Clash on the dance floor

Some of the oldest forms of dance in the UK are brought bang up to date as they collide with some of the youngest in The Lock In! – an exciting new dance show which is at Buxton Opera House soon.

The show sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be ‘after hours’ but as the regulars arrives a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off.

The skill, speed and athleticism of the dancers on both sides soon wins the others over as the old and new are brought together in an exciting and dynamic dance-off.

Sword dances are performed with snooker-cues, pub bouncers dance the Morris and B-boys flirt with clog girls.

Meanwhile house band The Demon Barbers takes English Folk music on a new journey with hip hop, house, funk and ska and even says hello to drum and bass along the way The Lock In! promises to do for English folk dance what Riverdance did for Irish dance and Diversity did for street dance, bringing some lesser known forms of dance into the mainstream.

Fast-paced and innovative, the show brings together some of the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris dancers with their counterparts from the worlds of B-boying, popping and krump.

 The show is devised and produced by artistic director Damien Barber, who has been a professional folk musician since 1989 and is best known for his work with electric folk band The Demon Barbers, winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 and is one of the most respected folk performers in the UK.

 Damien Barber says The Lock In! is one of the most exciting projects he’s ever worked on: I’ve always seen folk music and dance as an incredibly modern and vibrant living tradition and wanted to find a way to bring that vision to the widest possible audience. The Lock In! is the result of several years of artistic collaborations and development and I’m extremely excited that it’s finally touring!

“The response has been phenomenal from both folkies and street dance fans. All our dancers have also taken the opportunity to learn from each other and have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two – seemingly very different – dance styles.

The show takes place at Buxton Opera House on  November 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets for The Demon Barbers – The Lock – In! are priced at £15.50 and £17.50. For more information or to buy tickets call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at