dancing, and national and international TV shows Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance; professional Deaf dancer Natasha Julien from Manchester who recently toured the UK with musical production Tommy by Ramps on the Moon; Andrew Self, an aspiring dancer with Down’s Syndrome who is passionate about ballroom dance; Romano Solano, a multi-talented dancer originally from Italy, who Rashmi Becker discovered in a dance class in New York. The show also sees the return of artists Pawel Karpinski, current European wheelchair Latin dance champion; and choreographers Ivana Ostrowski, Nancy Hitzig, and Anna Alvarez.

Fairy Tales includes a post-show discussion with the cast, and Step Change Studios runs a series of inclusive dance workshops with local schools and older people in the lead up to the performance.

Sadler’s Wells’ Director of Learning and Engagement Joce Giles said: “It has been fantastic to see Step Change Studios’ development from when we first supported its creation through the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund in 2017, to hosting its first production last year. Rashmi’s passion for promoting talent and diversity in dance and her commitment to providing opportunities for more people to dance chimes with our values. We are delighted to support Step Change Studios’ return to Sadler’s Wells with its new production.”

Rashmi Becker established Step Change Studios in 2017 to provide opportunities for disabled people to dance. In just over two years the company has supported almost 2,000 disabled people to dance, many for the first time, working within different community settings including schools, hospitals and care homes.    

Step Change Studios won the inaugural One Dance UK Award for Innovation in 2018 and the East London Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund in 2017, which was supported by Sadler’s Wells.


Fairy Tales is supported by Arts Council England and Sadler’s Wells.

The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion, with BSL interpretation. Free to ticket holders. 

Press night: Thursday 27 June at 7.30pm




About Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. 


Its vision is to reflect and respond to the world through dance: enabling artists of all backgrounds to create dance that moves us and opens our minds, and sharing those experiences with the widest possible audiences – to enrich their lives and deepen their understanding of what it means to be human.


Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. 


Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a number of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes.


Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells.


Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, Sadler’s Wells’ new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre.


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