Wednesday 24 May 2017

4,000 wanted for big street dance

Choreographer Arlene Phillips will tour London in a bus in the run up to the Big Dance festival
Choreographer Arlene Phillips will tour London in a bus in the run up to the Big Dance festival

Dance enthusiasts are being encouraged to sign up to take part in the "world's biggest street dance" during a week-long festival to celebrate the art form.

Up to 4,000 people are expected to join a dance procession from the Southbank Centre to Trafalgar Square in central London as part of Big Dance 2010.

The festival, which runs from July 3 to 11, will include more than 600 separate events across the capital and is being backed by the English National Ballet and Sadler's Wells, among others.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips will tour London in a bus in the run up to the week, rolling out a dance floor to invite people to learn different dance styles with the help of professionals.

Dance groups are due to perform at the Westfield centre in west London this weekend, while shoppers can watch sequences from Swan Lake performed by the English National Ballet.

Advance workshops will be held prior to the Big World Dance procession on Saturday, July 10, which is being choreographed by Luca Silvestrini, artistic director of dance company Protein.

The T-Mobile Big Dance festival is being supported by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, and is also being funded by independent charity Legacy Trust UK.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "With TV shows, an astonishing array of styles on stage and brilliant choreographers working in the capital, dance is at an all-time high.

"We want to get as many people moving as possible - not just in July, but to 2012 and beyond - so give Big Dance a whirl."

To register, visit: www.bigdance2010.com

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