East London Dance perform at Buckingham Palace for Coronation Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 August 2013

East London Dance performing at Buckingham Palace.

East London Dance performing at Buckingham Palace.


East London Dance performed for over three million people as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The dance company, based in Theatre Square, Stratford, was invited to Buckingham Palace gardens to perform on the main stage as part of the Coronation Festival on Saturday July 31 to commemorate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

East London Dance worked with Jeanefer Jean-Charles, who was helped choreograph the London 2012 Ceremonies, 100 dancers, and 20 live musicians from the Dhol Foundation.

They performed to an audience of around 21,000 people and 3.5 million viewers also watched the BBC’s broadcast of the festival on the BBC.

Polly Risbridger, director, said: “It is has been a real honour to be invited to create a performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

“We have certainly brought an east London artistic edge and passion for life to Buckingham Palace across these three nights.

“We have surprised and entertained the Palace’s guests, with an artistic, dynamic and celebratory performance that has demonstrated the talent and diversity in east London. We have had amazing feedback – hailed as the freshest thing here – so it’s been a huge success for us.

“This has been an amazing opportunity for our dancers and team, one they will never forget!”

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