Big Dance 2012 - news http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news_rss_feed.php news en-uk Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:14:40 +0000 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:14:40 +0000 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Big Dance 2012 RSS generator info@bigdance2012.com (Big Dance 2012) info@bigdance2012.com (Big Dance 2012) Another European DanceChallenge Event in Italy http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=494 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Dance Challenge artistic director Tomorr Kokona and their Italian collaborators are hosting the second DanceChallenge&trade; Italy event in Sicily. The word has spread fast and many local schools and dance studios have lined up for a fabulous weekend.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Choreography refresher course&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Tomorr has also been invited to deliver one of his best trademark choreography sessions for a group of Italian dance teachers and choreographers on the 26th January 2013. Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part in one of the Choreography refresher courses or would like more info.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">New registrations for 2013&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">DanceChallenge&trade; International UK is already receiving new registrations. Many dance teams have already started to register for the UK 2013 season.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Register today to showcase your latest routine at prestigious UK venues.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Why join in?&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Perform in Central London alongside UK and International teams.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Showcase your latest routines and get spotted by talent agencies.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">WIN &pound;500 worth of dance workshops with one of our professional choreographers.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Network with International agencies and other like-minded people.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Age Categories&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Juniors: 5-11 years old</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Seniors: 12-17 years old</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Elite: 18-25 years old</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Mixed: 5-25 years old&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">From &pound;14 per dancer*&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Click here and register to join thousands of dance lovers from across the globe and become part of this life changing experience!&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Please do get in touch if you need more information or any help completing your registration.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">DanceChallenge&trade;Team</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">T: +44(0)845 539 0014</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">E: dance@DanceChallenge.co.uk</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">W: www.DanceChallenge.co.uk&nbsp;</div> <strong> Dance Challenge</strong> artistic director <strong>Tomorr Kokona</strong> and their Italian collaborators are hosting the second DanceChallenge&trade; Italy event in Sicily. The word has spread fast and many local schools and dance studios have lined up for a fabulous weekend.&nbsp;<br /><br />Choreography refresher course&nbsp;Tomorr has also been invited to deliver one of his best trademark choreography sessions for a group of Italian dance teachers and choreographers on the 26th January 2013. Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part in one of the Choreography refresher courses or would like more info.&nbsp;<br /><br />New registrations for 2013&nbsp;DanceChallenge&trade; International UK is already receiving new registrations. Many dance teams have already started to register for the UK 2013 season.&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dancechallenge.memberlodge.org/?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=104&amp;Itemid=444" target="_blank">Register</a> today to showcase your latest routine at prestigious UK venues.&nbsp;<br /><br />Why join in?&nbsp;Perform in Central London alongside UK and International teams.Showcase your latest routines and get spotted by talent agencies.WIN &pound;500 worth of dance workshops with one of our professional choreographers.&nbsp;Network with International agencies and other like-minded people.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Age Categories&nbsp;</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Juniors: 5-11 years old</li> <li>Seniors: 12-17 years old</li> <li>Elite: 18-25 years old</li> <li>Mixed: 5-25 years old&nbsp;</li> </ul> <br />From &pound;14 per dancer*&nbsp;<br /><br />Click <a href="http://www.dancechallenge.memberlodge.org/?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=104&amp;Itemid=444" target="_blank">here</a> and register to join thousands of dance lovers from across the globe and become part of this life changing experience!&nbsp;<br /><br />Please do get in touch if you need more information or any help completing your registration.<br /><br /><strong>DanceChallenge&trade;Team</strong><br /><br />T: +44(0)845 539 0014<br />E: dance@DanceChallenge.co.uk<br />W: www.DanceChallenge.co.uk&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:31:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=494 Akram Khan Lecture, Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=493 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">lecture by Akram Khan, a very special event for YPIA and Southbank Centre, on Thursday &nbsp;17th January 2013, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought here (&pound;8, &pound;4 for members), and the event is followed by networking drinks.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">YPIA aims to provide regular networking opportunities for young people working in the arts - something which its founders, Nicki Wenham and Andreas Flohr, felt only existed for their more senior industry colleagues. It ensures a dialogue is maintained between these senior industry professionals and YPIA members through its annual programme of talks and debates, which aim to inspire the next generation of arts leaders. What do YPIA mean by young? It is not as much to do with age as it is to do with your position or experience within the arts industry. YPIA is open to all, but specifically intended for those who are not at senior management level.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Thursday 17 January 2013 at 19:30</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">YPIA Lecture Series in partnership with Southbank Centre: Akram Khan at Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">YPIA is delighted to announce that the next speaker in its YPIA lecture series in association with Southbank Centre is dancer and choreographer Akram Khan.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Akram Khan is one of the UK's most celebrated and respected dance artists. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the cultural arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney and Jocelyn Pook.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Khan&rsquo;s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things", a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim. Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and the Critics' Circle National Dance Award. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban. Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, London in a special international co-operation.</div> <p>YPIA Lecture Series in partnership with Southbank Centre: Akram Khan at Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX</p> <p><strong>Thursday 17 January 2013 at 19:30</strong><br /><br />YPIA is delighted to announce that the next speaker in its YPIA lecture series in association with Southbank Centre is dancer and choreographer Akram Khan.&nbsp;<br /><br />Akram Khan is one of the UK's most celebrated and respected dance artists. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the cultural arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.<br /><br />An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney and Jocelyn Pook.<br /><br />Khan&rsquo;s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things", a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim. Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and the Critics' Circle National Dance Award. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban. Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, London in a special international co-operation.</p> <p>A very special event for YPIA and Southbank Centre, on Thursday &nbsp;17th January 2013, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ypia.co.uk/events/ypia-lecture-series-in-partnership-with-southbank-centre-akram-khan" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;(&pound;8, &pound;4 for members), and the event is followed by networking drinks.<br /><br />YPIA aims to provide regular networking opportunities for young people working in the arts - something which its founders, Nicki Wenham and Andreas Flohr, felt only existed for their more senior industry colleagues. It ensures a dialogue is maintained between these senior industry professionals and YPIA members through its annual programme of talks and debates, which aim to inspire the next generation of arts leaders. What do YPIA mean by young? It is not as much to do with age as it is to do with your position or experience within the arts industry. YPIA is open to all, but specifically intended for those who are not at senior management level.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:17:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=493 Artangel and Radio 4 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=492 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">For over 20 years, a small, specialist London-based company called Artangel has been commissioning leading contemporary artists to produce pieces shaped by specific places and spaces. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz and Michael Morris, co-director at Artangel, explain the company have teamed-up with Radio 4 to invite artists working in any media to submit proposals for a new "ground-breaking project".&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21008150 (scroll down for link to report)</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">http://www.artangel.org.uk/</div> <p>For over 20 years, a small, specialist London-based company called Artangel has been commissioning leading contemporary artists to produce pieces shaped by specific places and spaces. <br /><br />The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz and Michael Morris, co-director at Artangel, explain the company have teamed-up with Radio 4 to invite artists working in any media to submit proposals for a new "ground-breaking project".&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21008150" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21008150</a> (scroll down for link to report)&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="http://www.artangel.org.uk" target="_blank">http://www.artangel.org.uk</a>/</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:10:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=492 GDance Choreographic Fellowship http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=491 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Bespoke support for a disabled emerging choreographer including:&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Mentoring by an internationally recognised disabled choreographer&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>The opportunity to work on an exciting site specific production with GDance, Ballet Cymru and The National Trust.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Further your choreographic practice.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Raise your profile within the dance sector.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Embed your future development and work within a local and national context.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Please visit the website to download all of the relevant information relating to the fellowship; www.gdance.co.uk/training-fellowships. (There is no application form - just further instructions there)&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Deadline for applications: Monday 21 January 2013 at 5pm&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Interviews: Week commencing 11 February 2013&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Further information or assistance with your application contact:Louise Brown 01452 550431 / louise@gdance.co.uk</div> <p>Bespoke support for a disabled emerging choreographer including:&nbsp;<br /><br /> <ul> <li>Mentoring by an internationally recognised disabled choreographer&nbsp;</li> <li>The opportunity to work on an exciting site specific production with GDance, Ballet Cymru and The National Trust.&nbsp;</li> <li>Further your choreographic practice.&nbsp;</li> <li>Raise your profile within the dance sector.&nbsp;</li> <li>Embed your future development and work within a local and national context.Please visit the website to download all of the relevant information relating to the fellowship;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <br /><a href="http://www.gdance.co.uk/training-fellowships" target="_blank">www.gdance.co.uk/training-fellowships</a>. (There is no application form - just further instructions there)&nbsp;<br /><br />Deadline for applications: <strong>Monday 21 January 2013 at 5pm</strong>&nbsp;<br />Interviews: Week commencing 11 February 2013&nbsp;<br />Further information or assistance with your application contact:Louise Brown 01452 550431 / <a href="mailto:louise@gdance.co.uk" target="_blank">louise@gdance.co.uk</a></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:52:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=491 Dance Umbrella looking for a new Artistic Director http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=490 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">DANCE UMBRELLA 1 Brewery Square, London SE1 2LF l T +44 (0)20 7407 1200 l</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">www.danceumbrella.co.uk</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Registered office 14 Hanover Square, London W1R 0BE l Registered in England l Company registration number 1402702 l Charity registration number 277221</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">l Chairman Andrew Hochhauser QC</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Artistic Director</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Since 1978 Dance Umbrella has been breaking new ground in the UK&rsquo;s cultural life, establishing itself as one of the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s largest and most prestigious festivals of modern dance&rdquo; (New York Times).</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Following Betsy Gregory&rsquo;s announcement that she will stand down in November 2013, Dance Umbrella is looking for a new Artistic Director to pursue its mission to bring brave new dance to London.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">As Artistic Director you will provide clear, inspiring artistic leadership for all Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s activities, leading the next phase of Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s creative life. As Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s Chief Executive, you will also be responsible for ensuring Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s financial and organisational success.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">You will demonstrate the ability to be an inspiring and enterprising artistic leader, with the vision, experience, knowledge and international networks to change the landscape of the UK&rsquo;s dance world. You will be a skilled communicator and manager, able to work effectively with people at all levels and maximise Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s income from all sources.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Closing date: 10am Monday 4 February Interview dates: 27 February and 18 March</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">For an application pack, please go to our website: http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/job-vacancies</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dance Umbrella has been breaking new ground in the UK&rsquo;s cultural life, establishing itself as one of the &ldquo;<em>world&rsquo;s largest and most prestigious festivals of modern dance</em>&rdquo; (<strong>New York Times</strong>).<br /><br />Following <strong>Betsy Gregory&rsquo;s</strong> announcement that she will stand down in November 2013, Dance Umbrella is looking for a new Artistic Director to pursue its mission to bring brave new dance to London.</p> <p>As Artistic Director you will provide clear, inspiring artistic leadership for all Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s activities, leading the next phase of Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s creative life. As Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s Chief Executive, you will also be responsible for ensuring Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s financial and organisational success.</p> <p>You will demonstrate the ability to be an inspiring and enterprising artistic leader, with the vision, experience, knowledge and international networks to change the landscape of the UK&rsquo;s dance world. You will be a skilled communicator and manager, able to work effectively with people at all levels and maximise Dance Umbrella&rsquo;s income from all sources.</p> <p>Closing date: 10am Monday 4 February</p> <p>Interview dates: 27 February and 18 March</p> <p>For an application pack, please go to our website: <a href="http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/job-vacancies">http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/job-vacancies</a></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:12:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=490 Youth Music Theatre Auditions http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=489 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Youth Music Theatre (UK) will be touring the country this January and February searching for talented young performers and musicians, aged 11-21. We invite all dancers, singers and/or actors to come along to an audition and take part in one of our group workshops. No need to prepare anything!</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We are casting for around 300 roles this summer 2013, please forward this email on to anyone who would like to take part in our exciting programme of musicals and film.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Our musicals are fully residential and take place around the UK for two weeks over the summer holidays. You can also gain a Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Certificate in Musical Theatre by taking part (Grade 8 is the highest grade, equivalent to A* at A-level).&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Audition for what?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Kick-start your career in performing arts and audition to perform in musicals including Great Expectations, The Salsa Sisters, Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, the Dark Tower and a feature film, The Vanishing Place. Read more online&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Inside the Audition Room</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">About your YMT audition</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Auditions are workshop based and last around 2.5 hours. They are good fun and led by a team of industry professionals.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We run around three workshop sessions over an audition day (depending on the city) slots are 9:30am-12 noon, 12:15pm-14:45pm and 15:45pm-18:15pm.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PNYQF3jCS0</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Book your audition</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Book your audition online or by calling us: 0844 415 4858. Workshop-auditions are &pound;35 (inc. VAT).&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">If you are a musician or if you are interested in working backstage, please call the YMT office to book your audition/interview slot. Musician auditions and backstage interviews are free of charge.&nbsp;</div> <strong> Youth Music Theatre</strong> (UK) will be touring the country this January and February searching for talented young performers and musicians, aged 11-21. <br /><br />They invite all dancers, singers and/or actors to come along to an audition and take part in one of their group workshops. No need to prepare anything! They are casting for around 300 roles this summer 2013.<br /><br />Our musicals are fully residential and take place around the UK for two weeks over the summer holidays. You can also gain a Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Certificate in Musical Theatre by taking part (Grade 8 is the highest grade, equivalent to A* at A-level).&nbsp;&nbsp;Audition for what?<br /><br />Kick-start your career in performing arts and audition to perform in musicals including Great Expectations, The Salsa Sisters, Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, the Dark Tower and a feature film, The Vanishing Place.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>About your YMT audition</strong><br />Auditions are workshop based and last around 2.5 hours. They are good fun and led by a team of industry professionals. They run around three workshop sessions over an audition day (depending on the city) slots are 9:30am-12 noon, 12:15pm-14:45pm and 15:45pm-18:15pm.&nbsp;<br /><br /> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/4PNYQF3jCS0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4PNYQF3jCS0" /> </object> <br /><br /><strong>Book your audition</strong><br />Book your audition online or by calling: 0844 415 4858. Workshop-auditions are &pound;35 (inc. VAT).&nbsp;&nbsp;If you are a musician or if you are interested in working backstage, please call the YMT office to book your audition/interview slot. Musician auditions and backstage interviews are free of charge.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:10:06 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=489 Call for Submissions for Olympic Park programme of events http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=488 <p>The Olympic Park will reopen from July 2013 as London&rsquo;s new celebration space with a diverse programme ranging from major concerts and international sports events to cultural and community activities. To help deliver the programme, we are looking to create an Events Framework, which will be used to procure suitable suppliers to create, manage and deliver a number of elements of the programme. <br /><br />The Framework will be split into 3 lots for which organisations will be encouraged to submit applications for:</p> <ul> <li>Creative Event Solutions&nbsp;</li> <li>Event Production&nbsp;</li> <li>Programme Partnerships&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The opportunity has been released through our Procurement Portal &ndash; <a href="https://www.supply4london.gov.uk/delta">https://www.supply4london.gov.uk/delta</a> for which you will need to register to view. <br /><br />Once you have registered please log into your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 72WMEK827U. <br /><br />&nbsp;The deadline for the first procurement phase is th<strong>e 24th January 2013.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:28:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=488 New Years Honours for Arlene Phillips for services to dance and charity http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=487 <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Ms Phillips said: &ldquo;I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour. Now we must look to 2013 and see how we can build on the incredible progress that we have seen over the past 12 months.&rdquo;</span></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:57:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=487 Big Dance Volunteers honoured through the Diamond Jubilee volunteering award http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=486 <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Hundreds of people who volunteered their services for Big Dance in 2012, one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, have been honoured through The Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 awards selected by Her Majesty The Queen were , announced at a Cabinet Office event attended by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Chair of the Award Martyn Lewis CBE and Palace officials. &nbsp; A formal event will be held at Buckingham Palace in spring 2013.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Big Dance 2012 held over 3,500 events across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between 18 May and 6 September 2012, with an estimated reach in excess of four million people. It included television programmes, performances and events in the streets and public spaces, in theatres and schools, and right into the heart of communities across the UK.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Some of the UK&rsquo;s leading choreographers and dance artists created work for Big Dance, including Wayne McGregor CBE, who created an Olympic-inspired dance routine aimed at schools and performed by thousands of children and young people around the world on 18 May.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Volunteers were essential in making Big Dance 2012 happen &ndash; helping to run events, organising publicity, providing transport, making costumes, and all of the other things needed to make large-scale community events successful. The volunteering project was enabled through Team London, the Mayor of London's action plan for volunteering.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to volunteer. The response has been overwhelming and it&rsquo;s been delightful to see how the enthusiasm and interests have been put to such positive use. They have developed their skills as event managers, marketers, administrators and generally superb ambassadors for dance and community celebrations.&rdquo;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px; position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Arlene Phillips OBE, Big Dance Champion</div> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Hundreds of people who volunteered their services for Big Dance in 2012, one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, have been honoured through The Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.<br /><br />To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 awards selected by Her Majesty The Queen were , announced at a Cabinet Office event attended by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Chair of the Award Martyn Lewis CBE and Palace officials. A formal event will be held at Buckingham Palace in spring 2013.<br />&nbsp;<br />Big Dance 2012 held over 3,500 events across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between 18 May and 6 September 2012, with an estimated reach in excess of four million people. It included television programmes, performances and events in the streets and public spaces, in theatres and schools, and right into the heart of communities across the UK.<br />&nbsp;<br />Some of the UK&rsquo;s leading choreographers and dance artists created work for Big Dance, including Wayne McGregor CBE, who created an Olympic-inspired dance routine aimed at schools and performed by thousands of children and young people around the world on 18 May.<br />&nbsp;<br />Volunteers were essential in making Big Dance 2012 happen &ndash; helping to run events, organising publicity, providing transport, making costumes, and all of the other things needed to make large-scale community events successful. The volunteering project was enabled through Team London, the Mayor of London's action plan for volunteering.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;<em>We&rsquo;ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to volunteer. The response has been overwhelming and it&rsquo;s been delightful to see how the enthusiasm and interests have been put to such positive use. They have developed their skills as event managers, marketers, administrators and generally superb ambassadors for dance and community celebrations</em>.&rdquo;<br /><strong>Arlene Phillips OBE, Big Dance Champion</strong></p> <p>To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 awards selected by Her Majesty The Queen were , announced at a Cabinet Office event attended by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Chair of the Award Martyn Lewis CBE and Palace officials. &nbsp; A formal event will be held at Buckingham Palace in spring 2013.&nbsp;Big Dance 2012 held over 3,500 events across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between 18 May and 6 September 2012, with an estimated reach in excess of four million people. It included television programmes, performances and events in the streets and public spaces, in theatres and schools, and right into the heart of communities across the UK.&nbsp;Some of the UK&rsquo;s leading choreographers and dance artists created work for Big Dance, including Wayne McGregor CBE, who created an Olympic-inspired dance routine aimed at schools and performed by thousands of children and young people around the world on 18 May.&nbsp;Volunteers were essential in making Big Dance 2012 happen &ndash; helping to run events, organising publicity, providing transport, making costumes, and all of the other things needed to make large-scale community events successful. The volunteering project was enabled through Team London, the Mayor of London's action plan for volunteering.&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to volunteer. The response has been overwhelming and it&rsquo;s been delightful to see how the enthusiasm and interests have been put to such positive use. They have developed their skills as event managers, marketers, administrators and generally superb ambassadors for dance and community celebrations.&rdquo;Arlene Phillips OBE, Big Dance Champion</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:56:47 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=486 GDance Fellowship Opportunity http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=485 <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">GDance&nbsp;are currently recruiting for a Choreographic Fellowship which offers a disabled emerging choreographer the opportunity to gain further experience and build essential networks while being supported with mentoring and fellowship-related costs.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">If you feel it is appropriate, we would be really grateful if you would spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><strong>GDance Choreographic Fellowship 2012 &ndash; 2013</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Bespoke support for a disabled emerging choreographer including:</p> <ul style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"> <li>Mentoring by an internationally recognised disabled choreographer&nbsp;</li> <li>The opportunity to work on an exciting site specific production with GDance, Ballet Cymru and The National Trust. &nbsp;</li> <li>Further your choreographic practice.</li> <li>Raise your profile within the dance sector.</li> <li>Embed your future development and work within a local and national context.</li> </ul> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Please visit the website to download all of the relevant information relating to the fellowship;<a style="color: #b22222; text-decoration: initial;" href="http://www.gloucestershiredance.org.uk/training-fellowships.asp">www.gdance.co.uk/training-fellowships</a></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><strong>Deadline for applications:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Monday 21 January 2013 at 5pm</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><strong>Interviews:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Week commencing 11 February 2013</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><strong>Further information or assistance with your application contact:</strong>&nbsp;Louise Brown 01452 550431 /&nbsp;<a style="color: #b22222; text-decoration: initial;" href="mailto:louise@gdance.co.uk">louise@gdance.co.uk</a></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Gdance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><em>This opportunity is generously supported by Arts Council England and The Esm&eacute;e Fairbairn Foundation</em></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:56:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=485 Big Dance Volunteers Honoured Through the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award for 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=484 <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Hundreds of people who&nbsp;<ins datetime="2012-12-12T12:36" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton"></ins>volunteered their services for Big Dance in 2012, one of the highlights of the&nbsp;<ins datetime="2012-12-12T12:36" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton"></ins>London 2012 Festival, have been honoured through The Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.<span style="line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">To mark the Diamond Jubilee<ins datetime="2012-12-11T13:50" cite="mailto:BMcKnight">,</ins>&nbsp;60 awards selected by Her Majesty The Queen<ins datetime="2012-12-12T12:36" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton">&nbsp;</ins>were,&nbsp;<del datetime="2012-12-12T12:36" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton"></del>announced at a Cabinet Office event attended by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Chair of the Award Martyn Lewis CBE and Palace officials.&nbsp;<del datetime="2012-12-12T12:36" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton"></del>A formal event will be held at Buckingham Palace in spring 2013.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Big Dance 2012 held over 3,500 events across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between 18 May and 6 September 2012, with an estimated reach in excess of four million people. It included television programmes, performances and events in the streets and public spaces, in theatres and schools, and right into the heart of communities across the UK.<span style="line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Some of the UK&rsquo;s leading choreographers and dance artists created work for Big Dance, including Wayne McGregor CBE, who created an Olympic-inspired dance routine aimed at schools and performed by thousands of children and young people around the world on 18 May.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Volunteers were essential in making Big Dance 2012 happen &ndash; helping to run events, organising publicity, providing transport, making costumes, and all of the other things needed to make large-scale community events successful. The volunteering project was enabled&nbsp;through Team London, the Mayor of London's action plan for volunteering<ins datetime="2012-12-11T15:44" cite="mailto:rmiller">.</ins></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;"><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to volunteer. The response has been overwhelming and it&rsquo;s been delightful to see how the enthusiasm and interests have been put to such positive use. They have developed their skills as event managers, marketers, administrators and generally superb ambassadors for dance and community celebrations.&rdquo;</em><ins datetime="2012-12-12T12:19" cite="mailto:Chris%20Stenton"></ins></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.91666603088379px;">Arlene Phillips OBE, Big Dance Champion</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:55:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=484 Brendan Keaney appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=483 <p>BD.ORG Brendan Keaney, Director of Greenwich Dance, has been appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of DanceEast, Ipswich. He will take up the post in March 2013.<br /><br />Martyn Rose, Chair of DanceEast said:<br /><br />"I am delighted that Brendan Keaney is joining us to lead DanceEast as it moves into the next phase of its development. We are eternally grateful to our previous Artistic Director &amp; Chief Executive, Assis Carreiro, for creating a thriving and dynamic organisation and especially for having the vision and tenacity to give Ipswich one of the best Dance Houses in the world. Brendan has the experience, understanding and ability to build on this legacy and create an exciting new future for DanceEast<em>".</em></p> <p>Read <a href="http://www.danceeast.co.uk/press/360/Brendan-Keaney-appointed-Artistic-Director--Chief-Executive-of-DanceEast/" target="_blank">more here</a></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:26:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=483 FI.ELD http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=482 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Are You A Dance Innovator Brimming&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">With Ideas?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Do You Need To Boost Your Skills And</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Networks To Help Make These Ideas Happen?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">The Fi.Eld Will Be A Unique Collective Of Dance Innovators Aged 16-25 Years Brimming With Ideas&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">And Hungry To Learn. 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left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Open Information Day:</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Tuesday 4 December 2012, 5-7pm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1bx</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Deadline For Application:&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Monday 7 January 2013, 5pm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Selection Day:</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Saturday 12 January 2013</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Are You A Dance Innovator Brimming With Ideas?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Do You Need To Boost Your Skills Andnetworks To Help Make These Ideas Happen?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">The Fi.Eld Will Be A Unique Collective Of Dance Innovators Aged 16-25 Years Brimming With Ideas And Hungry To Learn. You Will Work Together To:</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;+ Learn From Industry Leaders In &nbsp;Masterclasses And Talks &nbsp;+ Produce Shows And Events &nbsp; + Have Free Access To The Fi.Eld &nbsp;Studio For Classes And Rehearsals &nbsp;+ Get Tickets To See The Hottest &nbsp; Shows In Town And Meet The &nbsp;People Involved &nbsp;+ Get Advice And Support From A &nbsp; Personal Mentor &nbsp;+ Pitch Your Ideas For Investment &nbsp; To Produce Your Own Event &nbsp; Facilitated By Kate Scanlan (Scanner's Inc / Formally Breakin' Convention) You Will Meet On A Monthly Basis At Stratford Circus Fromjanuary - July 2013.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;To Find Out More Visit Www.Eastlondondance.Orgfor A Full Information Sheet And Application Form Open Information Day:Tuesday 4 December 2012, 5-7pmstratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1bx Deadline For Application: Monday 7 January 2013, 5pm Selection Day:Saturday 12 January 2013&nbsp;</div> </p> <p>Are You A Dance Innovator Brimming&nbsp;With Ideas?<br />Do You Need To Boost Your Skills AndNetworks To Help Make These Ideas Happen?<br />The Fi.Eld Will Be A Unique Collective Of Dance Innovators Aged 16-25 Years Brimming With Ideas&nbsp;And Hungry To Learn.&nbsp;</p> <p>To Find Out More Visit <a href="http://www.Eastlondondance.org">Www.Eastlondondance.Org</a> for A Full Information Sheet And Application Form <br /><br />Open Information Day:Tuesday 4 December 2012, 5-7pm Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1bx <br /><br />Deadline For Application: Monday 7 January 2013, 5pm <br />Selection Day:Saturday 12 January 2013&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:24:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=482 National Youth Dance Company http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=481 <p>This exciting new company aims to create and perform innovative and influential youth dance, and hopes to draw together some of the brightest young dance talent from across the country to work with internationally renowned Associate Artists.<br /><br />In order to get as many young people from around the country involved, NYDC will be organising Experience Workshops for 16-18* year olds through to the new year, and from these they will select a number of prospective applicants to attend more formal auditions in London, in order to gain entry into the company.</p> <p>Further <a href="http://www.danceeast.co.uk/east-youth-dance/news/358/Sunday-25-November-National-Youth-Dance-Company-Experience-Workshop" target="_blank">information&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:49:18 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=481 Funding Opportunities http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=480 <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&pound;30,000 Futures Fund<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 19 December 2012<br /> </strong>IdeasTap has teamed up with Sky Arts to offer five young artists aged 18-30 &pound;30,000 each to fund their creative work for a year through the <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=f09039cdae&amp;e=004063fcf1">Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund</a>. The fund is open to UK-based applicants working in performing arts, dance, music, visual art or creative producing. The fund is designed to develop your creative practice and help take your work to the next level. We&rsquo;ll pair you with a mentor from Sky to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector, and support you through Sky&rsquo;s platforms. The deadline for applications closes on Wednesday 19 December &ndash; find out more and apply here: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=3faf2f1bff&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://bit.ly/ToT0ft</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Woodward Charitable Trust<br /> </span>Deadline: 30 November 2012<br /> </strong>The Woodward Charitable Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>children and young people; </li> <li>minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; </li> <li>prisoners and ex-offenders; </li> <li>disability; </li> <li>homelessness; </li> <li>arts outreach; and </li> <li>environmental projects. </li> </ul> <p><br /> Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are willing to consider funding running costs, including core cost and salaries. Large grants are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees, and applications must first be discussed with the administrator. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=3d5cadc6ca&amp;e=004063fcf1">www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wingate Foundation Music Grant<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 7 December 2012<br /> </strong>The Wingate Foundation Music Grant is intended to support organisations that provide education, resources or performance opportunities to musicians. The scheme aims to fund projects that have a large potential for success beyond the funding period. Eligible organisations must be unable to acquire funding from statutory bodies or commercial sources. Priority will be given to musicians based in the UK and young professionals.<br /> Contact The Wingate Foundation at <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=ded761c059&amp;e=004063fcf1">www.wingatefoundation.org.uk</a> for further information.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Youth Challenge Fund (UK)<br /> </span>Deadline: 31 January 2013<br /> </strong>Youth Groups in the UK can apply for grants of up to &pound;2,500 to work on specific themes with youth groups in Germany. The funding which is being made available through the Youth Challenge Fund. The Fund aims to give young people the opportunity to enhance their international experience and intercultural awareness in a creative, practical and enjoyable way. The type of themes supported can include (but are not limited to):</p> <ul> <li>Culture and society </li> <li>Music, dance and drama </li> <li>Global issues </li> <li>Environment </li> <li>Multimedia and ICT </li> <li>Sport and outdoor activities. </li> </ul> <p><br /> The Youth Challenge Fund is open exclusively to youth groups (and their leaders) in the UK and Germany and is aimed at children and young people up to the age of 25. For example, 10 young people from Youth Clubs in Southwark, South London visited young people in Langenham, Germany during the football World Cup. <br /> <br /> The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2013. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=d048412049&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/youth-challenge-fun</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Austin &amp; Hope Pilkington Trust (UK)<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 1 June 2013<br /> </strong>The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2013. During 2013, the Trust is seeking to fund projects that help children and young people. Grants are usually between &pound;1,000 and &pound;3,000 and are awarded for one year.<br /> <br /> Previous grants awarded include a grant towards a resource centre providing advice and training for workers dealing with mental health in rural areas and funding towards a project aimed at behavioural programme for persistent young offenders. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=3f9723b6ee&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/ah_how_to_apply.htm</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Young Persons Volunteering Fund (England, Scotland &amp; Wales)<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 2 January 2013<br /> </strong>The Sita Trust has announced the next funding round of its new Young Person's Volunteering Fund. Through this new fund, the SITA Trust can provide grants of up to &pound;10,000 for volunteering projects owned by 14-25 year olds. This fund has been created to assist young people aged 14-25 to volunteer their time to create or enhance facilities that can be enjoyed by the wider community. SITA Trust can provide funding towards the resources required by young volunteers to transform a derelict piece of land into a community green space or give a local community centre a much needed 'make-over'. Funding can be sought to provide necessary equipment such as tools, paint, plants, fencing and materials. To be eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate that young people will be fully involved in the design and development of the project and projects must be compliant with the rules of the Landfill Communities Fund.<br /> <br /> The closing date for applications is 10am on the 2nd January 2013. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=e2c2960769&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.sitatrust.org.uk/volunteering</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Santander Launches Community Plus Fund (UK)<br /> </span></strong>Following the launch, in September, of a new &pound;250,000 pilot fund for charities in the South West, Santander Foundation has announced the launch of a new &pound;1.23 million Community Plus fund to support charities helping local disadvantaged people across the UK. UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to &pound;5,000. The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people. For example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time sessional worker. <br /> <br /> To apply, just visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch. There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=41650f1fa8&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/aboutus.aspx</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 14 January 2013<br /> </strong>The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to &pound;2,000, but larger grants may be considered.<br /> <br /> The next deadline is the 14th January 2013. Read more at:<br /> <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=08d8cd9ffa&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.elephanttrust.org.uk/docs/intro.html</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Funding for Youth Music Making Activities (England)<br /> </span></strong><strong>Deadline: 27 March 2013<br /> </strong>Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity, has announced that the next closing date for first stage applications is the 27th March. Youth Music provides grants of between &pound;5,000 and &pound;30,000 are available to support music-making activities for children and young people, especially young people in challenging circumstances. This can encompass anything from:</p> <ul> <li>Mental health issues </li> <li>Special educational needs </li> <li>Physical disability </li> <li>Rural isolation </li> <li>Economic deprivation. </li> </ul> <p><br /> Youth Music will fund non profit-making organisations that are committed to music-making activities for children and young people up to 18 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs, disabilities or are in detention). Youth Music aims to support music making principally in out of school hours such as during weekends, holidays as well as in breakfast and after schools clubs. Youth Music understands that programmes may need to begin in school hours especially if the proposal involves encouraging first time participation in music. To help with this, Youth Music will consider applications for programmes where up to 25% of the time is spent in school hours. The proposed programme should aim to encourage children and young people to eventually make music outside of school hours. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=c6dd3d182a&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/funding</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Heritage Grants over &pound;2 Million &amp; under &pound;5 Million (UK)<br /> </span></strong>Under the Heritage Grants scheme funding is available for projects that relate to the national, regional or local heritage of the UK. To be eligible for funding a project must:</p> <ul> <li>Help people to learn about their own and other peoples heritage </li> <li>Conserve the UK&rsquo;s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy </li> <li>Help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about heritage. </li> </ul> <p>HLF welcome applications from single organisations and partnerships. Priority is given to not-for-profit organisations, and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations. If private owners are involved, HLF expect the public benefit to be greater than any private gain.<br /> <br /> In addition, the HLF also makes:</p> <ul> <li>Grants of &pound;100,000 - &pound;2 million </li> <li>Grants in excess of &pound;5 million. </li> </ul> <p>These are subject to different application deadlines information on which can be access through <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=c7c3f0fd27&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.hlf.org.uk/howtoapply/programmes/pages/heritagegrants.aspx</a>. The next closing date for applications is the 14th December 2012.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wellcome Trust Small Arts Awards (UK)<br /> </span>Deadline: 25 January 2013<br /> </strong>The Wellcome Trust has announced that the next application deadline under its Small Arts Awards is the 25th January 2013. The Small Arts Awards provides grants of up to &pound;30,000 to projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts. This can include:</p> <ul> <li>Dance </li> <li>Drama </li> <li>Performance arts </li> <li>Visual arts </li> <li>Music </li> <li>Film </li> <li>Craft </li> <li>Photography </li> <li>Creative writing </li> <li>Digital media. </li> </ul> <p>The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others; Artists; Scientists; Curators; Filmmakers; Writers; Producers; Directors; Academics; Science communicators; Teachers; Arts workers; Education officers. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=ce709fd818&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://tinyurl.com/2aaezef</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Endowment Fund (England)<br /> </span>Deadline: 19 April 2013<br /> </strong>The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has announced that it is seeking applications from schools and other not for profit organisations for projects that address educational disadvantage. In particular, the Foundation is seeking to support projects that focus on the use of digital technology to improve outcomes and on scaling up projects which have a measurable impact on attainment. As part of the EEF's grant funding agreement with the Department for Education they are required to target their funds for the first two years at children entitled to free school meals attending those schools which are not meeting the Government's floor targets for attainment and progression. The Foundations would typically expect their smallest grant to be in the order of &pound;50,000 a year and to reach at least 100 students. <br /> <br /> The next application deadline is the 19th April 2013. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=9d76ab2ad6&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding/</a><br /> &middot; .<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Heritage Lottery Fund<br /> </span></strong>The Heritage Lottery Fund has just launched their new strategic framework for 2013-2018 and after significant endorsement from the sector, the Young Roots programme will continue. <br /> Increased support will be given to young people's heritage projects, including grants up to &pound;50,000.<br /> For more information, call 0131 225 9450 or visit: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=1e82303819&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/Risingtothechallenge.aspx</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Ernest Cook Trust (UK)<br /> </span>Deadline: 31 January 2013<br /> </strong>Registered charities, schools and not-for-profit wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under &pound;4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year and the large grants programme (Grants over &pound;4,000) is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes. <br /> <br /> Grants awarded in the past have included:</p> <ul> <li>Heathfield Community School which received &pound;1,600 for a project that enabled a class of students to walk back in time to the &lsquo;dawn of life&rsquo; </li> <li>St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received &pound;7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. Grants are normally awarded for one year only. </li> </ul> <p>The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2013. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=1a4054f5dd&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/index.html</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BIG Invests &pound;100m to Support People with Multiple Needs (England)<br /> </span></strong>The Big Lottery Fund has announced that it will invest &pound;100 million over the next 8 years to help people with multiple needs. The funding is being targeted at 15 areas where there is a significant concentration of people with multiple needs and where there are organisations with a track record and able to take on the challenge of providing better connected support services to help people with multiple needs. Organisations tackling homelessness, reoffending, addiction and mental ill health, will be invited to create partnerships in each area, led by a voluntary and community sector organisation. Their aim will be to bring together other local services, fill gaps in local provision, share results and lessons and involve the beneficiaries in the delivery of the project. <br /> <br /> The 15 areas that BIG is focusing on are:</p> <ul> <li>Great Yarmouth </li> <li>Nottingham </li> <li>Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark </li> <li>Camden &amp; Islington </li> <li>Newcastle/Gateshead </li> <li>Tees Valley (including Middlesbrough) </li> <li>Liverpool </li> <li>Manchester </li> <li>Blackpool </li> <li>Brighton &amp; Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings </li> <li>Bristol </li> <li>Plymouth </li> <li>Stoke on Trent </li> <li>Birmingham </li> <li>West Yorkshire </li> </ul> <p>For further information on this announcement and which areas have been targeted please click: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=711f316897&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://tinyurl.com/d84cxn5</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Google Grants (UK)<br /> </span></strong>The Google Grants programme supports organisations sharing Google&rsquo;s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Designed for registered charities, Google Grants provides free advertising on Google AdWords, to charities seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Google Grants has given free AdWords advertising to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. As a result of this free advertising many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship.<br /> <br /> Applications can be made at any time. Read more at: <a href="http://streetartsnetwork.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=299922621ac39835e8a7ab445&amp;id=0baf492a0e&amp;e=004063fcf1">http://www.google.com/grants/</a></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:45:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=480 National Youth Dance Company begins experience days! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=479 <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Beginning in February 2013, the<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">NYDC</strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>will give its members the opportunity to work with a range of inspirational teachers and choreographers, to learn, create and perform original work, drawing on a number of dance techniques including contemporary, hip hop, ballet and south Asian dance.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;" /><br style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;" /><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">The<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><strong style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">NYDC</strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>is seeking dancers who are passionate about dance, who come from diverse backgrounds with experience in any dance style, and who simply love to perform.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;" /><br style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;" /><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">If you are a young person aged 16-18 years and think this is the place for you, see </span><a title="Sadler's Wells National Youth Dance Company Web Page" href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/page/national-youth-dance-company" target="_blank">http://www.sadlerswells.com/page/national-youth-dance-company</a><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:19:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=479 Face to Face http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=478 <div class="w515 nbourdiary1">Face to Face is for anyone working in or with dance. It aims to provide an opportunity for the dance sector in the South East to come together to discuss challenges, opportunities and development needs; develop skills/awareness; connect/ reconnect and network with peers, colleagues and potential partners.<br /><br />Confirmed highlights of the day include:<br /><br />Arts Council England briefing with Claire Soper (Relationship Manager, Dance). <br /><br />A fascinating session in store with Rosemary Lee presenting &lsquo;On Taking Care&rsquo;, its implications in a project like CommonDance and a case history of her work.<br /><br />Move Towards Health - Viv Gordon seeks to address health inequalities through targeted dance interventions in partnership with early year&rsquo;s providers. <br /><br />Children and Young People - hear how South East Dance are responding to and developing plans for the South East region in the provision of and infrastructure for children and young people&rsquo;s dance nationally. <br /><br />Producers' and artists' 'Question Time' with Joe Bates (on behalf of the Dance Strategy Group), Chris Fogg (Creative Producer - South East Dance) plus other artists and producers to be confirmed.<br /><br />Plus an invitiation to join us for an end of conference reception and sharing of work by The Point&rsquo;s Associate Artists ZoieLogic and Commotion Dance.<br /><br />Ticket price includes a warming lunch and refreshments throughout the day. <br /><br />You can book online by following the link below.<br /><br />Image by Elaine Mayson.</div> <ul class="w515 nbourdiary2"> <li>Conference 10.30am-5.15pm, reception 5.15pm-7pm</li> <li>&pound;15</li> <li>The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE</li> <li>01273 696844</li> <li> <script type="text/javascript"></script> <a href="mailto:emily.james-farley@southeastdance.org.uk">emily.james-farley@southeastdance.org.uk</a> <script type="text/javascript"></script> <span style="display: none;">This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <script type="text/javascript"></script> </span></li> <li><a title="Open www.southeastdance.org.uk/for-dance/for-dance.html in a new tab or window" href="http://www.southeastdance.org.uk/for-dance/for-dance.html" target="_blank">www.southeastdance.org.uk/for-dance/for-dance.html</a></li> </ul> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:50:30 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=478 Dance Sector Review http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=477 <p>Our review of the dance sector in Scotland, maps the huge developments in dance over the past 15 years but also highlights the vulnerabilities and gaps.</p> <p>Download the review <a href="http://www.creativescotland.com/about/sector-reviews/dance-sector-review?dm_i=FES,11IPK,6T2L48,371V2,1" target="_blank">here</a></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:48:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=477 FILM LONDON LAUNCHES SHORT FILM-MAKING FUND CITY-WIDE http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=476 <p>Film London has launched the London Borough Film Fund Challenge 2012/13 (LBFFC), a short film fund for aspiring film-makers, open across the whole of London for the first time. The application process for LBFFC is now open <a href="http://www.filmlondon.org.uk/boroughfilmfunds"><strong>here</strong></a></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:43:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=476 Apply for U.Dance 2013 & Boy Blue at the Barbican http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=475 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">U.Dance London 2013</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Would your youth dance group like to perform at the next national youth dance festival? U.Dance 2013 will take over Leeds next summer, bringing together hundreds of young dancers for four days of workshops and three nights of exceptional youth dance performances in the city&rsquo;s main venues.</div> </p> <p><strong> U.Dance London 2013</strong><br />Would your youth dance group like to perform at the next national youth dance festival? U.Dance 2013 will take over Leeds next summer, bringing together hundreds of young dancers for four days of workshops and three nights of exceptional youth dance performances in the city&rsquo;s main venues.</p> <p>Read more <a href="http://londondance.com/youth-dance/join-in/u-dance-london-2013/">here</a></p> <p> <p><strong><br />Unleashed at the Barbican</strong><br /><em>What do young people think about living in London?<br /></em>Celebrate the dreams and aspirations of young Londoners with this thrilling theatre show. Drawing on their experiences, Unleashed shows London through their own words, dance moves, films and music. 200 talented young artists have created a high-energy urban explosion featuring thumping baselines, drums, heart-felt political poetry, jaw-dropping hip hop dance and more. With Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning&rsquo;s Drum Works, Young Poets, Future Band and Young Filmmakers and Boy Blue Entertainment&rsquo;s Da Bratz and Bluez.</p> <p>Made by the Young People of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and Boy Blue Entertainment</p> <p>Read more <a href="http://londondance.com/youth-dance/see-this/unleashed/">here</a></p> <div></div> </p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:48:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=475 National Dance Teachers Association Conference 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=474 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Join us for a unique national conference organised by the NDTA in partnership with Youth Dance England, the Royal Opera House and the Dance Educators Group.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">This one-day event is for all those passionate about dance for children and young people in both the formal and informal sectors: primary and secondary school teachers, FE and HE lecturers, community and youth dance practitioners, managers and dance artists &ndash; reflecting the urgent need to bring together all concerned for the future of dance both in and beyond schools.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Through practical workshops, seminars, performances and keynote speeches the conference will explore current political, cultural and educational changes in policy, practice and pedagogy affecting dance for children and young people. The day will include a vital update on:&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull; Arts, dance and cultural policy</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;&bull; National curriculum</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;&bull; School examinations</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;&bull; Dance education research&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&bull; Partnership practice between schools and professional dance sector</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;&bull; Current practice in dance teaching across all ages.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Join us to dance, debate and develop your skills&hellip;&hellip;.</div> </p> <p>Please see the website for <a href="http://www.ndta.org.uk/cpd-events/making-it-happen-the-future-of-dance-for-children-/" target="_blank">full details</a>, and an introduction to the seminar below:</p> <p>Join us for a unique national conference organised by the NDTA in partnership with Youth Dance England, the Royal Opera House and the Dance Educators Group.&nbsp;<br /><br />This one-day event is for all those passionate about dance for children and young people in both the formal and informal sectors: primary and secondary school teachers, FE and HE lecturers, community and youth dance practitioners, managers and dance artists &ndash; reflecting the urgent need to bring together all concerned for the future of dance both in and beyond schools.<br /><br />Through practical workshops, seminars, performances and keynote speeches the conference will explore current political, cultural and educational changes in policy, practice and pedagogy affecting dance for children and young people. The day will include a vital update on:&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Arts, dance and cultural policy&nbsp;<br />&bull; National curriculum&nbsp;<br />&bull; School examinations&nbsp;<br />&bull; Dance education research&nbsp;<br />&bull; Partnership practice between schools and professional dance sector&nbsp;<br />&bull; Current practice in dance teaching across all ages.<br /><br />Join us to dance, debate and develop your skills&hellip;&hellip;.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:58:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=474 Interim results of London 2012 Festival http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=473 <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top"> <p>Details of interim results from research, surveys and polling have outlined the scale and reach of the largest UK-wide cultural festival ever staged, engaging with larger audiences than the Festival of Britain.</p> <p>As the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad the London 2012 Festival ran from 21 June &ndash; 9 September and offered an opportunity for people across the UK to participate in events linked to the celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participation at London 2012 Festival events topped 19.8million with 16.5million attendances coming from free events including All The Bells, Bandstand Marathon, BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, BT River of Music and many more.</p> <p>The final figures show that 621 productions and projects in the London 2012 Festival resulted in 13,006 performances and events at 1,270 venues across the UK. &nbsp;The Festival contained more than 200 commissions, 160 world and UK premieres and has left a legacy of 176 permanent artworks.</p> <p>The Festival featured leading UK and international artists in once-in-a-lifetime projects and events taking place in communities across the UK.&nbsp; Polls and audience surveys show that 70% of attendees at London 2012 Festival events say the event exceeded their expectations and 60 % of attendees stated that this was the most exciting Festival the UK has ever seen. &nbsp;</p> <p>A key aim of the London 2012 Festival was to use the power of the Games to engage new audiences with the arts. Over half a million people signed up to London 2012 to receive information on cultural events linked to the Games, and polling shows that 20% of all UK respondents (the equivalent of more than 10 million people) have been personally inspired to take part in more cultural activities in the future, with the strongest interest coming from young audiences, women and BAME people. &nbsp;Awareness of the Festival was highest amongst younger age groups (16-24&rsquo;s at 38%), BAME people (48%) and was equally as high across all sociodemographic groups.</p> <p>The London 2012 Festival engaged with a wide audience with 30% of attendees to the festival aged 35 or under, 11% of attendees form minority ethnic groups, and 12.5% attendees identifying themselves as either a disabled person or having a disabled person in their family or as having a long term health condition.</p> <p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today praised London 2012 for its efforts to maintain culture as a key pillar of the Games. Indeed, 85 % of attendees saying the London 2012 Festival was a positive addition to the Games while 35% of all UK adults polled agreed that more people took part in culture due to the Games.</p> <p>A final report by the University of Liverpool&rsquo;s Institute of Cultural Capital, commissioned to produce a full legacy report into the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad, will be published in Spring 2013 with further details on participation &amp; audiences, legacy and the future life of commissions.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:19:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=473 Vacancy - Projects Co-ordinator at Siobhan Davies Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=472 <p>Siobhan Davies Dance are looking to recruit a part-time Projects Coordinator to work with their Creative Projects Manager on the delivery of their Creative Projects programme of work.&nbsp; The successful candidate will have proven experience in participation and education project management and knowledge of contemporary dance and dance networks.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/utilities/vacancies.html" target="_blank">visit the website</a>.</p> <p>Deadline for applications: 5 November, 5pm</p> <p>Interviews: 20 November</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:25:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=472 Olympic volunteers stage flash mob! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=471 <p><img src="../user_content/images/flashmob.jpg" alt="" width="580" height="326" /></p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">TeaLondon Ambassadors - the volunteers who helped make the London Olympics such a success - staged a flash mob in St Pancras station today. They danced in the ticket hall to welcome international visitors, arriving from Europe on the Eurostar.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">It's the first time the volunteers have returned to the capital since the end of the Games - but the Boris Johnson is hoping it won't be the last. The Mayor is planning to harness the volunteer manpower in a long-term programme, using them "as an additional resource for large scale events".</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Initial pilots are taking place over the next two weeks, kick-started by the St Pancras flash mob.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">"One of the undoubted highlights of the summer was the fantastic community spirited, magenta and pink clad Ambassadors, who gave up their time to welcome the world. I am delighted that we have delivered on our promise to build on the remarkable success of the volunteers during the Games with the expansion of the Ambassadors Programme.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">"Armed with guides and information about the city, they are brilliantly placed to tempt visitors and Londoners alike with the smorgasbord of world class shops, theatres and restaurants that are on offer."</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&ndash; MAYOR OF LONDON, BORIS JOHNSON &nbsp;http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/110320/article_9d8ffce9a3e1db8e_1351243964_9j-4aaqsk.jpeg&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">The volunteers dance at St Pancras Station. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Eurostar management says it's "delighted" to see the Ambassadors return:</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">"We were very impressed with the positive impact that this service had in our arrivals hall during Games time, and fully expect this pilot to be a tremendous success for us, for visitors to London and for the Ambassadors taking part."</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&ndash; EUROSTAR SPOKESMAN STEPHEN FIELDER</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <p>Team London Ambassadors - the volunteers who helped make the London Olympics such a success - with the help of Big Dance staged a flash mob in St Pancras station on Friday.</p> <p>They danced in the ticket hall to welcome international visitors, arriving from Europe on the Eurostar.&nbsp;It's the first time the volunteers have returned to the capital since the end of the Games - but the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is hoping it won't be the last.</p> <p>The Mayor is planning to harness the volunteer manpower in a long-term programme, using them "as an additional resource for large scale events".&nbsp;Initial pilots are taking place over the next two weeks, kick-started by the St Pancras flash mob.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"One of the undoubted highlights of the summer was the fantastic community spirited, magenta and pink clad Ambassadors, who gave up their time to welcome the world. I am delighted that we have delivered on our promise to build on the remarkable success of the volunteers during the Games with the expansion of the Ambassadors Programme.</p> <p>Armed with guides and information about the city, they are brilliantly placed to tempt visitors&nbsp;and Londoners alike with the smorgasbord of world class shops, theatres and restaurants that are on offer."&nbsp;&ndash;</p> <p><strong>MAYOR OF LONDON, BORIS JOHNSON</strong></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:49:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=471 Re-SiTE Application Deadline Extended http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=470 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Re-SiTE is an online brochure dedicated to promoting UK based professional dance performance works ready for touring for outdoors, sited or site-specific contexts.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">At Dance Initiative Greater Manchester we specialise in developing dance for the outdoors and in unusual spaces, we want to break boundaries and offer new experiences both to artists and audiences.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We can help to get your dance work to the audiences it deserves, as we build an important bridge between artists/companies and promoters/festivals etc.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We have extended the deadline for applications as we know there were a lot of dance works made for the outdoors due to it being the Olympic year, and we want to ensure that the best representation of these is included in Re-SiTE.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">To download an application please follow the link below or contact us: info@digm.org.uk and we can send you a copy</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Please note the new deadline for completed applications is MONDAY 29th OCTOBER at 5pm&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Click HERE for more info and to download an application&nbsp;</div> <p>Re-SiTE is an online brochure dedicated to promoting UK based professional dance performance works ready for touring for outdoors, sited or site-specific contexts.<br /><br />At Dance Initiative Greater Manchester we specialise in developing dance for the outdoors and in unusual spaces, we want to break boundaries and offer new experiences both to artists and audiences.<br />We can help to get your dance work to the audiences it deserves, as we build an important bridge between artists/companies and promoters/festivals etc.<br /><br />We have extended the deadline for applications as we know there were a lot of dance works made for the outdoors due to it being the Olympic year, and we want to ensure that the best representation of these is included in Re-SiTE.<br /><br />To download an application please follow the link below or contact us: <a href="mailto:info@digm.org.uk" target="_blank">info@digm.org.uk</a> and we can send you a copy<br /><br />Please note the new deadline for completed applications is MONDAY 29th OCTOBER at 5pm&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.digm.org/dev/?page_id=142" target="_blank">HERE</a> for more info and to download an application&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:26:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=470 CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=469 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS!</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Cultural Explosion 2013!Uchenna Dance is currently looking for choreographers making work influenced by club, social, traditional and street styles. Interested in presenting their work in a theatre setting. CULTURAL EXPLOSION (now in its 3rd year) will take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2013 at Rich Mix (Bethnal Green).&nbsp;</div> </p> <p>Uchenna Dance is currently looking for choreographers making work influenced by club, social, traditional and street styles. Interested in presenting their work in a theatre setting. CULTURAL EXPLOSION (now in its 3rd year) will take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2013 at Rich Mix (Bethnal Green).&nbsp;</p> <p>Interested?</p> <p> <p>Email info@uchennadance.com sending a short blurb about you and your work, with links (so we can see what you do).&nbsp;</p> <p>DEADLINE TO APPLY Monday 5th November 2012, 5pm.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uchennadance.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.uchennadance.co.uk/</a></p> <div></div> </p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:23:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=469 Step into Dance Teacher Training Courses http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=468 <p><em>This year the Step into Dance programme is running a number of teacher training courses. The courses are suitable for dance teachers, special educational needs professionals, arts practitioners, support and youth workers and PE teachers.</em></p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">A practical day full of ideas and advice for leading and assisting inclusive dance in school and community settings.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Monday 7 January 2013, 11am - 4pm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Cost: &pound;60 (handbook included)</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">For a booking form, please contact</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Gemma Coldicott</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">e: gcoldicott@rad.org.uk</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">t: 07887 781 3</div> <p><strong>Introduction to Inclusive Dance Practice<br /></strong>A practical day full of ideas and advice for leading and assisting inclusive dance in school and community settings.&nbsp;</p> <p> <ul> <li>Monday 7 January 2013, 11am - 4pm</li> </ul> Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA<br />Cost: &pound;60 (handbook included)<br /><br />For a booking form, please contact Gemma Coldicotte: gcoldicott@rad.org.ukt: 07887 781 361</p> <p>More information <a href="http://gallery.mailchimp.com/804fb05ffe40c1341a2e49cb6/files/Intro_to_Inclusive_Practice.1.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Inclusive Dance Practice<br /></strong>Four practical days full of ideas and advice for leading and assisting inclusive dance in school and community settings.</p> <p>All at Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA</p> <p> <ul> <li>Sunday 18 November 2012, 11am - 4pm</li> </ul> </p> <p>Teaching technique and differentiation</p> <p> <ul> <li>Sunday 20 January 2013, 11am - 4pm</li> </ul> </p> <p>Developing your group as young leaders, working with support staff, safe practice</p> <p> <ul> <li>Sunday 10 March 2013, 11am - 4pm</li> </ul> </p> <p>Groups with specific needs</p> <p> <ul> <li>Sunday 16 June 2013, 11am - 4pm&nbsp;</li> </ul> </p> <p>An inclusive session with young people, developing your group as dance makers</p> <p>Cost: &pound;60 for individual dates / &pound;200 for all four dates (handbook included)</p> <p>For a booking form, please contact</p> <p>Gemma Coldicott</p> <p>e: gcoldicott@rad.org.uk</p> <p>t: 07887 781 361</p> <div>More information <a href="http://gallery.mailchimp.com/804fb05ffe40c1341a2e49cb6/files/Inclusive_Practice_Dance_Course.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></div> <div><br /><strong>For other courses visit the website:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stepintodance.org/" target="_blank">http://www.stepintodance.org/</a></div> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:15:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=468 US Girls Rocks Festival http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=467 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Which is a great opportunity for young women to try out some sporting activities- including street dance, receive discounted beauty treatments and win lots of fabulous prizes.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">There are other festivals taking place in the UK in the next few weeks, for details of these please visit http://www.streetgames.org/www/ug/content/us-girls-rocks. You can also find details on these specific events and others on the US Girls &nbsp;Facebook and Twitter pages.&nbsp;</div> This is a great opportunity for young women to try out some sporting activities- including street dance, receive discounted beauty treatments and win lots of fabulous prizes.&nbsp;<br /><br />There are other festivals taking place in the UK in the next few weeks, for details of these visit <a href="http://www.streetgames.org/www/ug/content/us-girls-rocks" target="_blank">http://www.streetgames.org/www/ug/content/us-girls-rocks</a>. <br /><br />You can also find details on these specific events and others on the US Girls <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UsGirlsGetActive" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/usgirlstweet" target="_blank">Twitter</a> pages.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:18:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=467 October 2012: RE:GENERATIONS CONFERENCE SPECIAL http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=466 <p>The next Re:Generations Conference, is now just around the corner on November 1-3, 2012. <br /><br />There are lots of ways you can be a part of this special event - go to the full conference, one day, an evening performance or a day of exciting Afro-technique workshops. Read on for more information or click here to book your place.</p> <p><a href="http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=df3b88ce6a6548955ec6660f1&amp;id=f0f736855c&amp;e=088da0958e" target="_blank">Further information</a></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:03:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=466 Get a New Street Dance NOCN qualification, for FREE! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=465 <p>A new Street Dance NOCN qualification (starting in November) is being providing for<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> FREE</span></strong> for young adults. <br /><br />Independance already has a reputation for providing free dance training to young women through their successful Dare2Dance programme, and have recognised an opportunity to expand into delivering NOCN qualifications. <br /> <br /> Many of the young people they have taught express an interest in pursuing street dance as a career, but do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. With 1 million young people currently unemployed in the UK, the level 1&amp;2 qualifications Indepdendance are offering could provide the first steps on the pathway to a lifetime dance career for young people who have few other opportunities to find paid employment. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br />Please click on the links below for more information.</p> <p><a href="http://independancelondon.wordpress.com/">http://independancelondon.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p><a href="http://independancelondon.wordpress.com/qualification/">http://independancelondon.wordpress.com/qualification/</a></p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:07:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=465 Projects to apply for and ticket deals http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=464 <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Youth Dance: Sadler's Wells</span></strong></p> <p>Thinking about dance training but not sure if its for you?</p> <p>You could get valuable advice and guidance from your very own mentor - a vocational dance student. Through this mentoring scheme, you also get the opportunity to spend a day at your mentor's vocational college and meet other participants at performances and workshops.</p> <p>Open to 13-16 year olds. Application deadline 17 Oct.<br /><a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/232614/1270229/1606/0/" target="_blank">Website</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br />Breakin' Convention: opportunity</span></strong></p> <p>Breakin' Convention, the UK's leading festival of hip hop theatre, is programming its line up for 2013. They are on the search for exciting crews from across the globe to perform in their 10th anniversary festival, 4-6 May.</p> <p>So if you have what it takes then apply now!&nbsp;Application deadline 14 Dec.<br /><a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/232614/1270229/4712/0/" target="_blank">Website</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br />The Place: Refresh 2013<br /></span></strong><br />Are you up for the challenge of creating a brand new piece of dance to music chosen by leading choreographers?</p> <p>The Place is looking for five youth dance companies to take part in refresh 2013. You could perform at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre alongside other leading youth dance companies and gain expert advice from your own mentor and a lighting designer. Apply by 8 Oct.<br /><a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/232614/1270229/4709/0/" target="_blank">Website</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br />Ticket offer: Flashmob at the Peacock Theatre</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/232614/1270229/4710/0/" target="_blank">Top price seats</a> just &pound;10, 16-18 Oct</p> <p>See the stars from hit TV talent shows including BBC's So You Think You Can Dance and&nbsp; MTVs America's Best Dance Crew live on stage! Flashmob features stars Charlie Bruce, The Elektrolytes, Alleviate and loads more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Dance Proms</strong></span><br /><br />Sunday 4 Nov, 6.30pm, Royal Albert Hall</p> <p>Join some of the nation&rsquo;s most talented young dancers to celebrate the diversity, energy and colour of Dance Proms. 450 young dancers, 25 original pieces, 10 dance styles alongside guest appearances from Strictly Come Dancing&rsquo;s Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova.</p> <p><a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/232614/1270229/4711/0/" target="_blank">Special ticket offer</a> - 10% off all tickets.<br /><br /></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:04:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=464 Save the Children's Dance Challenge - This Sunday http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=463 <p>Save the Children will be holding a fundraising <em>Dance Challenge</em> this Sunday at Laban.</p> <p>All you need to do is register in advance and raise &pound;100 in sponsorship for 5 hours dancing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/ultimate-dance-challenge/london" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a>.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:02:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=463 Sing Along, Dance Along Pop-Up Screen in Gunnersbury Park http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=462 <p>6pm on Friday 28 September</p> <p>Listen to the Desi Beats mixed by BBC Asian Network DJ, Bobby Friction, then sing and dance along to the brilliant Bollywood film</p> <p>BAND BAAJA BAARAAT (12A) (Wedding Planner) starring: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Manu Rishi Chadha.</p> <p>The screening is in Hindi with English subtitles and will start at 7.30pm. Tickets which are free are available online from Watermans website (<a href="http://www.watermans.org.uk/">www.watermans.org.uk</a>) or can be collected from Watermans Box Office: 020 8232 1010.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:09:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=462 Applications for Young Dancers to Perform at U.Dance 2013 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=458 <p>Young dancers wanting to take part in the next national youth dance festival U.Dance 2013 can apply until 30th November 2012.</p> <p>There are 2 ways of getting involved: U.Dance 2013 Groups of up to 15 dancers can apply to perform a piece of up to 7 minutes long on one of the festival's evening performances. All applying groups will need to perform at their regional U.Dance selection performance first for their chance to be selected for the national event. Details to apply here.&nbsp; U.Dance New Dimensions This brand new strand has been launched for the festival's next edition to allow a more experimental approach to making dance, with fewer restrictions on the numbers of dancers and the length of the piece. New Dimensions will be a platform for individual young dancers, duets or groups of up to 30 dancers to present pieces of up to 20 minutes long, that expand pre-conceived ideas about youth dance and present a high quality dance work. Find out more here... &nbsp; Be part of the next national youth dance festival!</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=458 Lauren Laverne's Spacepod 2012 with Big Dance Ambassador, Arlene Phillips http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=457 <p>Big Dance Ambassador, Arlene Phillips, pops up amongst the guests on Lauren Laverne's Spacepod guests at The Serpentine Gallery to talk about Big Dance and dancing with Boris Johnson at the Big Dance launch.</p> <p>Also featured are Festival Director, Ruth McKenzie, comic songwriter, Mitch Benn and artist, Bobby Baker.</p> <p><a href="http://thespace.org/items/e0000xeu" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:59:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=457 Final Stops for the Big Dance Bus - This Weekend http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=456 <p>The Big Dance Bus is going on its final foray this weekend - a double whammy of Big Dance Bus action to end the summer. We have been invited to help celebrate the closing parties of the Olympic and Paralympic Games&nbsp;and are bringing the magical mystery ride to two special locations.... expect a whole lot of dancing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Saturday, 8 September</strong>:&nbsp;Wood Street, Waltham Forest... a stand alone bloc party to remember.</p> <p>Northwood Tower Car Park, Marlowe Road, E17 (<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/hr2wC">http://goo.gl/maps/hr2wC</a>) - <strong>1pm-5pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Sunday, 9 September</strong>:&nbsp;Dukes Meadow Bandstand, Chiswick.. &nbsp;part of Bandstand Marathon: music, bands, fairground, dancing, a land train the lot.</p> <p>Dukes Meadow, Bandstand Marathon, The Promenade, Chiswick W4 2SH&nbsp;(<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/gtNdF">http://goo.gl/maps/gtNdF</a>) - <strong>1pm-7pm</strong></p> <p>This is the final Big Dance Bus 2012 weekender - our pop up rave and ready made ballroom is going to hit the road for the last time this year, the Sun is coming out, so make sure you come too and join the party!</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:29:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=456 YDE Young Creatives 2013 - Applications Open http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=455 <p>Do you like to choreograph your own work?<br /><br />If you're between 15 and 19 years old and would like to develop your skills in creating dance, then the Youth Dance England Young Creatives programme might be for you.<br /><br />YDE Young Creatives provides unique training for a dozen young choreographers each year, pairing each participant up with a professional choreographer to mentor you through a three-month period, and offering residential sessions in London to boost your skills in creating dance, understanding lighting and technical requirements on stage, rehearsing with your dancers and getting ready for a big premi&egrave;re of your work at the Royal Opera House.<br /><br />Participants can be working in any dance style from breakin&rsquo; to contemporary, ballet, Kathak, or a combination! We are just looking for fresh and engaging ideas...<br /><br />So if you think you're a bit of of a budding choreographer, then click <a title="Link to YDE Young Creatives Web Page" href="http://www.yde.org.uk/main.cfm?type=YC">here</a> to find out more and apply.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:32:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=455 Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Take Big Dance Trafalgar Square to the Olympic Museum http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=454 <p>From 27 July to 12 August 2012, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne offers a program called &ldquo;London3&ldquo;.</p> <p>After 1908 and 1948, the British capital hosts the Olympic Games for the third time. To celebrate this, a series of events open to all will mix nostalgia with current events. An introduction to now-disappeared sports, films, dance, a broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Games and of the competitions on a large screen are proposed&hellip; in a wholly British atmosphere: Welcome to London!</p> <p>As part of the celebrations, The Olympic Museum, through their links with Big Dance have commissioned Wayne McGregor | Random Dance to create a performance for 20 local participants. Set to the specially commissioned Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 score written, performed, produced and mixed by Scanner and Joel Cadbury,&nbsp;published by&nbsp;Chester Music Limited and Campbell Connelly &amp; Co Limited and featuring the costumes created by Studio XO there will be 8 performances including one just prior to the live screening from London of the Opening Ceremony.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:09:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=454 Big Dance user data breach Info and FAQs http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=453 <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">This is an important announcement for Big Dance registered users.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Unfortunately, BigDance2012.com has been targeted by hackers and an illegal and unauthorised intrusion into some of our data has occurred.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">This security breach has resulted in a number of email addresses and encrypted passwords being posted online.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">All affected users will receive an email this morning informing them of the security breach.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We would urge these users to change passwords on any other online accounts that use the same password immediately.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Please be assured security of our user data is of the utmost importance to us. We have taken a number of steps to ensure our user data is protected including encrypting passwords and using independent third parties to review security measures.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and to confirm that we have acted quickly to ensure that all personal data has been removed from the website as soon as we were aware of this breach.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Personal data will not be stored on Big Dance 2012 online until a full investigation into the cause of the breach has been identified and we are satisfied that all the necessary measures are in place to protect user data in the future.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">What next?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">The future success of Big Dance depends on our user data and the ability to contact our registered users, therefore we appreciate your patience and support at this time. If you have any questions please do email us, or you can do wish to unsubscribe you can do so here. However, we do wish to emphasis that we have removed your data from the website, and with that, the possibility of a further breach.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">All questions emailed to us will be read, and we will publish a list of Frequently Asked Questions over the next few days on this page.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Once our security audit has taken place we will update this page.</div> <p><em>This is an important announcement for Big Dance registered users.&nbsp;<br /></em><br />Unfortunately, BigDance2012.com has been targeted by hackers and an illegal and unauthorised intrusion into some of our data has occurred.&nbsp;This security breach has resulted in a number of email addresses and encrypted passwords being posted online.&nbsp;<br /><br />All affected users have been sent an email informing them of the security breach.<br /><br /><strong>We would urge these users to change passwords on any other online accounts that use the same password immediately.<br /></strong><br />Please be assured security of our user data is of the utmost importance to us. We have taken a number of steps to ensure our user data is protected including encrypting passwords and using independent third parties to review security measures.<br /><br />We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and to confirm that we have acted quickly to ensure that all personal data has been removed from the website as soon as we were aware of this breach.<br /><br />Personal data will not be stored on Big Dance 2012 online until a full investigation into the cause of the breach has been identified and we are satisfied that all the necessary measures are in place to protect user data in the future.<br /><br /><strong>What next?<br /></strong><br /><strong>The future success of Big Dance depends on our user data and the ability to contact our registered users, therefore we appreciate your patience and support at this time.</strong> <br /><br />If you have any questions please do <a href="mailto:security@bigdance2012.com" target="_blank">email us</a>, or you can do wish to unsubscribe you can do so <a href="mailto:unsubscribe@bigdance2012.com">here</a>. However, we do wish to emphasis that we have removed your data from the website, and with that, the possibility of a further breach.</p> <p>All questions emailed to us will be read, and we will publish a list of Frequently Asked Questions over the next few days on this page.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE: 8 August</strong><br />The web developers of Big Dance 2012 have been working with an independent consultant Inviqa to discover how the breach was exploited. Their report has found that although measures were in place to protect against attacks, a weakness was found in an older part of the website that had not been updated with new code. The report also also made recommendations on other improvements to the website which currently are being implemented. At the time of this update, no personal data is compromised in the light of this report.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br />FAQs<br /></strong><strong>How can I find out &nbsp;my Login information that I used to register as I can't remember my password/email address?</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately we can't tell you which password you used to register on BigDance2012.com For security reasons we don't have access to this information, it is all encrypted.</p> <p>This morning we emailed everyone whose details had been published by the hacker, if you check your email inbox you should be able to ascertain which email address you used to register. Alternatively you could do a search within your email for 'Big Dance' to find emails from us.</p> <p><strong><br />Are my bank accounts at risk?<br /></strong>Any accounts where you have used the same password are at risk, we advise that wherever possible you change your passwords to protect against any unlawful intrusions into these accounts.</p> <p><br /><strong>If it's encrypted data that mean it cannot be decrypted easily?<br /></strong>To the untrained eye, encrypted data is virtually impossible to decrypt. Sadly there are some hackers who are intent on breaking codes and manage to do so.</p> <p><br /><strong>I work for a school, will people be able to log-in to access information about the school/pupils?&nbsp;<br /></strong>This depends on the security measures at your school. We can't emphasise enough how important changing your passwords are at this time.</p> <p><br /><strong>How do I know the site is safe now?</strong>&nbsp;<br />The future of Big Dance depends on our user data. We have taken necessary steps to move your data offline until we are 100% confident in new security measures to be taken.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br />I have been receiving more spam emails than normal since the hack, what can I do?<br /></strong>Firstly have a look at the the spam/junk mail filters on your email provider.&nbsp;</p> <p>For example on Microsoft Outlook use the Block Sender and check the Junk Email options to change the filters you have in place.</p> <p>Avoid &lsquo;unsubscribe&rsquo; options. Cynically, spammers often include an &lsquo;unsubscribe&rsquo; link. Clicking on it will confirm that your address is active and may attract more spam.</p> <p>Do not open obvious spam emails, or if you do, don't click on any links, return to your inbox and mark the email as junk.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:49:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=453 Browse photos captured this year in the Big Dance Photo Gallery http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=452 <p>Browse through a selection of photos captured during Big Dance 2012 programme and look back on what was one of the biggest and most exciting Big Dance festivals yet!</p> <p>See highlights from the Big Dance Bus as it toured across the capital, be inspired by the images taken from the launch of Big Dance 2012&nbsp;at St. Pancras International Station and from a number of events organised by our Big Dance London hubs and take a look at some&nbsp;of the best images taken of the Big Dance Trafalgar Square event as part of the UK's Big Street Dance Day here in London.</p> <p><a href="../image_galleries.php" target="_blank">Big Dance&nbsp;Photo Gallery</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:58:41 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=452 The Big Street Dance Day London Captured by Channel 4, presented by The Ballet Boyz http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=451 <p>Big Dance 2012 is the UK's biggest ever celebration of dance, culminating in Big Street Dance Day where hundreds of major dance events popped up on 14 July around the UK.</p> <p>After eight days, hundreds of events and thousands of moving feet, arms and bodies, Big Dance 2012 in London came to a climax in Trafalgar Square.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Watch the highlights from <strong>Big Dance 2012 ,</strong> from the launch at St. Pancras International Station,&nbsp;to the Big Dance Shorts Films<strong> </strong>and the <strong>Big Street Dance Day event in London</strong> with World-renowned choreographer <em><strong>Wayne McGregor</strong></em> taking on a hugely ambitious project by choreographing over 35 separate dance groups to perform together in one place.</p> <p>The event in Trafalgar Square&nbsp;weaves together over 1000 performers in one epic scale 40-minute work: a unique and memorable event as part of the London 2012 Festival.</p> <p><a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/big-dance-2012/4od#3383134" target="_blank">Watch the programme</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:25:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=451 Big Dance 2012 is not over just yet! Have you been inspired to Keep into Dance? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=450 <p>Here&rsquo;s just a snippet of how you can <em><strong>keep into Dance</strong></em> in all its forms from participatory events, courses, to major dance productions in London and across the UK</p> <p><strong>Dance Watching</strong></p> <p>16 July, 2pm; Free</p> <p>A series of workshops for all ages that explore watching and writing about dance, led by dance artist Gillie Kleiman. Students will watch dance films and live performances and respond in prose, poetry and songs.</p> <p>Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Road, E3 5QZ</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Matthew Bourne&rsquo;s Play without Words</strong></p> <p>July19- Aug ; 7.30pm</p> <p>&pound;50-&pound;12</p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells Theatre: <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com">www.sadlerswells.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Let&rsquo;s Face the MS and Dance</strong></p> <p>July 19; 11am FREE</p> <p>Participants in CoDa Dance&rsquo;s workshops created over ten weekly workshops. CoDa dance professional company will also share their work &lsquo;you remind me of someone I once knew&rsquo;. &nbsp;</p> <p>Dance Department, University of Roehampton</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Big Dance Carnival</strong></p> <p>July 22 12noon; Free</p> <p>Carnival will be a fantastic participatory event for the whole family.</p> <p>Crystal Palace Park</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.mytimeactive.co.uk/">www.mytimeactive.co.uk</a> for more information</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Physical Ballet</strong></p> <p>July 25, 6pm; Free</p> <p>Choreographed by Daniel Jones, Physical Ballet fuses the speed and daring of parkour with the physicality of ballet in an impactful performance featuring dancers from across Brent.</p> <p>King Edward VII Park, Wembley</p> <p>Visit www.ballet.org.uk / <a href="http://www.brent.gov.uk/festivals">www.brent.gov.uk/festivals</a> for more information</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Big Dance at Victoria Park</strong></p> <p>July 28- Aug 1, 8.30-10pm; Free</p> <p>You&rsquo;ve seen the movie- now learn the Moves! Watch demonstrations of dance routines from films like- dirty dancing, strictly ballroom and grease, join a workshop and then perform the routines yourself!</p> <p>Victoria Park- Hackney</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dance Umbrella</strong></p> <p>October 2012</p> <p>This world renowned annual festival of new dance returns in the autumn with special commissions and international artists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/">www.danceumbrella.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Save the Children&rsquo;s The Ultimate dance Challenge</strong></p> <p>October 2012</p> <p>If you love dancing and fancy a challenge, why not join the Ultimate Dance Challenge fundraiser?</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/dance">www.savethechildren.org.uk/dance</a> for more information</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>London Dance</strong></p> <p>Find out what classes, performances, major dance productions, courses and much more there are for you to watch and try for yourself in London</p> <p><a href="http://www.lonondance.com/">www.lonondance.com</a></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:40:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=450 This is it, the grand finale - The Uk's Big Street Dance Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=449 <p>&nbsp;This is it, the <em>Grand finale</em>. After eight days, hundreds of events and thousands of moving feet, arms and bodies, Big Dance 2012 in London comes to a climax in Trafalgar Square with&nbsp;a mass movement gathering as part of the UK&rsquo;s Big Street Dance Day.</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;re all invited!</strong></p> <p><a href="../trafalgar_square.php" target="_blank">Find out more information here&hellip;&hellip;</a></p> <p>Not in London?...organisation's across the UK have been busy planning and organising their own Big Street Dance Day! <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">Search the online listings</a> to find a Big Street Dance Day event near you!</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:36:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=449 Catch up and Watch- Big Dance Shorts Films http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=448 <p>As part of Big Dance Week, Channel 4 have been showing&nbsp;the Big Dance Shorts films as part of their Random Acts programme.</p> <p>Five chosen projects from five budding chreographer's/ filmakers received &pound;4,000 and a package of support to make their film shorts for Big Dance 2012.</p> <p><strong>VIDA LONGA&nbsp;(Screening: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 24:10)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Director: Bertie</p> <p>Choreographer: Ponciano Almeida</p> <p>Performers: Mestre Joao Grande &amp; Mestre Ponciano Almeida</p> <p>Production Mgr: Marketa Krivdova</p> <p>Production Co.: Bertie Films Ltd.</p> <p>Logline:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Visually rich and culturally loaded, &lsquo;Vida Longa&rsquo; is an intimate journey, a simple game, between one of the oldest and youngest Capoeira Masters in history.</p> <hr size="2" /> <p><strong>SWIM (Screening: Friday, 13 July 2012 at 23:40)</strong></p> <p>Genre: Animation</p> <p>Director: The Brothers McLeod</p> <p>Choreographer: Struan Leslie</p> <p>Producer: Greg McLeod</p> <p>Production Co.: The Brothers McLeod</p> <p>Logline:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The ebb and flow of a journey to work.</p> <hr size="2" /> <p><strong>THE HOLLOWAY LAUNDRETTE (Screening: Monday, 9 July 2012 at 23:40)</strong></p> <p>Director: Felix Harrison &amp; Kate Prince</p> <p>Choreographer: Kate Prince</p> <p>Performers: Natasha Gooden &amp; Robert Anker</p> <p>Producer: Tom Booth</p> <p>Production Co.:&nbsp;Contented Productions</p> <p>Logline: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In a sleepy laundrette a curious girl follows a mysterious young man through the door of a washing machine...&nbsp;</p> <hr size="2" /> <p><strong>DOUBLE TAKE (Screening: Thursday, 12 July 2012 at 24:10)</strong></p> <p>Director: Sam Hodges</p> <p>Choreographer: Ben Duke</p> <p>Performers: Michael &amp; Jeremy Hodges</p> <p>Producer: Sophie Vickers</p> <p>Production Co.: Greene Light Films</p> <p>Logline: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Inspired by real-life events, DOUBLE TAKE is a story of family rivalry and reconciliation along a trail of forgotten memories.&nbsp;</p> <hr size="2" /> <p><strong>THE CLICK (Screening: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 23:05)</strong></p> <p>Director: Heather Eddington</p> <p>Choreographer:&nbsp;Pete Shenton &amp; Tom Roden of New Art Club</p> <p>Performers:&nbsp;Pete Shenton &amp; Tom Roden of New Art Club</p> <p>Producer:Donna Harry<br />Production Co.:&nbsp;Tigerlily Films</p> <p>Logline:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Two men, Tom and Pete, embark on an epic physical journey evolving before your eyes. They seek to define and express the symbiotic relationship between rhythm and movement&hellip;or do they? This film is a witty and lighthearted wink at contemporary dance!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://randomacts.channel4.com/" target="_blank">Follow this link to view the films...</a></strong></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:23:18 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=448 Friady 13 July Programme Highlights- London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=447 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights today. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday 13 July </strong></span></p> <p><strong>9am-5pm &ndash; Individual Us</strong></p> <p><strong>Enfield</strong></p> <p>I'm an Individual Don't Compare Me. An exciting exhibition expressing and celebrating individuality and joy. See photographs, images from three live 'Individual Us' installations and a film all expressing happiness and personality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>10am-5pm - Dance in Focus</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-Dancing Libraries</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Engaging and interactive dance performances and workshop package in libraries focused on the under 4&rsquo;s. This will be presented in select North London libraries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=1196">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=1196</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am- Dance Asylum</strong></p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Discover the dance talent of Lewisham!&nbsp; The newly opened Deptford Lounge will host an exhibition of dance photography by the Helen Bamber Foundation photography group, featuring local Lewisham dancers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am- Open House @ Oxford House</strong></p> <p><strong>Tower Hamlets</strong></p> <p>Visit Oxford House and participate, watch and celebrate dance - a dance exhibition, participatory workshops for families, adults and older people, performances and a taster dance day for all!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=189">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=189 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am &amp; 1.30pm- Secrets Hidden London: Lidos: Like a Fish out of Water</strong></p> <p><strong>Richmond-upon-Thames</strong></p> <p>Like a Fish out of Water blends live performance and film to capture and present the nostalgia and personality of the lido through a fusion of dance, sport and fashion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=172">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=172 </a></p> <p><strong>From 11am- SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Spontaneous Combustion is a one week festival organised by ARTCH during Big Dance with dance performances, workshops and exhibition. The aim of the festival is to give opportunity to the public to see dance performances or try themselves at dance workshop</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am &ndash; The Public House</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A pop-up home for performance. For six full days an empty shop is transformed into a cosy living room. Performances, discussions and evenings filled with contemporary dance in a unique and intimate setting. Exciting new work from an arm-chair-view.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am - Dance Your Fears Away!</strong></p> <p><strong>Camden</strong></p> <p>Dance Your Fears Away! is a community intergenerational celebration of the immense cultural diversity and talent of local&nbsp; residents of all ages and backgrounds in a small public park.with lots of freaky surprises!</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=308">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=308</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm &amp; 6pm- Four Corners</strong></p> <p><strong>City of London</strong></p> <p>City of London Festival presents 60 dancers at iconic City locations, choreographed by Nina Rajarani, Bawren Tavaziva, Ponciano Almeida and Lea Anderson, and celebrating four corners of the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=24">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=24</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4pm - Big Dance Bus @ Chelsea Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong>Kensington &amp; Chelsea</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Come enjoy local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=517">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=517</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6pm- Brent Dance Month Film</strong></p> <p><strong>Brent</strong></p> <p>The official Brent Dance Month Film will be screened at various venues and events in the lead up to and during Brent Dance Month 2012 and Olympics and Paralympics 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=365">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=365</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.15pm &ndash; Prologue</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Prologue is a performance created by Re:bourne, the education arm of New Adventures , Sadlers Wells and community dancers as they celebrate the works of Matthew Bourne with a creative performance for the Lilian Baylis Studio stage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=142">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=142</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7pm- English National Ballet and the Big Dance Screen: Shall we Dance?</strong></p> <p><strong>Richmond-Upon-Thames</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet, Luna Cinema and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea present the classic film, Shall We Dance? Musical theatre and ballroom dance workshops, with performances from Tabor and English National Ballet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=323">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=323</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30 pm- ReGeneration 2</strong></p> <p><strong>Ealing</strong></p> <p>An intergenerational dance performance with three two hour workshops based around the themes of 'The Lake' and 'The Mountain', incorporating diverse dance styles, allied arts and live music.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=321">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=321</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.45 pm- Bromley Big Dance Fest</strong></p> <p><strong>Bromley</strong></p> <p>Be amazed and inspired at this showcase of local dance talent in and around Bromley. Headlining this event is Bromley-based inclusive dance company, Magpie Dance Company.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=271">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=271 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8pm-Dancing Tales: Public Places to Hidden Spaces</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Discover this interactive dance-theatre duet with an augmented sensorial sound experience.&nbsp; Follow this Dancing Tale around the public places and hidden spaces of Greenwich historic centre.&nbsp; Audience members walk and engage with the dance as it unfolds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=276">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=276</a></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:02:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=447 Wednesday 11 July- Programme highlights, London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=446 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights&nbsp;today. Don't forget to <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Wednesday 11th July </strong></span></p> <p><strong>8am &amp; 9.30am- Big Dance Cheer</strong></p> <p>Richmond-upon-Thames</p> <p>English National Ballet and choreographer Sue-Ann Harris team up with London Broncos Rugby League Foundation and KI Concerts to present a superb high-energy display with over 300 cheerleaders cheering their way into the record books!</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=227">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=227 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9am-5pm- Individual Us</strong></p> <p><strong>Enfield</strong></p> <p>I'm an Individual Don't Compare Me. An exciting exhibition expressing and celebrating individuality and joy. See photographs, images from three live 'Individual Us' installations and a film all expressing happiness and personality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-5pm- Dance in Focus</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am- Dance Asylum</strong></p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Discover the dance talent of Lewisham!&nbsp; The newly opened Deptford Lounge will host an exhibition of dance photography by the Helen Bamber Foundation photography group, featuring local Lewisham dancers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am- Open House @ Oxford House</strong></p> <p><strong>Tower Hands</strong></p> <p>Visit Oxford House and participate, watch and celebrate dance - a dance exhibition, participatory workshops for families, adults and older people, performances and a taster dance day for all!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=189">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=189 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>From 11am - SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Spontaneous Combustion is a one week festival organised by ARTCH during Big Dance with dance performances, workshops and exhibition. The aim of the festival is to give opportunity to the public to see dance performances or try themselves at dance workshop</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am- The Public House</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A pop-up home for performance. For six full days an empty shop is transformed into a cosy living room. Performances, discussions and evenings filled with contemporary dance in a unique and intimate setting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm - 'Spring Passes' dance theatre performance and workshop</strong></p> <p><strong>Harrow</strong></p> <p>'Spring Passes' is a dance performance and workshop exploring the ideas of passing of time and youth, maturity, loss and the ending of life through images from nature, art and Haiku poetry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=278">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=278</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm - Big Dance Bus @ Haven Green</strong></p> <p><strong>Ealing</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Come enjoy local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=515">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=515</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm &ndash; Dancing Voices</strong></p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Hundreds of older dancers and singers will be performing in a brand new piece by Natasha Gilmore, which takes you on a journey from the last London Olympics in 1948 to present day through music and dance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=281">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=281</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6pm- Dancing Tales: Public Places to Hidden Spaces</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Discover this interactive dance-theatre duet with an augmented sensorial sound experience.&nbsp; Follow this Dancing Tale around the public places and hidden spaces of Greenwich historic centre.&nbsp; Audience members walk and engage with the dance as it unfolds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=276">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=276</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30pm - I Love Dance: Hackney Dance Festival</strong></p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>A celebration of dance from schools, colleges and independent dance groups across Hackney including a new commission from choreographer Tony Adigun with music by Stephen Montague</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=280">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=280</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8pm- Jump, Turn, speak</strong></p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>A large participatory performance created by adults and young people with learning disabilities based on a simple improvisational framework that uses Big Mac communicators as its central structuring device.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=266">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=266</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8pm (warm-up activity), 9.30pm (screening) - Big Dance Shorts &amp; Strictly Ballroom</strong></p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Discover dance on the inflatable screen at this one-off late-night double feature.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=792">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=792</a></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:14:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=446 Monday 9 July- event highlights London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=445 <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Monday 9 July&nbsp;Highlight events-London</strong></span></p> <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights today. Don't forget to <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><strong>9am-5pm- Individual us</strong></p> <p><strong>Enfield</strong></p> <p>I'm an Individual Don't Compare Me. An exciting exhibition expressing and celebrating individuality and joy. See photographs, images from three live 'Individual Us' installations and a film all expressing happiness and personality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=300</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9.30am &ndash; Big Dance Big Top Tent</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet and Greenwich Dance present 5 days of dance in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College. Professional Master Classes, workshops, schools&rsquo; showcase, performances, tea dance, and cabarets -there is something for everyone</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=169">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=169</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-5pm &ndash; Dance in Focus</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am - I Love Dance: Hackney Dance Festival</strong></p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>A celebration of dance from schools, colleges and independent dance groups across Hackney including a new commission from choreographer Tony Adigun with music by Stephen Montague</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=280">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=280</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am- Dance Asylum</strong></p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Discover the dance talent of Lewisham!&nbsp; The newly opened Deptford Lounge will host an exhibition of dance photography by the Helen Bamber Foundation photography group, featuring local Lewisham dancers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30, 11.30, 1.30 &amp; 3.30pm - Are You Being Served?</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A fun and physical piece of site-specific contemporary dance. 'Are You Being Served?' delves behind the scenes at that familiar sight - the local restaurant.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=126">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=126</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>From 11am - SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Spontaneous Combustion is a one week festival organised by ARTCH, with dance performances, workshops and exhibition. The aim of the festival is to give opportunity to the public to see dance performances or try themselves at dance workshop</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=168</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am &ndash; The Public House</strong></p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A pop-up home for performance, for six full days, an empty shop is transformed into a cosy living room. Performances, discussions and evenings filled with contemporary dance in a unique and intimate setting. Exciting new work from an arm-chair-view.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=54</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4pm - The Big Top Tent - Family Cabaret</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Join the fun at the family friendly cabaret and settle in for a feast of London's best dance talent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=454">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=454</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.30pm- Dare2Dance vs b.supreme Battle of the Borough 2012</strong></p> <p><strong>Camden</strong></p> <p>Dare2Dance (D2D) is a ground-breaking project which empowers girls and young women aged between 14 and 24 through the medium of Street Dance. Battle of the Borough 2012 is the thrilling climax featuring young female Hip Hop talent from across London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=351">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=351</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.15pm - Big Dance in the Baylis</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>A performance to highlight some of the incredible dance that has been designed created and performed across north London for Big Dance in the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=140">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=140</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30pm - Big Dance Big Top Tent &ndash; Cabaret</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Bite-sized bits of dance and circus acts with comedy and a live band. Hosted by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Artistic Directors of BalletBoyz.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=455">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=455</a></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:58:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=445 Interview- Making the Big Dance Trafalgar Square Performance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=444 <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012- Finale Performance</span></strong></p> <p>This is it, the grand finale. After eight days, hundreds of events and thousands of moving feet, arms, and bodies, Big Dance 2012 comes to a climax in Trafalgar Square with a mass movement gathering as part of the UK's&nbsp;Big Street Dance Day.</p> <p>On 14 July, 1,000 Londoner's from 30 different dance groups will be united in one motion in a new dance piece directed by Wayne McGregor.</p> <p>The piece will include film footage by Ravi Deepres, with specially commissioned music written, performed, produced and mixed by Scanner and Joel Cadbury, published by Chester Music Limited, and Campbell Connelly &amp; Co Limited.</p> <p>The sheer number of individuals dancing on July 14 should turn Trafalgar Square into a thriving, colourful and thrilling mass of infectious energy.</p> <p>Follow this link <a href="http://londondance.com/articles/interviews/choreographing-the-big-dance/" target="_blank">to read the full Interview</a> by Londondance&rsquo;s Carmel Smith with Jasmine Wilson, Creative Learning Director for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and find out more about the idea behind the new dance piece&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:26:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=444 Big Dance is Launched http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=443 <p><img style="border: 5px solid black; vertical-align: top; margin: 5px;" src="../user_content/images/galleries/Big Dance Launch at St. Pancras International/131F276A50DCA9A96DD.jpg" alt="" width="405" height="261" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Photo by Ben Pruchnie, Getty</p> <p>Big Dance Week 2012 launched yesterday with a whole day of dance from groups around the UK at St. Pancras station. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and dance legend, Arlene Phillips showed the nation what it was all about by getting involved in the action themselves.</p> <p><a href="../image_gallery.php?d=Big+Dance+Launch+at+St.+Pancras+International" target="_blank">Click here to see some of the images from the day</a>. There will be plenty more to follow.</p> <p><a href="../event_search.php" target="_blank">Check out our listings</a> to see what you can get involved in next week.</p> <p><img style="margin: 5px; vertical-align: bottom; border: black 5px solid;" src="../user_content/images/galleries/Big Dance Launch at St. Pancras International/FDBD0E6A0E0478.jpg" alt="" width="401" height="266" /></p> <p>Photo by Ben Pruchnie, Getty</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:43:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=443 Weekend highlights- London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=442 <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Weekend Highlights-London</strong></span></p> <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday 6 July</strong></span></p> <p><strong>10am-5pm</strong>- Dance in Focus</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am &amp; 3pm</strong>- Secrets Hidden London: Lidos: Like a Fish out of Water</p> <p><strong>Hillingdon</strong></p> <p>Like a Fish out of Water blends live performance and film to capture and present the nostalgia and personality of the lido through a fusion of dance, sport and fashion.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=172">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=172 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.30pm</strong> - C'mon &amp; Dance</p> <p><strong>Wandsworth</strong></p> <p>A celebration and sharing of dance in every style by locals and professionals alike.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=51">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=51 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm &amp; 7.30pm</strong>- PAIR DANCE - BIG DANCE</p> <p><strong>Haringey</strong></p> <p>An electrical series of street dance / martial arts / contemporary dance workshops in partnership Enterprise groups, Creative Engagement &acirc;&euro;&ldquo;The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London <a href="../event.php?id=73">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=73</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30 pm</strong> - The Big Top Tent - Dancing Parallel</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>See the fantastic dance film by acclaimed filmmaker Nic Sandiland, premiered alongside performances of Dance GB</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=173">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=173</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Saturday 7 July</strong></span></p> <p><strong>9.30am-</strong> The Big Top Tent - Social Dance Day</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>The grounds of Old Royal Naval College plays host to a day filled with performances and workshops for all ages in Baby Ballet, Hip Hop, Ballroom and Sequence Dance, followed by a vintage-style Social Dance where the floor is yours.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=453">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=453</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am-3.00pm-</strong> Big Youth Dance weekend at The Scoop, More London</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Two days of non-stop back to back youth dance performances at The Scoop, More London. The extraordinary outdoor amphitheatre will host 1000 youth dance performers from across London.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=136">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=136</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-</strong> Dance &amp; Activities Morning with Springs Dance Company</p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Dance workshop and activity morning for children and their families. Based on the popular story The Selfish Giant, the morning will have a mix of storytelling, dance and puppetry.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=260">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=260</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-5pm-</strong> Dance in Focus</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am</strong>- Dancing in the Square</p> <p><strong>Camden</strong></p> <p>Sadlers Wells Theatre and Camden Council present a day of dancing at Granary Square; Kings Cross which provides an exhilarating mixture of workshops and performances culminating in a spectacular site specific performance.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=468">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=468</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am &amp; 3pm</strong>- Secrets Hidden London: Lidos: Like a Fish out of Water</p> <p><strong>Hillingdon</strong></p> <p>Like a Fish out of Water blends live performance and film to capture and present the nostalgia and personality of the lido through a fusion of dance, sport and fashion.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=172">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=172 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm &amp; 4pm</strong> - Crossings</p> <p><strong>Haringey</strong></p> <p>Outdoor performance in Tottenham inspired by road crossings. Created and performed by service users of Haringey Young Carers Project. Sound by Nao Masuda. Directed by Katsura Isobe and Fumi Tomioka.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=158">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=158</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-</strong> Morris and Maypole</p> <p><strong>Kensington and Chelsea</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet and Historic Royal Palaces present Morris and Maypole to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee at Kensington Palace Gardens as part of the free public dance event, the 'Kensington Palace Party'.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=228">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=228</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm-</strong> Dance Holland Park</p> <p><strong>Kensington and Chelsea</strong></p> <p>Set in the beautiful grounds of Opera Holland Park, five emerging choreographers from West London professional dance companies present exciting new work inspired by Opera Holland Parks 2012 repertoire.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=231">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=231</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm, 3pm &amp; 4.30pm-</strong> Land</p> <p><strong>Merton</strong></p> <p>South London youth dance groups perform a site-specific choreography in the grounds of Morden Hall Park, a National Trust property in Merton. The dancers have worked with choreographers Vanessa Cook, Janine Harrington &amp; Charlotte Spencer</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=193">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=193</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm, 3pm &amp; 5pm-</strong> Leaving Limbo Landing</p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>Dancers and aerialists perform in air, water and on land in Caroline Bowditch's ambitious new outdoor production that explores stories of journey, placement, displacement, settling, arrivals and departures.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=279">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=279 </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.30 pm &amp; 4pm</strong> - Local-motions</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A range of people from the local community perform a variety of dances on Southwark Park's beautiful bandstand</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=181">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=181</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2pm </strong>&ndash; Dancewatching</p> <p><strong>Tower Hamlets<br /></strong>Chisenhale Dance Space and dance artist Gillie Kleiman invite you along to a NEW series of summer workshops that explore watching and writing about dance!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=162">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=162</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2pm </strong>&ndash; Move the museum</p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>Dancexplosion present a dance piece with people living in and around Hackney, the piece explores the theme of HOME, through dance.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=257">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=257</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm</strong>- Living Pictures</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A Community Dance Project where an integrated group of performers are using images, movement, sounds and spoken word to engage the audience in the creative process of making dance with curiosity and fun.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=275">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=275</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm &amp; 7.30pm</strong>- Pair dance- Big Dance</p> <p><strong>Haringey</strong></p> <p>Pair Dance will provide an electrical series of street dance / martial arts / contemporary dance workshops in partnership Enterprise groups, Creative Engagement , The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=73">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=73</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.30pm</strong> - STRICTLY GYPSY: Romani dance workshops</p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Romani dance workshops for those new to dance. Simple, but sizzling footwork and exhilarating moves. Serbian line dances and Hungarian Roma couples dances will be taught.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=320">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=320</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.30pm</strong> - Move-mix</p> <p><strong>Brent</strong></p> <p>Move-mix is an event featuring performances by youth and community groups from west London, including Quicksilver - Rambert's youth dance company</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=289">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=289</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7pm -</strong> Big Dance Bus @ Lampton Park</p> <p><strong>Hounslow</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event_search.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event_search.php</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30 pm</strong> - The Big Top Tent - Dancing Parallel</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Roll up, roll up it's the Big Dance Big Top Tent! See the fantastic dance film by acclaimed filmmaker Nic Sandiland, premiered alongside performances of Dance GB</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=173">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=173</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday 8<sup> </sup>July</span></strong></p> <p><strong>9am</strong>- Kilburn Festival 2012. 5 Olympic Continents in 1 Event</p> <p><strong>Camden</strong></p> <p>Kilburn Festival 2012 celebrates the Olympics in true London style with a feast of dance, music &amp; and international market stalls to top of the festivities at Kilburn Grange Park on Sunday, 8th July</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=313">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=313</a></p> <p><strong>10am-5pm</strong> &ndash; Dance in Focus</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.30am-3.30pm -</strong> Big Youth Dance weekend at The Scoop, More London</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Sadlers Wells hosts two days of non-stop back to back youth dance performances at The Scoop, More London. The extraordinary outdoor amphitheatre will host 1000 youth dance performers from across London.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=136">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=136</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am</strong>- Dance Asylum</p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Discover the dance talent of Lewisham!&nbsp; The newly opened Deptford Lounge will host an exhibition of dance photography by the Helen Bamber Foundation photography group, featuring local Lewisham dancers.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=144">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=144</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm &amp; 4pm</strong> &ndash; Crossings</p> <p><strong>Haringey</strong></p> <p>Outdoor performance in Tottenham inspired by road crossings. Created and performed by service users of Haringey Young Carers Project. Sound by Nao Masuda. Directed by Katsura Isobe and Fumi Tomioka.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=158">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=158</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Big Dance Bus @ Danson Festival</p> <p><strong>Bexley</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=513">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=513</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Big Dance Picnic at Horniman Museum</p> <p><strong>Lewisham</strong></p> <p>Running alongside the Horniman's 'Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids' photographic exhibition, Trinity Laban and Horniman Museum invite you to an afternoon of Morris dancing, maypole dancing and folk music aplenty.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=270">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=270</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-</strong> Morris and Maypole</p> <p><strong>Kensington and Chelsea</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet and Historic Royal Palaces present Morris and Maypole to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee at Kensington Palace Gardens as part of the free public dance event, the 'Kensington Palace Party'.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=228">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=228</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm &amp; 2.30pm</strong> - Lindy-Tap-Street!</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Lindy-Tap-Street! is an intergenerational dance piece performed by Theatre Peckham students of all ages!!! Featuring a fusion of Lindy Hop and Hip - Hop. Audience participation encouraged! Location: Peckham Square!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=164"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=164</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>1.30pm &amp; 4pm</strong>- Local motions</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>A range of people from the local community perform a variety of dances on Southwark Park's beautiful bandstand.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=181">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=181</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.30pm &amp; 7.30pm</strong>- The Big Top Tent - Dancing Parallel</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Roll up, roll up it's the Big Dance Big Top Tent! See the fantastic dance film by acclaimed filmmaker Nic Sandiland, premiered alongside performances of Dance GB</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=173">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=173</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.30pm</strong> - STRICTLY GYPSY: a showcase to celebrate Romani dance</p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>An international star studded celebration of sizzling footwork, swaying skirts, wistful undulations for the first time in London:&nbsp; Romani dances from Hungary through Serbia, Russia and Turkey, with Egyptian Ghawazee and Iraqi Kawliya thrown in the mix</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=319">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=319</a></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:08:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=442 Today's Big Dance Programme Highlights- London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=441 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights for today. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Wednesday 4 July 2012</strong></span></p> <p><strong>9.30am- Big Dance Big Top Tent</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance and the Royal Borough of Greenwich celebrate Big Dance in the Big Top Tent with a fantastic programme of daily events and performances.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=169">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=169</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am</strong>- <strong>Dancing Libraries</strong></p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Specially designed for the under 4&rsquo;s Sadler&rsquo;s Wells will be presenting an engaging and interactive dance performances and workshop package in libraries for the under 4&rsquo;s.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=1184">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=1184</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm, 7.30pm- Pair Dance</strong>- <strong>Big Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>Barnet</strong></p> <p>Pair Dance and user groups at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre present open classes in contemporary, street dance and capoeira. The series culminates in a showing in studio one for local groups, young people and members of Creative Engagement London.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=73">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=73</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30pm</strong>- <strong>Dancing Parallel</strong> as part of&nbsp;<em>Dance GB</em> event at the&nbsp;Big Dance Big Top Tent</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>A beautiful dance film by Nic Sanderland brings 60 young dancers from three nation&rsquo;s together; followed by a Dance GB performance, as part of the Big Dance Big op Tent.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=169">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=169</a></p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:16:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=441 Big Dance Week Launch Tomorrow- You're all Invited! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=440 <div class="statusUnit"> <div class="tlTxFe">In less than 24 hours you can join dancers from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and across England as they converge on the concourse of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/londonstpancras">London St. Pancras International Station</a>.<br /><br />The station will be brought to life with a day of dance - and if you're early enough, you might catch a glimpse of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/borisjohnson">Boris Johnson</a>, the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayor-of-London/116803491666757">Mayor of London</a> and dance legend <a href="http://www.facebook.com/thearlenephillips">Arlene Phillips</a>.<br /><br />It's a spectacle not to be missed - <strong>The launch of Big Dance Week&nbsp;2012</strong> - coming to a London station near you soon...</div> </div> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:53:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=440 Join The Kingston Big Wheel! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=439 <p>In preparation for our spectacular 'Kingston Big Wheel' cartwheeling event on the 21st July, <br /><br /></p> <p>Kingston Big Wheel are holding a number of rehearsal sessions towards developing the performance for its full presentation in Kingston's Fairfield Park.&nbsp; We would love you / your friends / their children to take part in this! Do you know anyone else who would like to join in?!<br /><br />The event will be based on some simple cartwheeling and dance moves ( demonstrated in the taster 'mini' wheel event at the Market Place launch and at this Friday&rsquo;s IYAF launch at the Rose theatre) but will be simpler so more people can take part..<br /><br />Our new Kingston Big Wheel will accommodate everyone from squad level to less experienced dancers, gymnasts and capoeira people -&nbsp;so it will be accessible to all who can cartwheel and follow instructions! <br /><br />All new recruits need to come to at least 2 short rehearsals leading up to the performance in order to be fully briefed and ready to perform on the 21st. Ideally we would like everyone to attend the full dress rehearsal on the 18th, as we may wish to film this session <br /><br />Please let us know which of the following rehearsals you can attend so we can get an idea of numbers. Please email Charlie Murphy on <a href="mailto:charliemurphy99@hotmail.com">charliemurphy99@hotmail.com</a> and cc kingstonbigwheel@gmail.com</p> <p><strong><br />Rehearsal schedule - please sign up for at least 2 short rehearsals </strong><br /><br /><strong>Monday 9th July&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5 - 6.30 St Johns Primary School Hall <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Portland Road Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2SG<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Parking available at school / Middle Mill <br /><strong><br />Tuesday 10th&nbsp; July&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1st session :4 30 -5 30&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 2nd session : 6 -7 30 <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT studio 101 at Kingston College,&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Penrhyn Road Centre&nbsp; Telephone: 020 8268 2625 <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 Penrhyn Road Email: info@kingston-college.ac.uk <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kingston on Thames Surrey KT1 2BT<br /><br /><br /><strong>Wednesday 11th JULY&nbsp;</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 5 -6 30 pm&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; St Johns Primary School&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Portland Road Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2SG<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Parking available at school / Middle Mill <br /><br /><br /><strong>Monday 16th July</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 5-6 30 pm&nbsp; &nbsp; St Johns Primary School&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Portland Road Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2SG<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Parking available at school / Middle Mill <br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Wed 18th</strong> <strong>July&nbsp;</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Full dress (white top, black leggings) rehearsal at Arena Sports Hall, Kingston College &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NB This rehearsal may be filmed!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Penrhyn Road Centre&nbsp; Telephone: 020 8268 2625 <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 Penrhyn Road Email: info@kingston-college.ac.uk <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kingston on Thames Surrey KT1 2BT<br /><br /><strong>&nbsp;<br />Thursday 19th &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5-6pm onwards&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; St Johns Primary School (tbc)<br /><br /><br /><strong>Actual Performance Event for finale of IYAF:</strong><br /><br /><strong>Sat 21st July&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Live Performance - Fairfield Park&nbsp;&nbsp; at 2 pm<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Fairfield Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Performance at 3pm<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Post performance refreshments etc 3 45 ish</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:04:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=439 The London Official City Guide app is now live http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=438 <p>The official <strong>London&nbsp;City Guide app</strong> in partnership with London &amp; Partners is now available to <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/london-official-city-guide/id536603270?ls=1&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">download for free on iPhone</a>.</p> <p><strong>The App includes:</strong></p> <p>- What's on listing of all the GLA cultural programmes during this special summer<br />- Places &ndash; Browse London landmarks, places to visit for free, parks, museums, galleries, shops and&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; restaurants.<br />- Comprehensive listings of events, attractions, open spaces and places to stay, powered by visitlondon.com, London's Official Guide.<br />- Culture Trails + Discovery Trails</p> <p>- Save your favourite events, places and trails for later, or add them to your calendar.</p> <p>- An exclusive video welcome from &nbsp;</p> <p>- Alerts on secret events happening throughout this summer like no other, presented by the Mayor of London, molpresents.com.<br /><br /></p> <p>Theer are plans to launch the Android version later this week.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:56:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=438 The 5 day countdown to the Big Dance Week 2012 Launch has arrived http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=437 <p><strong>Big Dance Week 2012 officially launches with a whole day of dance at St Pancras International Station Thursday 5 July.</strong></p> <p>The programme &ndash; including 150 dancers from all around the UK &ndash; is being led by <strong>Kate Prince</strong>, choreographer of the hit shows <strong><em>Some Like it Hip Hop</em></strong> and <strong><em>Into the Hoods</em></strong>.</p> <p>Big Dance 2012 is one of the largest mass participation events in the London 2012 Festival&nbsp;programme &ndash; with the aim to get five million people across the UK dancing during Big Dance week, which runs from 5 -17 July. Hundreds of free events will be taking place in London during the week in venues ranging from public squares and shopping centres, to parks, playgrounds, bridges, studios and swimming pools. The grande finale will be a dance directed by choreographer <strong>Wayne McGregor</strong> &ndash; but choreographed by the 1,000 people taking part in <strong>Trafalgar Square</strong> on Saturday 14 July.</p> <p>The dance programme at St Pancras International kicks off at 8.30am with speeches at 9.30am by the Mayor of London <strong>Boris Johnson and choreographer *Arlene Phillips</strong>. The action continues on stages around the station concourse throughout the day until 7pm.</p> <p>At 6.30pm there will be a Big Dance finale which everyone is invited to join in &ndash; by learning the choreography online and the option of coming to a run through at 4.30pm at the station.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HYRbn8wOQ" target="_blank">Watch the online video</a> of the <strong>The Big Finish Routine</strong>, learn the routine and come along and perform it with us at 6.30pm, St. Pancras International Station.</p> <p>Remember, there's still time to register your events, just visit <a href="../" target="_blank">http://www.bigdance2012.com/</a> and click the 'add your event' button!</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:28:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=437 Weekend Highlights- Across the UK http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=436 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday 29 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p><strong>10am</strong>- We face Forward- Art from West Africa</p> <p>Merseyside</p> <p>Along with work by more than 30 artists, including Barth&eacute;l&eacute;my Toguo and Martine Tayou, there are concerts by leading names in West African music, and events and shows in a variety of other city venues</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=769">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=769</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am &amp; 4pm</strong>,&nbsp; Spill- A playground of Dance, presented by DanceXchange</p> <p>Shropshire &amp; Telford</p> <p>Spill is a brand new outdoor production choreographed by celebrated Australian Artist Shaun Parker, of Shaun Parker Company. Using the existing children&rsquo;s playground equipment as the set, Spill has been created specifically for parks in the West Midlands, aiming to take dance to the heart of communities.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=866">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=866</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm &amp; 4pm</strong>- Luca Silvestrini's PROTEIN Presents (In)visible Dancing</p> <p>Essex</p> <p>Southend (In)visible Dancing event runs over a period of 7 days. It starts off as a small event and increases in size every day; the first time it appears, it is barely recognizable as dance as it develops from what initially looks like incidental, even strange behavior on the streets. About 30 minutes in length and performed twice a day.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=710">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=710</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.30pm</strong>- Brighton Salsa festival</p> <p>East Sussex</p> <p>Come along and take part in an amazing weekend of Latin cultural, music and dance activities never seen in Brighton before. The festival involves an international concert / Art &amp; Photo exhibitions / Films &amp; lectures / Over 30 hours of dance &amp; music workshops / 3 Parties.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=787">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=787</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7pm</strong>- Verve 2012</p> <p>Greater Manchester</p> <p>Performing an exclusive restaging of Akram Khan&rsquo;s Vertical Road, the evening also features an exhilarating programme of contemporary dance.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=771">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=771</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.45pm-</strong> Barrull, A Flamenco Legacy</p> <p>Essex</p> <p>&lsquo;Barrull, A Flamenco Legacy&rsquo; is a show that reflects Jairo&rsquo;s unique gypsy flamenco upbringing and his very unique personal style of footwork.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=10">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=10</a></p> <p>&nbsp; <hr /> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Saturday 30 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p> <p> <p>10am- Big Dance Edinburgh as part of Get Scotland Dancing</p> </p> </p> <p>Edinburgh City Council</p> <p>A weekend of FREE dance events in Edinburgh for everyone. See, try and join in the fun!</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdanceedin.co.uk/">http://www.bigdanceedin.co.uk/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-</strong> Brighton Salsa festival</p> <p>East Sussex</p> <p>Come along and take part in an amazing weekend of Latin cultural, music and dance activities never seen in Brighton before. The festival involves an international concert / Art &amp; Photo exhibitions / Films &amp; lectures / Over 30 hours of dance &amp; music workshops / 3 Parties.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=787">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=787</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am</strong>- Submergence 360 Cinema Experience</p> <p>Swansea</p> <p>Submergence -360&ordm; dance dome experience (World Premiere)<br />An innovative and cutting edge 360&ordm; cinema experience presenting specially commissioned dance films by award winning Wales based choreographers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=1121">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=1121</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am</strong>- Bakewell International day of Dance</p> <p>Derbyshire</p> <p>30th June Bakewell Day of Dance 10th Anniversary -11.00am to 4.30 pm. 28 Dance groups performing at 6 outdoor venues throughout Bakewell. Watch, enjoy, and have a go for free.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=682">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=682</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11am</strong>- Chance to Dance</p> <p>South Yorkshire</p> <p>Sheffield's own annual celebration of community dance. A festival of community dance. Everybody's chance to watch all kinds of dance and then have a go themselves.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=555">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=555</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm-</strong> SO Festival</p> <p>Lincolnshire</p> <p>For the past two years, SO Festival has been showcasing the skills of some amazing local dance troupes. The 2012 programme will feature street dance crews, jazz, tap, contemporary and Latin dance groups.</p> <p><a href="../events.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7pm-</strong> Big Dance Pop-up Cinema Falmouth</p> <p>Cornwall</p> <p>Big Dance pop up cinemas are just as they sound- a giant, inflatable screen that will be showing a dance film (title tbc) outside at Gyllyngduns Gardens at the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. Bring the family and a picnic along for an evening of free entertainment</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=679">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=679</a></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p> <hr /> </p> <p>Sunday 1 July 2012</p> <p><strong>10am</strong>- DanceEast&rsquo;s Speigeltent</p> <p>Suffolk</p> <p>We hope to see you at the DanceEast Spiegeltent this summer! It&rsquo;s an amazing mirrored tent coming to Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk from 1-14 July, packed full of daytime dance workshops and spectacular evening dance events</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=337">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=337</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am 5pm</strong>- Big Dance Edinburgh as part of Get Scotland Dancing</p> <p>&nbsp;Edinburgh City Council</p> <p>A weekend of FREE dance events in Edinburgh for everyone. See, try and join in the fun!</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdanceedin.co.uk/">http://www.bigdanceedin.co.uk/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:15:50 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=436 Weekend Highlights- London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=435 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Jubilee Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday 29 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p><strong>10am</strong>- Big Dance Bus @ Mini Olympics</p> <p>Newham</p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=509">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=509</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10am-5pm</strong>- Dance in Focus</p> <p>Southwark</p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11.30am</strong>- Let's Dance Japanese Bon Dance** Micro Grant**</p> <p>Islington</p> <p>Come and join Japanese Bon dance, and be a part of Big Dance 2012! Bon dance is a very popular community dance for everyone from Japan with 400 years of history. Join London Bon Dancers, a London-based Bon Dance group that performed at major events</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=417">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=417</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Sydney Dance Company as part of City of London Festival</p> <p>City of London</p> <p>Sydney Dance Company returns to London for the opening week of the City of London Festival. A new duet created by Rafael Bonachela especially for the Festival&rsquo;s 50 Golden Street Pianos is set to music composed and played by the Mercury-Prize nominated Gwilym Simcock.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=196">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=196</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30pm</strong>- Sampled: A Sadler's Wells and Big Dance presentation</p> <p>Camden</p> <p>Enjoy a sample of the best dance at a special low price. Previous years have included everything from flamenco and ballet to hip-hop and contemporary dance.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=457">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=457</a></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <hr /> </span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Saturday 30 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p><strong>10am-5pm</strong>- Dance in Focus</p> <p>Southwark</p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-4pm</strong>-Big Dance Picnic @ Bellingham Festival</p> <p>Lewisham</p> <p>Bring a picnic to Bellingham Green and enjoy a wide range of dance activities for all ages from Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban. There&rsquo;ll be Street Dance, Line Dancing, Samba and much more!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=269">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=269</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-</strong> Big Dance Bus @ Twickenham Green</p> <p>Richmond-upon-Thames</p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=510">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=510</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Sampled taster workshops</p> <p>Westminster</p> <p>A fantastic opportunity to try out some of the dance styles that can be seen on stage at the Peacock Theatre during the <em>Sampled </em>performances. These taster workshops are aimed at all ages and abilities and are taught by some of the best choreographers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=139">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=139</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm &amp; 3pm</strong>- Tomorrow's Men</p> <p>Tower Hamlets</p> <p>An all-male, high energy, athletic outdoor dance performance fusing street dance, hip-hop, contemporary and acrobatics.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=147">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=147</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2pm-</strong> Dance Watching**Micro Grant**</p> <p>Tower Hamlets</p> <p>What do you see? Chisenhale Dance Space and dance artist Gillie Kleiman invite you along to a NEW series of summer workshops that explore watching and writing about dance!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=162">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=162</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3pm</strong>- Sporting Dance</p> <p>Richmond-upon-Thames</p> <p>West London school pupils perform at their peak to a crowd of thousands. Participants engage with an expert choreographer, professional dancers and rugby players to learn about effective performance strategies.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=175">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=175</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.30pm</strong>-STRICTLY GYPSY: Romani dance workshops**Micro Grant**</p> <p>Lambeth</p> <p>Romani dance workshops for those new to dance. Simple, but sizzling footwork, exhilarating moves: a window into the culture of Europe's most misunderstood minority. Serbian line dances and Hungarian Roma couples dances will be taught.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=320">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.30pm-</strong> Sampled: A Sadler's Wells and Big Dance presentation</p> <p>Westminster</p> <p>Enjoy a sample of the best dance at a special low price. Previous years have included everything from flamenco and ballet to hip-hop and contemporary dance.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=457">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=457</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <hr /> </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Sunday 1 July 2012</strong></span></p> <p> <p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> </p> <p><strong>10am-5pm</strong>- Dance in Focus**Micro Grant**</p> <p>Southwark</p> <p>Photographers from across London, under expert tuition from Chris Nash, exhibit their stunning photography of some of West London's finest dancers</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=174">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=174</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Brent Dance Month Film**Micro Grant**</p> <p>Brent</p> <p>The official Brent Dance Month Film will be screened at various venues and events in the lead up to and during Brent Dance Month 2012 and Olympics and Paralympics 2012.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=364">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=364</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12.30pm</strong>- Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace</p> <p>Greenwich</p> <p>A spectacular celebration of dance, music, and circus from around the world.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=125">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=125</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1pm</strong>- Big Dance Bus @ Brent Cross Shopping Centre</p> <p>Barnet</p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=511">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=511</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.30pm</strong> - Age Inclusive Dance Performance**Micro Grant**</p> <p>Croydon</p> <p>This age inclusive community dance performance is the culmination of four workshops with local Croydon residents. The piece will be performed as part of Purley Festival 2012.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:43:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=435 One week to go until the Big Dance 2012 Launch! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=434 <div id="id_4fec48d24db5b9508357205" class="text_exposed text_exposed_root"><strong>It's exactly One week to go until the <a href="../event.php?id=1120" target="_blank">Big Dance 2012 Launch! <br /><br /></a></strong>Community dance groups from across the UK will come together, between 8.30am and 7pm, bringing <a href="http://www.facebook.com/StPancrasInternational">St Pancras International</a> to life, with a collection of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/london2012festival">London 2012 Festival</a> inspired performanc<span class="text_exposed_show">es, and opportunities for public participation.<br /><br />Catch The Big Finish at 6.30pm - for your chance to get the station moving... check out the routine, come along and have a go... we'll be doing it with you.<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HYRbn8wOQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HYRbn8wOQ</a></span></div> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:19:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=434 Shobana Jeyasingh Dance presents, TooMortal http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=432 <p>Shobana Jeyasingh Dance presents <strong><em>TooMortal</em></strong>, an atmospheric new work created for churches in London, Stockholm and Venice.</p> <p>Inspired by their dramatic architecture, Jeyasingh&rsquo;s striking choreography contrasts and complements the rhythms and spaces of these historic buildings. Exploring notions of the church as a sanctuary, the work offers an intimate, reflective respite to the busy hubbub of the streets outside.</p> <p><em>TooMortal</em> explores both human vulnerability and tenacity within a sacred and contemplative setting. Offering surprising new perspectives, Jeyasingh&rsquo;s choreography sees the dancers travelling over the pews on a powerful and mesmerising journey.</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong><br /><strong>St Mary&rsquo;s Old Church, Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 9ES</strong><br /><a href="http://www.stmaryn16.org/">www.stmaryn16.org</a></p> <p><strong>Performances</strong><br />Thu 28 June at 3.30, 4.30, 6.00 &amp; 7.00pm<br />Fri 29 June at 3.30, 4.30, 6.00 &amp; 7.00pm<br />Sat 30 June at 1.00, 2.00, 3.00 &amp; 4.00pm</p> <p><strong>Booking details</strong><br />Tickets are free, but capacity at all performances is extremely limited. Reservations are recommended. For free tickets and details visit <a href="http://www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk/TooMortal">www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk/TooMortal</a></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:34:41 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=432 Sampled- Presented by Sadler’s Wells and Big Dance 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=431 <p><strong>Sampled- </strong><strong>Peacock Theatre</strong>, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2</p> <p><strong>29 Jun 2012 &ndash; 30 Jun 2012</strong></p> <p><strong>Sadler's Wells <em>Sampled</em></strong> is back, making its first appearance at the Peacock Theatre in the West End for two days of incredible dance, music and workshops. Now in its sixth year, <strong>Sampled </strong>offers audiences the chance to enjoy everything from world-class hip hop and ballet to contemporary dance and flamenco in one evening, all for the bargain price of &pound;12!</p> <p>Follow this link to read more about the shows line up of guests and performances and to purchase your ticket: <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Sampled-2012">http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Sampled-2012</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:53:48 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=431 Calling all Schools Pledge participants- It's not over yet! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=429 <p><strong>Calling all Schools Pledge participants!</strong> It's not over just yet!</p> <p><strong>Big Dance Week (7 - 15 July)</strong> is a stone&rsquo;s throw away, in fact - only 8 days to go to the Launch event at St. Pancras International station 5 July 2012- 8am.<br /><br />So, we thought we'd give you a little reminder about the second part of the Schools Pledge- <strong>To do an additional 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance Week!</strong></p> <p>Fear not! We've just about finished developing a series of <strong>Big Dance Films</strong> - a choreographic resource, to give you and your class or dance group a little inspiration.<br /><br />Catch the trailer here... and we'll keep you posted about their availability... happy dancing!<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow nofollow" href="../schools_and_teachers.php" target="_blank">http://www.bigdance2012.com/schools_and_teachers.php</a></p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:07:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=429 Big Dance Cheer- Calling all cheerleaders to help break the world record! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=428 <p><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">Calling all cheerleaders to help break the world record for the Largest Cheerleading Dance&hellip;!</span></strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">9.30am, FREE, Twickenham Stoop</span></strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">English National Ballet</span></strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;"> team with Choreographer <strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';">SueAnn Harris</span></strong>, <strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';">London Broncos Rugby League Foundation</span></strong> and <strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';">KI Concerts</span></strong> to present a high-energy display with over 300 cheerleaders cheering their way into the record books!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">Follow this link to view and learn the dance routine: <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/editorial.php?ref=big-dance-cheer">http://www.ballet.org.uk/editorial.php?ref=big-dance-cheer</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">Email <a href="mailto:west@bigdance2012.com">west@bigdance2012.com</a> to find out more information and to sign up to take part in this record breaking moment.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:59:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=428 Volunteers needed for Performance- Best in Show http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=427 <p><strong>Performance Day Volunteers</strong></p> <p>Needlefoot are looking for volunteers to help on one or more performance days with their piece &lsquo;Best in Show&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Needlefoot</strong></p> <p>Needlefoot is co-directed by Deborah Galloway and Emma McFarland, it creates site-specific projects inspired by the history, myth, culture and architecture of unusual locations, which combine dance and other art forms<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Best in Show</strong></p> <p>Needlefoot presents <em>Best in Show</em> a free pop-up dance performance</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Welcome to the local dog show where the dogs dance and dream of the &lsquo;howl of fame&rsquo;, the owners parade their neuroses and the Judge wins Prettiest Paws!&nbsp; Best in Show is a fun and entertaining dance show inspired by the frantic world of the local dog show and its comical mix of characters, four-legged and two.</em></p> <p><em>Best in Show</em> is a <strong>free</strong> event and is suitable for family and friends of all ages.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Free children&rsquo;s dance workshop</strong>: Stay after the show for your chance to dance with the Crazy Disco Dog!&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Performance Dates</strong></p> <p>ENFIELD&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat 7 July&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tatem Park (nr sunken garden), Hedge Lane, Palmers Green, N13 5DD</p> <p>WANDSWORTH&nbsp;&nbsp; Sun 8 July&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3.00pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pump House Gallery Terrace, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ</p> <p>SOUTHWARK&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat 14 July&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Picnic Area &amp; Arboretum, Peckham&nbsp;Rye Park, Strakers Lane, SE15</p> <p><strong>Volunteer duties include</strong></p> <ul> <li>Running and assisting duties during the day</li> <li>Help pack up and&nbsp; clear the performance space.</li> <li>Stewarding</li> <li>Leafleting</li> <li>Directing crowd through park to performance space</li> <li>Voxpops</li> <li>Getting evaluation material from audience </li> <li>One volunteer nominated as lost child contact (needs to be CRB checked)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Desirable </strong></p> <p>First aiders are preferential but not essential</p> <p>Please let us know if you have&nbsp; current CRB or First Aid Certificate</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT</strong></p> <p>This a un-paid position and volunteers would be required to arrive on site at 10am on performance days for a briefing with Emma McFarland, Needlefoot Co-Director.</p> <p>Please send interest to Deborah Galloway on <a href="mailto:debs@needlefoot.co.uk">debs@needlefoot.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:02:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=427 In only 9 days time, Big Dance Week officially launches! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=426 <p>In only 9 day&rsquo;s times&hellip; <strong>Big Dance Week</strong> kicks off in the heart of the capital at <strong>London St. Pancras international station </strong>and&nbsp;YOU&rsquo;RE INVITED!</p> <p>Come along and bop, swing, shake and jive whatever your style, whether you&rsquo;re off to work or homeward bound, having a day out or just fancy checking us out&hellip; <strong>from 8.30am until 7pm</strong> stop by, join in and watch or have a go!</p> <p>There&rsquo;s still time to:</p> <p><strong>DOWNLOAD </strong>your own copy of the latest <a href="../events.php" target="_blank"><strong>Time Out London</strong> <strong>Big Dance Festival Guide</strong> </a></p> <p><strong>SEARCH</strong> the <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">online listings</a> for warm up events to Big Dance Week taking place near you</p> <p><strong>ADD</strong> your events to the <a href="../user_signup.php" target="_blank">online listings</a></p> <p><strong>VISIT</strong> the <a href="http://www.bigdanceshop.com/" target="_blank">Big Dance Online Shop</a> and pick up some Big Dance merchandise</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=426 Review- 'The Bridge' Performance 23 June 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=425 <h1><span class="type">Review:</span> The Bridge - Millenium Bridge</h1> <p class="meta"><span class="dates">Performance: 23 June 2012</span></p> <p><em><strong>The Bridge</strong></em> was developed through a<strong> <span class="caps">BBC</span> Performing Arts Fund Fellowship </strong>with<strong> Independent Dance </strong>for<strong> Big Dance 2012 </strong>and<strong> Celebrate the City.</strong></p> <p><strong>Germaine Cheng</strong> is a final year student at the <strong>Rambert School of Ballet &amp; Contemporary Dance</strong>. She is taking part in <strong>English National Ballet&rsquo;s <em>'Dance is the Word'</em></strong> programme as part of Big Dance 2012&nbsp;this summer!</p> <p>Follow this link to read the full review of the performance:<a href="http://londondance.com/articles/reviews/the-bridge-millenium-bridge/">http://londondance.com/articles/reviews/the-bridge-millenium-bridge/</a></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:37:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=425 Big Dance Cheer- Calling all cheerleaders to help break the world record! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=424 <p><strong>Calling all cheerleaders to help break the world record for the Largest Cheerleading Dance&hellip;!</strong></p> <p><strong>9.30am, FREE, Twickenham Stoop</strong></p> <p><strong>English National Ballet</strong> team with Choreographer <strong>SueAnn Harris</strong>, <strong>London Broncos Rugby League Foundation</strong> and <strong>KI Concerts</strong> to present a high-energy display with over 300 cheerleaders cheering their way into the record books!</p> <p>Email <a href="mailto:west@bigdance2012.com">west@bigdance2012.com</a> to find out more information and to sign up to take part in this record breaking moment.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:55:52 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=424 The Making Space Big Dance Commission 2012 'Land' by Siobhan Davies Dance seeks volunteers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=423 <div class="aboveUnitContent shareUnit mbm tlTxFe"><strong>The Making Space Big Dance Commission 2012 'Land'</strong> by <strong>Siobhan Davies Dance</strong> for Big Dance with support from Candoco Dance Company seeks volunteers in the idyllic Morden Hall Park in London on 30 June, 1 and 7 July 2012.<br /><br />Find out more about this fantastic opportunity by emailing <a href="mailto:robynC@siobhandavies.com">robynC@siobhandavies.com</a> or visit <a rel="nofollow nofollow" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/youth/the-making-space-network/land.html" target="_blank">http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/youth/the-making-space-network/land.html</a></div> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:36:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=423 Foundation for Community Dance-Summer School 24-27 July 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=422 <p><strong>Summer School 24-27 July 2012- De Montford University, Leicester</strong></p> <p>Foundation for Community Dance&nbsp;have a fantastic programme lined up for you&hellip;and newly confirmed choreographic sessions we think you&rsquo;ll love!</p> <p><strong>NEW!</strong> <em>Dance, media and site-specific practice</em> with <strong>Rosemary Lee</strong></p> <p><em>Dance and age inclusive practice</em> with <strong>Cecilia MacFarlane</strong></p> <p><em>Dance, health and wellbeing</em> with <strong>Miranda Tuffnell</strong></p> <p><em>Dance and disabled people</em> with <strong>Isabel Jones</strong></p> <p><em>Passport to practice: An introduction to professional practice in community dance</em>, with <strong>Diana Amans</strong></p> <p>To find out more, discuss your course choice with them and to book your place call, 0116 253 3453, <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/summerschool">http://www.communitydance.org.uk/summerschool</a></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:04:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=422 Weekend Highlights- London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=421 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday 22 June</span></strong></p> <p><strong>11.30am-</strong> Let's Dance Japanese Bon Dance** Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Islington</strong></p> <p>Come and join Japanese Bon dance, and be a part of Big Dance 2012 ! Bon dance is a very popular community dance for everyone from Japan with 400 years of history.&nbsp; Join London Bon Dancers, a London-based Bon Dance group that performed at major events</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=417">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=417</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>15:00pm</strong>- Dancing Streets, Greenwich Dance in collaboration with Woolwich Town Centre and BBC Live Site</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Dancing Streets is returning to Woolwich this summer! Bring the family to the dance stage in General Gordon Square to see performances from local groups and professional dancers. Watch dance films on the BBC Live screen. Take part in fun dance workshops and catch performances up and down the high street, as we bring the streets of Woolwich to life!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=123">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=123</a></p> <p>&nbsp; <hr /> </p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday 23 June</span></strong></p> <p><strong>11am, 2pm &amp; 5pm</strong>- Paper Solo @ Peckham Library- **Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>Paper Solo is a dance and sculpture performance taking place in 3 libraries across South London with supporting workshops.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=134">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=134</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-</strong> Big Dance Picnic at Trinity Laban</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Bring a picnic to the iconic Laban building for a fun family afternoon with dance and circus performers, face painting, creative play areas and interactive inclusive activities.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=267">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=267</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm-</strong> Hidden Gems- presented by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Greenwich Dance</p> <p><strong>City of London</strong></p> <p>A treasure hunt of hidden gems an intimate dance and music performances in unexpected places across Spitalfields</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=145">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=145</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>1pm-</strong> Big Dance Bus @ Bexley Broadway Shopping Centre</p> <p><strong>Bexley</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=507">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=507</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2pm-</strong> Dancewatching- ** Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Tower Hamlets</strong></p> <p>What do you see?<br />Chisenhale Dance Space and dance artist Gillie Kleiman invite you along to a NEW series of summer workshops that explore watching and writing about dance!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=162">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=162</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2pm, 4pm, 6pm &amp; 8pm</strong>-The Bridge- **Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Southwark</strong></p> <p>The Bridge is a large-scale interactive choreography across the Millennium Bridge featuring a cast of 45 performers.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=917">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=917</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.30pm-</strong> Big Zumba Dance presented by Maloca&nbsp;at Westend Live Trafalgar Square</p> <p><strong>Westminster</strong></p> <p>Big Zumba Dance Track is produced by Sergio Minsky and choreographed by Beto Perez in celebration of Big Dance 2012. This dance track aims to get everyone moving, so why not come and join the Zumba&reg; party at Trafalgar Square!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=960">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=960</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.30pm</strong>-STRICTLY GYPSY: Romani dance workshops- **Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Romani dance workshops for those new to dance. Simple, but sizzling footwork, exhilarating moves: a window into the culture of Europe's most misunderstood minority. Serbian line dances and Hungarian Roma couples dances will be taught.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=320">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=320</a></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <hr /> </span></strong></p> <p>Sunday 24 June 2012</p> <p><strong>10.30am</strong>- Pavlova 2012&nbsp; - Pavlova Day-**Micro Grant**</p> <p><strong>Barnet</strong></p> <p>On Sunday 24th June, join the London Jewish Cultural Centre will celebrate the centenary of Anna Pavlova making Ivy House her home with a&nbsp; Pavlova Day -&nbsp; workshops, talks, music and dance.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=88"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=88</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>12pm</strong>- Big Dance Bus @ Westfield, London</p> <p><strong>Hammersmith &amp; Fulham</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=508">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=508</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.30pm-</strong> Big Zumba Dance presented by Maloca&nbsp;at Westend Live Trafalgar Square</p> <p><strong>Westminster</strong></p> <p>Big Zumba Dance Track is produced by Sergio Minsky and choreographed by Beto Perez in celebration of Big Dance 2012. This dance track aims to get everyone moving, so why not come and join the Zumba&reg; party at Trafalgar Square!</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=960">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=960</a></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:17:50 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=421 Dance GB- Fast, Higher Stronger http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=420 <p><strong>Dance GB &ndash;</strong> a collaboration between the three national dance companies, <strong>Scottish Ballet</strong>, <strong>National Dance Company of Wales</strong> and <strong>English National Ballet</strong>, to present a programme of work based on the Olympian ideals of Faster, Higher Stronger&ndash; has opened to enthusiastic audiences and four five star reviews in Glasgow</p> <p>The programme includes <strong>Scottish Ballet</strong> in <strong>Martin Lawrence&rsquo;s</strong> new work for them &ndash; <strong><em>Run for it</em>; <strong>National Dance Company Wales</strong> in <strong>Christopher Bruce&rsquo;s</strong> <strong><em>Dream</em> and <strong>Itzik Galili&rsquo;s</strong> work for <strong>English National Ballet</strong> &ndash; <strong><em>And the Earth Shall Bear Again</em>. </strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Dance GB</strong> arrives in London for performances in the Big Dance Big Top Tent in the grounds of the <strong>Old Royal Naval College Greenwich</strong> from 4 &ndash; 8 July</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/English-National-Ballet-Scottish-Ballet-NDCW-Present-Dance-GB-tickets/artist/1655502"><strong>Book tickets</strong></a><br />On site Box Office will be open on performance dates from 12:00noon to 22.30.</p> <p>Also at <br /><strong>until 23 June,</strong> <a href="http://www.atgtickets.com/glasgow"><strong>Glasgow Theatre Royal</strong></a> <br /><strong>28 &ndash; 30 June,</strong> <a href="http://www.wmc.org.uk/"><strong>Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff</strong></a></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:39:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=420 Swindon Dance- Get set for, Marks Set Go! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=419 <p><strong><em>Film and performance project featuring dancers, Olympians and Paralympians gets off the starting blocks as part of the Cultural Olympiad in the South West.&nbsp; </em></strong></p> <p>A brand new project, <strong>Marks Set Go!</strong> will bring together professional dancers, young people, Olympians and Paralympians in an electrifying celebration of film, sport and the arts across the south-west this summer.&nbsp; Taking place as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the project culminates in a series of free live dance and film events at BBC Big Screens and Live Sites across the region in July 2012.</p> <p>Marks Set Go! is co-produced by film-maker Peter Anderson and Swindon Dance in partnership with the BBC Big Screens and Live Sites, Activate, ICIA University of Bath, Bristol City Council, Dance South Gloucestershire, Pavilion Dance South West, Plymouth Dance, ICCI with Plymouth University and Swindon Borough Council.&nbsp; It is supported by Arts Council England&rsquo;s Grants for the Arts programme.</p> <p>At the heart of the project is the Marks Set Go! film, directed and produced by Peter Anderson, which takes dancers and athletes out of the studio and stadium and into unexpected places.&nbsp; The film celebrates the physicality, artistry and focus of dancers, Olympians and Paralympians in training and performance, in an exciting union of sport and the arts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The film will be screened at BBC Big Screens and Live Sites alongside a live dance performance featuring professional dancers and local youth dance groups choreographed by Jules Laville, one of the south-west&rsquo;s leading choreographers.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on <em>Marks Set Go!</em> and to find out how you can get involved, visit: <a href="http://www.marks-set-go.com">www.marks-set-go.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=419 The London 2012 festival is here! Are you ready for an action-packed 12 weeks? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=418 <p><strong>The London 2012 festival</strong> Starts Today! Are you ready for an action packed 12 weeks of incredible events?</p> <p><strong>The London 2012 Festival</strong> includes over 12,000 cultural events and performances across the UK in celebration of the Games-&nbsp;involving top artists from across the world.</p> <p>To find out more information and to view the full programme visit: <a href="http://festival.london2012.com/">http://festival.london2012.com/</a></p> <p>Just some of the highlights&nbsp;of the festival&nbsp;are all the Big Dance events that you have been planning!&nbsp;Search the online listings to find events taking place near you: <a href="../events.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php</a></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:29:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=418 Find your Big Dance 2012 Festival Guide in this weeks' Time Out London Magazine http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=417 <p>Don't miss the chance to grab your own copy of the Big Dance 2012 Festival Guide in this weeks' <strong>Time Out London Magazine- No. 2183- 21 June-27 June 2012.</strong></p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s only 2 weeks to go until Big Dance Week 7-15 July 2012!</strong></p> <p>Check out the Festival Guide for Big Dance 2012 highlight events happening in Big Dance Week 7- 15 July! Find out who is presenting events near you and check the website for full details of every event - and to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:45:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=417 English National Ballet- Dance Is the Word http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=416 <p>Early this year aspiring reviewers had the chance to work with The Times&rsquo; dance and theatre critic <strong>Donald Hutera</strong> as part of <strong>English National Ballet&rsquo;s</strong> dance writing course, <em>Dance is the Word</em>. The group continue to contribute to their own blog &ndash; and will be reporting in depth on many of the Big Dance 2012 events.</p> <p><strong>To keep up to date with the Dance is the Word writers </strong><a href="http://danceistheword.wordpress.com/"><strong>visit the blog</strong></a></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:25:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=416 DaDaFest 2012 Coming Soon! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=415 <p><strong>DaDaFest 2012</strong> brings artists across the globe to Liverpool to showcase and celebrate the best in Disability and Deaf Arts.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s programme includes the major exhibition <strong>Niet Normaal: Difference on Display</strong> at the Bluecoat, cutting-edge comedy, deaf culture events, a showcase of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad unlimited Commissions and leading international musicians.</p> <p>With a variety of events happening across Liverpool, the award-winning festival has something for everyone, with a guarantee to provoke and entertain.</p> <p><strong>DaDaFest </strong>exists to promote and develop high quality and innovative disability deaf arts from unique cultural perspectives.</p> <p><strong>For more information about DaDaFest 2012 visit: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/</strong></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:38:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=415 Opportunity for dancers: 5-Day International Project 27JUNE-1JULY http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=414 <p><strong>Location:&nbsp;Greenwich Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>Organised by Greenwich Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: Free</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich Dance</strong> is offering four dancers the chance to be part of an exciting international project with dancers from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary.</p> <p>This London phase of Beyond Front@ will bring together up to 10 international dancers in a Dance Communication Lab (DCL) facilitated by UK artist Robert Clark. A DCL brings together dancers to communicate and connect through dancing, moving and exploring together.</p> <p>To find out more information about the project and how to register your interest to take part, please read the full opportunity <a href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/dance/article/opportunity_for_dancers_beyond_front/" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Deadline for application Thursday 21 June 2012</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:37:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=414 It's only three weeks to go to Big Dance Week- 7- 15 July 2012! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=413 <p>With only <strong>three weeks</strong> to go to Big Dance Week 7- 15 July 2012, there's still plenty fo time to...</p> <p><strong>SEARCH</strong>- the online listings and find events taking place near you: <a href="../events.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php</a></p> <p><strong>REGISTER</strong>- any planned events online at: <a href="../user_login.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/user_login.php</a></p> <p><strong>VISIT</strong>- the<a href="http://www.bigdanceshop.com/" target="_blank"> Big Dance online Shop</a> and stock up on Big Dance merchandise</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:41:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=413 Big Dance Schools Pledge Update http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=412 <p>We know everyone is eager to know whether we've beaten the Guinness World Record as part of Big Dance Schools Pledge. Thank you to everyone who has sent in your eveidence so far, we've got masses to get through and will let you know as soon as possible.</p> <p>If you haven't sent your evidence - it's not too late. <a href="http://dmtrk.com/t/182L-U8H8-66NSD8-BR0A1-1/c.aspx">Log-in to your profile to update your numbers</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:31:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=412 Flashmob Dancers for Bollywood Dance Film http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=411 <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells &amp; Leopard Films are making a short Bollywood Dance video inspired by the stage musical &lsquo;Wah! Wah! Girls&rsquo;</p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells are looking for volunteer dancers with experience of Bollywood Dance, street dance, jazz or contemporary. Experience in classical Indian Dance is also useful.</p> <p>To view the full opportunity and find out how to apply, <a href="http://londondance.com/noticeboard/opportunities-and-dance-artists/flashmob-dancers-for-bollywood-dance-film/" target="_blank">follow this link</a></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:10:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=411 Big Dance London- Weekend Highlights http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=410 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday 15 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p>8pm <strong>Dance at Dusk</strong>, presented by Greenwich Dance in collaboration with Greenwich Council and Tudor Barn Eltham.</p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Watch Dirty Dancing as the sun goes down in the beautiful gardens of the Tudor Barn with live dance performances and workshops.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=167">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=167</a></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Saturday 16 June 2012</strong></span></p> <p>11am <strong>Step up to dance</strong>- artsdepot ** Big Dance Micro Grant</p> <p><strong>Barnet</strong></p> <p>Work with professional choreographer Harriet Macauley to create your very own dance performance as part of Big Dance 2012.</p> <p><a href="../event.php?id=232">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=232</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>12pm <strong>Big Dance Bus @ Hanworth Leisure Centre</strong>, brought to you by Big Dance Bus, John Laing Integrated Services, Watermans and Fusion Lifestyle</p> <p><strong>Hounslow</strong></p> <p>The customised Routemaster comes complete with decks, DJ and its own dancefloor, perfect for showcases, portable raves and impromptu dance offs. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=505">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=505</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2pm <strong>Dance Watching</strong>- Chisenhale Dance Space**Big Dance Micro Grant</p> <p><strong>T</strong><strong>ower Hamlets</strong></p> <p>What do you see? Chisenhale Dance Space and dance artist Gillie Kleiman invite you along to a NEW series of summer workshops that explore watching and writing about dance!</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=162">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=162</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2pm &amp; 4pm <strong>The Van Man</strong>- ELD and C-12 Dance Theatre</p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>C-12 Dance Theatre bring you an explosive piece of dance theatre - from the back of a van! Delve into this heartfelt story of a lonely courier driver &nbsp;in Hackney's new Dalston Square.</p> <p><a href="http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?id=544&amp;section=1&amp;utm_source=VAN+MAN+2012%2F05%2F08%2C+12%3A15+PM&amp;utm_campaign=Van+Man&amp;utm_medium=email">http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?id=544&sect;ion=1&amp;utm_source=VAN+MAN+2012%2F05%2F08%2C+12%3A15+PM&amp;utm_campaign=Van+Man&amp;utm_medium=email</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>4:30pm <strong>STRICTLY GYPSY: Romani dance workshops</strong>** Big Dance Micro Grant</p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Romani dance workshops for those new to dance. Simple, but sizzling footwork, exhilarating moves: a window into the culture of Europe's most misunderstood minority. Serbian line dances and Hungarian Roma couples dances will be taught.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=320">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=320</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp; <hr /> </p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday 17 June 2012</span></strong></p> <p>12pm <strong>Big Dance Bus @ Hackney</strong></p> <p><strong>Hackney</strong></p> <p>The Big Dance Comes to Hackney is brought to Woodberry Down by the Big Dance Bus, Berkeley Homes, Genesis Housing Association, Hackney Council, Manor House Development Trust and the Woodberry Down Community Organisation. Expect local companies, professionals and free workshops for all to enjoy.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../event.php?id=506"> <p>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=506</p> </a></span></p> <hr /> <p>Register any planned events <a href="../user_signup.php" target="_blank">here</a></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:57:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=410 Your Move public photoblog now has 500 photographs from all over the world http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=409 <p>Take part in the Siobhan Davies Dance photoblog <em>Your Move</em>. The project is open to everyone for 60 days to celebrate Big Dance 2012. Your photographs will celebrate the movement in our everyday lives, using the world around us as inspiration. All of your pictures will create a gallery showing different kinds of movement.</p> <p>Your Move public photoblog now has <strong>500 photographs</strong> from all over the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;Browse them and add yours <a href="http://yourmove.siobhandavies.com/" target="_blank">here</a></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:44:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=409 UCHENNA Dance Summer School- Book today http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=408 <p><strong>UCHENNA Dance Summer School</strong></p> <div id="NewsPostDetailSummary"><strong>UCHENNA&nbsp;bring YOU a packed week of learning, sharing and discovery! </strong></div> <div id="NewsPostDetailContent"> <p>Come and experience the UCHENNA way of dance, with a dynamic mix of artists delievering classes in TWO spaces in ONE week!</p> <p>African Dance - Akosua Boayke</p> <p>House Dance - Clara Bajado</p> <p>Contemporary - Delene Gordon</p> <p>Waacking - Karou Mendy</p> <p>Reggae Contemporary - Shelley Maxwell</p> <p>Afro-Fuze &amp; Afro-House - Jane Sekonya</p> <p>Ballet - Denzil Bailey</p> <p>Vogue - D'relle Wickham</p> <p>Uchenna - Vicki Igbokwe</p> <p>Click the link to see a taster of what we do&nbsp;<a title="African Dance class at Uchenna Summer School 2011" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkoJPDbnRP4&amp;list=UUbxQieNDGlaWqVN-fXOhoMA&amp;index=11&amp;feature=plcp">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkoJPDbnRP4&amp;list=UUbxQieNDGlaWqVN-fXOhoMA&amp;index=11&amp;feature=plcp</a></p> <p>The <strong>EARLIER</strong> you BOOK the <strong>LESS </strong>you pay!</p> <p><span class="NewsDetailFieldName">Event Start Date:</span><br /><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal">Monday 13th - Saturday 18th August 2012- 9am-6pm</span></p> </div> <div class="NewsDetailField"><span class="NewsDetailFieldName">Event Price:</span><br /><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal">&pound;130-175</span></div> <div class="NewsDetailField"><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal">&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="NewsDetailField"><strong><span class="NewsDetailFieldName">Venue:</span><br /></strong><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal">Studio One, Bernie Grant Enterprise Building, Townhall Approach Road, N15 4RX</span></div> <div class="NewsDetailField"><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal"><strong><span class="NewsDetailFieldName">&nbsp;</span></strong></span></div> <div class="NewsDetailField"><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal"><strong><span class="NewsDetailFieldName">Booking Details:</span><br /></strong><span class="NewsDetailFieldVal">email info@uchennadance.com or call 07957 212 996 for more information</span></span></div> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:49:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=408 Call out for Bicycle Ballet Participants http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=407 <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strong>BICYCLE BALLET NEEDS YOU!<br /></strong></span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strong>Bicycle Ballet</strong>&nbsp;is an exhilarating mass participation dance show celebrating the highs and lows of cycling.&nbsp;Up to 80 local people dance and cycle between set formation pieces reminiscent of Busby Berkeley&rsquo;s film choreography, with visual spectacle, humour, poignancy and character based stories inspired by people&rsquo;s cycling experiences.<br /><br />The Bicycle Ballet is taking place in 5 locations across England this summer and<strong>&nbsp;we need to find participants in North London&nbsp;for the show taking place in Edmonton, Enfield</strong>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span class="Apple">It's an amazing opportunity to have fun with your bike, work with talented, professional choreographers and to learn and develop new skills. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><strong>GET INVOLVED</strong><br />All you need to do is contact&nbsp;<a style="outline-width: 0px; text-decoration: underline;" rel="nofollow" href="javascript:top.opencompose('claire.mulvey@enfield.gov.uk','','','')" target="_blank">claire.mulvey@enfield.gov.uk</a>&nbsp;to register interest and come along with your bike!<br /></span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">First rehearsal is Saturday 16th June, 10am &ndash; 5pm</span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span class="Apple" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Rehearsals will take place on the top floor of the Asda multistorey carpark next to Edmonton Green Shopping Centre (very close to the Edmonton Green train station).</span><br />There will be several rehearsals culminating in a final public performance at the Edmonton Festival and Carnival in July.</span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><br />For further information see&nbsp;http://www.bicycleballet.com/2012/03/bicycle-ballet-edmonton-carnival/</span></div> <div><span class="yiv976751669Apple" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></div> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:41:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=407 Big Dance Schools Pledge Update http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=406 <p>We know everyone is eager to know whether we've beaten the Guinness World Record for the Big Dance Schools Pledge. Thank you to everyone who has sent in your eveidence so far, we've got masses to get through and will let you know as soon as possible.</p> <p>If you haven't sent your evidence - it's not too late. <a href="http://dmtrk.com/t/182L-U8H8-66NSD8-BR0A1-1/c.aspx">Log-in to your profile to update your numbers</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:31:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=406 Greenwich Dance- Children needed for the Big Dance Walk 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=405 <p>The <strong>Big Dance Walk</strong> is an outdoor promenade performance which will take place in Oxleas Meadows on Sunday 15 July.&nbsp;</p> <p>Greenwich Dance is looking for children aged 6 - 12 to take part in this intergenerational site-specific dance, celebrating this beautiful green space in the heart of the city.</p> <p>Working with artists Thomas Goodwin and Petra Soor, three groups will come together to create the piece - a children's group, an intergenerational group (for all ages) and an intensive workshop group (for more experienced dancers).</p> <p>We are now recruiting for the children's group. To find out how you could be a part of it <a href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/engage/opportunity/big_dance_walk_2012/">click here</a> for more information and to download an application pack.</p> <p>The deadline for applications is <strong>20th June</strong>.</p> <p>Part of the London 2012 Festival, this event will be the culmination of our Big Dance 2012 programme in Greenwich.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:35:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=405 Help make Big Dance 2012 the biggest and best yet! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=404 <p>We're up to 350 registered volunteers! And with more volunteering opportunities being created every week - there's something for everyone.&nbsp; Share this news so friends and followers can get involved! <br /><br />To find a volunteering opportunity that suits you down to your dancing shoes, click the link...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/volunteers_intro.php" target="_blank">http://www.bigdance2012.com/volunteers_intro.php</a></p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:36:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=404 Protein's (In)Visible Dancing comes to Kingston http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=403 <p>Seriously important dance was being made in Doncaster last week during Protein&rsquo;s residency with (In)visible Dancing in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre.&nbsp;A huge crowd greeted the 100 + cast for the finale on Saturday.</p> <p>Catch up with (In)visible in Kingston this week (until Sunday) and next (Tuesday-Saturday) where the company is splitting their time between rehearsals at the Rose Theatre and performances in Clarence Street (1.30pm and 4.30pm daily until 14 June, with the finale at 3pm on 16 June). &nbsp;No performances Monday 11<sup>th</sup> and Friday 15<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be very happy to see you there.&nbsp; Only 30 minutes from Waterloo!</p> <p>Originally commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) 2010, <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> is also coming to Southend on Sea (27 June &ndash; 6 July) and Coventry (25-28 July).&nbsp;</p> <p>Each <strong>(In)visible Dancing </strong>event runs over a period of several days.&nbsp;It starts off as a small event and increases in size every day; the first time it appears, it is barely recognizable as dance as it develops from what initially looks like incidental, even strange behaviour on the streets.&nbsp; About 30 minutes in length and performed twice a day, each time it is presented it becomes more &lsquo;visible&rsquo;, and, with Luca Silvestrini&rsquo;s unique ability to create dance from the everyday, it gradually becomes a fully-fledged dance performance that engages with the architecture of each location and the behaviour of the passers-by.&nbsp; Finally (In)visible Dancing culminates in a thrilling Finale that brings together around a hundred local performers.</p> <p><strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> is a unique location-based performance intervention, originally conceived for IDFB.&nbsp; A concept of David Massingham, Artistic Director of DanceXchange, David invited Luca Silvestrini to develop <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> with him for IDFB 2010. Each <strong>Invisible Dancing</strong> event follows the same approach but is unique in its location, its artistic content and its timetable being tailored by Luca Silvestrini.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:49:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=403 Big Youth Dance Weekend- Final Spaces Left http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=402 <p><strong>This year, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is delighted to present the <em>Big Youth Dance Weekend</em> at the Scoop, More London as part of Big Dance 2012.</strong></p> <p><strong>When:</strong> 7 &amp; 8 July 2012<br /><strong>Where:</strong> The Scoop, More London, Queens Walk, SE1</p> <p>Marking the start of Big Dance week, the <em>Big Youth Dance Weekend</em> will celebrate youth dance from every corner of London whilst welcoming a number of groups from further afield.</p> <p>There are still some palces left for Youth Dance&nbsp;Group to sign up.</p> <p><strong>Follow this link to find out more information about&nbsp;The Big Youth Dance Weekend&nbsp;and how&nbsp;you can&nbsp;apply to take part: <a href="http://londondance.com/youth-dance/join-in/big-youth-dance-weekend/">http://londondance.com/youth-dance/join-in/big-youth-dance-weekend/</a></strong></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:20:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=402 We Dance- A festival by people with a learning disability http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=401 We Dance- A 2-day festival and high profile performances in Birmingham and Coventry City Centre this summer! Friday 13- Saturday 14 July 2012 We Dance is for everyone and takes place at mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH. People with a learning disability in Birmingham have been given the opportunity to take part in a dance project inspired by the London 2012 Games, which will be screened throughout the UK by the BBC. We Dance is a grassroots dance scheme that will see hundreds of people with a learning disability participate in dance workshops, a 2-day festival and high profile performances in Birmingham and Coventry City Centre this summer. The project is led by learning disability charity Mencap, in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Freefall Dance Company, mac Birmingham, Fox Hollies School and Performing Arts College and Midland Mencap. We Dance is part of Dancing for the Games, which is inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, which is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, as well as Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands. The project will launch with a series of workshops for people with a learning disability of all ages. The workshops will culminate in a two-day dance festival at mac Birmingham on 13th and 14th July 2012, featuring performances, an exhibition, fun opportunities to try out different dance styles and much more. A group of young film makers with a learning disability will also produce two Dance for Camera short films that will be screened at BBC Big Screen sites throughout the UK. We Dance has been designed to enable people with a learning disability in Birmingham and the surrounding area to be creative, challenge perceptions and improve their health and wellbeing. There are over 20,000 people with a learning disability in Birmingham. People with a learning disability are one of the most excluded groups from sport and leisure activities, with participation falling in recent years. There are significant barriers to people with a learning disability engaging in leisure activities, with 17% reporting that they are not able to afford a hobby or sport. Leisure services that are provided are often inaccessible or do not meet the needs of disabled people. To find out more about We Dance visit:http://www.artspider.org.uk/projects/6 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:55:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=401 It's Week three of our seven week countdown to Big Dance Week-7-15 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=400 <p>The bank holiday weekend is over and it&rsquo;s already week 3 of our seven week countdown to Big Dance week 7-15 July. What did you get up to over the bank holiday?</p> <p>There are&nbsp;still plenty of events and opportunities to get involved with, so why not take a look at some of today&rsquo;s highlight of events taking place, like the Big Dance Bus @ Westfield, Merry Hill, Birmingham and search the listings to find something near you!<br /><a href="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbigdance2012.com%2Fevents.php&amp;h=6AQE9tHBX" target="_blank">http://bigdance2012.com/events.php</a></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:26:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=400 Big Dance London - Jubilee Weekend Highlights http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=399 <p>Here's just a snippet of some of the highlights over the Jubilee Weekend. Don't forget to <a href="../events.php" target="_blank">check the full listings</a> for more events.</p> <p>And why not learn <a href="../big_jubilee_dance.php" target="_blank">5-a-Day's Big Jubilee Dance</a> and add perform it at your Big Lunch.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday, 2 June 2012</span></strong></p> <p><strong>11am ArtsDepot: Step Up to Dance ** Big Dance Micro Grant</strong></p> <p><strong>Barnet</strong></p> <p>Work with professional choreographer Harriet Macauley to create your very own dance performance as part of Big Dance 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=232"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=232</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>1pm Big Dance Bus @ Edmonton Green Shopping Centre</strong></p> <p><strong>Enfield</strong></p> <p>Catch the Big Dance Bus as it makes another local stop. This time it&rsquo;s rolling it&rsquo;s dance floor out in Enfield to offer professional performances, dance battles and workshops.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=461">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=461</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.30pm Brixton Amar: Strictly Gypsy ** Big Dance Micro Grant</strong></p> <p><strong>Lambeth</strong></p> <p>Romani dance workshops culminating in an international mini festival of Romani dance with guest artists and audience participation</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=320"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=320</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>7:45pm Greenwich Dance: Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich</strong></p> <p>Drawing on English and global folk traditions, a group of travelling Players arrives to animate Greenwich Dance&rsquo;s ballroom with stories told through live music, dance and song.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=118"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=118</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong> <hr /> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday, 3 June 2012</span></strong></p> <p><strong>12pm Big Dance Bus @ New River Festival</strong></p> <p><strong>Enfield </strong></p> <p>The Big Dance Bus pulls up at the New River Festival in Enfield to celebrate the Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=462">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=462</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12pm East London Dance and New Movementz present Under 18s Dance Battle</strong></p> <p><strong>Newham</strong></p> <p>New Movementz - an East London based dance group - is searching for London's best under 18 street dancers. Young people can complete in four styles - Poppin, Hip Hop, House and Krump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=294"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=294</strong></a><strong> <hr /> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Monday, 4 June 2012</span></strong></p> <p><strong>11am East London Dance: One Giant Leap</strong></p> <p><strong>Barking &amp; Dagenham</strong></p> <p>Choreographer Cheryl McChesney Jones, born on Feb 29 (leap year) is a rare breed with a birthday once every four years. Fascinated by the &ldquo;special&rdquo; leap year structure (which also happens to be the Olympic year cycle) Cheryl has been inspired to create One Giant Leap - a brand new show for 2012 (a leap year).</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=143"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=143</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>12pm Shoreditch Youth Dance: Trading Spaces ** Big Dance Micro Grant</strong></p> <p><strong>Tower Hamlets</strong></p> <p>Trading Spaces is an international and community collaborative Big Dance 2012 project brought to you by SmikleDance &amp; Shoreditch Youth Dance Company</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=581"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=581</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong> <hr /> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tuesday, 5 June 2012</span></strong></p> <p><strong>12pm Shoreditch Youth Dance: Trading Spaces ** Big Dance Micro grant</strong></p> <p><strong>Tower Hamlets</strong></p> <p>An international and mixed media community collaborative project &lsquo;Trading Spaces&rsquo;. It involves London based Shoreditch Youth Dance Company (SYD), musicians from Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO) and youth dancers from Malmo Youth Contemporary Dance (MYCD), Sweden and local artist &lsquo;Stick&rsquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=430"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=430</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>7:30 Sadler&rsquo;s Wells: Wah Wah Girls Post-show Workshops</strong></p> <p><strong>Westminster</strong></p> <p>To Compliment the stunning Bollywood inspired performance of Wah! Wah! Girls at the Peacock Theatre Sadler&rsquo;s Wells are offering 3 free post-show Bollywood dance classes<strong></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=156"><strong>http://www.bigdance2012.com/event.php?id=156</strong></a><strong></strong></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:48:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=399 The bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us - who's Jubilee Dancing? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=398 <p>Whatever your plans, why not join in and learn the Big Jubilee Dance and perform it at your jubilee events this weekend!</p> <p>An imaginative fusion of music and dance is inspiring thousands of people across the country to start dancing in the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Big Jubilee Dance,produced by 5-a-day Fitness for Big Dance 2012, brings together music and dance styles from all six decades of Her Majesty the Queen's reign, and even features a 90s Rave version of the National Anthem.<br /><br />Fin Barnes, Director of 5-a-day Fitness, said: &ldquo;So many people think of our National Anthem as dull and boring, but it's a fantastic piece of music. We've simply re-imagined it for each generation,transforming it into 50s Jive, 60s Psychedelia, 70s Disco, 80s Pop, leading all the way up to the present day. It really has got something for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jacqueline Rose, Director of Big Dance 2012, said: &ldquo;'The Big Jubilee Dance routine is suitable foreveryone, young and old. It's great fun, and easy to do; an ideal icebreaker for people to include at their Jubilee street party celebrations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Watch the films <a href="../big_jubilee_dance.php">here</a></p> <p>More information can be found here:<br /><a href="http://www.5-a-day.tv/" target="_blank">www.5-a-day.tv</a><br /><a href="http://www.thebiglunch.com/" target="_blank">www.thebiglunch.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:59:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=398 It's exactly two weeks since our Guinness World Record attempt- keep sending in your evidence http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=397 <p><strong>Congratulations to everyone who took part on 18 May!</strong></p> <p>It has been two whole weeks since our Guinness World Record attempt and today is the deadline to receive your evidence! If you've not done it yet, please still pop it in the post, everything counts!</p> <p><strong><a href="../schools_and_teachers.php" target="_blank">Here's what you need to do to help us verify the Guinness World Record</a></strong></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:47:47 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=397 Dancing Voices- Free workshop and performance for older peopel's groups http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=396 <p>Older dancers and singers from across London will come together to perform Dancing Voices. Directed by Natasha Gilmore with music direction from Fi Cunningham (VoiceLab) &ndash; the performers will take you on a journey from 1948 (when London last hosted the Olympic Games) to the present day, bringing to life influential music tracks from each of the decades sung by a live choir.</p> <p><strong>East London Dance </strong>is offering one-off dance workshops to older people&rsquo;s groups from across London. The activity will be led by two experienced dance artists and will be assisted by experienced older dancers who will act as peer motivators to encourage and engage other older people in the project. Workshops will last up to 2 hours and can take place any time in June and July 2012.</p> <p>On top of a <strong>FREE </strong>workshop we are also offering a <strong>FREE TICKET </strong>to watch the final performance of Dancing Voices at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on <strong>Wednesday 11 July 2012, 3-5pm</strong>.</p> <p>To host a free workshop, you would need to:</p> <p>-Have a group of older people (aged 60+) who are able to commit to the workshop and attend the performance (min of 10 participants)</p> <p>-Provide a large warm space for the workshops to take place in equipped with a CD player</p> <p>-Provide a member of staff to be our key contact to liaise with</p> <p>-Arrange and fund transport for your group to attend the performance</p> <p>Dancing Voices is a major event as part of <strong>Big Dance 2012 </strong>and the <strong>Capital <em>Age </em>Festival </strong>and is produced by <strong>East London Dance </strong>and the <strong>Southbank Centre</strong>.<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>To book your FREE workshop or for more information please contact East London Dance on bigdance@eastlondondance.org or ring 020 8279 1050</strong></p> <p><strong>Bookings will be made on a first come first serve basis</strong></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 15:27:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=396 Luca Silvestrini's PROTEIN Presents (In)visible Dancing- more dates added http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=395 <p>After taking Dublin by storm in the International Dance Festival earlier this month, Protein&rsquo;s <strong>(In)visible Dancing (ID)</strong> is currently turning heads in Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster, as part of Big Dance Yorkshire.&nbsp; Follow the online chat about <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/protein-dance/265238798710" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pages/protein-dance/265238798710</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Protein are pleased to announce they&nbsp;have just added more dates to the <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> calendar.&nbsp; Luca Silvestrini&rsquo;s company is joining forces with DanceXchange and International Dance Festival Birmingham to present <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> in the centre of Coventry to welcome the first Olympics football match to the city between 25-28 July. <strong>(In)visible Dancing<em> </em></strong>&nbsp;in Coventry is part of Dancing for the Games, which is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.</p> <p><strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> is a unique location-based performance intervention, originally conceived for IDFB.&nbsp;Each <strong>Invisible Dancing</strong> event follows the same approach but is unique in its location and&nbsp;its artistic content.</p> <p>Each <strong>(In)visible Dancing </strong>event runs over a period of 8-10 days.&nbsp; It starts off as a small event and increases in size every day; the first time it appears, it is barely recognizable as dance as it develops from what initially looks like incidental, even strange behaviour on the streets.&nbsp; About 30 minutes in length and performed twice a day, each time it is presented it becomes more &lsquo;visible&rsquo;, and, with Luca Silvestrini&rsquo;s unique ability to create dance from the everyday, it gradually becomes a fully-fledged dance performance that engages with the architecture of each location and the behaviour of the passers-by.&nbsp; Finally (In)visible Dancing culminates in a thrilling Finale that brings together around a hundred local performers.</p> <p>Originally commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) 2010, <strong>(In)visible Dancing</strong> is also coming to Clarence Street, Kingston upon Thames (6-16 June) and High Street, Southend on Sea (27 June &ndash; 6 July). &nbsp;The precise site for Coventry is still being worked on.&nbsp; Watch this space!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <pre><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt;">Find out more information here:</span></span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt;"><a title="blocked::http://www.proteindance.co.uk/" href="http://www.proteindance.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.proteindance.co.uk</a></span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 10pt;">Follow on&nbsp;<a title="blocked::https://www.facebook.com/pages/protein-dance/265238798710" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/protein-dance/265238798710" target="_blank">facebook</a>&nbsp;and twitter (@proteindance)</span></span></pre> Thu, 31 May 2012 09:20:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=395 Kids Week announces record line-up of 38 London shows offering free tickets this August http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=394 <p><strong>Kids Week (</strong><a href="http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.kidsweek.co.uk</a><strong>) can now reveal the exciting record line-up of 38 shows offering free tickets and activities taking part in the initiative from 1 until 31 August 2012</strong>, in an announcement highly anticipated by children and families across London and the UK.</p> <p><strong>Now in its 15<sup>th</sup> year</strong> and <strong>run by the Society of London Theatre</strong>, Kids Week is all about encouraging young people to experience the magic of live theatre. During Kids Week a child aged 16 or under can go free to participating shows when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Up to two extra children&rsquo;s tickets can be purchased at half price.</p> <p><strong>Kids Week has a fantastic range of free activities and events, many new and others back by popular demand! </strong>Take part in a Tigerlympics Tea Party, become a Munchkin in the Merry Old Land of Oz, join Michael Ball in a Sweeney Todd Q&amp;A, learn more about Disney&rsquo;s The Lion King&rsquo;s award-winning masks and puppets, bring your brolly to a Singin&rsquo; in the Rain dance class or head into Terrible Tudor times at a Horrible Histories workshop.</p> <p><strong>Tickets for Kids Week, which will run for the whole of August, go on sale on Tuesday 12 June at </strong><a href="http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.kidsweek.co.uk</a><strong>&nbsp; and by telephone 0844 248 5151 (no booking or postage fees apply)</strong>.</p> <p>To join in the latest Kids Week discussions and hear the news, join more than 7,500 Kids Week fans on <strong>Facebook </strong>(<a href="http://www.facebook.com/KidsWeekLondon" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/KidsWeekLondon</a>) and follow Kids Week on <strong>Twitter</strong> (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/kidsweek" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/kidsweek</a>).</p> <p><strong>This year&rsquo;s Kids Week is part of the London 2012 Festival</strong>, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 09:01:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=394 Big Dance 2012- Are you signed up? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=393 <p>Big Dance 2012 aims to be the UK&rsquo;s biggest celebration of dance this summer, with thousands of dance events happening in unusual spaces across the nation between 18 May-9 September 2012.<br /><br />The Big Dance programme officially launched on Friday 18 May with a global Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine &ndash; Multi Venue. There will now be 7-weeks of countdown events to warm up the nation for Big Dance week (7-15 July).<br /><br />If you are holding any dance events, workshops, performances, classes or courses between 18 May-9 September 2012, you can be part of this nationwide celebration of dance.<br /><br />Morris dancing to Zumba&reg;, Ballet to Capoeira, tango to contemporary &ndash; it&rsquo;s all in Big Dance and you can list your event on our website now: <a href="http://webmail.bigdance2012.com/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bigdance2012.com%2Fevent_organisers_form.php" target="_blank">http://www.bigdance2012.com/event_organisers_form.php</a><br /><br />Don&rsquo;t miss this opportunity to promote your event to the public. <br /><br />Simply create an account and complete the on-line Event Organisers&rsquo; Form.</p> <p>It's already week 2 of our 7 week Big Dance countdown! There are over 120 events taking place this week... Search our listings now to find something near you http://www.bigdance2012.com/events.php</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:34:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=393 Big Dance Bus Tour Facebook page- check out pictures captured on the Big Dance Bus so far http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=392 <p><strong>The Big Dance Bus</strong> started its journey on 18 May and has already made five stops winding its way through London stopping at shopping centres, squares, parks - anywhere where there are people who might be in need of some fun and dancing.</p> <p>Bus stop number 5 on 27 May was on White Lion Street: Islington to launch the stunning LIFT building which is to support young people and excellence in the arts. Check out the new<a href="https://www.facebook.com/bigdance2012#!/BigDanceBusTour" target="_blank"> Big Dance Bus Tour 2012 Facebook page</a>, take a look at some of the pictures captured&nbsp;so far and follow the Big Dance Bus on the rest of it's tour across London and the UK.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You can view&nbsp;the Big Dance Bus Timetable <a href="../big_dance_bus.php" target="_blank">here</a> and find out if it&rsquo;s coming to a stop near you!</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:25:06 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=392 Big Jubilee Dance is nearly upon us http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=391 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">An imaginative fusion of music and dance is inspiring thousands of people across the country to</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">start dancing in the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Big Jubilee Dance,</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">produced by 5-a-day Fitness for Big Dance 2012, brings together music and dance styles from all</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">six decades of Her Majesty the Queen's reign, and even features a 90s Rave version of the National</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">Anthem.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">Fin Barnes, Director of 5-a-day Fitness, said: &ldquo;So many people think of our National Anthem as</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">dull and boring, but it's a fantastic piece of music. We've simply re-imagined it for each generation,</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">transforming it into 50s Jive, 60s Psychedelia, 70s Disco, 80s Pop, leading all the way up to the</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">present day. It really has got something for everyone.&rdquo;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">Jacqueline Rose, Director of Big Dance 2012, said: &ldquo;'The Big Jubilee Dance routine is suitable for</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">everyone, young and old. It's great fun, and easy to do; an ideal icebreaker for people to include at</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">their Jubilee street party celebrations.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="../user_content/images/big_jubilee_image.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="141" /></p> <p>An imaginative fusion of music and dance is inspiring thousands of people across the country to start dancing in the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Big Jubilee Dance,produced by 5-a-day Fitness for Big Dance 2012, brings together music and dance styles from all six decades of Her Majesty the Queen's reign, and even features a 90s Rave version of the National Anthem.<br /><br />Fin Barnes, Director of 5-a-day Fitness, said: &ldquo;So many people think of our National Anthem as dull and boring, but it's a fantastic piece of music. We've simply re-imagined it for each generation,transforming it into 50s Jive, 60s Psychedelia, 70s Disco, 80s Pop, leading all the way up to the present day. It really has got something for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jacqueline Rose, Director of Big Dance 2012, said: &ldquo;'The Big Jubilee Dance routine is suitable foreveryone, young and old. It's great fun, and easy to do; an ideal icebreaker for people to include at their Jubilee street party celebrations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Watch the films <a href="../big_jubilee_dance.php">here</a></p> <p>More information can be found here:<br /><a href="http://www.5-a-day.tv" target="_blank">www.5-a-day.tv</a><br /><a href="http://www.thebiglunch.com" target="_blank">www.thebiglunch.com</a></p> Tue, 29 May 2012 11:36:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=391 Dance In The Making-A conference on choreography by and for young people http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=389 <p>Come and take part in discussion with industry professionals and young people from the UK and overseas at Dance In The Making, a two-day seminar programme around the theme of choreography by and with young people.</p> <p><strong>Two one-day seminars</strong>*<strong>:</strong></p> <p>Saturday 14th July: 10.30am &ndash; 4pm <br />Sunday 15th July: 10.30am &ndash; 4pm</p> <p>Hosted by Chris Thomson, Director of Creative Teaching and Learning at The Place, and Linda Jasper, Director of Youth Dance England, talks will delve into questions on <strong>best practice</strong>, the importance of young people <strong>understanding choreographic processes</strong>, professionals' <strong>experiences of working with young people</strong> and how to support and ensure <strong>the future</strong> of young people's choreography.</p> <p>Speakers will include young professional choreographers such as <strong>James Cousins</strong>, experienced professional choreographers who work with young people like <strong>Kerry Nicholls</strong> and <strong>Katie Green</strong>, as well as an international perspective from French colleagues Brigitte Hyon and Agnes Bretel from the <strong>Centre National de la Danse</strong>.</p> <p>Day tickets cost just &pound;35 including lunch and refreshments, and a ticket to one of U.Dance 2012's high-profile evening performances in Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.</p> <p><strong>Bookings for Dance In The Making are now on sale, <a href="http://www.u-dance.org/main.cfm?type=CONFBOOKING">click here to book your ticket.</a></strong>- Bookings close on 29th June</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:55:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=389 Wide Open School at the Hayward Gallery http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=388 <p><strong>Wide Open School- </strong>11 June &ndash; 11 July, Hayward Gallery</p> <p>More than 100 international artists, including Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, and Jeremy Deller, will lead classes and give lectures and performances on subjects that inspire them.</p> <p>Stretch your muscles as well as your mind in classes and workshops on movement and dance with artists and choreographers <strong>Xavier Le Roy</strong>, <strong>Makoto Nomura</strong>, <strong>Ernesto Neto</strong>, and <strong>Jalal Toufic</strong>; on method acting with <strong>Gillian Wearing</strong> with <strong>Sam Rumbelow</strong>, writing monologues lead by <strong>Dora Garcia</strong>, exploring Welsh culture and Druids with <strong>Bedwyr Williams</strong>, Ibsen adaptations with <strong>Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster &amp; Ari Benjamin Meyers</strong>, and the crossover between jazz and Shakespeare with <strong>Tim Rollins + K.O.S</strong>. Other sessions are led by artists including <strong>Martin Creed</strong>, <strong>Elena Kovylina</strong>, <strong>Song Dong</strong>, and <strong>Pedro Reyes</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To purchase&nbsp;tickets and to view the&nbsp;full programme visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wideopenschool.com/">www.wideopenschool.com</a> / 0844 847 9910</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:30:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=388 Big Dance Bus: Richmond Upon Thames-Deadline for Applications Tomorrow http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=387 <p>The Big Dance Bus arrives in Richmond upon Thames for one day only on Saturday 30 June. The iconic double-decker London bus will park up on Twickenham Green and host a highly visible and exciting programme of dance events throughout the afternoon.</p> <p>Richmond Council&rsquo;s Arts Service are looking for a wide variety of dance schools, groups and artists to showcase their work and perform as part of the Big Dance Bus event on Saturday 30<sup>th</sup> June.</p> <p>If you would like to apply please contact Emma Cookson for an application pack with further details on how you can apply to take part.</p> <p>Emma Cookson- email: <a href="mailto:emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk">emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk</a><br />Visit: <a href="http://www.richmond.gov.uk/dance">www.richmond.gov.uk/dance</a></p> <p>Please make sure you return the application form by <strong>Friday 25 May</strong></p> Thu, 24 May 2012 10:29:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=387 TRAVELCARD WALLET DESIGN COMPETITION-Winners Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=386 <p>The Design Museum and Big Dance invited children between the ages of 5 and 16 to design a travel card holder inspired by the theme of Dancing in the Streets.<strong></strong></p> <p>We were delighted to announce the winners of the Big Dance and Design Museum competition on Saturday 19 May</p> <p><strong>Two category winners:</strong><br />Age 12 &ndash; 16 winner: Coco Cripps, Stockwell 15 years old<br />Age 5 &ndash; 11 winner: Katherine Yoon, Barbican 10 years old</p> <p>View the winning designs and see the list of runners-up <a href="http://designmuseum.org/families/young-people" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>A huge thank you to all of the young designers who took part in the competition. We received over 300 submissions in total and were inspired by the efforts and the range of entries sent in.</p> <p>The two winning designs are now on sale in the <a href="http://designmuseumshop.com/whats-new/big-dance-competition-travel-card-holders">Design Museum Shop</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:10:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=386 Shh it's a secret at Westfield Shopping Centre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=385 <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Something special was happening at Westfield Shopping Centres in Stratford and Shepherd&rsquo;s Bush on Friday, 18 May to launch Big Dance. English National Ballet and East London Dance joined forces with world renowned choreographer Andre Gingras (Dance Works Rotterdam) and a fantastic team of dance artists lead by Laura Harvey to create a Flash Mob performance for over 200 performers in a range of dance styles.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Dancers aged 9-90 performed the 7-minute choreography 4 times across the 2 Westfield sites attracting interest and intrigue from shoppers. You can view a short clip here&hellip; and watch out for a longer version coming soon.</div> <p>Something special was happening at Westfield Shopping Centres in Stratford and Shepherd&rsquo;s Bush on Friday, 18 May to launch Big Dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>English National Ballet and East London Dance joined forces with world renowned choreographer Andre Gingras (Dance Works Rotterdam) and a fantastic team of dance artists lead by Laura Harvey to create a Flash Mob performance for over 200 performers in a range of dance styles.<br /><br />Dancers aged 9-90 performed the 7-minute choreography 4 times across the 2 Westfield sites attracting interest and intrigue from shoppers. You can view a short clip below&hellip; and watch out for a longer version coming soon.<br /><br /></p> <p> <object width="375" height="250" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/EmNhrWEj1Dg&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EmNhrWEj1Dg&amp;feature" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EmNhrWEj1Dg&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> Mon, 21 May 2012 11:10:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=385 Big Dance Schools Pledge story on Channel 4 News http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=384 <p>What a way to welcome the Olympic Flame to the UK. It's official, the countdown to the UK's largest celebration of dance has begun.</p> <p>Watch the record breaking&nbsp;story on Channel 4 News&nbsp;as thousands of children from around the world&nbsp;took part in the Big Dance Schools Pledge Guinness World Record Attempt on Friday 18 May <a href="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid601325122001?bckey=AQ%7E%7E%2CAAAAAEabvr4%7E%2CWtd2HT-p_Vh4qBcIZDrvZlvNCU8nxccG&amp;bctid=1646277533001" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Less than 6 weeks to go until Big Dance Week 7-15 July&nbsp;What events have you got planned?</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 10:47:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=384 Big Dance Sofa Interviews 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=383 <p> <object width="325" height="250" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/1n02gu7fD6w&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1n02gu7fD6w&amp;feature" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1n02gu7fD6w&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> <p>Watch interviews with various dancing celebrities from our Big Dance sofa at Move It 2012.</p> <p>For more videos visit our Big Dance 2012 <a href="../video_library.php">Videos Page</a></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 09:59:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=383 BIG DANCE BUS: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=382 <p><strong>Saturday 30 June 2012 </strong></p> <p><strong>London at Twickenham Green</strong></p> <p><strong>Organised by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: Free</strong></p> <p>The Big Dance Bus arrives in Richmond upon Thames for one day only on Saturday 30 June. The iconic double-decker London bus will park up on Twickenham Green and host a highly visible and exciting programme of dance events throughout the afternoon.</p> <p>Richmond Council&rsquo;s Arts Service are looking for a wide variety of dance schools, groups and artists to showcase their work and perform as part of the Big Dance Bus event on Saturday 30<sup>th</sup> June.</p> <p>If you would like to apply please contact Emma Cookson for an application pack with further details on how you can apply to take part.</p> <p>Emma Cookson- email: <a href="mailto:emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk">emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk</a><br />Visit: <a href="http://www.richmond.gov.uk/dance">www.richmond.gov.uk/dance</a></p> <p>Please make sure you return the application form by <strong>Friday 25 May</strong></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 09:55:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=382 Hop on the Big Dance Bus Today http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=381 <div class="landing_article_content"> <p>The Big Dance Bus lands at Westfield Stratford City to get everyone dancing in 2012!</p> <p>The quirky double‐decker route‐master will pop up creating thrilling 'guerilla style' dance experiences for all to enjoy. Shoppers will get the opportunity to discover a multitude of dance styles, from ballet to waltz via contemporary and tango, all on their doorstep in the most innovative experience. Join the professionals, learn a new move and get fit this summer!</p> <p><strong>WHEN:&nbsp; Sunday, 20 May from 1pm - 6pm</strong></p> <p><strong>WHERE:&nbsp; International Station Square, near the Great Eastern Market</strong></p> <p>Find out more about the Big Dance Bus Programme<strong> <a href="../big_dance_bus.php" target="_blank">here</a><br /></strong></p> </div> Sun, 20 May 2012 09:46:12 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=381 TONIGHT! Sneak Peek of the Big Zumba Dance at MALOCA! FREE event! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=380 <p class="paragraph_style_2" style="padding-top: 0pt;">The Big Zumba<span class="style_1">&reg;</span> Dance is a choreography/track exclusively produced by Zumba<span class="style_1">&reg;</span> Fitness in celebration of Big Dance 2012.</p> <p>Come to the 'Sneak Peek Party' of the Big Zumba<sup>&reg;</sup> Dance tonight.</p> <p>5:30 pm: Zumbatomic<br />6:15 pm: Zumba GOLD<br />7 pm: Zumba<br />8&nbsp;pm: Zumba</p> <p>This event is FREE and everyone is welcome... Just walk-in and join the Party!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.malocauk.com/">http://www.malocauk.com/</a></p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BigZumbaDance" target="_blank">Big Zumba<sup>&reg;</sup> Dance Facebook</a> for competitions!</p> <!-- /rightcolumn --><!-- /content --><!-- *************** BREAK FOR FOOTER *************** --> Thu, 17 May 2012 09:54:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=380 1 day to go until the Schools Pledge Guinness World Record Attempt! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=379 <p>The Big Dance Schools Pledge is back for 2012 and this year we're hoping it will be bigger and better than ever before. The Guinness World Record takes place on 18 May 2012, the same day that the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.<br /><br />There is STILL time to register and get your school involved. All the info you'll need you can find on our <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/schools_and_teachers.php">Schools and Teachers</a> section.</p> <p><br />The Schools Pledge is in two parts:</p> <ul> <li>Learn the choreography and take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Dance Routine - Multi-venue' at 1pm on 18 May 2012</li> <li>Undertake to do an additional 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance week (7-15 July 2012)</li> </ul> <p><strong>IMPORTANT NOTE:</strong></p> <p>In order for us to get the Guinness World Record we need to adhere to some instructions. You can download them here in this document: <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/user_content/files/Schoolspledge/Big%20Dance%20Schools%20Pledge%20-%20Instructions.pdf" target="_blank">Schools Pledge Instructions</a></p> <p>Please make sure you follow them carefully so we can include everyone in our roll of honour.<strong> <br /><br />Results need to be received by 1st June 2012.</strong></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 09:45:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=379 Take part in the Big Dance Walk 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=374 <p><strong>24 June - 15 July 2012 </strong></p> <p><strong>London at Greenwich Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>Organised by Greenwich Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: Free</strong></p> <p>Would you like the opportunity to be part of an intergenerational outdoor performance project?</p> <p>All you need to bring is yourself, an open mind, creativity and passion.</p> <p>The project is FREE to participate in.</p> <p>After its success in Big Dance 2010, the Big Dance Walk 2012 is back in a new location &ndash; the beautiful Oxleas Meadows in Eltham Common.</p> <p>Directed by Thomas Goodwin and Petra S&ouml;&ouml;r, the Big Dance Walk 2012 is a promenade performance where the audience becomes part of a travelling choreography through the park. This year, the Big Dance Walk will be comprised of three groups that come together to create the event: an intergenerational group, a local primary school group and an intensive workshop group for more experienced dancers, all exploring dance and movement inspired by themes of nature and community.</p> <p>Greenwich Dance are&nbsp;now looking for:</p> <p>The intergenerational group &ndash; people of all ages and levels of experience</p> <p>The intensive workshop group &ndash; people with more dance experience, that are able to engage with more physically demanding movement exploration</p> <p>This project is for you if you&hellip;</p> <p>-are interested in dance and being part of a performance group<br />-enjoy community activities<br />-want to mix with people of all ages<br />-like being active outside</p> <p>There is a taster workshop on 24 June and the performance will take place on Sunday 15 July</p> <p>If you would like to take part, please visit www.greenwichdance.org.uk to download an application pack and return it to Greenwich Dance by Friday 8 June.</p> <p><strong>Olive Kane/Lorna O'Connell</strong><br />tel: 020 8293 9741<br />email: <a href="mailto:lorna@greenwichdance.org.uk">lorna@greenwichdance.org.uk</a><br />website: <a href="http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/">www.greenwichdance.org.uk</a></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 12:34:25 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=374 BIG DANCE BIG TOP TENT- SCHOOLS! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=373 <p>Greenwich Dance and English National Ballet are delighted to invite primary and secondary schools from across London to apply to perform in the Big Dance Big Top Tent set in the surrounds of the Old Naval College, Greenwich during Big Dance Week 2012.</p> <p>The Schools Showcase will offer schools the opportunity to present their work in Big Dance Big Top Tent during the afternoon of <strong>Friday 6 July 2012 </strong>alongside professional performances from companies including English National Ballet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and an application form please contact Caron&nbsp;Loudy at Greenwich Dance:&nbsp;<a href="javascript:top.opencompose('caron@greenwichdance.org.uk','','','')">caron@greenwichdance.org.uk</a></p> <p>Please return application forms to Greenwich Dance before Friday 1st June 2012.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 11:45:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=373 BIG DANCE BUS: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=372 <p><strong>Saturday 30 June 2012 </strong></p> <p><strong>London at Twickenham Green</strong></p> <p><strong>Organised by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: Free</strong></p> <p>The Big Dance Bus arrives in Richmond upon Thames for one day only on Saturday 30 June. The iconic double-decker London bus will park up on Twickenham Green and host a highly visible and exciting programme of dance events throughout the afternoon.</p> <p>Richmond council&rsquo;s Arts Service are looking for a wide variety of dance groups to take part in the event. If you would like to apply please contact:</p> <p>Emma Cookson- email: <a href="mailto:emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk">emma.cookson@richmond.gov.uk</a><br />Visit: <a href="http://www.richmond.gov.uk/dance">www.richmond.gov.uk/dance</a></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 11:11:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=372 Arts in Parliament: Akademi South Asian Dance UK http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=371 <p><strong>Akademi&nbsp;</strong>have been selected from among the UK&rsquo;s leading&nbsp;Arts&nbsp;organisations to take part in&nbsp;Parliament&rsquo;s Olympic&nbsp;artsinitiative,&nbsp;<strong>Arts&nbsp;in&nbsp;Parliament</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The prestigious series of events, which will be&nbsp;Parliament&rsquo;s answer to the 2012 Festival, will see a unique cultural programme take place over the summer of 2012 in and around&nbsp;Westminster.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out Akademi&rsquo;s website to read the full news article to find out more about Akademi&rsquo;s involvement in the new Arts in Parliament programme: <em><a href="http://www.akademi.co.uk/events/artsinparliament.php" target="_blank">Arts in Parliament</a></em></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:18:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=371 Come join us in the Schools Pledge 18th May 2012! Plus new instructions... http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=370 <p>The Big Dance Schools Pledge is back for 2012 and this year we're hoping it will be bigger and better than ever before. The Guinness World Record takes place on 18 May 2012, the same day that the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.<br /><br />There is STILL time to register and get your school involved. All the info you'll need you can find on our <a href="../schools_and_teachers.php">Schools and Teachers</a> section.</p> <p><br />The Schools Pledge is in two parts:</p> <ul> <li>Learn the choreography and take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Dance Routine - Multi-venue' at 1pm on 18 May 2012<br /><br /></li> <li>Undertake to do an additional 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance week (7-15 July 2012)</li> </ul> <p><strong>IMPORTANT NOTE:</strong></p> <p>In order for us to get the Guinness World Record we need to adhere to some instructions. You can download them here in this document: <a href="../user_content/files/bd_schools_pledge_-_instructions.pdf" target="_blank">Schools Pledge Instructions</a></p> <p>Please make sure you follow them carefully so we can include everyone in our roll of honour.<strong> <br /><br />Results need to be received by 1st June 2012.<br /><br /></strong></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 13:30:15 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=370 Find your Big Dance Festival Countdown Guide in this weeks' Time Out London Magazine http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=369 <p>Grab your copy of the Big Dance 2012 Festival countdown events guide in this weeks' <a href="http://www.timeout.com/magazines/london" target="_blank">Time Out London Magazine </a></p> <p>Check out the guide for Big Dance 2012 highlights happening in the run up to the festival in July, find out who is presenting events near you and check the website for full details of every event - and to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 11:03:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=369 South East Dance: Dance2G project- call for a choreographer http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=368 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The DANCE2G project connects three specialist arts schools; Hextable School, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College and Canterbury High, providing out of school opportunities for young people to engage with dance and exchange skills with a view to raising aspirations and developing a voice for youth dance within the county.</p> <p>Nineteen young people aged between 13 and 17 years are being supported to lead the development of a programme of activity that enhances their creative, performative and organizational skills. They are funded and supported by South East Dance and the Kent County Council Youth Opportunity Fund.</p> <p>The group are now seeking a choreographer to create a dance piece with the group for a Big Dance performance on the 7<sup>th</sup> July.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To apply</strong></p> <p>Please forward a full CV, an artist&rsquo;s statement including why you would like to work on this project, and examples of your previous work (weblinks or DVDs are acceptable) by email or post on or before the 15<sup>th</sup> May to:</p> <p><strong>Louise Costelloe- Community Programme Manager</strong></p> <p><strong>South East Dance Studios</strong></p> <p><strong>39 Egerton Avenue</strong></p> <p><strong>Hextable, Kent &nbsp;BR8 7LG</strong></p> <p><strong>Phone: 01322 618 618</strong></p> <p><strong>Email: louise.costelloe@southeastdance.org.uk</strong></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 10:58:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=368 "C. Roseus" part of Wild London - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee event in Richmond http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=367 <p>15 May 2012<br />Richmond Park<br />Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 5HS<br /><br />Richmond Council and The Royal Parks have teamed up to host a large community event, celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.<br /><br />'Wild London' is the borough's first festival aimed at celebrating London's woodlands, parks and gardens. It will be held in the borough's finest open space - Richmond Park, on 15 May 2012.<br /><br />Combination Dance Company will present &ldquo;C. Roseus&rdquo; a new professional dance work that celebrates the benefits of plants and parks on public health. The choreography is inspired by the very beautiful and magical Isabella Plantation a woodland garden in the heart of Richmond Park.<br /><br />Performance on the Main Stage at 11.20am<br /><br />Workshop at 12pm in The Arena for members of public to meet the dancers and learn some of the choreography<br /><br />For further information about &ldquo;C Roseus&rdquo; and Combination Dance Company email <a href="javascript:top.opencompose('info@combinationdance.co.uk','','','1')">info@combinationdance.co.uk</a><br /><br />How to get there:<br /><br /><a href="http://webmail.bigdance2012.com/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.richmond.gov.uk%2Fhome%2Fleisure_and_culture%2Fdiamond_jubilee%2Fho" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/leisure_and_culture/diamond_jubilee/ho</span></a><br />w_to_get_to_the_event.htm<br /><br />Map:<br /><a href="http://webmail.bigdance2012.com/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.richmond.gov.uk%2Frichmond_park_map.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">http://www.richmond.gov.uk/richmond_park_map.pdf</span></a></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:39:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=367 Post your pictures and videos- Schools Pledge T-shirt Competition http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=366 <div class="statusUnit"> <div class="tlTxFe">Let's be having them! We would like to see all of your schools pledge rehearsal pics and videos! Post them on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter feed (@bigdancenews) for a chance to win up to 30 Schools Pledge tee's for your group!&nbsp;</div> <div class="tlTxFe">ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO!</div> <div class="tlTxFe">Post your pictures and videos on the&nbsp;BigDance 2012 <a href="http://www.facebook.com/bigdance2012" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page or <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/bigdancenews" target="_blank">Twitter feed</a></div> </div> Tue, 08 May 2012 09:38:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=366 Tavaziva Dance seeks an Education & Development Manager http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=365 <p>Tavaziva Dance seeks a creative, experienced and committed individual, with the drive and passion to head up the company&rsquo;s Education Team.</p> <p>Tavaziva Dance is the UK’s leading African and Contemporary dance company and tours nationally for two seasons per year and delivers an extensive education programme.&nbsp; The company&rsquo;s work is underpinned by Zimbabwean born Artistic Director Bawren Tavazivas classic fusion of African and contemporary dance. Tavaziva Dance is company in residence at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in North London and is one of only 57 dance organisations to receive the new National Portfolio Funding from the Arts Council England.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>To view and download the full job description visit</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.tavazivadance.com/news/">http://www.tavazivadance.com/news/</a></strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Application closing Date:&nbsp; </strong>Tuesday 8 May, 5pm<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Interview date: </strong>Monday 14 May<strong></strong></p> <p>To apply, please send cover letter stating why you are suitable for the position &amp; CV to:</p> <p>Iyshea Hunte, Executive Director</p> <p>Email: <a href="javascript:top.opencompose('info@tavazivadance.com','','','')">info@tavazivadance.com</a></p> <p>If you would like to discuss the role you are very welcome to contact Iyshea Hunte on 020 8365 9150</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 11:05:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=365 U.Dance 2012 Programme Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=364 <p><strong>The full line up for Youth Dance England&rsquo;s flagship event, <em>U.Dance 2012</em> has been announced featuring a new work by Hofesh Shechter.</strong></p> <p>Come along to U.Dance 2012 youth dance festival and take part in three days of performances and workshops at Southbank Centre from 13<sup>th</sup> to 15<sup>th</sup> July 2012.</p> <p>The event will include three evening performances, where 32 youth dance groups&nbsp;from across the country&nbsp; have been selected from regional heats to&nbsp;perform on Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall stages with festival patron Arlene Phillips opening the festival on Friday 13.</p> <p><em>U.Dance 2012</em> will also see the premiere of the newly established <strong><em>U.Dance Ensemble</em></strong>, a UK-wide youth dance company, with their new work choreographed by <strong>Hofesh Shechter</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;To find out more about U.Dance 2012 and to book tickets visit <a href="http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/udance-2012" target="_blank">www.southbankcentre.co.uk</a></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 10:06:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=364 The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) launches a new scheme offering creative residencies http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=363 <p>The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a new scheme offering creative residencies at its London base.</p> <p>The initiative is open to individuals or groups who want to explore their creative potential and the English traditions by undertaking a residency at Cecil Sharp House to research and develop new work.</p> <p>The creative residencies are open to professional artists across all sectors &ndash; from classical composers and contemporary dancers to poets, musicians or visual artists &ndash; not just those working within the folk arts.</p> <p>EFDSS is keen to hear from artists who are interested in exploring the potential of working cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture to create work that has the potential to go on tour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information or to apply for a creative residency, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.efdss.org/" target="_blank">www.efdss.org</a>.</p> <p>Completed application forms can be returned via email to&nbsp;<a href="javascript:top.opencompose('neil@efdss.org','','','')" target="_blank">neil@efdss.org</a>&nbsp;or to Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent&rsquo;s Park Road,&nbsp;London, NW1 7AY.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 15:53:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=363 Applications for the Big Youth Dance Weekend have now opened http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=362 <p>Marking the start of Big Dance week, the <em><strong>Big Youth Dance Weekend</strong></em> will celebrate youth dance from every corner of London whilst welcoming a number of groups from further afield.</p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells have now opened applications for the <strong><em>Big Youth Dance Weekend</em></strong> at the Scoop, More London, 7 &amp; 8 July. The performance blocks are split to reflect the Big Dance hub structure and are hoping to welcome youth dance groups from <em>every</em> London borough this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are a youth dance company and are interested to take part, follow this link to find out more information on how you can apply: <a href="http://londondance.com/youth-dance/join-in/big-youth-dance-weekend/" target="_blank">http://londondance.com/youth-dance/join-in/big-youth-dance-weekend/</a></p> <p>This event is extremely popular and spaces are given on a first come, first served basis so please apply early.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 13:53:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=362 The Space- Brand new digital arts online channel http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=361 <p>The new Arts Council/ BBC digital arts service <strong>The Space,</strong> which will make a huge range of arts projects freely available online and accessible via computers, smartphones, tables and connected TV went live yesterday. The Space dance section launched with three films from the BBC&rsquo;s <em>Dance for the Camera</em> series.</p> <p>One of the first streamed events on The Space will be this Bank Holiday Monday&rsquo;s <strong><a href="http://www.breakinconvention.com/events/festival" target="_blank">Breakin&rsquo; Convention</a></strong>-live from Sadler&rsquo;s Wells. Streaming starts from 4pm.</p> <p>Read the full article about The Space at <a href="http://londondance.com/articles/news/the-space-launches/" target="_blank">Londondance.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.thespace.org/">www.thespace.org</a></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:52:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=361 Launch of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=360 <p>The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) offers a radical new approach to dancers&rsquo; healthcare. &nbsp;</p> <p>Through shared expertise and a network of world leading experts in dance medicine and science, research, education and treatment, the initiative aims to provide access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, specialised treatment and rehabilitation services.</p> <p>The initial phase of the National Institute was announced with the opening of the first specialist dance injury clinic embedded in the NHS, based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in London.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;For more information follow this link to read the full Dance UK <a href="http://www.danceuk.org/news/article/launch-today-national-institute-dance-medicine-and-science/" target="_blank">press release</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:40:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=360 Opportunity-Still Moving, On the Wall http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=359 <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is seeking dance groups to photograph for their dance photography course &ndash; <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/creative-explorations/still-moving.html?task=view" target="_blank">Still Moving.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is&nbsp;seeking groups in rehearsal and/or performance, who would be happy for a dance photography student to visit them and take pictures. The photographs produced will be shared with you free of charge to use for future promotions, websites etc, in exchange for an agreement to credit the photograph in future reproductions with a credit line supplied by Siobhan Davies Dance.</p> <p>A selection of the photographs produced will also be presented through large-scale public projections during Big Dance Week in south London locations.</p> <p>&nbsp;The main dates&nbsp;for photographing groups are <strong>w/c 18 June</strong>, and <strong>7-15 July</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are interested in taking part in this project, then please contact <a href="mailto:AlexM@siobhandavies.com">AlexM@siobhandavies.com</a>&nbsp;for an application form.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:22:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=359 Full programme announced for the London 2012 Festival http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=358 <p>The full programme&nbsp;has now been announced for the <a title="http://festival.london2012.com/brochure/" href="http://festival.london2012.com/brochure/">London 2012 Festival</a>&nbsp;- the largest cultural festival of its kind the UK has ever seen&nbsp;: 81 days across the UK from 21 June<span class="178480510"> - 9 September. </span></p> <p>Follow this link for an online copy of the brochure:</p> <p><a href="http://festival.london2012.com/brochure/" target="_blank">http://festival.london2012.com/brochure/</a></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 10:13:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=358 Big Jubilee Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=356 <p>The Big Jubilee Dance is exclusively produced by <strong>5-a-day Fitness</strong> for Big Dance.</p> <p>It's a fun, simple dance routine for all ages to perform in celebration of the Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee weekend 2-5 June and ideal to do as part of your celebrations at the <strong>Big Jubilee Lunch</strong> on <strong>3 June</strong>.</p> <p><a href="../big_jubilee_dance.php" target="_blank">Click here to find out more information and watch&nbsp;the Big Jubilee Dance video<br /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:09:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=356 Still Moving- dance photography course for adults http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=355 <p>6 June &ndash; 18 July 2012</p> <p>Wednesday evenings, 6.30 &ndash; 8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios</p> <p><strong>85 St George&rsquo;s Road, London SE1 6ER</strong></p> <p><em>Still Moving</em> is a dance photography course run by Siobhan Davies Dance. It is open to professionals and non-professionals who will work with established dance photographer Pari Naderi. <br /><br />During the course participants will explore different techniques and approaches to capturing dance and movement on camera. Photo-shoot opportunities will be set up with local dance groups in rehearsal and performance, in order for photographers to gain experience and get feedback as they develop their techniques. <br /><br />You need to have your own camera and some photographic experience is required. <br /><br /></p> <p>Apply now<strong><br /></strong>Visit <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance">www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance</a> and visit the <em>Still Moving</em> page to view full course details and download the application form.<strong><br /><br /></strong>Application deadline<strong><br /></strong>please send your completed application form to <a href="mailto:alexm@siobhandavies.com">alexm@siobhandavies.com</a> by Wednesday 16 May.<strong><br /><br /></strong></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:04:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=355 Big Dance Shop is open! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=354 <p>The Big Dance Shop is now open for t-shirts, badges and a range of marketing products for Big Dance events. Visit the shop <a href="http://www.bigdanceshop.com/" target="_blank">here</a></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:37:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=354 National Dance Company of Wales at The Lawrence Batley Theatre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=353 <p>The National Dance Company of Wales visits the LBT on Wednesday 9 May to present an international programme of bold and exciting dance. On their only Yorkshire date, the company presents an entrancing triple bill of international work, which pushes the company&rsquo;s twelve dancers to the limit revealing their supreme talent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>B/OLERO &amp; BLACK MILK</strong></p> <p>World-famous choreographer Ohad Naharin presents two of his most famous pieces of work. A hypnotic female duet set to Ravel&rsquo;s famous music in B/OLERO with a ceremonial dance encapsulating the physicality of the five male dancers in BLACK MILK.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>THE GRAMMAR OF SILENCE</strong></p> <p>Itzik Galili, renowned for creating passionate and dynamic choreography, explores the intimate poetry of words left unsaid. Galili is an Olivier award nominee and choreographer for Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PHANTOMS OF US</strong></p> <p>A powerful new work from Eleesha Drennan, accompanied by evocative visuals from artist Sue Williams and accompanied by rhythmic percussion, playful jazz and sensuous strings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To book tickets and get more information visit <a href="http://www.thelbt.org/National-Dance-Company-Wales" target="_blank">www.thelbt.org</a> or ring the Box Office on <strong>01484 430528</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DATE:</strong> WEDNESDAY 9 MAY</p> <p><strong>MAIN STAGE:</strong> 7.30PM</p> <p><strong>TICKETS:</strong> &pound;14, &pound;12, &pound;10 / CONCESSIONS &pound;2 OFF</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:50:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=353 Call for volunteers in Edinburgh http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=352 <p><strong>Big Dance 2012, call for volunteers</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Edinburgh's Big Dance 2012 celebrations are going to be massive and we need a team of dedicated, friendly and helpful volunteers to help us make it happen. The events are on Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July and you will also need to attend a briefing on Fri 29 June. Roles will include assisting groups performing at various stages, stewarding events and providing information to the public around the city throughout the weekend.<br />&nbsp;<br />The roles are unpaid however food and drink will be provided during your shifts and you'll also receive a money-can't-buy t-shirt, have loads of fun and get some great experience. To apply please send your CV and a paragraph on why you'd like to be involved to Adele Conn, Event Organiser <a href="mailto:adele@dancebase.co.uk">adele@dancebase.co.uk</a></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:43:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=352 Dancing through the Olympics! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=351 <p>Hampshire Dance has launched <strong>Dancing through the Olympics</strong> - six creative dance lesson plans inspired by sporting themes. Developed as part of the <strong>NRG2 </strong>project, they are suitable for years 5 to 8.&nbsp;</p> <p>This incredibly useful resource has a really clear format and could easily be followed by a non specialist dance teacher. Brilliant for anyone wanting to plan and deliver dance lessons that will inspire and challenge young people.</p> <p>Available to order <a href="http://www.hampshiredance.org.uk/info_resources.php" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:47:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=351 Edinburgh wide dance take over http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=350 <p>On <strong>Sat 30 Jun</strong> and <strong>Sun 1 Jul</strong> Dance Base are planning an <strong>Edinburgh wide dance take over</strong> in venues such as Castle Street, the Grassmarket Rose Street, St Andrews Square and hopefully the Mound.<br /><br />Around 90 groups in and around Edinburgh have submitted their request to take part in performances, demos and tasters over the course of the weekend. Just about every style of dance will be represented with <strong>breakin battles, street performances, yoga</strong> &amp; fitness dance, <strong>belly dance, ceilidh, musical</strong> performances and everything in between.<br /><br />In addition, professional dancers will occupy and entertain in shop windows and there may even be a <strong>casting</strong> for a <strong>professional production</strong> - watch this space!<br /><br />There will also be a fringe-like night time programme with a <strong>dance-along film</strong> and much much more!<br /><br />Submissions have now closed and we are in the process of organising the finer details. We will be in touch will all applicants in the very near future, please do bear with us, we had a fantastic response!<br /><br />Absolutely everybody is invited to this spectacular event, <strong>so put the date in your diary</strong> and keep your eyes peeled for exciting updates on The BIG Dance.<br /><br />To be kept up to date with the developments and for the opportunity to volunteer, <strong>please sign up to Dance Base's weekly d-mail bulletin at <a href="http://www.dancebase.co.uk" target="_blank">www.dancebase.co.uk</a> or watch this space</strong></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:59:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=350 Saturday: Harrow Food and Dance Festival http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=349 <p>Harrow Town Centre will be transformed on Saturday 17<sup>th</sup> March with the arrival of the first ever Harrow Food and Dance Festival.</p> <p>Organised by Harrow Council, and supported by the Mayor of London&rsquo;s Outer London Fund, the all day festival will celebrate and showcase the borough&rsquo;s diverse world cuisine, music and dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Andy Stubbs, Harrow Town Centre Manager, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;March 17<sup>th</sup> is the day to come and enjoy a real flavour of what Harrow has to offer. It will be a celebration of all the tastes, sights and sounds that make our diverse borough such a great place to visit and live.&rdquo;</p> <p>From 11am St Ann&rsquo;s Road will be the place for food lovers to tuck in, with a farmers market and continental food stalls, street food stalls and a demonstration kitchen. Organisers are inviting local restaurants, cafes and food producers to take part or organise promotions in their own premises on the day.</p> <p>Around the corner in St John&rsquo;s Road, broadcaster and comedienne London Hughes will compere an outstanding line up of 19 professional and community acts on an open air dance stage. To celebrate St Patrick&rsquo;s Day, Irish dancers will both kick off the show at 11am and bring the curtain down after six hours of continuous free entertainment at 5pm.</p> <p>The inaugural event is devised and delivered by the Council in its ongoing programme to revitalise Harrow Town Centre and promote business.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.harrow.gov.uk/festival">www.harrow.gov.uk/festival</a></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:46:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=349 Dancewatching at Chisenhale Dance Space http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=348 <p><strong>Dancewatching</strong></p> <p><strong>What do you see?</strong></p> <p>Chisenhale Dance Space and dance artist Gillie Kleiman invite you along to a NEW series of summer workshops that explore watching and writing about dance!</p> <p>Each week we will show you some of the best dance and dancers - including dance on film,&nbsp;special access&nbsp;to dance rehearsals&nbsp;and dance performance outdoors. We'll then settle down,&nbsp;chat and respond to what we've seen by writing: we'll do poems, lists, songs and letters, and many other things besides. At the end of the project we will compile a book -&nbsp;all the writers get a free copy!</p> <p>Hip-hoppers, prancers, boppers, prima ballerinas, street dance pros or Strictly-watchers; kids, teens, grown-ups;&nbsp;professional authors&nbsp;and spell-check-users:&nbsp;join&nbsp;us!&nbsp;Whether you're an aspiring dancer or just love to watch other people move - these workshops are for you!</p> <p><strong>FREE! Every Saturday from June 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to July 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;2012</strong></p> <p><strong>2-4pm</strong></p> <p>All sessions include a brew and slice of cake!</p> <p><strong>Chisenhale Dance Space</strong></p> <p><strong>64-84 Chisenhale Dance Space</strong></p> <p><strong>E3 5QZ</strong></p> <p>For more information on how to book your place, please contact us on 020 8981 6617 or email <a href="mailto:emailprojectassistant@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk">projectassistant@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk</a></p> <p><em>Free event</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk">www.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk</a></p> <p>All ages (Under 12&rsquo;s to be accompanied by an adult)</p> <p>Dancewatching is supported by a Big Dance Micro Grant</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 12:44:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=348 RichDance: Tickets on Sale - 17 and 18 March 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=347 <p><strong>Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2012, Hampton School</strong></p> <p>RichDance is the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames&rsquo; annual dance showcase. This years&rsquo; festival will feature performances from over 30 dance and youth groups; schools; emerging dance artists and professionals from within the borough and beyond. Students from teaching centres such as Roehampton University; The Royal Ballet School and The Place will be showcasing work and we will also have a special performance from this years&rsquo; Blueprint Bursary Award winner Cathy Waller on Sunday 18 March.</p> <p>Performances taking place on Saturday 17 March, 3pm and Sunday 18 March, 2pm at Hampton School, Hanworth Road, TW12 3HD.</p> <p>Tickets &pound;8 adult, &pound;4 concs and are available via the website: <a href="http://www.richmond.gov.uk/richdance">www.richmond.gov.uk/richdance</a> or on 020 8831 6000.</p> <p>Follow RichDance on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RichDance/170190463024764">http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RichDance/170190463024764</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:51:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=347 Family Barn Dance at Cecil Sharp House, London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=346 <p><strong>Family Barn Dance</strong><br /><strong>Sunday 4 March, 3-5pm</strong><br /><br />Bring the family along for fun, lively dances from the British Isles, with a band and caller to help you along. Dances are specially selected to suit children and adults of all ages. Refreshments available. No unaccompanied adults.<br /><br />Caller: Cat Kelly&nbsp;<br />Musicians: Colin Coffers and Henry Webster<br /><strong>Tickets:&nbsp;</strong>&pound;5 adults, &pound;3 children<strong><br /></strong><a href="http://mailer.efdss.org/lt.php?c=82&amp;m=73&amp;nl=1&amp;s=6b3ec19af66f5f0b9dacafb6df5b0f64&amp;lid=1207&amp;l=-http--www.efdss.org/events/eventsdetails/eventsId/484/displaydate/2012-03-04"><strong>More info</strong></a><br /><a href="http://mailer.efdss.org/lt.php?c=82&amp;m=73&amp;nl=1&amp;s=6b3ec19af66f5f0b9dacafb6df5b0f64&amp;lid=1208&amp;l=-http--www.ticketline.co.uk/family-barn-dance#bio"><strong>Book now</strong></a> | <strong>0844 888 999</strong></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:49:41 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=346 Big Dance Shorts Commissions Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=345 <p><strong>BRITAIN&rsquo;S QUEEN OF HIP-HOP TAKES FIRST STEPS INTO FILM DIRECTING</strong></p> <p>Big Dance and Channel 4 in association with BAFTA announced today <strong>Big Dance Shorts</strong>, five commissions for short films to choreographers and filmmakers to be broadcast on Channel 4 this summer and screened to live audiences across the country during Big Dance Week 2012, which will run from <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">7-15 July 2012</span></strong> as part of the London 2012 Festival<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></strong></p> <p>Among the five Big Dance Shorts commissions, Kate Prince, founder of ZooNation and creator of the West End hit Some Like it Hip Hop, will be making her film directorial debut in a short film co-directed with hotly tipped London Film School graduate Felix Harrison.</p> <p>All five short films go into production this Spring, with the full support of experienced industry experts, providing an exciting new platform for choreographic and directorial talent on screen.</p> <p>The selection was made by an expert jury including Tabitha Jackson, Arts Commissioning Editor Channel 4, choreographer Akram Khan, director Kevin Macdonald, producer, BAFTA Chair, Nik Powell and Jacqueline Rose, Director Big Dance. &nbsp;</p> <p>The selected Big Dance film projects are:</p> <p><strong>DOUBLE TAKE</strong> (Director: Sam Hodges, Choreographer: Ben Duke)</p> <p><strong>ON THE OTHERSIDE</strong> (Directors: Felix Harrison and Kate Prince, Choreographer: Kate Prince)</p> <p><strong>SWIM </strong>(Director: The Brothers McLeod, Choreographer Struan Leslie)</p> <p><strong>THE CLICK</strong> (Director Heather Eddington, Choreographers: Pete Shenton and Tom Roden of New Art Club)</p> <p><strong>VIDA LONGA</strong> (Director: Bertie, Choreographer: Ponciano Almeida)</p> <p>The completed films will be broadcast on Channel 4 during Big Dance Week as part of the Random Acts strand and will also be screened as part of the Big Dance Pop-Up Cinema programme in summer 2012 before going on to numerous screenings as part of BAFTA&rsquo;s nation-wide programme of events.</p> <p><strong>Jacqueline Rose,</strong> Director, Big Dance, said &ldquo;We were delighted with the scale and quality of the proposals we received for Big Dance Shorts. Within our partnership with Channel 4, we wanted to create a touchstone for new ideas that we hope will lead to more opportunities for choreographers to step into the broadcast medium. We are immensely grateful to the amazing array of senior figures in film and dance who have agreed to help these artists to achieve their work and get it shown nationally.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Tabitha Jackson</strong>, Arts Commissioning Editor, Channel 4, said: &ldquo;As partners of Big Dance, we are delighted to be able to continue Channel 4&rsquo;s longstanding commitment to finding extraordinary talent and new ways of bringing dance to the screen&rdquo;</p> <p>BAFTA&rsquo;s Film Programme Manager, <strong>Tricia Tuttle</strong> said, &lsquo;BAFTA&rsquo;s Learning programme is centred around supporting new talent in the creative industries through projects, mentorships and live events. BAFTA has been thrilled to partner on Big Dance Shorts to help the scheme reach out to the film community and to give great new filmmaking talent access to established industry through BAFTA&rsquo;s network of experienced film professionals&rdquo;.<strong> </strong></p> <p>Big Dance is one of the world&rsquo;s biggest and most influential dance festival, and this year it is one of the highlights of London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. In 2012, there will be events across the whole country, building up to Big Dance Week from 7 &ndash; 15 July.</p> <p>Big Dance in London has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. The programme is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and Foundation for Community Dance with a network of Big Dance Hubs, leading dance organisations around the UK.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="mailto:CQuinney@channel4.co.uk"></a></strong></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:18:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=345 LIFT - Call for Auditions http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=344 <p><strong>LIFT &ndash; London International Festival of Theatre</strong> is looking for dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, circus artists, aerialists, free-runners/parkours and similar to perform with the internationally renowned New York based STREB company for a one-off event in mid-July, as part of the London 2012 Festival, presented in association with the Mayor of London.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Auditions will be held on Mon 12, Tues 13 &amp; Weds 14 March, 12 &ndash; 6pm. </strong></p> <p>Candidates must attend all three days of auditions at: Hangar Arts Trust, Unit 7a, Mellish House, Harrington Way, Woolwich SE18 5NR Nearest train stations: Charlton and Woolwich Dockyards</p> <p><strong>What is STREB EXTREME ACTION?</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;My investigation of movement has led me to choices which vary from traditional norms. My dancers and I see the rehearsal as a laboratory for testing scientific principles on the body. We invent action ideas which we think are archetypal, noticeable, understandable. The outcome is a mixture of slam dancing, exquisite and amazing human flight and a wild action sport which captures kids, older people and the general public&rsquo;s hearts and minds and bodies.&rdquo; Elizabeth Streb.</p> <p><strong>Points to note:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Rehearsal commitment is 3 x 3hrs per week till mid June with John Paul Zaccarini and then one month full-time rehearsal with Elizabeth Streb and company till mid-July.</li> <li>The performance will involve working at extreme heights. </li> <li>To confirm your attendance please contact <a href="mailto:lucy.ryan@zen.co.uk">lucy.ryan@zen.co.uk</a></li> </ul> <p><br />The UK rehearsal/training period will be run by John Paul Zaccarini. Zaccarini has been a major influence in UK contemporary circus theatre since 1994. He has also choreographed extensively in Scandinavia for major theatre and circus companies. He is about to complete the first doctoral study of circus from an artist's perspective.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:41:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=344 Big Dance Schools Pledge - Choreography http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=343 <p>We're delighted to announce that the Big Dance Schools Pledge choreography is now available for schools to start learning.</p> <p>Visit the <a href="../schools_and_teachers.php" target="_self">Schools and Teachers page</a> for more information and to log-in and access the choreography and resources.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:36:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=343 Register Now for Big Dance in Edinburgh http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=342 <p>Dance Base is coordinating celebrations for the Edinburgh region and hopes to work with as many partners as possible to make the Big Dance celebration a high profile event attracting thousands.</p> <p>On Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July 2012 we're thinking big and inviting every dance group, school and society to perform, teach or demonstrate in themed stages/areas throughout the city centre. At night we'll show an outdoor dance-along movie and a fringe programme of dance in bars and clubs will bring people into the city to celebrate dance.</p> <p>Maybe you want to teach, perform, demonstrate or simply be there. Or maybe you have another big idea that you'd like to be included in the programme?<br /><br />If you are a group who would like to be involved please register your interest by 29 Feb 2012 by <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_GB&amp;formkey=dG5PbEQ4elpQanktU2luY2hnNVNJVGc6MQ#gid=0" target="_self">filling in the online form.</a></p> <p>Please help us in our effort to reach all dance groups by passing this link along to others.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:23:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=342 South London Participants Needed for New Dance Film Commission - Pedestrian http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=341 <p><strong>Filming: 3 &amp; 4 March 2012</strong></p> <p>Artists Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds are recruiting south London residents to take part in a new dance film commission. Pedestrian is a playful three minute film about walking for Big Dance 2012. The film is commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance, Big Dance Hub for south London, and will be screened in cinemas throughout the festival week in July.</p> <p>Filming will take place at Spectrecom Studio on 3 &amp; 4 March, and people will be booked in for a maximum of 2 hours.</p> <p>This opportunity is open to all, as we are seeking a diverse range of people from all age groups.</p> <p>Full information can be found at <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/pedestrian">http://www.siobhandavies.com/pedestrian</a>.</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance are the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:06:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=341 Siobhan Davies Dance - Rehearsal Co-ordinator http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=340 <p>Full time fixed term contract April 2012 &ndash; August 2012 <br />&pound;23,500K pro rata <br /><br />Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the UK&rsquo;s leading artist-led companies, is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to work within an active dance environment. As Creative Projects Rehearsal Coordinator you will ensure the smooth running of two choreographic commission projects for Creative Projects Big Dance programme, providing support for the choreographers during the rehearsals and performances at Siobhan Davies Studios and one other South London location. You will have experience of delivering dance/event projects and have excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to work under pressure.</p> <p><strong>Closing date for applications: Thursday 16 February 2012, 10am <br />Interviews: Monday 5 or Tuesday 6 March </strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/utilities/vacancies.html" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a>.</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:20:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=340 Inspired! A dance toolkit for the Olympics with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=338 <p>A dance toolkit for the Olympics with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance <br />Friday 24 February, 9.15am - 3.45pm<br /><br />This practical teacher training day is open to those who are responsible for delivering dance in and out of school settings.<br /><br />The day will include a welcome from Adam Baker, Suffolk Project Manager for the London 2012 Games, and Liz Hughes, Creative Programmer - East of England London 2012, looking at ways in which people can get involved with the Olympics.<br /><br />Wayne McGregor will provide an introduction about the philosophy behind Big Dance and the creative possibilities surrounding it. Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will then lead two practical sessions; one looking at the Big Dance School Pledge with ideas for developing and progressing the dance material; the other looking at resources from the Olympic Archive and using images and text as a stimuli for making movement.</p> <p>For more information or to book onine, click <a title="Link to DanceEast Website" href="http://www.danceeast.co.uk/whats-on/584/Inspired/?utm_source=Inspired%202012&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Inspired%202012" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:26:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=338 Brent Dance Month - Expressions of Interest http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=337 <p>With less than 200 days to go to London 2012, Brent Council is currently shaping an impressive programme of events to coincide with and celebrate this momentous year.&nbsp; As part of its contribution to the UK&rsquo;s biggest festival of sports and culture the council is again running the hugely successful, celebratory and ground-breaking Brent Dance Month throughout July 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expressions of Interest are being welcomed for dance activity being held from Sunday 01 July to Tuesday 31 July 2012.&nbsp; The council aims to ensure breadth and scope in its programming with events catering to the widest audience and participant range possible and celebrating vision and diversity.&nbsp; <span style="text-decoration: underline;">However, we are not able to consider applications that do not offer dance content.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../user_content/files/BDM Expression of Interest Form 2012 FINAL.docx" target="_blank">Click here to download the expression of interest form</a>.</p> <p>Return your Expression of Interest Form to: <a href="mailto:festivals@brent.gov.uk"><strong>arts@brent.gov.uk</strong></a>&nbsp;by <strong>27 February 2012</strong>.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:06:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=337 Pass it On: Extend It - Dance CPD for Primary School Teachers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=336 <p><strong>Wednesday 14 March 2012<br />10am to 3.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios<br />85 St George&rsquo;s Road, London SE1 6ER</strong></p> <p>Extend it is part of <em>Big Dance 2012</em>, providing teachers and schools with new skills to create new choreography to present as part of the festival.</p> <p><strong>A dance workshop for anyone teaching children at primary level (ages 4 to 11), led by Dance Artist Educator, Marie Forbes.</strong></p> <p><em>Pass it on</em> offers teachers an established framework for developing dance from almost any topic, which can be repackaged in many different ways for an enduring creative, inclusive and kinaesthetic approach to the curriculum. A full resource pack is included in all workshops.</p> <p>Following on from the highly successful <em>Pass it on</em> workshops for primary school teachers held by Siobhan Davies Dance in 2010 and 2011, <em>Extend it</em> aims to help teachers further develop their choreographic skills, gaining fresh ideas for developing dance work created by children into a performance everyone can be proud of.</p> <p><a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/primary-bank/pass-it-on-extend-it.html" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a>.</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance are the Big Dance Hub for South London.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:57:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=336 Blueprint 2012 - Call for Performers - 24 March http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=335 <p>Fresh, fun and ambitious, Blueprint brings to the stage the latest trends, freshest moves and a range of styles from young upcoming choreographers. Want to be a part of it?</p> <p>East London Dance is inviting applications from choreographers aged 16-26 years to apply to present their work as part of Blueprint on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday 24 March 2012</strong>&nbsp;at Stratford Circus.&nbsp;</p> <p>To apply please read the <a href="../user_content/files/Blueprint 2012 Information Sheet.doc" target="_blank">information sheet</a> and return <a href="../user_content/files/Blueprint 2012 Application Form.doc" target="_blank">your application</a> to <a href="mailto:office@eastlondondance.org">office@eastlondondance.org</a> by&nbsp;<strong>Tuesday 14 February, 5pm </strong>or send to East London Dance, Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you have any questions please contact East London Dance on </strong><strong>020 8279 1050 or email <a href="mailto:office@eastlondondance.org">office@eastlondondance.org</a></strong></p> <p>East London Dance is the Big Dance Hub for East London.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:52:47 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=335 PRO-ACTIVE London Awards for Sport and Physical Activity http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=334 <p>The PRO-ACTIVE London Awards celebrate the contribution of thousands of people, the majority of which are volunteers, who make it possible for Londoners to take part in sport and physical activity.</p> <p>It is the volunteers, activity leaders, clubs and coaches who work tirelessly to improve the provision of sporting opportunities within the capital providing activities, clubs and events for people of all ages. The PRO-ACTIVE London Awards are an opportunity to reward these people for their efforts.</p> <p>NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. THE DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS: 29 FEBRUARY.</p> <p><a href="http://pro-activelondonawards.moonfruit.com/" target="_blank">Click here for more details</a></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:29:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=334 Grants for Cultural Activities in Westminster http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=333 <p>The Westminster Cultural Olympiad fund offers grants of up to &pound;2,500 for community groups and individuals that want to run cultural projects, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.</p> <p>All projects must be for Westminster residents, and need to take place between 01 April 2012 and 11 September 2012.</p> <p>Projects (or activities) can take a wide range of forms. They could be events, workshops, exhibitions, talks, shows, installations, or something completely different. They could involve music, performing arts, heritage, films, digital arts, arts in the public realm, theatre, creative writing, or something completely different.</p> <p>The funding pot is &pound;25,000.The fund is managed by Vital Regeneration, on behalf of Westminster City Council.</p> <p>More information:<span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.vawcvs.org/news/grants-westminster-cultural-projects</span></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:21:33 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=333 Last Chance to Become an London 2012 Ceremonies Volunteer Performer http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=332 <p>Further opportunities are available for London 2012 Ceremonies Volunteer Performers, following initial recruitment last year.</p> <p>LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) are still looking for some more auditionees to complete their casting, in particular more male dancers and percussionists. The current application period is open until January 9th - find out more <a title="Link to LOCOG Ceremonies Website" href="http://www.london2012.com/ceremoniescasting" target="_blank">here</a>. <a title="Link to LOCOG Ceremonies Website" href="http://www.london2012.com/ceremoniescasting" target="_blank"></a></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:24:12 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=332 Dance Figures Recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=331 <p>Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director of Merseyside Dance Initiative is one of several dance figures recognised in the 2012 Queen&rsquo;s New Year&rsquo;s Honours List. Karen receives an MBE for her services to dance.</p> <p>Professor Joan White, former Director of the Academy and Dean of the Faculty of Education at The Royal Academy of Dance, receives a CBE for her services to dance.</p> <p>Other dance colleagues honoured were Barbara Benson-Smith from Whitby and Mary Watt, a Highland Dance Teacher from Ross-shire who both receive OBEs.</p> <p>Related honours include Rod Aldridge OBE, Chairman of the Dance Champions group receives a Knighthood for his services to young people through the Aldridge Foundation and Sarah Weir, former Executive Director of Arts Council England, London and currently Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for the Olympic Delivery Authority, who receives an OBE.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:29:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=331 Dance Your City from Southbank Centre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=330 <p>Southbank Centre are challenging dancers and dance groups to create a one minute dance video inspired by and filmed by an iconic landmark. Once the video is uploaded to the Dance Your City facebook page the public can vote for their favourite.</p> <p>The 6 groups with the most votes will perform at the live final in the Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre on 3 March for a public audience and panel of judges including representatives from ZooNation, Breakin Convention and Boy Blue Entertainment.</p> <p>The final winner will perform on stage in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre on 3 March as the warm up act for new street dance show Elektro Kif. They will also receive 20 hours free rehearsal space at Southbank Centre.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/dyc">www.southbankcentre.co.uk/dyc</a></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:41:12 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=330 Job Vacancy - East London Dance Communications Manager http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=329 <p>East London Dance is seeking a <strong>Communications Manager</strong>. This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly creative, forward thinking individual who wants to work within a successful dance organisation based in east London. You will be responsible for the delivery of all aspects of marketing, digital media, press and PR activities for the organisation. You will have a proven track record of delivering high quality and effective marketing campaigns and have excellent communication skills.&nbsp;<br /><br />&pound;25,000 pro rata per annum&nbsp;<br />4 days a week (30 hours per week)<br /><br />Deadline for applications: Friday 6 January 2012, 5pm<br />Interviews: Wednesday 18 January 2012<br /><br /><em>East London Dance is an equal opportunities employer</em></p> <p>For a job pack and application form please visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?section=13&amp;id=107">http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?section=13&amp;id=107</a></p> <p>East London Dance is the <a href="../hubs.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Hub for East London</a></p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:25:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=329 'It's Got Bells On' - Stewart Lee on Morris Dancing http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=328 <p>Comedian and traditional dance enthusiast, Stewart Lee takes a look at morris, clog, tradition, contemporary dance and interviews young folk musicians alongside Ashley Hutchings and John Kirkpatrick.</p> <p>Listen again on BBC Radio 2: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017xbtj">http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017xbtj</a></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:30:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=328 Last Chance for Schools to Get Free Tickets to the Games http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=327 <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Last chance to claim free London 2012 tickets</span></strong></p> <p>Schools have until Friday 16 December 2011 to claim free tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for students aged 10-18. Any school&nbsp;planning to take&nbsp;part in&nbsp;the Big Dance Schools Pledge&nbsp;is eligible for tickets, they just need to complete a simple form sharing what they work they have been doing, and plan to do, that is inspired by London 2012. Don&rsquo;t delay, do it now to ensure your students don&rsquo;t miss out.</p> <p>Apply now (link to: <a href="http://www.london2012.com/documents/getset/school-get-set-network-application.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.london2012.com/documents/getset/school-get-set-network-application.pdf</a></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:09:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=327 Artist Film Commissions from Portland Green http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=326 <p>AALFF, a major new production opportunity for artists working in the moving image is now open for applications. Portland Green Cultural Projects, London's Hayward Gallery and Film London's FLAMIN, have announced their support for a major new development and production opportunity.<br /><br />ALFF, an abbreviation of Artists' Long Format Film, invites exciting, ambitious, long format films that can be made with a development and production budget of between &pound;120K and &pound;400K. <br /><br />This call for applications invites strong, original ideas for films of any genre, including creative documentary, drama, artists' film, cinematic essay or animation, which uses dance/performance as a driver. The partners are committed to facilitating a major new moving image work that explores this area of practice. This is not a production award, rather, it is a vehicle from which to finance, produce and distribute a long form film.<br /><br />Applications are now open for this commission, which is inspired by the critical and crossover success of films such as Clio Barnard's <em>The Arbor</em>, Gillian Wearing's <em>Self Made</em> and Wim Wenders' <em>Pina</em>, which clearly demonstrate the range of contemporary performance styles that can be used effectively in long format films and still attract a mainstream audience.<br /><br />The deadline for applications is <strong>5pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012</strong>.<br /><br />More information on the commission and details of the application process can be found <a href="http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/alff" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:51:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=326 Sydney Dance Company at Southbank Centre: Special Offer http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=325 <p><strong>1-3 December, Southbank Centre</strong></p> <p>Award-winning choreographer<strong> Rafael Bonachela</strong> returns to Southbank Centre with <strong>Sydney Dance Company </strong>for their first London performance in almost 25 years. The double bill includes two of Bonachela&rsquo;s newest works &ndash; <strong><em>6 Breaths</em> </strong>and <strong><em>LANDforms</em></strong>. (1 &ndash; 3 Dec 2011, Queen Elizabeth Hall).</p> <p><strong><em>6 </em>Breaths</strong>, first performed in Sydney in March 2010, is inspired by the act of breathing and performed to the music of Bonachela&rsquo;s long-term collaborator Italian composer Ezio Bosso. Bonachela took his intricate choreographic language and fused it to a score written by Bosso for six cellos and a piano to create a piece that celebrates the act of breathing as the very spirit of life. 12 dancers perform six sections - <em>First Breath</em> (life breath), <em>Out of Breath</em> (breathless), <em>Crying Breath</em> (weeping), <em>In the Same Breath</em> (simultaneous), <em>Under One&rsquo;s Breath</em> (whisper) and <em>Last Breath</em>.</p> <p><strong><em>LANDform</em>s</strong>, first performed in Sydney in March 2011 to great acclaim, takes its inspiration from landscapes and the elements that shape them. Performed to a luscious score by Ezio Bosso, the&nbsp; work features 15 dancers and highlights the physicality and beauty of Bonachela&rsquo;s movement language.</p> <p><strong>Special offer: Get 20% off all tickets by quoting promo code 'SYDNEY' on the event page</strong></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:56:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=325 Big Dance and Design Museum Launch Travel Card Holder Competition http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=324 <p>Big Dance has teamed up with the Design Museum to launch a competition to design a Travel Card Holder on the theme of <strong>Dancing in the Streets</strong>.</p> <p>Open to young people aged 5-16, there will be two age groups: 5-11 and 12-16. Winners from each group will have their design made into a travel card holder that will be displayed in the Design Museum Shop.</p> <p>The deadline for entries is 1 March 2012. <a href="http://designmuseum.org/families/young-people" target="_blank">Click here for more details</a>.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:58:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=324 Culture Squad 2012 - A New Scheme for Apprentice Producers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=323 <p>In partnership with The Albany, the Barbican, English National Ballet, Roundhouse and Watermans the Mayor of London is looking for outstanding individuals aged 19-24 who want a career in producing outdoor events. They are offering five full-time NVQ Level 2 paid apprenticeships to help produce London's most ambitious festival from July-September 2012.</p> <p>Each apprentice will spend one year at a leading arts organisation and will receive training and support as an event producer. You will also be mentored by a festival producer, learning from experts who have produced events at Glastonbury, Bestival, Brighton Festival, Latitude, Brent Diwali and many others.</p> <p>You need passion, enthusiasm, the desire to work hard and ideally some experience organising events: e.g. your own gigs, club nights and community events. Ideally, you will also know your local area &ndash; they want people who can bring their own flavour to the festival.</p> <p>In return you&rsquo;ll get a year-long paid placement, the chance to learn from the best in the industry, build a contact book to die for and play a key part in celebrations for the London 2012 Festival.</p> <p>Closing date for submissions is 28 November 2011 at 12pm.</p> <p>To find out more information and to apply visit <a href="http://ecm.london.gov.uk/re?l=jui2hiI5kv25q0I2">http://www.london.gov.uk/culturesquad</a></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:38:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=323 Moving Perceptions - Free Workshops http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=322 <p><strong>Saturday 26th November</strong></p> <p>"Feldenkrais Method &amp; Contact Improvisation" with Simonetta Alessandri</p> <p><strong>10am-1pm and 3.30pm-5.30 pm <br />Cost: FREE!</strong></p> <p>Where: Roof Studio @ Siobhan Davies Studios</p> <p>85 St George's Road, London, SE1 6ER</p> <p>In Simonetta&rsquo;s workshop the Feldenkrais Method will be a base from which participants move into dance. They will use simple, exploratory movements (Awareness Through Movement Class) to free themselves from unhelpful patterns and discover new functional alternatives. Gradually they will expand their movement into space, touch and shared weight. We will arrive in a physical communication with other bodies, exploring gravity and momentum and enjoying the playfulness and surprises of Contact Improvisation.</p> <p><strong>Simonetta Alessandri</strong> is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is a qualified Feldenkrais&reg; Method practitioner and obtained the Teaching Certificate at R.A.D&reg; and the Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School. In the UK she has been teaching at the Laban Center, The Place, Goldsmiths University and Independent Dance amongst others.</p> <p>Link to directions: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/studios/utilities/contact/directions.html" target="_blank">http://www.siobhandavies.com/studios/utilities/contact/directions.html</a></p> <p>Access: please let us know your access requirements by calling 07974 619 570 or e-mail <a href="mailto:movingperceptions@gmail.com">movingperceptions@gmail.com</a>.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:08:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=322 Free Career Workshops at Impact Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=321 <p>Interested in exploring alternative career paths in dance? One of these two <strong>FREE </strong>workshops might be just what you need to help you take the next step in your career&hellip;</p> <p><em>Interested? Read on and then scroll to the last page to see how to apply&hellip;..</em><br /><strong>Programming and Event Management Workshop with Georgina Harper</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday 26<sup>th</sup> November, 10am &ndash; 1pm, Khan Studio, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</strong></p> <p>Are you interested in developing your skills in events and programming within the world of dance? In this morning workshop, Creative Director of MOVE IT 2012 and freelance producer, programmer and event manager Georgina Harper will discuss some of the key skills needed to manage small and large-scale dance projects. The session will also explore the basics of programming for dance events and offer tips and advice for anyone looking to work in this area. The workshop will cover the following topics:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How to master the logistics of a dance event</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top tips for working with dancers and dance groups</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pre-planning tools and ideas</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Creative programming and &lsquo;designing&rsquo; your event for the audience</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Career opportunities in programming and events and how to find them</p> <p><strong>OPPORTUNITY </strong>As part of the workshop there will be a chance to hear about possible work placement opportunities within the Programming Team at MOVE IT 2012, which runs from the 9-11<sup>th</sup> March at London&rsquo;s Olympia.</p> <p><strong>About Georgina</strong></p> <p>Georgina has most recently produced ZooNation&rsquo;s new show <em>Some Like It Hip Hop</em>, has been Creative Director of MOVE IT for 7 years and is also Strategic Advisor for Big Dance 2012. She previously worked for organisations such as Arts Council England, Southbank Centre, Deutsche Bank and the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise. Georgina has an MA in Dance Studies and has been Associate Lecturer, Dance Policy and Practice on the undergraduate programme at University of Surrey and Lecturer, Dance and Screen at London Studio Centre.</p> <p><strong>Presenting and Hosting Workshop with Hakeem Onibudo</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday 26<sup>th</sup> November, 1:30pm - 6pm, Khan Studio, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</strong></p> <p>Do you feel you have what it takes to stand up in front of an audience and present a dance event? Do you feel you could project the intention and feel of an event to an audience that could range from ten to thousands of people? If you are confident and articulate and can work to a script or think on your feet, this workshop will help you explore some vital presenting skills from how to connect with a crowd to presenting formal dance shows or informal sharing&rsquo;s and anything in between.</p> <p>In this afternoon workshop, Artistic Director of Impact Dance and freelance Presenter, Choreographer, Director, Mentor and British Council Ambassador Hakeem Onibudo will discuss, demonstrate and work through some of the key skills needed to be a successful presenter for live dance events. The session will explore planning, preparation, execution and evaluation of performance, as well as looking at important do&rsquo;s and don&rsquo;ts whilst standing in front of a live audience. The workshop will specifically cover the following topics:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Planning and preparing before a show</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Golden Rules for successful hosting</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How to work a crowd</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Commanding and utilising space</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Keeping to schedule</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How to evaluate performance in order to improve</p> <p><strong>OPPORTUNITY </strong>In this session we are specifically looking for a STAND OUT CANDIDATE to undergo one-to-one training in 2012, with the possibility of exciting opportunities to gain experience at forthcoming events such as MOVE IT (Freestyle stage), Live Vibe and Big Dance 2012 (Big Dance Bus).</p> <p><strong>About Hakeem</strong></p> <p>Hakeem Onibudo is a performer, choreographer/director, British Council Ambassador and professional host who began teaching dance in 1995, forming the company Impact Dance. He is the creator and artistic director of LIVEVIBE, a performance platform that is resident at Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and Peacock Theatre. The concept was recently taken to Hong Kong and is now being created and produced in partnership with the British Council in Zimbabwe. Hakeem played a lead role in the highly acclaimed <em>Into the Hoods</em> with the company ZooNation at the Southbank in 2009. Hakeem&rsquo;s hosting credits include MOVE IT Freestyle Stage 2009 -2011, Breakin&rsquo; Convention 2004-2011, London Youth Dance Day/Sadler&rsquo;s Wells 2006-2011. Hakeem hosted the Red Carpet launch of StreetDance 3D movie and the DVD launch for Vertigo Films. Most recently Hakeem hosted the live show for Alesha Dixon&rsquo;s Street Dance Stars at the Lowry, Manchester for CBBC.</p> <p>Attendance at either of these free workshops is by application only as places are limited. Please note you must be at least 18 to apply.</p> <p>Simply email your C.V to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:hgmasterclass@gmail.com">hgmasterclass@gmail.com</a></span> along with the following information:</p> <p>- Name &amp; contact telephone number</p> <p>- A brief summary of your relevant experience to date and your career goals</p> <p>- A short statement outlining why you would like to attend</p> <p>Please state either PRESENTING WORKSHOP or PROGRAMMING WORKSHOP in the subject line of your email. If you are selected to attend you will be notified by email as soon as possible, and by Tuesday 22<sup>nd</sup> November at the very latest.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:37:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=321 British Dance Edition 2012 in London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=320 <p>In 2012, London&rsquo;s Olympic year, British Dance Edition will take place for the first time in the UK&rsquo;s capital, from <strong>Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 February.</strong></p> <p>British Dance Edition is the UK dance industry's leading showcase event. It presents the best of British dance to promoters and producers from the UK and across the globe, who together control programming budgets worth over &pound;25million. The event is an initiative of the National Dance Network and takes place biennially.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=267d0d5a31&amp;e=84173ba771">British Dance Edition&nbsp; London 2012</a></strong> is being produced by a consortium of eight of London&rsquo;s leading dance organisations:<a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=5973d3ce61&amp;e=84173ba771">The Place</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=d47dc4162f&amp;e=84173ba771">Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=00625597c4&amp;e=84173ba771">Southbank Centre</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=e10c3dbe9e&amp;e=84173ba771">ROH2</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=bdb60db5c2&amp;e=84173ba771">East London Dance</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=d264f9a9b4&amp;e=84173ba771">Greenwich Dance</a>, <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=801821b08b&amp;e=84173ba771">Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance </a>and <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=7835181564&amp;e=84173ba771">Dance Umbrella</a>, and supported by <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=41cedad1ea&amp;e=84173ba771">Arts Council England</a>, the <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=9860812987&amp;e=84173ba771">British Council </a>and the <a href="http://growdigital.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a42b9f7b41cb775664fd77e&amp;id=ce13ae950e&amp;e=84173ba771">National Dance Network.</a></p> <p><strong>Delegate Registration</strong><br />Delegate Registration is now open.&nbsp; British Dance Edition London 2012 takes place in London from 2-5 February and there is a full programme of performances, discussions, talks, films and networking opportunities each day.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://britishdanceedition.com/" target="_blank">please visit the website</a>.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:41:28 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=320 Greenwich Dance Low-Tech Sundays present Robert Clark http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=319 <p>A new addition to Greenwich Dance&rsquo;s&nbsp; programme, these informal platforms allow dance artists to share work-in-progress, experiment with new approaches and facilitate feedback and discussion.</p> <p>Dance4 Associate Artist Robert Clark has been developing a new work this summer, with support from Greenwich Dance.&nbsp;&nbsp;He will be presenting excerpts of the piece,&nbsp;Badlands, in an open and discursive setting.</p> <p><a href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/watch/event/low-tech_sundays_2/" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a>.</p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the <a href="../hubs.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Hub</a> for South East London.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:42:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=319 Blueprint Bursary Applications Now Open http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=318 <p>The Blueprint Bursary will be awarded to one outstanding emerging choreographer to make their vision a reality. The Bursary gives the winner an incredible opportunity to devise, develop and learn as a choreographer.&nbsp; Through the support of a mentor, training opportunities, studio space and a small production and performance budget, the winner will work towards creating and touring a short new piece.&nbsp; <br /><br />The piece will be performed at Blueprint (East London Dance @ Stratford Circus), at the Connect Festival (Lilian Baylis Theatre @ Sadler's Wells); it will tour with Jam Free - a Sadler's Wells youth dance project, and be adapted for an outdoor tour during Big Dance 2012.</p> <p>Deadline for applications is: Monday, 28 November 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?section=2&amp;id=74" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.eastlondondance.org" target="_blank">East London Dance</a> is the <a href="../hubs.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Hub</a> for East London</p> <p><a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com" target="_blank">Sadler's Wells</a> is the <a href="../hubs.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Hub</a> for North London.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:11:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=318 Big Dance at the heart of London 2012 Festival Launch http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=317 <p><strong>LOCOG announce their plans for the finale of the Cultural Olympiad</strong></p> <p>The London Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games today announced their big plans for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.</p> <p>Dancers Lizzie Gough, Tommy Franzen and Teneisha Bonner from ZooNation's <em>Some Like It Hip Hop</em> represented Big Dance along with Big Dance supporter and choreographer, Arlene Phillips. <a title="Link to Images from Festival 2012 Launch on LOCOG Website" href="http://www.london2012.com/photos/2011/11/london-2012-festival-launch-79582.php" target="_blank">See photos from the launch event here</a>.</p> <p>Big Dance is delighted to be one of the highlights that will feature as part of the 12-week cultural festival that celebrates the work of some of the leading artists in the UK and across the world.</p> <p>LOCOG launched the new festival website that gives details of a range of cultural projects that will be part of this exciting festival. The London 2012 Festival will see the UK explode with creative energy and dynamism. Big Dance will be harnessing that energy to ensure that as many people as possible can take part in dance in 2012 and beyond.</p> <p>Click here for <a title="Link to Festival 2012 Website" href="http://festival.london2012.com/" target="_blank">more information on the London 2012 Festival</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="Link to Big Dance Handbook Page" href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/big_dance_handbook.php" target="_blank">Check out the Big Dance handbook</a> for ways to get involved in Big Dance 2012 and <a title="Link to Register Page on Big Dance Website" href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/mailing_list_register.php">register for the latest email updates</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Big Dance is London&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.legacytrustuk.org/">Legacy Trust UK</a> programme. It is delivered by the <a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/">Greater London Authority</a> and <a href="http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/">Arts Council England</a>. Nationally, the programme is co-ordinated by the <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/metadot/index.pl">Foundation for Community Dance</a> and the <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/hubs.php">Big Dance Hubs</a>.</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:55:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=317 Pathways to the Profession Symposium http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=316 <p><strong>Why are there so few disabled artists on our stage and screens? Who is nurturing the growth of the next generation of disabled artists?&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>If you have an interest in exploring the issues inhibiting the inclusion of physically and sensory disabled people in the performing arts, don&rsquo;t miss this two day Symposium led by Scottish Dance Theatre. <br />Working in partnership with Creative Scotland, Dundee Rep Theatre, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre this event will bring people together to share and learn.<br /><br /><strong>Who is it for?</strong><br />Disabled artists, producers, arts industry employers, performing arts training providers/organisations, policy makers, directors, performers, artists, dancers, musicians, <br />emerging dance and theatre makers, performing arts lecturers.&nbsp; You?<br />&nbsp;<strong><br />What will it include?<br /></strong>- Engaging and provoking keynote speeches and panel presentations by leaders in the fields of arts and disability&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />- Networking, discussions, debates <br />- Live performances, stories, artistic interventions, music, food and so much more.......</p> <p><a href="http://www.scottishdancetheatre.com/index.php?pid=155" target="_blank">Click here for more information about the Symposium</a></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:26:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=316 The Big Dance 2012 Handbook - Available Now http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=315 <p>The Big Dance 2012 Handbook is out now &ndash; the ultimate guide of how to get involved in the UK&rsquo;s biggest ever celebration of dance.<br />&nbsp;<br />We're part of Festival 2012, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, and are bringing Big Dance to every region of the UK between 18 May and 9 September 2012. Everyone is invited to be part of Big Dance 2012 - all dancers, all dance styles in all sorts of locations. Whether you have something planned already or you have an idea to make something extra special for 2012, The Big Dance 2012 Handbook is designed to help you.</p> <p><a title="Link to Big Dance Handbook Page" href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/event_map.php" target="_self">Download it now.</a></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:45:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=315 Free - Shape's Articulate Conference for Lambeth and Southwark http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=314 <p class="page_description"><strong>Articulate Southwark and Lambeth Conference dates announced - 7 and 9 November 2011</strong></p> <p>The next two Articulate conference dates have been announced! Taking place at the Unicorn Theatre in SE1, the day will include practical workshops, networking over breakfast and lunch and a chance to meet some inspiring young people from the local area.</p> <p>If you are organisation who is looking to diversify its workforce, or a leader who works with young learning disabled people in Southwark or Lambeth, we want to hear from you. There are still places on both events, so book now to guarantee a place!</p> <p>"A great opportunity for networking with some very important organisations."</p> <p>"It was very inspiring to meet the young people."</p> <p><strong>Places are limited, so book now to guarantee a place!</strong></p> <p>Contact: Rachel Ho on <a href="mailto:rachel@shapearts.org.uk">rachel@shapearts.org.uk</a> or 0207 424 7351<span id="_marker">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:47:28 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=314 Disability Equality Training from Attitude is Everything http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=313 <p><strong>Disability Equality Training courses for the live music and outdoor arts events sectors in 2011</strong></p> <p>Attitude is Everything are delighted to announce the next set of &ldquo;open&rdquo; training sessions for the Autumn period:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Disability Equality Training: Best Festival Practice - Making Festivals and Outdoor Arts Events Accessible </strong></li> <li>Tuesday 18<sup>th</sup> October 2011 (10.15am &ndash; 3.30pm)<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p>Full day (<em>5 hours</em>): &pound;150 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (<strong>&pound;110</strong> for Charter Venues and Festivals)</p> <p>More information about our training services is available here: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/pdf/attitude_det_brochure.pdf">Training Brochure</a></p> <p>All sessions take place in an accessible room at the Musicians Union London Offices, 60 &ndash; 62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ.</p> <p>To discuss your training requirements, or to establish which courses may be right for you and your team, email or phone the office to speak to Gideon, Graham or myself at Attitude is Everything.</p> <p>To sign up for a session, simply email or post a completed form (attached) and reply to <a href="mailto:Gideon@attitudeiseverything.org.uk">Gideon@attitudeiseverything.org.uk</a></p> <p>If you have any questions, then please email or ring Gideon on 020 7383 7979.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:42:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=313 Vacancy - Wayne McGregor | Random Dance: Creative Learning Project Co-ordinator http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=312 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Wayne McGregor | Random Dance</strong></p> <p><strong>CREATIVE LEARNING PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR</strong></p> <p><strong>Salary: </strong><strong>&pound;21,000 - &pound;23,000 pa depending on experience </strong></p> <p>18 month fixed term contract</p> <p>Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, seek a Creative Learning Project Co-ordinator to support the Creative Learning department in the delivery of the company&rsquo;s project portfolio over the coming 18 months. Areas of responsibility will include co-ordination of projects, workshops and residencies, finance and general administration.</p> <p>For a Job Profile and Job description visit our website at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.randomdance.org/contact/jobs_work_placements">http://www.randomdance.org/contact/jobs_work_placements</a></p> <p>To apply, send CV and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match the person specification and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to:</p> <p>Creative Learning Co-ordinator post, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN</p> <p>OR by email to: <a href="mailto:recruitment@randomdance.org">recruitment@randomdance.org</a></p> <p>Closing date: Friday 4 November 2011. Interviews w/c 17 November 2011</p> <p><em>Wayne McGregor | Random Dance strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer</em></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:45:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=312 National Lottery Olympic Park Run http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=311 <p><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="../user_content/images/logos/TNL_OPR_Horizontal_Preferred.jpg" alt="" width="418" height="100" /></p> <p>The ballot for places in The National Lottery Olympic Park Run, which takes place on 31 March 2012, is now open.&nbsp; Members of the public have four weeks to apply to take part in what will be the very first public event staged in the Olympic Stadium.&nbsp;</p> <p>5,000 lucky applicants will have the chance to be the first runners to cross the Olympic Stadium finish line in this historic five-mile run, which celebrates the contribution of The National Lottery and its players to London 2012.</p> <p>The online ballot can be entered by visiting <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/run">www.national-lottery.co.uk/run</a></span> between now and the closing time of midnight on 27 October 2011.&nbsp; The National Lottery Olympic Park Run is open to anyone aged 16 or over, of any running ability.&nbsp; The 5,000 lucky hopefuls chosen from the ballot to tackle the run will also be allocated a pair of spectator passes each to the Olympic Stadium, so that two friends or family members can cheer them on and be part of this memorable occasion.</p> <p>The five-mile course will traverse the Olympic Park and offer access across it on a scale not yet experienced by the public. The route will pass alongside the other iconic Olympic and Paralympic Games venues that The National Lottery has helped fund and where many elite athletes&rsquo; hopes and dreams of London 2012 medal success will be realised just a few months later.&nbsp; The run will reach its thrilling conclusion on the home straight in the spectacular Olympic Stadium.&nbsp; Vying to cross the finish line first will also be a host of former and current Olympic and Paralympic athletes and celebrity runners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 10:09:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=311 Moving on: National Symposium for South Asian Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=310 <p>The National Symposium for South Asian Dance will be held at the Curve Theatre in Leicester City Centre on Friday 28th October. Organisers at the Centre for Indian Classical Dance along with their associate partners and supporters hope that the symposium will enable South Asian dance to reach a wider national audience, as well as attracting potential dance artists, agencies, promoters, educationalists, organisations, arts officers as well as dance academics from across the UK.</p> <p>The symposium will include presentations and demonstrations on a variety of issues relevant to South Asian Dance and its place in 21st century Britain, including the role of national and regional dance agencies, training pathways, sharing of new work, marketing, media and audience development.</p> <p>&ldquo;We hope to open up the debate on the arts from a regional perspective, with an emphasis on South Asian arts and how they are represented and reinterpreted,&rdquo; comments one of the organisers Nilima Devi, Artistic Director for the Centre for Indian Classical Dance. &ldquo;The aim is to take a constructive approach to future developments, with special focus on improving the opportunities for young artists.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some of the speakers and experts in attendance include Farooq Chaudhry, Producer of Akram Khan Dance Company, Sri Sarker and Hassan Mahamdallie from the Arts Council England and celebrated dance artists Anusha Subramanyam, Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Aakash Odedra.</p> <p><br />There will also be an evening performance by four male dancers showcasing Indian classical dance forms in a contemporary context.</p> <p>Price: tickets are &pound;50 (for 1) &pound;90 (for 2) organisations, dance companies, dance agencies and local authorities, &pound;25 for professional dancers and &pound;15 for full time students.</p> <p>Booking: Register your name by contacting Nilima Devi / Aashish Parmar: <a href="mailto:ash@cicd.org.uk" target="_blank">ash@cicd.org.uk</a> or 0116 255 28 62.</p> <p><br />There will be a special discount of &pound;2 on tickets for symposium delegates for the evening performance. Please contact Curve&rsquo;s Box Office by using the code: SYMPOSIUM.</p> <p><br />Booking Information: <br />Book and register your name by contacting Nilima Devi / Aashish Parmar: <a href="mailto:ash@cicd.org.uk">ash@cicd.org.uk</a> or 0116 255 28 62.</p> <p>For the evening performance: Contact Curve's Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595 and using the code: SYMPOSIUM.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:37:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=310 2012 Culture Officer Vacancy at Greater London Authority http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=309 <p>Salary: &pound;36,238 pa pro rata (12 month fixed term contract)</p> <p>GLA Reference: GLA2102</p> <p>Closing Date: 10 October, 2011 - 12:00</p> <p><a href="../priorities/london2012">London 2012</a> is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote London&rsquo;s extraordinarily diverse world class cultural offer. Working in the 2012 Culture team at the GLA, you will lead on ensuring the cultural offer on show throughout 2012 is promoted to Londoners, visitors to the city and across the cultural and creative industries.</p> <p>You will be leading on the management and development of The Culture Diary - a unique planning, programming &amp; promotional on line tool. You will maximise the use of the information in the diary working with multiple senior level stakeholders across the city. You will champion The Culture Diary to the cultural sector by leading on planning, promotions and building partnerships and strategically expanding networks. Additionally, you will oversee the evaluation of the project, and lead the development of the legacy plan.</p> <p>The London 2012 Games is an unmoveable deadline so you will need to be a self starter who can demonstrate strong problem solving skills, creativity and have proven partnership management skills in order to build high level relationships with senior partners and stakeholders.</p> <p>For a full job description and application details for this position, please download the documents below or contact our recruitment team on 020 7983 4230, email <a href="mailto:glajobs@london.gov.uk">glajobs@london.gov.uk</a> quoting the relevant reference.</p> <p>Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 10 October 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/jobs/vacancies/gla2102">http://www.london.gov.uk/jobs/vacancies/gla2102</a></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:23:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=309 IDMN Training: How to Write a Business Plan http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=308 <p><strong>Thursday 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;Nov 2011, London</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><em>How to create and write a Business Plan</em></strong></p> <p>Join June Gamble for this one-day intensive on how to create and write a Business Plan.</p> <p>As a result of this workshop, you will be able to take yourself through a process that enables you to present your artistic plans and projects in the form of a clear and comprehensive Business Plan.</p> <p>If you are a graduate wanting to plan a career, a self-managed artist with a clear artistic vision or an independent manager wanting to develop your business or that of your clients, this workshop will provide you with the tools and methodology to clearly communicate your business case.</p> <p><strong>Cost: &pound;35.00 per session for non-members</strong></p> <p><strong>To book a place on this course (or any of our forthcoming courses) please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:admin@idmn.co.uk" target="_blank">admin@idmn.co.uk</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Upcoming training courses:</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>22 Feb 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Get Fit for Business</em></strong><em>&nbsp;</em><em>with Gwen Van Spijk</em></p> <p><strong><em>8 Mar 2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hot to achieve a healthy work/life balance&nbsp;</em></strong><em>with June Gamble</em></p> <p>Established in 2002, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.idmn.co.uk/" target="_blank"><strong>Independent Dance Management Network</strong></a>&nbsp;is a network and forum for those working in dance management. IDMN now launches its 2011-12 training programme of one-day intensives.&nbsp;For details on all training courses, visit: <a href="http://www.idmn.co.uk/training.htm" target="_blank">http://www.idmn.co.uk/training.htm</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:19:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=308 Youth Dance England projects http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=307 <p>Young Creatives - a project for young choreographers who create work which is performed at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. Applications close 4 November.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.yde.org.uk/main.cfm?type=YC" target="_blank">More information</a></p> <p>U.Dance Ensemble &ndash; A new National Youth Dance Company with Hofesh Shechter as Artistic Director. Young People from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland aged between 16 and 19 (up to 24 for yp with a disability) will form this company and perform in U.Dance 2012 at the Southbank Centre in July 2012. Applications close 30 September.</p> <p><a href="http://www.u-dance.org/main.cfm?type=ENSEMBLE" target="_blank">More information</a></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:10:52 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=307 U.Dance London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=306 <p>U.Dance London is the regional selection platform for U.Dance 2012, a three day festival celebrating the very best of youth dance at the Southbank Centre in July 2012.</p> <p>London Youth Dance at Sadler's Wells is calling all London based youth dance companies to apply for a chance to perform in U.Dance 2012. We are looking for high quality, imaginative, creative and inspiring work to represent London at this exciting Festival.</p> <p>Selected groups will be invited to perform their work at U.Dance London - LaunchPad at The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre on Saturday 7 January 2012. Performances will run throughout the day from 11am - 6pm. 8 groups will be shortlisted from this event and invited to go through to the next stage, U.Dance London.</p> <p>U.Dance London will take place on the 17 March 2012 at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. Four lucky groups from this event will be selected to represent London at U.Dance 2012, 13-15 July 2012.</p> <p>For more information visit <a title="Further information" href="U.Dance London is the regional selection platform for U.Dance 2012, a three day festival celebrating the very best of youth dance at the Southbank Centre in July 2012." target="_blank">www.londondance.com/udancelondon</a></p> <p>Applications close 30 November.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:49:03 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=306 Aspire Dance Mentoring Scheme http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=305 <p>Do you know a young person who is contemplating dance training but could do with more information?</p> <p>Aspire is a three tiered mentoring scheme which partners up a young person aged 13-16 with a 2nd year vocational student. The vocational mentors come from a variety of CDET (Council for Dance Education and Training) accredited colleges and mentors offer advice, guidance and the opportunity to shadow them for a day.</p> <p>London Youth Dance and the CDET schedule various group visits during the scheme (Oct-March) including an Induction Day, Matthew Bourne&rsquo;s Nutcracker at Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, privileged rehearsal access at the Royal Opera House and workshops.</p> <p>The scheme costs &pound;30 per successful applicant and they must be nominated by a teacher/ group leader. Applications close Monday 10 October.</p> <p>To find out more please visit <a title="More information" href="http://www.londondance.com/aspire" target="_blank">www.londondance.com/aspire</a></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:46:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=305 ReFresh http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=304 <p>London Youth Dance at Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and The Place are delighted to announce that applications are now open for ReFresh, an exciting performance opportunity that will take place on the final night of the prestigious platform Resolution! at the Place in February 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are calling experienced London based youth dance companies to apply for the chance to create a new dance piece to music selected by renowned choreographers including Richard Alston, Kate Prince and Frauke Requardt. 2011 choreographers included Richard Alston, Jasmin Vardimon, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter, Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor.&nbsp; The 6 companies selected will premiere their new work at the Robin Howard Theatre, The Place in two performances on Saturday 18th February.</p> <p>For more information and to download an application form visit <a title="Application Form" href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3407&amp;ArticleID=33558" target="_blank">http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3407&amp;ArticleID=33558</a></p> <p>Applications close Friday 30 September. Please note, you are asked to submit footage of your company alongside your application.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:09:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=304 East London Dance Artist Bank http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=303 <p>Dance Artists wanted for amazing 2012 opportunities</p> <p><strong>East London Dance</strong> is gearing up for an exciting year ahead and we want to expand our bank of dance artists able to deliver high quality, diverse participatory dance activities throughout 2012. <br />We are looking for dance artists and teachers of all styles and experience with a passion for teaching, an ability to inspire others, strong technical knowledge of at least one dance style, and who are committed and reliable.&nbsp; <br /><br />If selected, we will offer you a unique free 3-day training programme and you will gain opportunities to work on a wide range of East London Dance projects and classes in 2012 including Big Dance, Cultural Olympiad, Dance Unlimited and Tailor Made Dance.&nbsp; <br /><br />Deadline for applications via CV &amp; cover letter: Friday 7 October 2011, 5pm<br />Interviews: Thursday 20 October 2011<br />Call Back Selection Day: Friday 21 October 2011<br />If selected you must be able to attend the training days on 14/15/16 December 2011.</p> <p><strong><a href="../user_content/files/eld_artist_bank_info.doc" target="_blank">Click here&nbsp;for full information&nbsp;</a></strong></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:27:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=303 Big Ice Dance Workouts are back for 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=302 <p>Following the popularity of the Big Ice Dance Workouts in January, <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/">English National Ballet</a> will once again be providing their lunchtime antidote to the post-Christmas blues at <a href="http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/">Somerset House</a> Ice Rink.</p> <p>Dancers from English National Ballet will offer a 20 minute ballet warm-up off the ice to music from <em>Strictly Gershwin</em>, English National Ballet&rsquo;s production celebrating George Gershwin and the sparkling age of Hollywood music and dance. You can then join fellow skaters and the expert ice dance coaches on the ice where you&rsquo;ll learn to perform a skate routine to <em>Strike up the Band.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Dates:</strong><br />Mon 9 - Fri 13 January - 12.00 off ice, 12.30 skate session<br />Mon 16 - Fri 20 January - 12.00 off ice, 12.30 skate session<br /><br /><strong>Price:</strong><br />Off-ice: Free<br />On-ice: &pound;10.50</p> <p>Please note, the off-ice part of the warm-up is free and anyone can participate.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Big Dance Ice Dance Workouts are presented as part of <strong>Skate 2011-12</strong> at Somerset House presented by Tiffany &amp; Co. The rink is the ultimate winter destination and other events include storytelling, club nights, shopping and Skate School.</p> <p><strong>You are invited to take part in the priority booking period before tickets go on sale to the general public on 15 September 2011. Click here </strong><strong><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/0xrxfv?camefrom=CFC_UK_SOM_BIG_DANCE_PRIORITY">http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/0xrxfv?camefrom=CFC_UK_SOM_BIG_DANCE_PRIORITY</a></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub for West London</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:04:28 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=302 CREATE Arts Award 2012 - Call for submissions http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=301 <p><strong> <p>The Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK.</p> </strong>The annual award helps artists living or working within the London 2012 host boroughs to deliver brand new public art commissions as part of the CREATE Festival.</p> <ul> <li>The applications are open to all artists not in education who live or work in one of the host boroughs.</li> <li>The work must involve residents from each of the host boroughs.</li> <li>Work must take place June/July 2012 in the host boroughs</li> </ul> <p>Submissions must include:</p> <ul> <li>A concept pitch (no longer than 500 words)</li> <li>CV or company profile</li> </ul> <p>Deadline for applications is 5pm, 28 October 2011</p> <p>Visit: <a href="http://createlondon.org/">http://createlondon.org/</a>&nbsp;for more details.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:40:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=301 MOVE IT 2012 Call for Applications http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=300 <p><strong>BE PART OF THE UK'S LEADING DANCE EVENT</strong></p> <p>MOVE IT 2012 will welcome over 20,000 dancers, teachers and dance enthusiasts for 3 fantastic days of classes, performances, interviews and shopping.&nbsp;<br /><br />The programming team have began planning an extensive and exciting programme for 2012. Taking part is free and allows you to reach a dedicated audience face to face. There are a few opportunities still available for the following:</p> <p>Main Stage Performances<br />Showcase your work in front of thousands on the famous MOVE IT Main Stage.</p> <p>Classes and Masterclasses<br />Engage with up to 200 dancers in one of our custom made dance studios.</p> <p>The Big Dance Interview Sofa<br />Features interviews and advice sessions with a variety of dance celebrities, professionals and industry experts.</p> <p>Dance Teachers' Convention<br />Reach teachers who work across the industry.<br /><br /><strong>Get Involved</strong><br /><a href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/page.cfm/EMSLinkClick=2123_861_701_566745_248085_4391">Complete an&nbsp;application form &gt;&gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><strong>Deadline for Submissions is Friday 30th September 2011</strong></p> <p>Please note that whilst participation in the editorial programme is not guaranteed, we are keen for artists and companies interested in taking part to submit their ideas and suggestions as early as possible for consideration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/applications2012">www.moveitdance.co.uk/applications2012</a></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 09:30:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=300 Micro Grants applications are now open http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=299 <p>Do you live or work in London?<br />Do you have a great idea for Big Dance 2012?<br /><br />Then you could be eligible to apply for a <strong>Big Dance Micro Grant</strong>!<br /><br />Big Dance is offering <strong>100 grants of &pound;1,000</strong> each to support great ideas for dance projects across London.<br /><br />Micro grants are funded by a grant from Legacy Trust UK. These funds have been awarded to Arts Council England to support Big Dance in London. Therefore, they are only available for projects in London.<br /><br /><strong><a href="../micro_grants.php" target="_self">Find out more</a></strong></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:28:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=299 Be in the cast of Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=298 <p>Think you could perform in front of an audience of one billion people around the world? The search is on for 10,000 volunteers for performance roles in the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.<br /><br />Artistic Director Danny Boyle encourages: 'The majority of applications so far are from women and I want to see an equal amount of men. So boys don't be shy! Whether you're from an arts groups, sports club or just an enthusiastic individual we have a role for you in the ceremonies, an experience of a lifetime.'</p> <p>Deadline extended to <strong>9th September</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london2012.com/games/ceremonies/get-involved/casting-information.php" target="_blank">Find out more and apply for an audition</a>.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:23:24 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=298 Dare2Dance applications now open http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=297 <p>Applications are now open for Dare2Dance 2012<br />Are you interested in developing high quality Street Dance provision for young women in your borough?<br /><br /><strong>Dare2Dance</strong> is a ground-breaking project that empowers young women aged between 14-24 through the medium of Street Dance.<br /><br />This year, D2D worked with Barnet, Bromley, Kensington and Chelsea, Redbridge, Southwark and Wandsworth, and we are looking to work with 6 new London boroughs in 2012.<br /><br />For footage of this year&rsquo;s project, check out <a href="http://vimeo.com/juliettedalton/d2dcomp">http://vimeo.com/juliettedalton/d2dcomp</a><br />&nbsp;<br />Download the <a href="../user_content/files/d2d_project_pack_2012.pdf" target="_blank">Dare2Dance 2012 Project Information Pack</a> and the <a href="../user_content/files/d2dapplication_form_final_2012.docx">Dare2Dance Application Form</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Deadline for submission: Friday 7th October 2011, 5pm<br /></strong>For further information, please contact Laura on 07970 711416 or email <a href="mailto:laura@emdp.org">laura@emdp.org</a></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:32:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=297 Big Dance Shorts for Channel 4 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=296 <p>Big Dance is collaborating with <strong>Channel 4 and BAFTA</strong>&nbsp;to provide commissioning funds for Big Dance Shorts.<br /><br />Funding will be offered to produce five 3-minute films inspired by dance that will be screened as part of the Pop-up Cinema tour and on Channel 4.</p> <p>More information to follow. To register your interest please email: <a href="mailto: bigdanceshorts@bigdance2012.com" target="_blank">bigdanceshorts@bigdance2012.com<br /></a></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:16:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=296 10,000 Volunteer Performers Needed for London 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=295 <p>London 2012 are looking for performers to take part in the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.</p> <p>No previous experience is required, but volunteers must be over 18, lots of enthusiasm, plenty of energy and lots of time to spare for rehearsals in East London.</p> <p>If you would like the opportunity to perform at the Olympic stadium in front of a broadcast audience of over one billion, please visit: <a href="http://www.london2012.com/games/ceremonies/get-involved/casting-information.php">http://www.london2012.com/games/ceremonies/get-involved/casting-information.php</a></p> <p>Deadlines for applications is <strong>31 August 2011.</strong></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:05:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=295 Big Dance - South London Funding and Information Meeting http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=294 <p><strong>7 September 2011</strong></p> <p><strong>6.30-8pm</strong></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Studios</p> <p>85 St George&rsquo;s Road</p> <p>London SE1 6ER</p> <p><strong>To reserve your free place please call 020 7091 9650 or email alexm@siobhandavies.com.</strong></p> <p>Big Dance is a UK-wide festival featuring 9 days of dance in unusual spaces&ndash; shops, parks, galleries, shopping centres and theatres - showcasing the diversity of dance styles in the UK. There is a 7 week countdown period beginning on 18 May 2012, and Big Dance Week is 7-15 July 2012.</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is holding a meeting for people living and working in south London, to give guidance about opportunities to get involved in Big Dance projects, and information about sources of funding to run your own Big Dance project. The meeting will give information about upcoming projects that are recruiting groups or individuals, advice on how to present work or make your event part of the Big Dance festival, and a surgery on applying the Big Dance Microgrants*.</p> <p>Attendance is free but spaces are limited so please call to reserve your place &ndash; 020 7091 9650, or email <a href="mailto:alexm@siobhandavies.com">alexm@siobhandavies.com</a>.</p> <p>This meeting is suitable for independent artists, dance companies, arts organisations and venues, dance and community group leaders, dance teachers, and anyone else interested in getting involved in Big Dance 2012.</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for south London, working across Croydon, Merton, Lambeth, Kingston upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.</p> <p>*Big Dance Microgrants is a funding scheme offering <strong>100 grants of &pound;1,000</strong> each to support great ideas for dance projects across London.</p> <p>In order to be eligible for these grants you must live or work in London.</p> <p>You can find more information at <a href="../micro_grants.php">www.bigdance2012.com/micro_grants.php</a></p> <p><img src="../user_content/images/Bex2.JPG" alt="" width="448" height="298" /></p> <p>Photo by Bex Singleton</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 08:47:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=294 Vacancies - Producers for London Outdoor Arts Festival 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=293 <p>The Mayor Of London in association with the London 2012 Festival and with support from Arts Council England, will present a 7 week, city wide outdoor arts festival on high streets, town centres, squares and green spaces in summer 2012.</p> <p>Allium Opus has been contracted by the Greater London Authority to manage and deliver the programme.</p> <p>They are looking for 5 extraordinary Producers with a strong working knowledge of the Outdoor Arts Sector to work with them to create, facilitate and oversee delivery for the outdoor arts festival programme.&nbsp; Each producer will work across one of 5 sub regions in London (North/South/East/West/Central) overseeing the development of a outdoor touring programme, as well as joining up local and regional initatives to create an extraordinary pan London celebration.</p> <p>Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the British/International outdoor arts environment, a strong understanding of the arts and cultural landscape in London at a local and regional level, and have a strong track record in public / private sector partnerships.&nbsp; They are looking for senior level producers who are strong team players, can think strategically and creatively plus bring a positive can-do attitude.</p> <p>We want to be as diverse as the city we represent and welcome applications from all backgrounds.&nbsp; We are open to secondments.</p> <p>The successful candidates will need to be available to start immediately and these fixed term contracts will run until 30 September 2012.</p> <p>Fee: &pound;40,000 to &pound;50,000 (inclusive of vat and all expenses)</p> <p>For application details and further information about the roles please visit:</p> <p><a href="file://www.alliumopus.com/outdoor-arts-festival">www.alliumopus.com/outdoor-arts-festival</a></p> <p><strong>Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm, 26th August 2011</strong></p> <p><strong>Interviews will take place on 5-7th September 2011</strong></p> <p>Allium Opus will also be looking for great work from British and International artists and plans to put out an Expression of Interest in August 2011.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:35:24 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=293 Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=292 <p>The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund (BBCF) is delighted to announce The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award of &pound;10,000 for established choreographers based in England.</p> <p>This award will be made annually from 2011 onwards to a single outstanding choreographer with at least five years&rsquo; professional experience. The award-winner will receive a &pound;10,000 bursary; regular support from Chris Fogg, an experienced Creative Producer, in shaping a programme of research and development&nbsp; during the period of the award; and access to the experience and expertise of the BBCF Board of Trustees and Advisors.</p> <p>Chris is currently the Creative Producer of the Associate Artists Programme for South East Dance and he is soon to take up the post of Artistic Director of Dance South West. The BBCF is delighted to be supported in this new initiative by South East Dance.<br /><br />The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award will seek to:</p> <ul> <li>support a programme of individual research that can effect a step change, developing the award winner&rsquo;s future work/practice to the highest quality, with the potential to impact both nationally and internationally.</li> <li>support the artist to develop strategies for the sustainability of their work, exploring partnerships, potential contexts and markets for their work </li> <li>support the artist to work toward a presentation to an audience during the year of the award, with a view to leveraging further support</li> <li>foster a culture of peer learning between award winners as the programme develops each year cultivate international links</li> </ul> <p>The recipient will be chosen by the Trustees and Advisers of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund through an open application process, which will be administered by South East Dance.</p> <p>The closing date for applications is 5 September 2011 with the successful candidate being announced at a special event in November 2011. For further details of the award and how to apply, please visit <a href="http://www.bonniebird.org/">www.bonniebird.org</a> or contact Louise Bowles T: 01273 696844&nbsp;E: applications@bonniebird.org</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:16:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=292 Robert Hylton & Greenwich Dance present SkillsnDrills 2011 - Hip Hop Intensive http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=291 <p><strong>Monday, 20 August&nbsp;- Friday, 26 August (10am-5pm)</strong></p> <p><strong>Greenwich Dance, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London, SE10 8RE</strong></p> <p>For dancers with experience who are ready to embrace the art of discipline.</p> <p>A one-week intensive workshop programme in professional hip hop dance training, lectures and creative workshops.&nbsp;</p> <p>Target Participants: those with prior hip hop dance experience, age range: 16 years +</p> <p>Availability: 25 places&rsquo; there are also a limited number of day places available</p> <p>Cost: &pound;175.00</p> <p>Deadline for application: Friday 5 August</p> <p>For further details and an application pack contact: info@roberthylton.info</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Locking</span></p> <p>Mr Ben</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Breaking</span></p> <p>Pervez</p> <p>Bboy Mouse</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">House</span></p> <p>Clara de Paris</p> <p>Bly Richards</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Waacking</span></p> <p>Damien</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Popping &amp; UK Underground Jazz</span></p> <p>Robert Hylton</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Hip Hop</span></p> <p>Eugene Quiet</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Music Lecture</span></p> <p>Orphy Robinson</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dance UK&nbsp;Healthier Dancer Lecture</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Greenwich Dance are the Big Dance Hub for South East London</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 09:46:46 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=291 Siobhan Davies Dance: Pass it on - Primary School Programme http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=290 <p>Primary Bank is Siobhan Davies Dance's primary schools programme, replicating Siobhan Davies&rsquo; choreographic method, which is driven by a process of intelligent questioning and enquiry.</p> <p><strong><em>Pass it on</em> is Siobhan Davies Dance&rsquo;s current project for primary schools, offering support and guidance for teachers to deliver dance in the classroom.</strong> It offers primary school teachers from different schools a creative movement workshop, which links to Siobhan Davies Dance&rsquo;s latest work. The workshops introduce ways of delivering movement sessions and feeding these ideas into teaching subjects such as literacy, history and science. Once teachers have attended one of these professional development creative movement workshops, they can then share this approach with other teachers in their school, who in turn share it with each of their own classes.&nbsp; <em>Pass it on</em> is adaptable to different age groups, abilities, and curriculum topics.</p> <p>Teachers will have the opportunity to submit <em>Pass it on</em> outcomes, such as films, photos, poems or drawings for the annual <em>Pass it on</em> exhibition on this website.</p> <p><em>Pass it on</em> 2011 will also be accompanied by an invitation to attend a special teachers&rsquo; performance of Siobhan Davies Dance&rsquo;s latest work <em>Siobhan Davies Commissions</em> on <strong>Thursday 10 November</strong>, including a talk by Artistic Director Siobhan Davies.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/primary-bank/pass-it-on.html">http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/primary-bank/pass-it-on.html</a></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 09:24:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=290 Disney Channel Launch Dance Competition with Akai http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=289 <p><em>Got To Dance</em> winner Akai Osei is teaming up with Disney Channel to launch <strong><em>Shake It Up: Dance, Dance</em></strong>, an online dance contest that will give the winner an opportunity to have their dance aired on the channel, as well as a holiday to LA and a dance master class with Akai.</p> <p>The online dance contest is inspired by the channel&rsquo;s smash hit comedy series <strong><em>Shake It Up, </em></strong>starring Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones and Zendaya Coleman as Raquel "Rocky" Blue, which<em> </em>viewers can watch every day on Disney Channel.</p> <p>Akai Osei commented: &ldquo;I am hoping that my passion for dance will inspire other young people to enter Disney Channel&rsquo;s <em>Shake It Up: Dance, Dance</em> competition no matter what their dance experience &ndash; it&rsquo;s all about enjoying yourself and having fun!&rdquo;</p> <p>Viewers have until August 31<sup>st</sup> to visit <a href="http://www.disneychannel.co.uk/dancedance">www.disneychannel.co.uk/dancedance</a> and upload their clips. The winner will be voted for from a shortlist of 10 finalists.</p> <p>You can watch Akai launching the contest here: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPCY398inwY">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPCY398inwY</a></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:53:48 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=289 Job Vacancy - East London Dance: Artistic Director Generation XYZ http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=288 <p><strong>Generation XYZ</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Artistic Director</strong></p> <h1>1 year contract:&nbsp;&nbsp;Sept 2011 &ndash; Aug 2012</h1> <p>Generation XYZ is a brand new dance performance company for older East Londoners. The company will meet on a weekly basis and create performances to tour community settings and high profile events. Company members will become advocates and role models to lead and inspire other older people to engage in dance.</p> <p>East London Dance is looking for an ambitious and visionary Artistic Director to establish and lead the company and create high quality performance to be showcased throughout the London 2012 celebrations. You should have experience of leading dance work with older people, have choreographic experience, and have an ability to inspire and motivate people.</p> <p>You should be able to commit to a one-year contract and be available for additional rehearsals, performances and intensives throughout the year. You will be paid an hourly teaching rate and an additional monthly director fee.</p> <p>For an information pack please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eastlondondance.org/">www.eastlondondance.org</a>,&nbsp;contact 020 8279 1050 or email&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:office@eastlondondance.org">office@eastlondondance.org</a></span></p> <p>Deadline for applications via CV &amp; cover letter: Wednesday 10 August, 5pm</p> <p>Interviews and micro teach: Friday 19 August</p> <p>East London Dance is the Big Dance Hub for East London.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:24:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=288 Street Dance XXL Finals - 17 July 2011 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=287 <p><strong>Sunday, 17 July - 3pm-5pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Royal Festival Hall</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.streetdancexxl.com" target="_blank"><img style="vertical-align: top;" src="../user_content/images/XXL-Logo-blk-email-signatur-2 (2).jpg" alt="Street Dance XXL" width="120" height="83" /></a></p> <p>Part of the Channel 4 Street Summer Season, this years Street Dance XXL UK Championships finals, is set to explode onto the prestigious Royal Festival Hall stage, with a vibrant display of breathtaking moves by some of the best UK talent, vying to win the coveted XXL UK Championship title.<br /><br />30 dance groups have made it through the XXL Qualifiers which was held in March earlier this year at the UK&rsquo;s largest dance exhibition, Move It, Olympia London. Over 800 dancers competed in spectacular style to gain a place in the forthcoming Street Dance XXL Finals.<br /><br />A single group is set to become the 16th champion of the coveted Street Dance XXL UK Championships title, joining the XXL Hall of Fame with the likes of Diversity and Flawless. <br /><br />The Street Dance XXL 2011 UK winners will also earn the opportunity to a once in lifetime experience trip to New York and represent the Great Britain in a USA v UK showdown, also covered by Channel 4.</p> <p>For more information, click <a href="http://www.streetdancexxl.com/championships/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:35:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=287 Applications Open for World Event Young Artists http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=286 <p>UK Young Artists present <strong>World Event Young Artists,</strong> the very first event of its kind to take place. It is an exciting occasion bringing together and celebrating the talent and artistic excellence of young people from across the globe.</p> <p>In <strong>September 2012</strong> World Event for Young Artists [WEYA] will bring a staggering <strong>1,000 young artists</strong> (18 &ndash; 30 years) from <strong>120 nations</strong> to Nottingham. Over a period of 10 days, these artists will bring the city to life with creative activity across all art forms including visual arts, music and gastronomy. These artists will have the chance to showcase their practice, exchange ideas and build future collaborations. The deadline for receiving applications is the <strong>1st October 2011 at 23.59.</strong></p> <p>UK Young Artists is an exciting organisation working nationally and internationally to showcase young, creative practitioners between the ages of 18 &ndash; 30 whose work spans across all art forms; from visual arts to music, performance to literature. UK Young Artists pride themselves on providing networking opportunities and artistic development through intercultural dialogue and exhibitions showcasing outstanding art.</p> <p>For more information and to sign-up, please visit: <a href="http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/content/weya-submission-now-open">http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/content/weya-submission-now-open</a></p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:21:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=286 Get Active Wandsworth Festival Starts 9 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=285 <p><strong>Across Wandsworth - 9-24 July</strong></p> <p><strong>Get Active Day: 9 July on Tooting Common</strong></p> <p>The London Borough of Wandsworth is encouraging everyone to get active and try something news during their <em>Get Active Wandsworth Festival.</em></p> <p>The festival gets started with <em>Get Active Day</em> on 9 July at Tooting Common. You can watch or try yoga, Hip Hop with <a href="http://www.independance.co.uk/" target="_blank">Independance</a>, martial arts and parkour as well as a whole host of other sports. Head to the Red Zone for information on getting and staying healthy and active.</p> <p>For more information, click <a href="http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/active" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 08:39:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=285 StopGAP, Akademi, James Wilton and more perform at South Hill Park http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=283 <p><strong>South Hill Park, Saturday 9 July - 12pm-6pm</strong></p> <p>Park Life continues South Hill Park's 6 year history of presenting a small festival with big ideas.</p> <p><strong>Park Life</strong> is a one day event running from 12noon until 6pm in the mansion and grounds of South Hill Park. This event will focus on wonderful emerging and experimental artists working&nbsp;in outdoor&nbsp;arts.&nbsp;There will be many&nbsp;family activities, a vintage fair, street artists, music and&nbsp;a major (pay)&nbsp;installation in the Wilde Theatre for children; <strong>The Light Garden</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Dance highlights include: <a href="http://www.akademi.co.uk/" target="_blank">Akademi</a>, <a href="http://www.stopgap.uk.com/" target="_blank">StopGAP</a>, <a href="http://www.jameswiltondance.org.uk/James_Wilton_Dance_Company/Home.html" target="_blank">James Wilton</a> and <a href="http://www.vanquishdance.com/" target="_blank">Vanquish Dance</a> companies.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://bigdayout.webs.com/">http://bigdayout.webs.com/</a></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:03:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=283 Dance, Theatre and Music at Kilburn Festival: 10 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=282 <p><strong>Kilburn Grange Park Sunday, 10 July - 1pm-7pm</strong></p> <p>Festival afternoon in the park is always packed with families who come to listen to original and world music, watch all different forms of dance and take part in the many activities for kids. Older people come along for a special tea party, and young people come for sports and martial arts. And everyone enjoys buying delicious food from across the globe and browsing for gifts and treats at the wide range of stalls.</p> <p>The dance floor will be open to local youth and community groups - so arrive early to sign-up.</p> <p>The festival finale will be hosted by <a href="http://www.thrilltheworldlondon.com/" target="_blank">Thrill the World</a> and they&nbsp;need you to take part.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.kilburnfestival.co.uk/">http://www.kilburnfestival.co.uk/</a></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:47:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=282 Call for applications to perform in London at new major youth dance festival during Big Dance Week http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=281 <p>The event, which will take place over the final weekend of Big Dance Week, between 13th and 16th July 2012, will include three evening performances, open workshops during the day, a residential dance programme for youth dance groups, an international symposium for dance professionals, and the premi&egrave;re of the first ever UK-wide youth dance company the U.Dance Ensemble, who will present their new work choreographed by Hofesh Shechter.</p> <p>This extraordinary event is made possible through a partnership between Big Dance 2012 Managing Partner, <a title="Link to Youth Dance England Website" href="http://www.yde.org.uk" target="_blank">Youth Dance England</a>, along with Southbank Centre, YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), National Youth Dance Wales, and DU : Dance, based in Northern Ireland; which sees each organisation sharing their resources and expertise to ensure U.Dance 2012 will be a magnificent showcase of youth dance work from around the United Kingdom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Young performers are invited to take part in two ways:</p> <p>Youth dance groups can apply to perform at one of the evening performances by filling an application form available at <a title="Link to U.Dance Website" href="http://www.u-dance.org" target="_blank">www.u-dance.org</a>. If shortlisted the group will perform at their Regional Youth Dance Platform between January and April 2012, where a panel will select at least one group from each region to perform at U.Dance 2012.</p> <p>Selected groups will be invited to take part in a 3-day residency in London over the length of the festival during which they will take part in workshops, perform their piece at Southbank Centre, and watch other youth dance groups showcase their work.</p> <p>The second opportunity is for individuals to apply to be a member of the U.Dance Ensemble, a new UK-wide youth dance company led by renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Applicants need to be aged 16 to 21* from England, Northern Ireland or Scotland (the application process in Wales was through National Youth Dance Wales and is now closed). The U.Dance Ensemble will create a new work, during the course of three residencies in February (in Glasgow), April (in Cardiff) and July (in London). Dancers from England and Northern Ireland should complete the online application form on <a title="Link to U.Dance Website" href="http://www.u-dance.org" target="_blank">www.u-dance.org</a> by 30th September 2011. Dancers from Scotland should contact YDance via www.ydance.org for details of how to apply. Auditions will take place in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast and Glasgow in October and November 2011, with a final audition scheduled for 4th December at the Royal Opera House where Hofesh Shechter will select the company&rsquo;s dancers.</p> <p>When asked what he will be looking for in dancers applying for the Ensemble, Shechter said: &ldquo;I will look for dancers that are committed and willing; for dancers that are able to connect with their body as a vessel to their inner world, rather than a tool to satisfy the watcher. I look for dancers that are generous in their movement and creativity, that are rhythmical and most of all carry a simplicity and a human feel in themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jude Kelly, artistic director at Southbank Centre, said: &ldquo;We are proud and excited to be hosting U.Dance 2012. It&rsquo;s going to be a very special event at a very special time for London, and I am personally thrilled to welcome hundreds of young dancers from all over the country into Southbank Centre to showcase their talent.&rdquo;</p> <p>Young people wishing to take part in daytime workshops during the festival, and dance professionals interested in the 16th July international symposium can all register their interest by emailing u.dance@yde.org.uk</p> <p>* Dancers from England will need to be aged between 16 and 19. Dancers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can be aged up to 21. Disabled dancers from any part of the UK can apply up to the age of 24.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:43:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=281 Kensington and Chelsea Present 'InTRANSIT' Starting on 22 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=280 <p>InTRANSIT&rsquo;s most &nbsp;ambitious programme yet will transform the streets and spaces of Kensington and Chelsea from <strong>22-31 July</strong>.</p> <p>The Festival will be launched the week before by a one-off, site-responsive immersive performance experience at the former Commonwealth Institute, Kensington&nbsp;- <strong>Common Sounds: Touching the Void</strong> is the only major artistic event to be staged at this iconic modernist structure since it was closed to the public in 2002. The building is scheduled to open as the new Design Museum in 2014. The performance includes performers from Rambert Dance Company, Opera Holland Park, London Contemporary &nbsp;Orchestra and others: <strong>15-17 July</strong>.</p> <p>Other Highlights include:</p> <p>Explore Brompton Cemetery as part of a wolf pack. Be prepared to be sung to, sniffed at and rubbed against&mdash;respectfully but uncompromisingly! Join WOLF and experience a story that is at once utterly contemporary and mythically ancient.</p> <p>Hop on the N11 Night Bus for a journey with a difference as pre-recorded artist audio combines with landmarks on the route. Take the return journey from Liverpool Street for the full experience.</p> <p>Seated in a wheelchair and equipped with a video headset, prepare to have your senses hijacked in the most immersive video theatre performance to date, brought to you by artist duo Il Pixel Rosso.</p> <p>Seek out the Holland Park Orangery and take part in a promenade performance based on &ldquo;La Peau de Chagrin&rdquo;, the 19th century novel by Honor&eacute; de Balzac. Be transported to the freezing garrets, gambling dens and sordid boudoirs of 19th Century Paris in this Faustian tale of gratification and desire</p> <p>For full listings, please visit: <a href="http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/intransit.aspx">http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/intransit.aspx</a></p> <p>You can also follow Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/rbkcculture" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 09:27:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=280 Wales Dance Platform - Starting Today http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=279 <p>The first Wales Dance Platform takes place this weekend with 50 acts scheduled to take part to showcase Welsh Dance Talent to the World.</p> <p>The Festival will be hosted by Cardiff's leading theatres and organisations, led by National Dance Company Wales, including Chapter Arts Centre, Wales Millennium Centre and the Centre&rsquo;s Dance House home of NDCWales.</p> <p>For more information&nbsp;click <a title="here" href="http://www.ndcwales.co.uk/news/2011/06/08/wales-dance-platform-2011/" target="_blank">here</a>. The full schedule is available <a title="here" href="http://www.ndcwales.co.uk/whats-on-where-schedule/2011/07/01/wales-dance-platform-2011/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:50:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=279 Sky One's GOT TO DANCE Auditions in July and August http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=278 <p>Got to Dance will be auditioning dancers for the third series in July and August.</p> <p>Davina McCall will be presenting as Ashley&nbsp;Banjo, Kimberley Wyatt and Adam Garcia search for the series champion.</p> <p>The programme is looking for dancers of all ages, styles and abilities to take part in auditions around the UK. The deadlines for applying are:</p> <p>To audition in <strong>GLASGOW</strong> make sure your application is in by Sunday 17th July 2011.</p> <p><small><big>For <strong>NEWCASTLE</strong> the deadline is Tuesday 19th July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For <strong>LIVERPOOL</strong> the deadline is Friday 22nd July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For<strong> MANCHESTER</strong> the deadline is Friday 22nd July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For<strong> CARDIFF</strong> the deadline is Thursday 28th July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For <strong>BIRMINGHAM</strong> the deadline is Friday 29th July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For <strong>BRISTOL</strong> the deadline is Friday 29th July 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>For <strong>LONDON</strong> the deadline is Monday 1st August 2011.<br /></big></small></p> <p><small><big>And for <strong>DUBLIN</strong> the deadline is Friday 5th August 2011.</big></small></p> <p><small><big>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.sky.com/dance">www.sky.com/dance</a></big></small></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:36:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=278 English National Ballet School Summer Performance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=277 <p>English National Ballet School proudly presents its Summer Performance 2011. An inspiring blend of classical and new work, the performances are set to show these talented young dancers at their best.&nbsp;</p> <p>The performance will include excerpt from Act III of Bournoville&rsquo;s <em>Napoli</em>, and Macmillan&rsquo;s <em>Solitaire </em>as well as new pieces created specifically for the students.</p> <p><strong>ENBS Studio Theatre&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>Thursday 30 June 7pm</p> <p>Friday 1 July 7pm</p> <p>Saturday 2 July 1pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Bloomsbury Theatre</strong></p> <p>Friday 8 July 1.30pm &amp; 7pm</p> <p>Saturday 9 July 2pm (followed by the Graduation ceremony)</p> <p>&nbsp;Tickets for ENBS Studio Theatre performances can be booked by contacting the School office on 020 7376 7076 or emailing <a href="mailto:events@enbschool.org.uk">events@enbschool.org.uk</a> and tickets for the Bloomsbury Theatre can be purchased through their website <a href="file:///C:/Users/Galina%20Wilkinson/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/7A0HN2L6/www.thebloomsbury.com">www.thebloomsbury.com</a></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:46:24 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=277 8,000 inspirational people wanted to carry the Olympic Flame: only 5 days left to nominate someone http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=276 <p>The Olympic Flame will arrive into the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May. From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land&rsquo;s End the following morning, an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame during its 70 day journey towards the Olympic Stadium in London.&nbsp;</p> <p>The majority of the 8,000 Torchbearer places are shared between LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Young people in particular are encouraged to get involved, with half of the Torchbearer places expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age who are considered leading lights in their local communities.</p> <p>90% of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels, including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community.</p> <p>Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: &lsquo;Carrying the Olympic Flame is an incredible honour and from today people have the opportunity to reward someone inspirational by nominating them to be part of this historic event. This is a great occasion to give someone you know, who has made a difference and who deserves recognition, their moment to shine.&rsquo;</p> <p>The LOCOG &lsquo;Moment to Shine&rsquo; public nomination campaign aims to find 2,012 inspirational members of the public who have gone beyond their personal best. The programme will run for six weeks from today. There will be further opportunities to get involved via the Presenting Partner programmes that will launch in June 2011.</p> <p>The LOCOG &lsquo;Moment to Shine&rsquo; nomination portal at <a title="Link to LOCOG Website to Nominate a Torch Bearer" href="http://www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay" target="_blank">www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay</a> asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame. There are six weeks to nominate potential Torchbearers and the deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011. Judging panels will be set up in each Nation and Region of the UK to select the LOCOG Torchbearers for their area.</p> <p>The 2,012 Torchbearer places on offer through the LOCOG public nomination programme is 76% of the LOCOG allocation of Torchbearer places. The remaining LOCOG places will be shared between:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Young people from schools in the Get Set Network programme who will be 12 at the time of the Olympic Torch Relay (8%)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Local Authorities hosting an evening celebration event in recognition of their contribution to the staging of the Olympic Torch Relay (6%)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Role models and outstanding members of the public by the invitation of LOCOG nearer to the time of the Relay (6%)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Grassroots sports initiatives in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales (3%)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Young people involved in the London 2012 International Inspiration sports participation programme (1%)</p> <p>Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said: &lsquo;The Olympic Torch Relay brings London 2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the London Games. It&rsquo;s a magnificent showcase for the country and a chance to mark the achievements of inspirational people in our communities.&rsquo;</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:06:18 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=276 New major Youth Dance Festival announced: U.Dance 2012 at Southbank Centre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=275 <p>London is set to host a new major youth dance event in 2012 showcasing the talent of hundreds of young dancers from across the UK, and the premiere of a new piece by a leading international choreographer. The event, called U.Dance 2012, will run from 13th to 16th July next year with three nights of performances at Southbank Centre.</p> <p>Managed by Youth Dance England in partnership with Southbank Centre, National Youth Dance Wales, DU : Dance in Northern Ireland, and YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), the event will highlight and develop talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 years. There will be a number of opportunities for young people to be involved. U.Dance 2012 includes three nights of high-quality performances, participatory workshops and an international symposium.</p> <p>In a major new development, U.Dance 2012 will present the first UK-wide youth dance company called the U.Dance Ensemble, with internationally-renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter appointed as Artistic Director. The Ensemble will play a significant role at U.Dance 2012 premiering their work at the event, with plans underway for the company to tour Britain at selected venues from July to September next year. In an interview with Hofesh Shechter, he said, &ldquo;It is important to me to find young dancers that have untapped talent beyond their current skill and technique, which may be under-developed simply due to their age or lack of resources, but their inner creative world is one that can be used as a perfect starting point to develop their involvement in dance, their talent and later skill.&rdquo;</p> <p>Young dancers from the UK can apply to be part of U.Dance Ensemble, by completing an application form and take part in an audition in their home country. Auditions will start from October in Belfast, Glasgow, London, Newcastle and Birmingham (TBC)*. Applications open in July and a high volume of participants are expected.</p> <p>Youth dance groups hoping to perform at U.Dance 2012 will be selected from U.Dance events being held in Wales and Scotland, and each of the nine English regions. Applications open in July 2011 and more information can be found on the U.Dance website.</p> <p>YDE Patron and choreographer Arlene Phillips said of the event, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted that Hofesh Shechter has been chosen to work with the new U.Dance Ensemble. It&rsquo;s such a unique opportunity that will inspire young dancers across Britain. What a thrill to have such a talented choreographer involved in this work. U.Dance 2012 itself is set to be spectacular, I can&rsquo;t wait to see youth dance groups getting involved and performing in London next year!&rdquo;</p> <p>U.Dance has run in England for more than three years, giving more than 118,000 young people (to date) the opportunity to perform. The programme has grown during this time to include a national event called U.Dance England (staged at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 2010), with U.Dance 2012 and the U.Dance Ensemble plans in progress.</p> <p>Richard Alston, Chair of Youth Dance England, said of the event: &ldquo;U.Dance reaches so many people and offers such a rich experience to young dancers all across the country. There is nothing else quite like it, and all of us at Youth Dance England are so excited by the young talent that U.Dance attracts and truly proud of what that talent achieves.&rdquo;</p> <p>U.Dance 2012 is set to be the biggest event of its kind, putting young talented dancers centre stage, forming a new youth dance company for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and promoting one of the fastest growing activities in the country, during the most exciting month of 2012.</p> <p>Application forms for U.Dance 2012 and the U.Dance Ensemble will be available online at www.u-dance.org from July 2011.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>* Note: auditions in Wales were through National Youth Dance Wales and have now closed.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:58:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=275 Lambeth Country Show - 16 & 17 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=274 <p>The Lambeth Country Show will take place at Brockwell Park on 16 &amp; 17 July 2011.</p> <p>The Arts, 2012 and Cultural Events Team at the London Borough of Lambeth are presenting a full line-up of free workshops and performances, including dance, photography, film making, drawing, weaving, print making and more in the Cultivate Zone.</p> <p>Saturday sees performances and workshops&nbsp;by</p> <p>Uruvashi Dance Kathak Workshops at 2pm</p> <p>Spare Tyre at 3pm.</p> <p>Sunday hosts tea dances (11am-1.30pm) and a Carnival Procession departing at 3.30pm.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Country-Show/Zones/Cultivate.htm">www.lambeth.gov.uk/Country-Show/Zones/Cultivate.htm</a>&nbsp;where they will be posting the full line-up in the coming weeks.</p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:57:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=274 International Dance Teachers' Conference http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=273 <p>Leading dance wear supplier, International Dance Supplies (IDS) are presenting their first International Dance Teachers' Conference at London's Royal Ballet School from 21st - 24th August 2011.</p> <p>More than 60 exciting classes and seminars are planned, covering a range of genres and topics designed to educate and release creativity along with a reception, party and performance with high-profile teachers.</p> <p>Find out more information and book by visiting <a title="Link to IDS Conference Website" href="http://www.idsdanceteacher.com" target="_blank">www.idsdanceteacher.com</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:32:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=273 English National Ballet - Strictly Gershwin Performances and Workshops http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=272 <p><strong><em>Strictly Gershwin</em></strong> is a dazzling homage to George Gershwin, the big band era and the razzmatazz of the thirties. Gershwin's famously sassy tunes adapted by Gareth Valentine and Derek Deane's sensational choreography conjure up the Silver Screen genius of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The dancers of English National Ballet will be joined by special guests and a live jazz orchestra for this fabulous in-the-round dance spectacular. <em>Strictly Gershwin</em> is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your spirits soaring! Visit <a href="http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/strictly-gershwin/default.aspx">http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/strictly-gershwin/default.aspx</a> for more information</p> <p> <p><strong> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </strong><strong>Inspired to take part?</strong></p> </p> <p><strong>Strictly Families, Saturday 11 June 2011, 10am &ndash; 12pm</strong></p> <p>&pound;25 for 1 adult, 2 children. Extra adult; &pound;15. Extra child; &pound;10</p> <p>Children Aged 7 &ndash; 12</p> <p>Explore the glitter and razzmatazz of <em>Strictly Gershwin</em> in this special family morning&hellip;</p> <p>Kick-start your day with a creative dance workshop at English National Ballet&rsquo;s studios, followed by a glimpse at the dazzling costumes. All abilities welcome, no experience necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm.</p> <p> <p><strong><em> <hr /> <p>Strictly Gershwin <strong>Aspire Day, Sunday 12 June 2011, 10.30am &ndash; 4.30pm</strong></p> </em></strong></p> </p> <p>&pound;40 per person</p> <p>11-16 years, Intermediate Grade or above</p> <p>Join English National Ballet for a day of dance training at their home in Kensington. Immerse yourself in the sensational music of George Gershwin and explore the dazzling choreography of Derek Deane in English National Ballet&rsquo;s dance spectacular <em>Strictly Gershwin.</em> The day offers the chance to explore an array of dance styles, including a ballet technique class, a ballroom session, and repertoire from <em>Strictly Gershwin.</em></p> <p><strong> <hr /> <p>Strictly Couples, Saturday 18 June 2011, 10am &ndash; 12pm</p> </strong></p> <p>&pound;20 per person, &pound;30 for two people</p> <p>Age 16+</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s <em>Summertime</em> or a <em>Foggy Day in London Town,</em> be sure to tap, twirl and glide your way to the home of English National Ballet. Trip the light fantastic with ballroom expert Benny Maslov and discover the magic behind Derek Deane&rsquo;s dance spectacular, <em>Strictly Gershwin</em>. Whether you&rsquo;re a ballroom beginner or you already have <em>Fascinating Rhythm,</em> this event is for you! By yourself..? <em>Who Cares!</em> Climb that<em> Stairway to Paradise</em>, and who knows<em>&hellip;</em>an <em>American in Paris</em> might say &ldquo;<em>Shall we Dance&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/department/events_for_all/" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/department/events_for_all/">http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/department/events_for_all/</a> or contact <a title="mailto:learning@ballet.org.uk" href="mailto:learning@ballet.org.uk">learning@ballet.org.uk</a> for more information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>English National Ballet are the Big Dance Hub for West London. To contact them, please email: <a href="mailto:west@bigdance2012.com">west@bigdance2012.com</a></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:13:50 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=272 Olympic Torch Bearer's Wanted http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=271 <p>London 2012 are looking for truly inspirational people to carry the Olympic Torch on it's journey around the UK.</p> <p>Do you know someone who fulfills the following criteria?</p> <ul> <li>Always tries to be the best they can be </li> <li>Makes a real difference in their school or local community </li> <li>Has shown what it means to be a real friend </li> <li>Shows respect for other people and knows the importance of fair play</li> <li>Has inspired you to do something you never thought possible</li> </ul> <p>If so - you could nominate them to have their moment to shine. Click <a title="here" href="http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/carrying-the-olympic-flame/" target="_blank">here</a> for more details and to make a nomination.</p> <p>To see the Olympic Flame route, click <a title="here" href="http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/where-is-the-olympic-flame-going/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 09:28:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=271 Search for the New Faces of Big Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=270 <p>Could you be the face of Big Dance 2012?</p> <p>We are updating our Big Dance images with new people dancing in new places.</p> <p>The images will form part of our visual identity and will feature on our website, printed materials and emails.</p> <p>If you are interested in attending a photoshoot with renowned dance photographer, Hugo Glendinning on 25 or 26 June 2011, <strong>in London </strong>please send:</p> <ul> <li>Name, age, contact telephone and email</li> <li>Dance style</li> <li>Photo of yourself and/or your dance partner</li> <li>Available dates (25 or 26 June 2012)</li> </ul> <p>To <a href="mailto:photoshoot@bigdance2012.com">photoshoot@bigdance2012.com</a> by <strong>5pm on 21 June 2011</strong>. Information sent after this date will not be considered. Judges decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into. Photo shoot location may be outer London or difficult to get to.</p> <p><strong>Please note: Taking part in this photoshoot is voluntary and no fees or expenses will be paid to participants.</strong></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 12:29:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=270 Greenwich Dances - 24 June-3 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=269 <p>24 June - 3 July</p> <p>Plenty of free events and dance activities happening across Greenwich in June and July.</p> <p>Enjoy experiencing dance in town centres, by the river, at historic buildings and parks. View fantastic dance photography and film at the Borough Hall and keep your eyes peeled for images of dance &ndash; still and moving &ndash; in various other locations.</p> <p>Last but not least all of the dance classes at <a href="http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenwich Dance</a> and in local schools continue during the festival so there is no excuse not to get moving!</p> <p>For more information visit: <a href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/engage/greenwichdances/greenwich_dances/">http://greenwichdance.org.uk/engage/greenwichdances/greenwich_dances/</a></p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham) to contact them email: <a href="mailto:southeast@bigdance2012.com">southeast@bigdance2012.com</a></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:47:28 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=269 Corali Dance Tour How Happy We Could Be http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=268 <p><em>How Happy We Would Be</em> is an intimate performance that makes time to celebrate the simple pleasures of life. Using the performers autobiographic material as a starting point, How Happy We Would Be weaves together a set of experiences that are engaging, humorous and revealing. The performance is a site-specific mix of music, film, spoken word, and dance.</p> <p> <p>Corali is a professional performance company that works in collaboration with performers that have learning disabilities and artists that do not. Corali is a leader in innovative dance intervention and site-specific performance. <strong>www.corali.org.uk</strong></p> <p><strong>Tickets are FREE, but please call the Corali office on 020 7091 7113 to reserve your place as these are limited at some of the venues. If you have any questions regarding the performance and tour please also call 020 7091 7113.</strong></p> <p><strong>Tate Modern, Bankside</strong></p> <p>Friday June 10th at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm</p> <p>See Tate Modern&rsquo;s website: <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/modern">www.tate.org.uk/modern</a></p> <p><strong>Tate Modern Community Garden, Bankside </strong>(part of the Open Squares Garden Weekend)</p> <p>Saturday 11th June at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm</p> <p>See Tate Modern&rsquo;s website: <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/modern">www.tate.org.uk/modern</a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>St. Mary&rsquo;s Secret Garden, Hackney</strong></p> <p>Sunday 12th June at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm</p> <p>See St. Mary&rsquo;s website: <a href="http://www.stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk">www.stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk</a></p> <p>Each venue is fully accessible, but please call them directly with any specific access requirements.</p> </p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 10:33:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=268 Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=267 <p>London will host the city&rsquo;s first ever celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world,</p> <p><strong>SHUBBAK: A WINDOW ON CONTEMPORARY ARAB CULTURE, </strong>will encompass over seventy events in more than thirty key cultural venues throughout the city for three weeks from <strong>4 &ndash; 24 July 2011, </strong>organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC.</p> <p>Shubbak (the arabic word for &lsquo;window&rsquo;) will feature a wide‐ranging programme of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, lectures and discussion, many of them free, hosted by leading London cultural organisations.</p> <p>Dance Highlights include:</p> <p>22/23 July: A Glimpse at Arab Contemporary Choreography. Two performances by leading Arab dancers, programmed by Arab New Trends, Sadler's Wells Theatre</p> <p>23 July: Preconceptions and Identity in the Arab World: A Debate and Q&amp;As Between Arab Choreographers, Sadler's Wells</p> <p><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em>Full details of the Festival will be available on a new website: <a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/shubbak">www.london.gov.uk/shubbak</a> </em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p> <p>From today a Shubbak Facebook page and microblog will be open to provide opportunities for dialogue and information sharing during the Festival:</p> <p><a href="http://www.twitter.com/shubbakfestival">www.twitter.com/shubbakfestival</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/shubbakfestival">www.facebook.com/shubbakfestival</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/shubbakfestival">www.flickr.com/groups/shubbakfestival</a></p> </p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 08:36:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=267 Big Dance Reaches Semi-Finals of National Lottery Awards http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=266 <p>VOTE BIG DANCE: <a href="http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/best-arts-project/">http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/best-arts-project/</a>&nbsp;or call 0844 836 9670</p> <p>Big Dance is absolutely delighted to be in the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards 2011 in the Best Arts Project category.&nbsp;</p> <p>The annual awards promote the UK&rsquo;s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the positive impact that Lottery-funding makes to communities up and down the country.</p> <p>Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Big Dance is led by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, with local activity coordinated by five Big Dance Hubs, representing some of the country&rsquo;s leading dance organisations: East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance. Together they helped co-ordinate 850 projects in every one of London&rsquo;s 33 boroughs.</p> <p>If you enjoyed one of the 850 events or took part in the Big Dance Schools Pledge, vote for Big Dance by clicking <a title="here" href="http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/best-arts-project/" target="_blank">here</a> or calling: 0844 836 9670</p> Tue, 31 May 2011 08:58:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=266 BBC Performing Arts Fund Opens for Applications to Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=265 <p>For the first time in the history of the BBC Performing Arts Fund they will be supporting dance activity.</p> <p>There will be two new grant programmes on offer - one for community dance groups and the other for dance fellowship grants to support individuals through the early stages of their dance career.</p> <p>The community dance groups fund is open for applications&nbsp;now and the dance followship programme will open on 7 June 2011.</p> <p>For more information and to check eligibility, visit: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/dance">http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/dance</a></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 08:59:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=265 Good Luck to all Schools Taking Part in the Big Dance Schools Pledge 2011 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=264 <p>Big Dance would like to wish good luck to all the 261 schools taking part in the Big Dance Schools Pledge at 1pm.</p> <p>Big Dance teamed up with the British Council and 5-a-Day to create choreography for schools across the world to learn.</p> <p>The 2011 Schools Pledge is a warm-up to a World Record attempt in 2012 that will be choreographed by Wayne McGregor.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 11:51:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=264 Working at Siobhan Davies Dance - Vacancies http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=263 <p><strong>Siobhan Davies Dance is looking for two people to work on their primary school programme, <em>Pass it on</em> </strong></p> <p><strong>Creative Projects Co-ordinator<br />Part time fixed term contract <br />June 2011 &ndash; January 2012 <br />&pound;23,500 pro rata, two days per week</strong></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the UK's leading artist led companies, is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to work with a successful dance company within an active dance environment.&nbsp; As Creative Projects Coordinator you will support Siobhan Davies Dance to develop their primary school programme, <em>Pass it on</em>.</p> <p>Based at Siobhan Davies Studios, you will have experience of running dance or art projects in primary schools, a good knowledge of dance and participatory projects, have excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to work under pressure.</p> <p><strong>The deadline for applications is Monday 23 May 2011 at 10am. For more information click <a title="here" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/utilities/vacancies.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong><strong></strong><br /><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Dance Artist Educator<br />Freelance contract, selected dates<br />June - December 2011 <br />&pound;3300 freelance fee</strong></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the UK's leading artist led companies, is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to work with a successful dance company within an active dance environment. As the Dance Artist Educator you will design and lead creative dance workshops for primary school teachers, using the Company's primary bank model of delivery for the Company's school programme Pass it on.</p> <p>You will have extensive experience of delivering creative dance to primary schools, a good knowledge of primary school curriculum and experience of creating resource packs to support the workshops.</p> <p><strong>The deadline for applications is Monday 13 June 2011 at 10am. For more information click <a title="here" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/utilities/vacancies.html" target="_blank">here</a></strong></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 15:01:50 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=263 Sum of Parts at Sadler's Wells http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=262 <p><strong>1 theatre + 1 composer + 1 writer + 1 artist + 6 choreogrpahers + 150 participants = Sum of Parts</strong></p> <p><strong>Tuesday, 31 May</strong></p> <p><strong>Sum of Parts</strong> is a compelling new work from Sadler&rsquo;s Wells&rsquo; Creative Learning department, <strong>Connect</strong>. It brings together the distinctive work of the artist Betsy Dadd, the choreographic talents of Sadler&rsquo;s Wells&rsquo; Associate Companies, including <strong>Hofesh Shechter Company, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kate Prince&rsquo;s ZooNation, Matthew Bourne&rsquo;s New Adventures, Russell Maliphant Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance</strong> and a cast of 150.<br /><br />Performers range from The Company of Elders to ZooYouth, alongside dancers from local schools, youth clubs and community groups. This diverse company of people, all living or working in London, encompasses all ages and levels of experience. In collaboration with the Associate Artists they will explore questions of identity and belonging to create a thought provoking performance that combines dance, text, animation and the spellbinding music of Nitin Sawhney.</p> <p>More information at: <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com">www.sadlerswells.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadler's Wells is the Big Dance Hub for North London</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 08:15:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=262 Job Vacancy: Excercise Movement and Dance Partnership - Training Co-ordinator http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=261 <p>The Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership require a full time Training Coordinator to work within their national team based in Horsham to implement the day to day running of our teacher training programmes.</p> <p>They will work alongside a small team who is focused on increasing and improving the quality of teachers and participation in movement and dance nationally.</p> <p>The successful candidate will have excellent administrative skills, experience implementing detailed processes, a confident telephone manner and the ability to self-prioritise multiple tasks.</p> <p>Experience and/or knowledge of national qualification standards and the accreditation of training are desirable.</p> <p>Salary: &pound;16,500 - &pound;18,000</p> <p>Hours: 40 hours per week</p> <p>Please send a CV and covering letter to Chloe Beckford, <a href="mailto:chloe@emdp.org">chloe@emdp.org</a> 01403 266000</p> <p>Closing date: 27<sup>th</sup> May</p> <p>&nbsp;A Job Description and Person Specification is available upon request.</p> Mon, 16 May 2011 10:03:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=261 Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet - 21 May http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=260 <p>Saturday, 21 May (7.30pm-11pm)</p> <p>St. Swithun&rsquo;s Church Hall, Hither Green, SE13 6QE&nbsp; (off Hither Green Lane )</p> <p>South East London&rsquo;s popular 70&rsquo;s and 80&rsquo;s knees-up for grown-ups in back with another evening of boogying.</p> <p><strong>Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet!</strong>&nbsp; is the launch Party for <a href="http://ourhithergreen.co.uk/">Hither Green Week</a>, 9 days of community events, including music, comedy, history walks and family events.</p> <p><strong>DJ Lord Ant</strong>, who did the warm-up set for Chic at last year&rsquo;s Bestival,is on the decks, with dance line-ups so you can get into the groove and singers Goodtimes blasting out classic floor fillers, plus free retro sweets and ice pops.</p> <p>Even the church hall venue is a bit of a blast from the past &ndash; although back in the day you would never have had a female vicar running the bar!</p> <p>Haven&rsquo;t Stopped Dancing Yet! , a fabulous night of 70&rsquo;s &amp; 80&rsquo;s soul, funk and disco - for people who remember the tunes first time round and still want to party.</p> <p>Nearest Station: Hither Green</p> <p>Tickets &pound;10 in advance ( &pound;12 on the door) available from&nbsp; local outlets or by calling&nbsp; 0796 716 3247 or via WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).</p> <p>For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk/">www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 11:45:52 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=260 Creative Visions: Choreographing the Body in Photography http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=259 <p><strong>What:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Workshop</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Newington Dance Space, 231 Church St London N16 9HP</p> <p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp; Saturday 4 June 14.30-18.30</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &pound;35/&pound;30 concession</p> <p>This workshop is specifically designed to facilitate dancers and choreographers creative vision, using photography as a tool to enhance the individual&rsquo;s own existing practice.</p> <p>Images are often used as stimulus for the creation of movement. This workshop takes this one step further, considering the approach to taking an image to be a part of the choreographic process. Working this way offers new perspectives for viewing work and developing on skills already acquired.</p> <p>Understanding the importance of images in the promotion of work is also a valuable tool for developing and expanding audiences. A good image may not only be used to promote a specific piece, but can be used to promote a whole programme. An image becomes synonymous to a particular piece or company, so how do you create the right picture? and what constitutes a good image?</p> <p>Exploring the correlation between the two artistic practices, this workshop will begin to unpick these questions, allowing the individual to establish their own relationship with dance and photography.</p> <p>The workshop will be divided into three sections. For the first part we will primarily use improvisation to explore new ways of looking at our relationship to movement. Placing the work of photographers in to context, the next stage will explore the narrative and abstract elements of both dance and photography and their relationship to the individual&rsquo;s own choreographic practice. The workshop will finish with a choreographic task, creating images around a subject relevant to the individual.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rachel is professionally trained in both dance and photography, graduating from Laban in 2003 and from the London College in Communication in 2007. Rachel has produced publicity material for Akram Khan Company, Laban, Southbank Centre, Foundation for Community Dance, Greenwich Dance, Arts Council England&nbsp;- Big Dance and the University of Bedfordshire. She is also a collaborator with Spiral Dansflokkur, an Icelandic dance company based in Reykjavik.</p> <p>Her work has been exhibited as part of Humane (2004) and WHAT NOW (2009) in London and at the BCA gallery in Bedford.</p> <p>Rachel also teaches dance and photography workshops and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. She has also taught dance and photography as part of the Young Apprenticeship Scheme at Laban.</p> <p>No previous knowledge of photography is required for this workshop. However you must bring your own camera. Please feel free to bring along a tripod if you have one (this is optional)</p> <p>There are only 15 spaces available. Please book in advance in order to secure your place on the course.</p> <p>For further details or to book your place on the workshop, please contact Rachel&nbsp;</p> <p>Email: mail@rachelcherry.co.uk</p> <p>Mobile: 0783 509 2078</p> <p>Website: <a href="http://www.rachelcherry.co.uk">www.rachelcherry.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 13:29:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=259 Big Dance and University of East London Dance at Buckingham Palace http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=258 <p>Big Dance were delighted to team up with the University of East London's 2nd Year Dance: Urban Practice Students to perform at Flash Mob dance routine outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on Monday, 9 May.</p> <p>Students from University of East London studying the Big Dance module were joined by dancers from Creative Academy,&nbsp; Middlesex University, London Contemporary Dance School, Havering Schools, The Turbelles and Ultimate Dance NRG to make up a company of 130 dancers.</p> <p>They performed the choreography by by Anna Buonomo with a sound mix provided by Michael Floyd of M.O. Creatives Ltd between the Palace Gates and The Queen Victoria Memorial just before the changing of the guard. Stunned tourists watched on as the dancers emerged from the crowd to perform a 6-minute dance piece.</p> <p>For pictures, click <a title="here" href="../image_gallery.php?d=Big+Dance+Royal+Flash+Mob" target="_self">here</a> and for the video, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_ie_xbrDx0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 12:31:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=258 Performance Opportunity with Luca Silvestrini's Protein and Greenwich Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=257 <p>Be part of a performance called <em>Crossroads </em>created by Luca Silvestrini, artistic director of Protein. Greenwich Dance is looking for people who love to dance, sing or play music &nbsp;to be involved in this work that will be staged outdoors within the stunning grounds of the Royal Naval College this summer. It is completely free to participate and no previous experience is required. Interested? Then come to a taster workshop to find out what <em>Crossroads </em>is all about.</p> <li><strong>There is no age limit: We want everybody from toddlers to octogenarians to get dancing with us!</strong></li> <li><strong>No previous experience is required</strong></li> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Workshops</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Parents and Young Children Aged 0-5 </strong></p> <p>Thursday 12 May, 1.30-2.30pm &amp; Wednesday 18 May, 10.00- 11.00am</p> <p><strong>Children Aged 6-12 (parents welcome) </strong></p> <p>Saturday 7 May, 1.30-2.30pm &amp; Thursday 12 May, 4.30-5.30pm</p> <p><strong>Young People Aged 13-20 </strong></p> <p>Saturday 7 May, 11.30am-12.30pm &amp; Monday 9 May, 4.45-6.00pm</p> <p><strong>Adults 20+ </strong></p> <p>Saturday 7 May, 10-00-11.00am, Tuesday 10 May, 1.15-2.30pm&nbsp; &amp; Monday 16 May, &nbsp;8.15-9.30pm</p> <p><strong>Older People (60+) </strong></p> <p>Thursday 12 May, 2.30-3.30pm &amp; Wednesday 18 May, 11.30am-12.30pm</p> <p>Rehearsals from May to June (mostly at weekends)</p> <p>For more information, please&nbsp;click <a title="here" href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/dance/opportunity/performance_opportunity_with_luca_silvestrinis_protein_and_greenwich_d" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London.</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:20:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=257 Applications open for London Youth Dance Weekend http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=256 <p>9-10 July 2011</p> <p>Applications are now open for London Youth Dance Weekend.</p> <p>The weekend is an annual event that sees more than 40 youth dance and schools dance groups from across London perform in the The Scoop next to the iconic City Hall.</p> <p>Applications are on a first come first serve basis... so get your application in NOW.</p> <p>For more details and to apply, please visit: <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=2046">http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=2046</a></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 09:19:03 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=256 Big Dance - Going National http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=255 <p>With almost one-year to go until the 7-week countdown for Big Dance Week (7-15 July 2012), Big Dance are delighted to announce that the programme is going national.</p> <p>Building on the successful London programme, funded by <a href="http://www.legacytrustuk.org/">Legacy Trust UK</a>&nbsp;and delivered by the&nbsp;<a title="Mayor of London" href="http://www.london.gov.uk/" target="_blank">Mayor of London</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/">Arts Council England</a>, the <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/" target="_blank">Foundation for Community Dance</a> will co-ordinate a national network of dance organisations. This network&nbsp;includes: <a href="http://www.dance4.co.uk/">Dance4</a>, <a href="http://www.dancecity.co.uk/">Dance City</a>, <a href="http://www.danceeast.co.uk/">DanceEast</a>, <a href="http://www.dancesouthwest.org.uk/">Dance South West</a>, <a href="http://www.mdi.org.uk/">Merseyside Dance Initiative</a>, <a href="http://www.southeastdance.org.uk/">South East Dance</a>, <a href="http://www.yorkshiredance.com/">Yorkshire Dance</a>, <a href="http://www.cdet.org.uk/">Council for Dance Education and Training</a>, <a href="http://www.dancechampions.org/">Dance Champions</a>, <a href="http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/">Sport and Recreation Alliance</a>, <a href="http://www.yde.org.uk/">Youth Dance England</a>&nbsp;and the dance takes the lead consortia.</p> <p>The programme in London conitnues to be delivered by the 5 Big Dance Hubs: <a href="http://www.eastlondondance.org/">East London Dance</a>, <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/">English National Ballet</a>, <a title="Greenwich Dance" href="http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenwich Dance</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>, <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/">Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</a> and <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/">Siobhan Davies Dance</a></p> <p>Wayne McGregor, Artistic Director of <a href="http://www.randomdance.org/" target="_blank">Wayne McGregor|Random Dance</a>, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, set out his vision for his largescale, collaborative piece to be performed in Trafalgar Square on 14 July 2012.</p> <p>For the full press release, please visit our <a href="../asset_library.php" target="_self">media downloads</a> page.</p> Wed, 04 May 2011 15:25:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=255 Wheelchair Dance Sport Instructors Course http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=254 <p>The course follows the <strong>rules and regulations of the International Paralympic Committee and the Wheelchair Dance Sport Committee</strong>. It is run in association with UKWDSA (<a href="http://ukwheelchairdancesport.com/" target="_blank">http://ukwheelchairdancesport.com/</a>).</p> <p>This is a<strong>&nbsp;six-day&nbsp;</strong><strong>intensive</strong> course from <strong>Sunday 24 July to Friday 29 July</strong> and <strong>costs &pound;850 per person.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>The course leads to a basic instructors certificate if successful and placement onto the register of<strong> qualified instructors of Wheelchair Dance Sport</strong>. The course leaders are registered as approved wheelchair dance instructors.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are <strong>ONLY 14 places available&nbsp;</strong> - <strong>BOOK&nbsp;NOW</strong> to avoid disappointment.&nbsp;The <strong>closing date</strong> to book a place on the course is <strong>Friday 27th May</strong>.</p> <p>The course is organised by Everybody Dance:&nbsp;to book&nbsp;please email <a href="mailto:dancingwheelchairs@yahoo.co.uk">dancingwheelchairs@yahoo.co.uk</a> or call the numbers below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wendy Jackson</p> <p>Community Engagement Director</p> <p>07866 808549</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Stuart Barrett&nbsp;</p> <p>Development Director&nbsp;</p> <p>07795 517876</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:45:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=254 Akademi is looking for male dancers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=253 <p class="style1">Two male dancers, playing age 20-35, required for a brand new dance production by Akademi South Asian Dance UK. Dancers must have strong base in Classical and Contemporary dance training, preferably with experience and interest in contact improvisation and partner work.</p> <p class="style1">The production will be developed throughout May for performances in summer and autumn 2011. All applicants must be available for rehearsals from 9 May &ndash; 2 June, the preview on Friday 3 June and performances during the first week of August. Pay is in line with TMA/Equity and ITC weekly rates for professional dancers.</p> <p><strong>Auditions will be held in London on Saturday 9th April.</strong> To be considered, please email your CV and headshot in the first instance to Dance Production Officer Lydia Fraser-Ward at <a title="mailto:lydia@akademi.co.uk" href="mailto:lydia@akademi.co.uk">lydia@akademi.co.uk</a>.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:59:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=253 Celebrating Dance Photographers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=252 <p>We're giving a big cheer to some of the dance photographers that we have worked with over the years. Their talents mean that we can tell the story of Big Dance through arresting and incredible images.</p> <p>You can find out what inspires them about dance and get some expert tips photographing dance yourself: <a href="../photographers.php">http://www.bigdance2012.com/photographers.php</a></p> <p><strong>Other ways to enjoy dance photography</strong></p> <p><strong>Still Moving</strong></p> <p>This exhibition&nbsp;uses choreography as a stimulus for photography and film. It's on display at Siobhan Davies Studios (18 March-9 April) and then on tour in South London. For more details, click <a title="here" href="../news.php?id=248" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p><strong>A Flash of Light: The Dance Photography of Chris Nash</strong></p> <p>The exhibition at the V&amp;A (19 March-29 August) displays three decades of&nbsp;Chris Nash's&nbsp;most significant work. For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1027/a-flash-of-light-the-dance-photography-of-chris-nash-1982/" target="_blank">here</a>. He will also be offering <a title="masterclasses" href="http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1116/#booking" target="_blank">masterclasses</a>&nbsp;on 7 May.</p> <p><strong>Right Then, Right There</strong></p> <p>Bex Singleton, who took part in Siobhan Davies Dance's <em>Capture </em>photography course - run by Pari Naderi, has a solo exhibition at The Cube. She presents an alternative perspective on the body by working with a range of subjects from dancers to cage fighters. 24 March onwards. For more information, visit: <a onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" href="http://thecubelondon.com/">http://thecubelondon.com/</a></p> <p>For more information on up-to-date listings, please visit: <a href="http://www.londondance.com">www.londondance.com</a></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:04:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=252 London Youth Dance SpaceXchange http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=251 <p><strong><em>Youth Dance SpaceXchange</em></strong> is a London Youth Dance pan London project designed to reward youth and school dance groups who volunteer their time to their local community by offering pro rata free access to dance space in order to develop their dance activity. The project is funded by a London Councils strand which aims to enhance Londoners ability to engage with volunteering opportunities in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.</p> <p>Youth dance groups will be offered Development Bursaries to help support their growth and sustainability. The bursary may go towards space hire, costumes, equipment, training<strong> </strong>or any other need of the group.&nbsp; In return for the Development Bursary, the group will be expected to volunteer their time to the supporting agency in a way deemed suitable to both parties.</p> <p>London Youth Dance, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells has divided the London Boroughs into sub regional hubs and the SpaceXchange Partners will distribute a cluster of Development Bursaries to a number of locally based groups. Partners will identify groups they feel would benefit from the support offered by the Bursary. The SpaceXchange Partner will also agree and set suitable volunteering tasks for the group in return for the support offered. Examples might be to promote events, encourage friends to sign up to their website and volunteer at dance events.</p> <p>All Big Dance Hubs (<a title="East London Dance" href="http://www.eastlondondance.org/" target="_blank">East London Dance</a>, <a title="English National Ballet" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/" target="_blank">English National Ballet</a>, <a title="Greenwich Dance" href="http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenwich Dance</a>, <a title="Sadler's Wells" href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/" target="_blank">Sadler's Wells</a> and <a title="Siobhan Davies Dance" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/" target="_blank">Siobhan Davies Dance</a>) are partners in SpaceXchange.</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:17:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=251 Greater London Authority Cultural Volunteering Survey http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=250 <p>The GLA in partnership with the London Cultural Quarters' are undertaking an audit to get a broad picture of volunteering practice across the cultural sector in London. As part of this work they would like to invite all London based cultural organisations to participate in this short on-line survey. The information will be used to identify existing practice and help develop a strategic plan for the sector. They will not cite your name or organisation to any specific comment produced from the analysis.</p> <p>Please follow the link below to complete the survey: <a href="http://static.london.gov.uk/surveys/yov/your_organisation_and_volunteering.htm">http://static.london.gov.uk/surveys/yov/your_organisation_and_volunteering.htm</a></p> <p>As well as developing a strategic plan for the cultural sector, they are aiming to produce some case studies to highlight some great practice in the sector.</p> <p>If you have any case studies that highlight good practice in the following three areas, please contact, Rebecca Phillips, Co-ordinator of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter:<a href="mailto:rebecca@fluentconsulting.co.uk">rebecca@fluentconsulting.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>Volunteering - how it can change organisations</strong> <br /><strong>Volunteering - how it can offer unique experience for volunteer</strong> <br /><strong>Good practice - management and support of volunteers</strong> <br /><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Deadline for the Survey: Monday, 4 April 2011.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:28:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=250 Dance United chosen as Royal Wedding Charity http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=249 <p>Dance United &ndash; a charity which uses dance to radically transform young lives &ndash; has been chosen by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton as one of the charities to benefit from the Royal Couple&rsquo;s wedding gift fund.</p> <p>The Royal Couple have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift to consider giving instead to a charitable fund. Dance United is one of 26 charities personally chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton. Each charity has a particular resonance for the Royal Couple and reflects issues in which they are personally interested.</p> <p>Dance United uses intensive contemporary dance training to dramatically change the lives of children and young people who are marginalised, affected by poverty, social inequality, crime or lack of opportunity. From Bradford to Berlin to street children in Ethiopia, Dance United provides a rite of passage from a difficult childhood to a potentially more fulfilling adulthood.</p> <p>Andrew Coggins, Chief Executive of Dance United, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;We are honoured to have been chosen by the Royal Couple. This is a wonderful recognition of the company&rsquo;s achievements. At the heart of Dance United&rsquo;s work are young people who face extremely challenging circumstances. On their behalf, we extend our sincere thanks to Prince William and Miss Middleton for this signal honour and wish the Royal Couple all the very best for their future together.&rdquo;</p> <p>Donations can be made through the website <a href="http://www.royalweddingcharityfund.org">www.royalweddingcharityfund.org</a></p> <p>For more information on Dance United, please visit: <a href="http://www.dance-united.com">http://www.dance-united.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:30:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=249 Still Moving Exhibition Opens 18 March http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=248 <p><em>Still Moving</em><em> </em>is a touring exhibition by Siobhan Davies Dance which investigates choreography as a stimulus for photography and film. It opens on 18 March at Siobhan Davies Studios alongside a new work created by Lucy Cash, and will then travel to libraries and theatres across south London.</p> <p><em>Still Moving</em> showcases work by participants from Siobhan Davies Dance's <em>Capture*</em> dance photography course and <em>Seven Ways South</em>, a short film commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance for Big Dance 2010. This exhibition focuses on the creative choices of those who move and those who watch, to create a dialogue between these art forms.</p> <p>The visual art exhibition will be accompanied by a movement workshop for adults, <em>Composing from Everyday Life</em>. Participants will explore ways of composing images with both objects and bodies, that begin inside a frame but without a camera, playfully drawing on the ways that we make patterns in every day life. Suitable for anyone interested in choreography and composition. No previous experience necessary.</p> <p>The exhibition will tour to the following venues:</p> <p><strong>Siobhan Davies Studios, Southwark</strong><br />18 March &ndash; 9 April<strong><br /></strong><br /><strong><a href="http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/directory_record/595/putney_library" target="_blank">Putney Library, Wandsworth</a></strong><br />9 &ndash; 27 May<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/home" target="_blank">Rose Theatre, Kingston</a></strong> <br />31 May &ndash; 15 June<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.secombetheatre.co.uk/" target="_blank">Secombe Theatre, Sutton</a></strong><br />18 June &ndash; 13 July<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/ParksGreenSpaces/EventsInParks/LambethCountryShow.htm" target="_blank">Lambeth Country Show</a></strong><br />16 &amp; 17 July<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/croydonlibs/theathlib" target="_top">Thornton Heath Library, Croydon</a></strong> <br />22 July &ndash; 10 August<strong><br /></strong><br /><strong><a href="http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/leisure/libraries/the_hook_centre.htm" target="_top">The Hook Centre</a>&nbsp;</strong> <br />14 Sep &nbsp;&ndash; 5 Oct<strong><br /></strong><br /><strong>Southwark</strong><br />Dates and venue TBC</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/studios/events/current/still-moving.html">http://www.siobhandavies.com/studios/events/current/still-moving.html</a></p> <p>*Through <em>Capture</em>, budding photographers worked alongside established dance photographer Pari Naderi. She worked closely with each participant to explore different techniques and approaches to capturing dance and movement on camera. Each participant&nbsp;was given the assignment to photograph dance events during the Big Dance celebrations, to document the events and leading towards an exhibition of the work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:11:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=248 ITV are Looking for Talented Dancers aged 9-15 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=247 <p>A new ITV show, 'Born to Shine' is looking for talented performers to take part in a series over the summer. It will feature a mix of liver performance, celebrity challenges, guest stars and public voting. You will also have the chance to teach a celebrity your skill.</p> <p>If you're aged 9-15 and would like a chance to perform live to the nation, 'Born to Shine' would like to hear from you.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be up against stiff competition as each week they will have other super-talented young stars who&rsquo;ve trained their own celebrity prot&eacute;g&eacute; all battling to get through to the finals. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you think you are <em><strong>Born to Shine</strong></em> and up for the challenge then contact Mike or Lucy on: 020 7157 4770 or 020 7157 4817</p> <p>Please ask permission of your parents/guardians before you call or email</p> <p>Standard geographical charges apply&nbsp;</p> <p>For terms &amp; condition see <span style="text-decoration: underline;">itv.com/terms</span></p> <p>Closing Date is 1<sup>st</sup> May 2011</p> <p>Or email: <a href="mailto:BorntoShine@itv.com">BorntoShine@itv.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:02:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=247 Volunteers needed for London Salsa World Record Attempt http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=246 <p>London Salsa are looking for 20 volunteers to help support their world record attempt on <strong>24 April 2011</strong> &ndash; 7pm-6am &ndash; at La Scala.</p> <p>Your help will be needed for half an hour between <strong>10pm-11pm. </strong>You will need to watch and count 25 couples dance for a 5-minute period and then sign a short statement. In return, you&rsquo;ll get a <strong>free</strong> ticket to the event, a <strong>free</strong> salsa lesson and will hopefully be able to enjoy an evening of salsa before and after the world record attempt.</p> <p>One lucky volunteer will also be able to win a voucher worth <strong>&pound;50</strong> from <a href="http://www.wotif.com/">www.wotif.com</a>.</p> <p>For more information on the event, please click here: <a href="http://www.londonsalsa.co.uk/newsListings.php?newsID=422&amp;ReadMore=1&amp;Mode=News">http://www.londonsalsa.co.uk/newsListings.php?newsID=422&amp;ReadMore=1&amp;Mode=News</a></p> <p>If you would like to take part or need further information, please email: <a href="mailto:admin@globaldancecard.co.uk">admin@globaldancecard.co.uk</a> or call 020 8998 1551</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:32:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=246 Dance Wembley Stadium http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=245 <p><a title="IdeasTap" href="http://www.ideastap.com/" target="_blank">IdeasTap</a> are looking for 328 dancers to perform at the opening of the Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium on 28 May 2011.</p> <p>This opportunity is open to 18-30 year olds only.</p> <p>You do not need to have professional dance experience, although they will be looking for a good level of fitness, coordination, time keeping and spatial awareness.</p> <p>For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/cb7706ea-ffc1-40b1-a684-9e9f00b7808f#Overview" target="_blank">here</a></p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:57:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=245 Sadler's Wells Summer University 2011 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=244 <p><strong>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells Summer University</strong> offers up to 15 young professionals the unique chance to take part in a two week intensive led by award-winning choreographer and author Jonathan Burrows. Focussing on choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, the course questions how a dance can be made and what it might communicate to somebody watching. The course is free, and projected to run each summer over four years with the same group of artists. <br /><br />This course is suitable for artists from all areas of dance, who are interested in re-examining and extending their own process and practice. Selection will be via open application, and participants should have no more than five years professional choreographic experience.</p> <p><strong>Application deadline: </strong>Monday 11 April 2011<strong><br /><strong>Interviews: </strong></strong>Tuesday 3 &amp; Wednesday 4 May 2011<strong><br /><strong>Invited artists informed: </strong></strong>Friday 6 May 2011</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="../tiny_mce/plugins/paste/www.sadlerswells.com/jerwoodstudio"><strong>www.sadlerswells.com/jerwoodstudio</strong></a><br />or contact Sunita Pandya, Projects Manager: <a href="mailto:sunita.pandya@sadlerswells.com"><strong>sunita.pandya@sadlerswells.com</strong></a></p> <p><br />Part of the <em>Jerwood Studio at Sadler&rsquo;s Wells </em>research programme. Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is committed to delivering an accessible dance programme, developing opportunities for participation and encouraging disabled and Deaf artists to engage in all aspects of dance. Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is a fully accessible building</p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells in the Big Dance Hub in North London</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:01:48 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=244 Master Classes at Sadler's Wells http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=242 <p>Sadler's Wells is presenting a weekend of masterclasses with top artists for Big Dance.</p> <p>The classes are for those who are of an intermediate or advanced level or who are at the beginning of their professional career as a dancer. Each session includes a technique class and opportunity to learn choreography, as well as giving an insight into the professional dance world.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday, 19 March 2011</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Wayne McGregor l Random Dance</strong></p> <p>10.30am-1pm</p> <p><strong>Jasmin Vardimon Company</strong></p> <p>11.00am-1.30pm</p> <p><strong>New Adventures</strong></p> <p>2.30pm-5pm</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday, 20 March</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Kate Prince l Zoonation</strong></p> <p>10.30am-1.30pm</p> <p><strong>Rambert Dance Company</strong></p> <p>11.00am-1.30pm</p> <p><strong>Hofesh Shechter</strong></p> <p>2.30pm-5pm</p> <p><strong>Shoes</strong></p> <p>2.00pm-4.30pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadler's Wells is the Big Dance Hub in North London</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:45:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=242 World Championship in Modern Dance Sport - Including Disabled Dance Championships http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=241 <p>IDF and I Love Salsa are looking for participants to take part in the 10th World Championship in Modern Dance Sport - <strong><em>24-31 May 2012</em></strong> in Eastbourne.</p> <p>This event incorporates the 2nd <strong>Disabled Dance Championship</strong>.</p> <p>They are currently looking for:</p> <ul> <li>Solo/duos in all dance genres</li> <li>Teachers in all dance genres</li> <li>Retailers of dancewear/shoes</li> <li>Schools interested in joining competition</li> <li>Disabled dancers/groups</li> </ul> <p>For more details contact:</p> <p><a href="mailto:info@ilovesalsa.com">info@ilovesalsa.com</a>&nbsp;or</p> <p>020 8475 0666</p> <p><a href="http://www.ilovesalsa.com">www.ilovesalsa.com</a> <a href="http://www.idfdance.com">www.idfdance.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:47:33 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=241 Studio Space Available in East London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=240 <p>If you're looking for studio space in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2011, movingeast has space available:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>13 - 18 March: 9.30am-5.30pm</p> <p>21 - 25&nbsp;March: 9.30am-5.30pm<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>27 March: 9.30am-5.30pm</p> <p>18&nbsp;- 22 April: 9.30am &ndash; 5.30pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Good availability from 26<sup>th</sup> April through to end of year</p> <p>Please check the online calendar for details: <a href="http://www.movingeast.co.uk/booking.html">http://www.movingeast.co.uk/booking.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>moving<em>east</em></p> <p>St Matthias Church Hall</p> <p>Wordsworth Rd</p> <p>Stoke Newington</p> <p>London N16 8DD</p> <p>Tel: 020 7503 3101</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:06:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=240 Big Dance Interview Sofa at Move It (11-13 March) http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=239 <p>Big Dance will be bringing you a programme of interviews and talks at MOVE IT&nbsp;2011.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a change to the usual seminars programme at MOVE IT, the Big Dance Interview Sofa will be hosting a range of famous faces and dance professionals throughout the weekend.</p> <p>Big Dance Director, Jacqueline Rose, will be leading 'Big Dance in conversation with...' sessions and guests include choreographers Jeanefer Jean-Charles and Luca Silvestrini.</p> <p>Also gracing the sofa will be Arlene Phillips, Tommy Franzen, Lizzie Gough and Akai.</p> <p>As well as famous faces there will be professionals from the world of dance giving careers advice and information on staying healthy as a dancer.</p> <p>All this plus much much more.&nbsp;And over the three days, you can also take part in&nbsp;masterclasses and&nbsp;workshops and watch&nbsp;performances from the likes of ZooNation, Boy Blue, Ballet Boyz and Flawless.</p> <p>For more information about the Big Dance Interview Sofa, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=105/t=m/goSection=12" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>For general information on MOVE IT and to book tickets, click <a title="here" href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:30:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=239 Female Dancer wanted for Bicycle Ballet http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=238 <p>Working title &lsquo;Where are the girls when the boys are learning to bunny hop?&rsquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you love cycling and can you make your bike dance?</p> <p>Bicycle Ballet is looking for an exciting, dynamic and brave dancer/ performer for a new, physically demanding, outdoor touring show, which will use elements of character work and clowning as well as dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bicycle Ballet are looking for a strong female dancer/performer to work alongside circus performer and trick cyclist, Paddy Waters.&nbsp; The show will look at differing male/female approaches to their bikes through the changing relationships of a brother and sister to each other and their bikes.</p> <p>Experience or understanding of outdoor and participative work may be an advantage, and a bicycle is a must.</p> <p><strong>Audition date</strong>:&nbsp; Sunday 27 March, 11am-4pm, Central London, venue tbc</p> <p>Rehearsal dates are to be confirmed, but will include 2-6 May.&nbsp; Other possible dates include, 18-21 May and also June dates to be confirmed.</p> <p>Bookings throughout the summer penciled, awaiting confirmations currently include:&nbsp; Scratch performance on 22 May; 16/17 July; 29 August and 2 dates in September.&nbsp; Further bookings anticipated.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please send a CV and photo to: <a href="mailto:bicycle_ballet@yahoo.co.uk">bicycle_ballet@yahoo.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>www.bicycleballet.co.uk</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:19:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=238 EQUALS & Annie Lennox Present Soul Train for International Women's Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=237 <p>In true Big Dance style <a title="EQUALS" href="http://www.weareequals.org/" target="_blank">EQUALS</a>&nbsp;is presenting Soul Train in celebration of the 100th International Women's Day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The flagship EQUALS soul train will be in London, UK, at <strong>Jubilee Gardens by the London Eye, from 3pm &ndash; 6pm on 8 March</strong>. So get your invite out to your EQUALS dance partner, limber up, and practice throwing those shapes. The EQUALS soul train is coming&hellip;</p> <p>At Jubilee Gardens,&nbsp;they'll have DJs, celebrity MCs, dance troops and you, the wonderful dancing public to entertain and wow us all with your grooves&hellip;. Annie Lennox will be there to kick us off and we want hundreds of people soul training together for equality on International Women&rsquo;s Day, so gather your people, your crew, your family or your whole office, and come and show dance strength and stamina. Or simply grab a partner in your lunch break and come and shake it down with us for an hour&hellip; The EQUALS soul train needs your groove&hellip;</p> <p>Dress up in 70s gear, dress down in Tuesday work gear, come as a suffragette, pop on your favourite flares &ndash; whatever. Just be there.</p> <p>Why not organise your own Soul Train?</p> <p>To celebrate International Women&rsquo;s Day and step up the call for equality between men and women all over the world, EQUALS would love you to organise your own soul train your way - at your school, community centre, office, Friday night club haunt, the train station, anywhere and everywhere that will raise a smile!</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re already organising a bit of a do for International Women&rsquo;s Day, whether that&rsquo;s a conference, dinner party or a club night,&nbsp;they'd love you to rub a bit of soul on it and have a soul train moment at your event. And don&rsquo;t be shy, capture the moment of soul train equality on video and share it with the world on the <a title="EQUALS channel" href="http://www.youtube.com/user/WeAreEquals" target="_blank">EQUALS channel</a>!<span id="_marker">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span id="_marker">For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.weareequals.org/">http://www.weareequals.org/</a></span></span></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:03:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=237 Big Dance takes dance to the workplace http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=236 <p><strong>Introduction</strong></p> <p>Dance to Work is a programme of dance in workplaces across London. It aims to demonstrate the potential for dance to improve well being in the workplace. With funding from <a href="http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/">Arts Council England&rsquo;s</a> <em>Grants for the arts</em> programme and <a href="http://www.legacytrustuk.org/">Legacy Trust UK</a>, the <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/hubs.php">Big Dance Hubs</a> are working together to engage hundreds of people in diverse, creative and innovative experiences in their place of work. Each Hub is working with three employers.</p> <p>Two dance artists from each Hub will create tailor-made dance projects for each workplace, culminating in a dance film created by film artist Roswitha Cheshire that explores the idea of &lsquo;dance at work&rsquo; and a final celebratory event.</p> <p>Dance to Work projects may be desk-based, take place at lunch-times or after work, and address a range of topics including:</p> <ul> <li>Posture, alignment and flexibility to address fatigue and repetitive stress </li> <li>Attitude and motivation</li> <li>Team-building and leadership</li> </ul> <p>There will also be opportunities to go and see dance performances and other art forms, work with live music and explore aspects of dance production such as design and lighting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Partners</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">South London</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/">Siobhan Davies Dance</a></span></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is working with dance artists Tammy Arjona and Joe Moran, who will lead groups in a course of dance workshops. The sessions involve choreographic tasks responding to a variety of stimulus, allowing them to accumulate movement material in groups and individually.</p> <p>Three Wandsworth based theatre organisations, <strong>Battersea Arts Centre, TARA Arts and Theatre 503</strong> have joined forces for their staff to take part together, helping to build creative relationships between the organisations.</p> <p><strong>Lambeth Mencap</strong> is an established voluntary organisation which provides a range of services to people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Their staff will make use of the dance sessions to explore creative approaches to working and interacting within the organisation, and focus on their own wellbeing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">East London: <a href="http://www.eastlondondance.org/">East London Dance</a></span></p> <p>East London Dance is working with dance artists Vicki Igbokwe and Jeanefer Jean-Charles. They will be working with library staff at the&nbsp;<strong>Idea Stores </strong>in Whitechapel and&nbsp;with dinner ladies, cleaning staff and meals on wheels caterers from across <strong>Tower Hamlets Contract Services. </strong></p> <p>All participants will come together at the end of the project for a Family Day of Dance to find out what dance classes are in their area and how they can continue dancing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">North London: <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/">Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</a></span></p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is thrilled to be part of the Dance to Work project and very excited to be working with employers in north London. Dance artists Tim Casson and Cheryl McChesney are delivering the dance programmes in north London. Work has already stared on this project with fun half hour lunchtime dance sessions happening at the offices of <strong>UNICEF</strong> and <strong>Islington Council</strong> where employees could get away from their desks, stretch their limbs and be creative before heading off to lunch.</p> <p>Both these organisations have embraced this project and are also hosting 6 weeks of creative dance workshops for their employees at their places of work, the groups will work together with the help of a dance artist to create an innovative piece of dance to be performed to an audience of family and friends. For additional information please contact <a title="blocked::mailto:connect@sadlerwells.com" href="mailto:connect@sadlerwells.com">connect@sadlerwells.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">South East London: <a href="http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/">Greenwich Dance</a></span></p> <p>Greenwich Dance is working with dance artists Temujin Gill and MIKS dance company. They have been getting staff at <strong>Greenwich NHS</strong> moving by running weekly jazz and contemporary classes at Memorial Hospital. Staff members from across the hospital &ndash; including physiotherapists, Children&rsquo;s Occupational Therapists and senior managers - are working with the artist Temujin Gill to create a dance. Later, the staff will collaborate with Roswitha Chesher to make a dance film which will be used to inspire others to be physically active and enjoy dancing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">West London: <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/">English National Ballet</a></span></p> <p>English National Ballet is working with dance artists Laura Harvey and Danielle Jones to deliver Dance to Work sessions in west London.</p> <p>Weekly dance workshops at <strong>L&rsquo;Oreal</strong> begin on 21 February for ten weeks. Over 40 L&rsquo;Oreal employees will be exploring creative movement based around ballet and contemporary choreography. L&rsquo;Oreal employees will be featured in a dance film made by Roswitha Cheshire.</p> <p>Weekly dance classes also begin at <strong>Pitshanger Lane</strong> in Ealing in February. A group of staff from shops including the pharmacy, estate agent, florist and vet surgery on Pitshanger Lane will get together on a weekly basis to have a fun and creative dance class. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Well being at work</strong></p> <p><em>Dance to Work</em> is being delivered in the context of an increased emphasis on the importance of physical and mental well being of people at work. As awareness is raised and evidence is gathered and communicated, this has become more of a priority than ever for employers. The Government began implementing its programme <em>Improving Health and Work: Changing Lives</em> throughout 2009 and 2010. This programme includes:</p> <ul> <li>The appointment of Health, Work and Wellbeing Coordinators across the UK. The Big Dance Hubs are working in partnership with the Health, Work and Wellbeing Coordinator for London to deliver <em>Dance to Work</em>. </li> <li>The Workplace Wellbeing Tool for employers to calculate the cost of poor employee health and help them to evaluate investment in solutions. Accessible from <a href="http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/wwt">http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/wwt</a> </li> <li>Training for GPs and changes to the way that they work with employers to assess the wellbeing of employees;</li> <li>Investment in the infrastructure for workplace health including an adviceline, a challenge fund and a central organisation for the promotion and advocacy of wellbeing at work.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about this Government initiative: <a href="http://www.workingforhealth.gov.uk/">www.workingforhealth.gov.uk</a>.</p> <p>In addition there are other health and wellbeing initiatives encouraging adults to become more active:</p> <ul> <li>Change for Life points out that dancing is one of the most versatile and enjoyable ways to increase physical activity and improve health and wellbeing. <a href="http://www.nhs.uk/change4life">www.nhs.uk/change4life</a> </li> <li>Active Workplaces is a Department of Health initiative delivered by the five London Pro-Active Sport and Physical Activity Partnerships and the Centre for Workplace Health at St Mary&rsquo;s University. This one year project is enabling 20 organisations in London to engage employees with tailored programmes of physical activity. </li> </ul> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:26:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=236 National Coordinator vacancy at Big Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=235 <p>Big Dance is looking to appoint a National Coordinator.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/metadot/index.pl?isa=DBRow&amp;op=show&amp;dbview_id=17858&amp;id=34629" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view the job description&nbsp;on FCD&rsquo;s website.</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:58:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=235 Street Dance XXL Qualifiers 2011 Part of C4 TV Series http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=234 <p>Channel 4 will be creating an exciting 3 part series on the 2011 Street Dance XXL UK Championships, to be broadcasted to millions of viewers this summer!<br /><br />The series, part of the Summer Season on Channel 4, will start by covering the Street Dance XXL Qualifiers at MOVE IT 2011, UK's largest Dance exhibition, taking place at the acclaimed (Earls Court) Olympia, London, in March (11th, 12th, 13th). &nbsp;<br /><br />The series will also cover the Street Dance XXL UK Championships Finals in July 2011 and&nbsp; get 'up-close and personal' with the most exciting groups and it's members, so make sure you come to impress! <br /><br />This is your chance to become the most talked about street dance group in 2011!<br /><br />On each day the most impressive group at the XXL Qualifiers will also perform on the MOVE IT stage in front of up to 5,000 spectators!<br /><br />For more information visit <a href="http://www.streetdancexxl.com" target="_blank">www.streetdancexxl.com</a></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:23:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=234 Airbourne Families Parental Engagement Symposium http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=233 <p>Scarabeus Theatre in association with Archway Children&rsquo;s Centre invite you to...<br /><br />AIRBORNE FAMILIES PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM - Play, Release, Develop, Fly! <br /><br />Fri 1st April 2011 @ 11.30am-4pm at Archway Children&rsquo;s Centre, Vorley Road, Archway, N19 5HE<br /><br />The one-day Symposium focuses on the Scarabeus Airborne Families Project, a project for parents and children running in 20 Islington Schools between 2009-2011 using yoga, physical theatre and aerial dance, but also explores wider issues surrounding parental engagement.<br /><br />There will also be a CELEBRATION EVENT to mark the end of the project, for all parents, carers, children, teachers, parents support advisers, family liaisons who took part in the scheme. COME AND SHARE lots of food and good music! Plus exhibition of artwork, photos and video material<br /><br />Guest speakers and further details to be announced nearer the time. <br /><br />For more information please email info@scarabeus.co.uk or call on 020 7493 7493.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:10:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=233 Got to Dance Live postponed http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=232 <p>The organisers of Got to Dance have announced that Got to Dance Live has been postponed. An official statement follows.</p> <p><strong><em>"In staging Got To Dance Live, we are committed to the values that make the programme so popular and transferring these to a live celebratory and participatory dance experience, unique in scale, content and superior to any existing dance event. The partners (Sky, Shine Group and Media 10) remain totally committed to this principle, and to ensure it is not compromised in any way, have jointly taken the decision to postpone its planned launch from 2011 to allow for further collaboration and planning to fully realise these ambitions.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Those people who have already purchased tickets for the planned Got To Dance Live event at ExCel in March will receive a full refund, and in addition as many as possible will be offered free tickets to the remaining live shows in the programme&rsquo;s current series including the 6000+ capacity live final at Olympia. We would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by this decision and &nbsp;but ask fans of Got To Dance to watch this space for future plans. In addition to continuing to develop Got To Dance Live, Sky and Media 10 will continue to work together on Britain&rsquo;s Next Top Model Live which will be staged later this year.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>Entries into&nbsp;a competition&nbsp;to win tickets for this event&nbsp;have been automatically entered into a new competition to win tickets to an alternative event organised by Media 10&nbsp; including: Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Lice, Duke of Essex Polo Trophy or BNMT Live.</p> <p>Ideal Home Show: 11<sup>th</sup>-27<sup>th</sup> march 2011- Earls Court, London</p> <p>Grand Designs Live: 30<sup>th</sup> April- 8<sup>th</sup> May 2011, ExCeL, London</p> <p>Duke Of Essex Polo: 2<sup>nd</sup> July Gaynes Park Estate, Epping, Essex</p> <p>Britain&rsquo;s Next Top Model Live- October- Dates TBC- ExCel London</p> <p><em>Winners will be contacted by email.</em></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:15:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=232 Photos in celebration of Valentine's Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=231 <p>Big Dance is looking for dance-based photos in celebration of Valentine's Day. Two winning images will be selected to join the londondance.com ecard gallery! Have a look <a href="http://www.londondance.com/ecards.asp">http://www.londondance.com/ecards.asp</a>&nbsp; Send us your images that say 'love' in the widest of senses &amp; be appropriate for Valentine wishes. The format should be no more than 600 pixels wide or high and arrive no later that 11 February to: <a href="mailto:info@bigdance2012.com">info@bigdance2012.com</a></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:06:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=231 Dance: Changing Young Lives - 24 March http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=230 <p>Three organisations. Three continents. One shared vision.</p> <p>Sadler&rsquo;s Wells is honoured to be bringing to the UK three guest international speakers presenting inspirational examples of their work. From rehabilitating boy soldiers in Sierra Leone, addressing issues of trafficking, violence and child exploitation in India and promoting empowerment, integration and acceptance in Cambodia &ndash; dance has been used as a tool to change young lives for the better.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speakers:</p> <p>David Alan Harris &ndash; Global Wellbeing, USA</p> <p>Sohini Chakraborty &ndash; Kolkata Sanved, India</p> <p>Hannah Stevens &ndash; Epic Arts, Cambodia</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Of particular interest to arts managers, artists, practitioners, teachers, and youth services the seminar will seek to explore and celebrate the power of dance on young people&rsquo;s lives. Delegates will benefit from informal networking and sharing in addition to coming away inspired by three stories demonstrating how dance can be used to engage and rejuvenate young people who have been faced with extraordinary challenges in their home or personal lives.</p> <p><strong>Thursday 24 March 2011</strong></p> <p><strong>10.00 &ndash; 18.00</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tickets &pound;30 including lunch and drinks reception available form the ticket office on 0844 871 0090 or <a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/">www.sadlerswells.com</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Funded by Youth Dance England</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Sadler's Wells is the Big Dance Hub for North London</p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:55:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=230 Big Ice Dance Workouts Banish the Winter Blues http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=229 <p>Stars of English National Ballet joined forces with Somerset House Ice Rink to offer two weeks of lunchtime Ice Dance workouts during January.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over 300 participants were encouraged to take part in a 15 minute off ice warm-up with English National Ballet tutors accompanied by the music from <em>The Nutcracker</em>. They were then invited to put their skates on and practice their skills on the ice with a dedicated Ice Coach.</p> <p>The sessions did their job in shaking off the winter blues with skaters commenting "Fantastic Idea! Great taster session. Learnt loads of new moves. Great to learn techniques. Please do it next year with more coaching sessions!" and "Great&nbsp; confidence builder as it was our first time on the ice."</p> <p>Those that were lucky enough to attend on 13 January were put through their paces by Karen Barber, one of Britain's leading ice dancers and coach on <em>Dancing on Ice </em>to learn ice dance routines to music. One novice ice dancer commented that &ldquo;Karen Barber was fantastic - so patient and encouraging on the ice. English National Ballet&rsquo;s warm up was fun and helpful&rdquo;</p> <p>To see photos from the Big Ice Dance workouts, please click <a href="http://www.bigdance2012.com/image_gallery.php?d=Big+Ice+Dance+Workouts">here</a>.</p> <p>The Ice Rink at Somerset House has been packed away for this winter, but watch this space for details of next year&rsquo;s programme.</p> <p><a href="http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/">http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/">http://www.ballet.org.uk/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub for West London</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:23:15 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=229 New course for artists working with young people at risk http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=227 <p><strong>Working with Young People at Risk in the Youth, Arts and Cultural Sectors</strong></p> <p><strong>New Accredited 3-Day Course</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>6<sup>th</sup> May, 27<sup>th</sup> May, 24<sup>th</sup> June 2011, 9.45 am- 4 pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Paddington Arts, London </strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Artswork is pleased to be delivering the new three-day accredited* course -&lsquo;</strong>Working with Young People at Risk in the Youth, Arts and Cultural Sectors<strong>&rsquo;</strong><strong> in partnership with Paddington Arts in London. This course is being delivered as part of the &lsquo;Progress&rsquo; Project*. &lsquo;Progress&rsquo; is subsiding places for those booking on from voluntary or community organisations (See below).</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>This new practical and creative course is accredited by ABC and is suitable for anyone working with &lsquo;at risk&rsquo; young people in the youth, arts and cultural sectors. The course aims to help participants gain confidence as well as all of the relevant information, tools and techniques to work effectively with hard to reach groups, whilst promoting best practice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The course covers three main areas:</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Using the Arts with Young People at Risk</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Child Protection and Safeguarding</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Behaviour Management</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is also an element of reflective practice which runs throughout the course.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alongside attending the three course days, to gain the accreditation, participants will be asked to complete a portfolio of work that reflects their learning and applies it to their own working practice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The fees for this course, including refreshments, lunch, resources, accreditation and certification range from &pound;300-&pound;400. This particular course is being delivered as part of the &lsquo;Progress Project&rsquo;**, which is offering a &pound;100 subsidy to anyone who books on from a community or voluntary organisation. (Please note that this subsidy is only available for bookings made before the 11<sup>th</sup> March 2011.)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For more information on the course, or to book a place, please contact Artswork&rsquo;s Programme Manager- Artsplan via </strong><a title="blocked::mailto:artsplan@artswork.org.uk" href="mailto:artsplan@artswork.org.uk"><strong>artsplan@artswork.org.uk</strong></a><strong> or call 023 80682 535. Places are limited so early booking is advised.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>*</strong>(NB As at the beginning of January 2011, Artswork is awaiting final confirmation of the accreditation process. That confirmation is expected in the next 3 weeks)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>**</strong>Progress is a Children&rsquo;s Workforce Development Council funded project which provides subsidised training for the voluntary and community sector young people&rsquo;s workforce in England.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Progress seeks to deliver 25,000 accredited training opportunities to staff and volunteers working front-line with young people, between September 2010 and March 2011.</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:43:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=227 Move It 11-13 March Ticket Offer http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=226 <p><strong>A little treat for Big Dance fans - 35%* OFF tickets to MOVE IT</strong></p> <p>As a valued supporter of BIG DANCE we&rsquo;re delighted to offer you an exclusive 35%* discount to <a title="MOVE IT 2011" href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/" target="_blank">MOVE IT 2011</a>.</p> <p><strong>MOVE IT is back&hellip; </strong></p> <p>The show for dancers, dance students, dance teachers and dance enthusiasts returns for 3 incredible days!</p> <p>Taking place from the 11-13 March at London&rsquo;s Olympia, MOVE IT brings dance to the nation with an inspiring celebration of all things dance. Highlights include:</p> <ul> <li>100 Performances, 220 Classes and 180 Exhibitors</li> <li>Amazing discounts on dance products</li> <li>Meet celebrities</li> <li>NEW Big Dance Interview Sofa</li> <li>NEW Street Dance XXL Qualifiers</li> <li>NEW Flawless &lsquo;Chase the Dream&rsquo; Stage</li> <li>NEW &lsquo;The Ballroom&rsquo;</li> <li>Plus, auditions, freestyle stage, teachers careers day and masterclasses. </li> </ul> <p>Whether you love dancing, want to work in dance or simply enjoy watching it, MOVE IT 2011 is the show for you.</p> <p>Your exclusive BIG DANCE offer gives you 10% off any booking. One day advanced tickets are just &pound;9 for children and &pound;12 for adults with classes starting from just &pound;3.85. <strong>Offer ends 7<sup>th</sup> February so book today using promo code</strong> <strong>11PC5811.</strong></p> <p>To book visit the <a title="box office" href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/boxoffice" target="_blank">box office</a>.</p> <p>Whilst at the show, don&rsquo;t forget to come and visit us at the <strong>Big Dance</strong> interview sofa.<strong> </strong></p> <p>We look forward to seeing you there!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>*Compared to the price of an &lsquo;On the day&rsquo; ticket when using discount code 11PC5811.</p> <p>For information on the Big Dance interview sofa, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=105/t=m/goSection=12" target="_blank">here</a></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:14:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=226 English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer Award http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=225 <p><strong>28 February 2011, 7.30pm.</strong></p> <p>Join English National Ballet on Monday 28 February 2011 at Southbank Centre&rsquo;s Queen Elizabeth Hall for the Emerging Dancer Award. Now in its second year, English National Ballet&rsquo;s annual competition recognises and nurtures talent and encourages excellence and potential within the Company. The six Emerging Dancer nominees for 2011 are <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-artists/james-streeter.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-artists/james-streeter.html">James Streeter</a>,<a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html"> </a><a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html">Ksenia Osvanyick</a>, <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html">Laurretta Summerscales</a>, <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-artists/max-westwell.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-artists/max-westwell.html">Max Westwell</a>, <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/artist-of-the-company/artists-of-the-company.html">Shiori Kase</a>, <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-soloist/vadim-muntagirov.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-soloist/vadim-muntagirov.html">Vadim Muntagirov</a>. Each of the six nominees will perform two solos in front of a panel of judges, and last year's winner <a title="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-soloist/anais-chalendard.html" href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/first-soloist/anais-chalendard.html" target="_self">Anais Chalendard</a> will also perform a solo.</p> <p>Tickets are priced at &pound;25, &pound;20 and &pound;10 (concessions 50% off &ndash; limited availability) and can be purchased direct from Southbank Centre&rsquo;s Ticket Office on 0844 847 9910 or online at <a title="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/english-national-ballet-emerging-dancer-award-56073" href="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/english-national-ballet-emerging-dancer-award-56073" target="_blank">Southbank</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>From 10.30am until 5.30pm, in the lead up to the evening&rsquo;s performances, come along to The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre and engage with English National Ballet in a programme of free activities. Highlights of the day include morning company class and a rehearsal of Wayne Eagling&rsquo;s all male ballet, <em>Men Y Men. </em>For more information contact <a title="mailto:learning@ballet.org.uk" href="mailto:learning@ballet.org.uk">learning@ballet.org.uk</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub in West London</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:58:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=225 The Word is Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=224 <p><strong>Selected dates 19 February - 5 March</strong></p> <p>Develop your appreciation of dance with this thought-provoking dance criticism course led by English National Ballet. With sessions hosted by Westminster Libraries and facilitated by <em>The Times</em> dance critic Donald Hutera, participants will be immersed in dance analysis, discuss dance in a historical context and engage in critical thinking.</p> <p class="default">The course will run on selected dates between 19 February - 5 March 2011. The cost of the course is &pound;25 per person including a ticket to the <em>Emerging Dancer Award</em> which will take place on 28 February 2011 at Southbank Centre&rsquo;s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Participants should be living, working or studying in Westminster and be between the ages of 14-25 years. For more information contact English National Ballet&rsquo;s Department of Learning on 020 7581 1245.</p> <p class="default">&nbsp;</p> <p class="default">English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub for West London</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:51:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=224 City to City Cabaret at Greenwich Dance - 21 January http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=223 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Friday 21 January, 7.30pm</strong></p> <p>Come to a European cabaret perfect for those who like a bit of glamour and danger with their dance. The maverick artist <strong>Nigel Charnock</strong> will perform a solo and&nbsp; present&nbsp;a new work inspired by flesh&nbsp;with 10 male dancers from across the continent. Also starring are the&nbsp;award-winning <strong>Levantes Dance Theatre</strong>, death-defying roller-skaters<strong> </strong><strong>Bella Kinetica </strong>and three international acts, including a female trio in a modern twist on traditional Greek folk dance. Our regular compѐre <strong>Elvis McGonagall</strong><strong> </strong>will guide us through the night, and there will be live jazz by <strong>David Tughan</strong><strong> </strong>and friends.</p> <p>Tickets: &pound;15 (&pound;10 conc, students can pay 2-4-1) or why not haggle for a table and bring friends along!&nbsp;&nbsp; Bookings: 020 8293 9741</p> <p>Venue: Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London, SE10 8RE<span id="_marker">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:38:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=223 Recycled Teenagers Featured on Got to Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=222 <p>Carl Campbell Dance Company's Recycled Teenagers (a dance group for those over 50) were recently featured on Sky One's <em>Got to Dance. </em>They were invited to audition as a result of their Big Dance event in Peckham Square, South London. The Carl Campbell Clap Dance Challenge 2010 was funded by the Legacy Trust UK through a Big Dance micro grant.</p> <p>Although the group didn't make the third round, Carl commented that "I am glad we did it. It was a challenge,&nbsp;trying to break&nbsp;down barriers, showing that dance is for everyone..young and old alike, a concept the public (millions who watch the show)&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Recycled Teenagers members, their family and friends will never forget."</p> <p>Carl Campbell also speaks of the importance of offering dance opportunities for older people:</p> <p><em>"Older people are often seen as no longer useful to society, I firmly believe that is wrong, deep down inside they are young at heart. There is a concept that after 50 you are finished. This workshop shows that older people can be creative and active, it creates a chance to say, no, we are not finished &ndash; we have a lot to offer and look at us now! <br />Older people bring an energy and interpretation that can take your breath away with their commitment"</em></p> <p>To view the episode, click <a title="here" href="http://sky1.sky.com/got-to-dance-series-2-video" target="_blank">here</a> and go to Episode 3.</p> <p>The Recycled Teenagers meet every Tuesday - 1.30pm-3.00pm at Peckham Pulse.</p> <p>For more information on Carl Campbell and the Recycled Teenagers, click <a title="here" href="http://www.ccdc7.co.uk/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:07:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=222 Movement Factory Launches 3 New Hip Hop Skools in South London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=221 <p><strong><em>The Movement Factory is launching three new dance academies &ndash; in Dulwich, Sutton and Croydon - for young people who want to take their dancing skills to the next level. </em></strong></p> <p>At the Hip Hop Skools, students will learn about the origins of street dance and learn a range of styles from basic street dance to breaking, popping, locking and krumping.&nbsp; They will also learn a range of performance skills, including stage presence, facial expressions, body language and character portrayal to prepare them as they move up the performing arts career ladder.</p> <p>Students will be taught by some of the leading figures of street dance in the UK today, and will also get the chance to compete in many upcoming shows, as well as the chance to headline the two TMF yearly dance shows (<em>Get it on the Floor</em> and <em>Keep It Moving</em>).</p> <p>The new schools are:&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hip Hop Skool - Croydon</strong></p> <p>Croydon Fairfield Halls, Terrace Lounge, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG</p> <p>Enrolment and taster days - Saturday 22<sup> </sup>and 28 January 1pm-3 pm</p> <p><br />Classes (beginning 29<sup>th</sup> Jan):</p> <p>Saturdays 1pm-2pm (4-11 year olds), 2pm-3pm (12-16 year olds)</p> <p>Fees:&nbsp;&pound;5 per class (with discounts for blocks of classes/terms)</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Hip Hop Skool - Dulwich </strong></p> <p>Push studios, 17/21 Blackwater Street, London, SE22 8SD</p> <p>Enrolment day &ndash; 18 January, 4pm-6pm</p> <p>Classes (beginning 25<sup> </sup>Jan):&nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesdays 4pm-5pm (4-11 year olds), 5pm-6pm (12-16 year olds)</p> <p>Fees: &pound;7&nbsp;&nbsp; per class&nbsp; (with discounts for blocks of classes/terms)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hip Hop Skool - Sutton </strong></p> <p>Short Stepperz, Twist Gym-&nbsp;Opposite Sutton Train Station, 2 Mulgrave Road, Sutton, SM2 6LE</p> <p>Enrolment day &ndash; 21 January, 4.30pm-6.30pm</p> <p>Classes (beginning 28<sup> </sup>Jan):</p> <p>Fridays 4:30pm-5:30pm (4-11 year olds), 5:30pm-6:30pm (12-16 year olds)</p> <p>Fees:&nbsp;&pound;5&nbsp;&nbsp; per class (with discounts for blocks of classes/terms)</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>For more information, please contact:&nbsp;info: <a href="mailto:info@themovementfactory.uk.com">info@themovementfactory.uk.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:07:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=221 Resolution 2011 at The Place http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=220 <p>6 January - 18 February 2011</p> <p>Start the New Year with new dance pieces at The Place.</p> <p>Resolution! has been running since 1990 and features a season of shorter dance pieces. The season shows 3 dance pieces each night. You could be seeing the new Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon or Russell Maliphant who have all appeared in previous Resolutions.</p> <p>For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.theplace.org.uk/433/resolution/about-resolution.html" target="_blank">here</a></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:45:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=220 Learn Tango at Greenwich Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=219 <p><strong>Saturday 15 January, 1.30-3.00pm </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pablo Alonso leads a one-off workshop for intermediate Tango students at Greenwich Dance. The afternoon session will explore musicality and partner-work. Come along, have fun, and chase away the winter blues. Please call 020 8293 9741 to book. Cost: &pound;10 (&pound;8 concessions).</p> <p>For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/dance/class/tango_intermediate_workshop/" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South East London.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:22:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=219 Lambeth Dance Extended Provision Grants http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=218 <p>Lambeth Sports Team in collaboration with Lambeth Art are offering small grants of up to &pound;500 to develop the provision of dance in the Borough.</p> <p>Seeking dance practitioners and groups who are able to run free taster courses (for a minimum of 12 hours) promoting dance from January to March 2011. The purpose of these grants is to increase the provision and range of dance in the borough, enable outreach to new user groups, and enable the delivery of sustainable dance services.<br />&nbsp;<br />Free training will be provided to successful applicants.</p> <p>A key aim of the programme is to develop your organisations capacity to deliver dance.&nbsp; Application deadline is 5pm, Friday 14 January</p> <p>For more information and eligibility criteria please visit: <a href="http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/Arts/ArtsDirectory/Dance.htm">http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/Arts/ArtsDirectory/Dance.htm</a></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 09:48:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=218 Free Capoeira Classes - 1st February onwards http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=217 <p>In May 2011 the Association of Capoeira - ACER is Celebrating 10 years in the UK and as part of their celebration they will be offering 6 weeks of <strong>FREE Unlimited Capoeira Classes</strong> for all ages and abilities.</p> <p>The community project (CAPOEIRA <em>the healthy way</em>), starts on 1&nbsp;Feb 2011. Classes will be held in venues across the boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Surrey, Kingston, Bromley, Kent and Wandsworth. However it is open to anyone from any borough.</p> <p>The project is funded by ACER Capoeira.</p> <p>Capoeira is a plethora of disciplines&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Participants will learn:</strong></p> <p>Capoeira Movements &amp; Acrobatics</p> <p>Capoeira Percussion Instruments &amp; Songs</p> <p>Capoeira &amp; Brazilian History</p> <p><strong>Participants will build/develop:</strong></p> <p>&bull;physical fitness &bull;strength &bull;stamina &bull;flexibility &bull;balance &bull;coordination</p> <p>&bull;confidence &bull;self-esteem &bull;self-discipline &bull;respect &bull;creativity and learning</p> <p>Registration via <strong>email:</strong> <a href="mailto:rodrigo@acercapoeira.com">rodrigo@acercapoeira.com</a> , <strong>t.</strong> 070 500 737373 and <strong>txt.</strong> 07921667726.</p> <p>For more information on ACER and Capoeira:</p> <p><a href="http://www.acer-uk.com">www.acer-uk.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.acer-kids.co.uk">www.acer-kids.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.capoeriaworld.org">www.capoeriaworld.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:26:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=217 Dance Sector Honoured in Queen's New Year List http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=216 <p>We're delighted that dance has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List.</p> <p>Wayne McGregor of Random Dance has been awarded a CBE for services to dance.</p> <p>Linda Jasper of Youth Dance England and Andrew Coggins from Dance United have been awarded an MBE.</p> <p>Whilst Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme and formerly Executive Director of The Place has been awarded an OBE.</p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=216 Big Ice Dance Workouts (10-21 January, mon-fri) http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=215 <p><strong>Somerset House Big Ice Dance Lunchtime Workout<br />10 - 21 January, Mon-Fri<br />Book 12.30-13.30 rink session</strong></p> <p>What better way to start the New Year and cast-off your post Christmas blues. Join English National Ballet teachers for a 15-minute dance warm up, then put your skates on and join fellow skaters and our expert ice dance coaches on the Somerset House ice rink for the Big Ice Dance Lunchtime workout.</p> <p>For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice_rink/200910/1307.asp" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub in West London</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:29:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=215 Early Bird discounts tickets for Got To Dance Live http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=214 <p><strong>Step into Dance</strong> is offering Early Bird discounts on tickets for Got To Dance Live, the UK&rsquo;s newest and biggest dance event.</p> <p>It will take place from 4 to 6 March 2011 at the ExCeL centre in London and it will be a 3-day celebration of all things dance related.</p> <p>Programme includes:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Improve your skills with the Got To Dance Team through dance classes from beginners to professional<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;See the Got to Dance judges Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia and learn their moves<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;See your favourite acts from Got To Dance perform on the live main stage<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Show off your skills on the freestyle stages and you could be spotted by producers of Got To Dance<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Shop for new products, get advice from experts or sign up to new clubs and associations<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Whatever your interest, skill set or age, Got To Dance Live is the dance event not to be missed&nbsp;<br /><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Book before 31 December 2010</strong> and receive 15% off admission tickets by quoting STEP11. Visit <a title="http://stepintodance.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=804fb05ffe40c1341a2e49cb6&amp;id=8fe281609d&amp;e=9b2862efa9" href="http://stepintodance.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=804fb05ffe40c1341a2e49cb6&amp;id=8fe281609d&amp;e=9b2862efa9" target="_blank">www.gottodancelive.com</a> or call 0844 873 7331 for more information and to book tickets.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:57:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=214 Foundation for Community Dance Launches New Handbooks http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=213 <h4>Foundation for Community Dance has published four newly commissioned handbooks for community dance practitioners, written by leading dance artists. Packed full of inspiration, essential knowledge, creative guidance, practical advice and useful case studies, each handbook is an enriching and invaluable resource for anyone leading dance in community settings.</h4> <h4>For dance artists and leaders starting out or wanting to brush up on the basics. An induction to professional practice, by Diane Amans provides a practical guide to professional community dance practice and covers everything you need to know for setting up and delivering community dance projects.</h4> <h4>Aimed at more experienced artists, three specialist handbooks support artists and dance leaders to &lsquo;dig deeper&rsquo; in a specific context: Dance and age inclusive practice, by Ruth Pethybridge; Dance, health and wellbeing, by Miranda Tufnell, Dance and disabled people, by Isabel Jones.</h4> <h4>Produced with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, each handbook shares the expertise of their authors, and contains rich and varied contributions from a range of experienced artists and practitioners.</h4> <p>Priced from &pound;15 each, or in bundles from &pound;35, the handbooks are available to buy online from <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/shop">www.communitydance.org.uk/shop</a></p> <h4>&ldquo;I found the handbook provided enriching and illuminating tales, which draw you in and propel renewed inspiration underpinned by some supportive and practical guidance.&rdquo;</h4> <p>Sarah Scott (Creative Practitioner)</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:05:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=213 Big Dance Volunteer Shortlisted for Young Achiever's Award http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=212 <p>Big Dance is delighted to announce that Natasha Evans, our Big Dance Volunteers Co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for the Young Achiever's Award 2010.</p> <p>Natasha, a volunteer herself,&nbsp;was nominated in the arts section for encouraging and inspiring others to take part in volunteering. Amongst her achievements were: running volunteering training sessions to over 100 people, connecting 107 volunteers to 300 volunteering opportunities and providing advice and support throughout Big Dance 2010.</p> <p>The panel commented that our nomination stood out as 'a young person who has achieved much in the world of volunteering but who has also been on a rewarding personal journey of growth and discovery'.</p> <p>We're delighted that Natasha's hard work and commitment to Big Dance has been recognised by the Young Achiever's Award Panel and wish her the very best of luck as the judges panel meets to decide the winner.</p> <p>For more information on the Young Achiever's Award, please click <a title="here" href="http://youngachieversawards.org/" target="_blank">here</a></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:58:47 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=212 Silver Sounds Winter Warmer - Saturday, 11 December http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=211 <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saturday 11th December&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>6.30pm-9.30pm&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>at InSpire, St Peter's Church,</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Liverpool Grove SE17&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Tickets &pound;4 available in advance from&nbsp;</strong><strong>Southwark&nbsp;Pensioners Centre 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5</strong></p> <p><strong>or pay &pound;5 on the door&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Buses 176, 171, 12, 40, 68, 648 stop close by.&nbsp;The venue is fully accessible</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact 07960318055&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>This event is supported by Southwark Pensioners Centre </strong><strong>and InSpire</strong></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 15:19:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=211 ROTOR for One Night Only http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=210 <p><strong>Performance - Thurs 9 Dec, 7pm</strong><br /><br />For one night only Siobhan Davies Dance presents a special performance at the South London Gallery. These performances form part of <em>ROTOR</em>, an ensemble of works originally shown at Siobhan Davies Studios and at the South London Gallery in November 2010.</p> <p>For more information, please click <a title="here" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/dance-works/rotor.html" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:21:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=210 Blueprint Bursary winner announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=209 <p>The Blueprint Bursary, run in partnership by East London Dance, Sadler's Wells and London Youth Dance, has been going from strength to strength. <strong>Joseph Toonga</strong>, age 21, who began dancing in the heart of east London with East London Dance, now returns as the 2011 Blueprint Bursary winner. Joseph, originally from Cameroon, founded his company Just Us Dance Theatre in 2007 and as Artistic Director, works with four permanent members.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 09:43:33 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=209 Dance UK - Big Give Christmas Challenge http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=208 <p>Dance UK are fundraising to establish the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science to enable all dancers to access the same level of medical care as elite athletes and sports people.</p> <p>Following British Harlequin Plc&rsquo;s donation of &pound;30,000 to the project, Dance UK was selected to be part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge.&nbsp; This means that <strong>all donations made online on Monday 6, Tuesday 7, and Wednesday 8 December will be doubled</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, please visit:</p> <p><a href="http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/donate/danceuk">http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/donate/danceuk</a></p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 13:40:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=208 Dance Promo Shoot in London 5 December http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=207 <p>WILLOW SMITH &amp; SONY ARE CALLING ALL PEOPLE AGED 12-20 !!! THIS SUNDAY 5th DEC!!!<br /><br />FOR DETAILS OF WHEN AND WHERE Contact&nbsp; <a href="mailto:iona@upfrontpromotions.com">iona@upfrontpromotions.com</a> or call 02075650050 /07843556294&nbsp;<br /><br />CLICK THE LINK and Learn the chorus and freestyle!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzCX49Z7EJc">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzCX49Z7EJc</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dance promo shoot on Sunday 5th December in LONDON.<br /><br />FREE itunes vouchers and you will feature on&nbsp;Willow Smiths website!!!!&nbsp;<br /><br />SIGN UP TODAY!!!&nbsp;</p> <p>DRESS FUNKY AND PUNKY!!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sub>Big Dance is promoting this opportunity for a third party and accepts no responsibility for the event's planning and management</sub></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:32:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=207 Laban and The Creative Way: DanceScape http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=206 <p>A performance by some exciting young dancers, representing the landscape of dance and the future for the sector. Performing arts students from further education institutions in the London Thames Gateway will share their creativity and innovation in choreography and performance.<br /><br />Tuesday 14 Dec <br />Performance 8pm <br />Tickets &pound;6 (&pound;3 concessions)<br /><br />For bookings call 020 8469 9500 or for more information contact Louisa Pestell on 020 8469 9419 or email <a href="mailto:l.pestell@trinitylaban.ac.uk">l.pestell@trinitylaban.ac.uk</a></p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:58:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=206 Tumble in the Jumble - Dance and Technical Equipment Sale http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=205 <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saturday, 4 December 11am-3.30pm</strong></p> <p>Tumble in the Jumble Pop-up Jumble sale is offering special offers on a range of dance costumes, jogging bottoms, t-shirts etc. There is also technical equipment, vintage clothing and shoes on offer for those with a nose for a bargain.</p> <p>The event will also include a card making stall for the children, along with free street dance, puppetry and parent &amp; toddlers workshops.</p> <p>While the children play, the adults can tumble through the jumble to find great value Christmas presents or much needed equipment and dance accessories.</p> <p>Free entry, donations welcome.</p> <p>For more information visit: <a href="http://www.stratford-circus.com/">www.stratford-circus.com</a></p> <p>Stratford Circus</p> <p>Theatre Square</p> <p>London</p> <p>E15 1BX</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:50:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=205 Siobhan Davies Dance Perform Minutes at Hayward Gallery 27 & 28 November http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=204 <p>27 &amp; 28 November, 2 &ndash; 6pm <br />Free admission with exhibition ticket <br /><br />As part of Hayward Gallery&rsquo;s current exhibition, <em>Move: Choreographing You</em>, Siobhan Davies Dance performs <em>Minutes</em>, which was originally shown with <em>The Collection</em> at Victoria Miro Gallery and Ikon Eastside in 2009. <br /><br /><em>Minutes</em> is a series of short, detailed, powerful and often humorous episodes, juxtaposed to Anri Sala&rsquo;s <em>A Solo in the Doldrums</em> which features a custom-made snare drum that conceals an in-built speaker playing an unseen dance by Siobhan Davies. <br /><br />For more information, click <a title="here" href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/dance-works/the-collection.html" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>To book tickets, click <a title="here" href="http://move.southbankcentre.co.uk/" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance Hub for South London</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:32:08 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=204 Big Dance Stars http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=203 <p>We followed individuals from each Big Dance Hub (East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance) through their Big Dance journey.</p> <p>Find out what dance means to them by clicking <a title="here" href="../videos.php" target="_self">here</a></p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:03:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=203 Get Involved: Red Cross Dance for Life http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=202 <p>Do you love dancing? Do you want the chance to perform and make a difference at the same time? Dance for Life could be just the thing for you.</p> <p>This exciting youth dance project, supported by Britain&rsquo;s Got Talent winners Diversity, raises funds for the British Red Cross. Your school could join the 15,000 young performers from across the country who have already come together to do something amazing for charity and perform at Dance for Life venues across the UK.</p> <p>This year the Red Cross are excited to announce the first ever national final of Dance for Life that will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the IndigO2 venue at the O2 in London.</p> <p>Primary, secondary and special schools, colleges, dance groups and youth groups can register to take part <a title="now" href="http://content.yudu.com/A1paq0/DanceForLife/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=" target="_blank">now</a>.</p> <p>When: March-July 2011</p> <p><a href="http://www.redcross.org.uk/danceforlife">http://www.redcross.org.uk/danceforlife</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.redcross.org.uk/danceforlife"><a href="mailto:Danceforlife@redcross.org.uk">Danceforlife@redcross.org.uk</a></a></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:34:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=202 Evening Standard's London's 1000 most influential people http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=201 <p>Congratulations goes to the following people in the dance category<br />recognised by the Evening Standard's London's 1000 most influential people 2010...</p> <p>Wayne McGregor - Royal Ballet Choreographer and Artistic Director of Random<br />Dance.<br /><br />Alistair Spalding - Sadler's Wells, Chief Executive and Artistic Director<br /><br />Craig Hassall - English National Ballet Managing Director<br /><br />Arlene Phillips - Choreographer and Director<br /><br />Monica Mason - Royal Ballet Director<br /><br />Sergei Polunin - Royal Ballet Principal<br /><br />Vadim Muntagirov - English National Ballet First Soloist</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:58:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=201 A Guide to Careers in Dance - free download http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=200 <p>Did you know that out of the 30,000 people employed in the dance sector only 2,500 are performers?<br /><br />Many young people who are considering a career in dance do not know of the very wide variety of career options available to them. Youth Dance England has put together a Guide to Careers in Dance, which aims to provide useful information on the range of professions in the dance sector, as well as invaluable insight into some successful people&rsquo;s career paths.</p> <p>Featuring information about training, teaching, backstage roles, funding opportunities and professional case studies!<br />Download your copy of the PDF for free at <a href="http://www.yde.org.uk/careers">www.yde.org.uk/careers</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:09:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=200 Greenwich Dance Christmas Cabaret http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=199 <p>Friday, 3 December 2010 at 7.30pm</p> <p>Come to the Christmas Cabaret to share festive cheer with friends, family and colleagues in Greenwich Dance&rsquo;s beautiful 1930&rsquo;s Borough Hall.</p> <p>It features the best bits of a traditional cabaret (table service, live band, comp&egrave;re), alongside a distinctly modern line up of dance, circus, film and music.</p> <p>The floor will be graced by Antonia Grove in a bold solo by <strong>Wendy Houstoun</strong>; an excerpt of new work from <strong>Luca Silvestrini&rsquo;s</strong> Protein Dance; our older person&rsquo;s ensemble, <strong>Dancing to the Music of Time</strong>; comp&egrave;re <strong>Elvis McGonagall</strong>; and glow in the dark fun from <strong>Hoop La La</strong>, plus some surprises along the way.</p> <p>For more details, please follow this link: <a href="http://greenwichdance.org.uk/watch/event/christmas_cabaret/">http://greenwichdance.org.uk/watch/event/christmas_cabaret/</a></p> <p>Greenwich Dance is the Big Dance Hub in South East London</p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:41:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=199 Sankalpam dates in London 16/17 November http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=198 <p>Sankalpam is at Laban, Creekside, London SE8 9JF on Tuesday and Wednesday 16 &amp; 17 November at 7.30pm with the company&rsquo;s new work Corpo-realities.<br /><br />In nearly two decades at the forefront of Bharata Natyam in the UK, Sankalpam&rsquo;s exploration of the boundary between tradition and change has taken them in unexpected directions.&nbsp; Corpo-realities, their first new work for five years challenges ideas about form and identity and stirs debate around artistic freedom and cultural diversity.&nbsp;<br /><br />For Corpo-realities, Sankalpam is working with artists from the fields of contemporary dance and theatre to create a surprising triple bill for five female dancers.&nbsp; The commissioned artists are:<br /><br />Former Southbank Centre resident choreographer, Stephanie Schober - her precise and sophisticated choreography exposes the performers&rsquo; desire to communicate with the viewer and others on stage;<br /><br />Luca Silvestrini of Protein, whose piece explores the tensions between personal experience and cultural identity, uncovering irony, conflict and the occasional revelation.&nbsp;<br /><br />Stella Uppal Subbiah, Co-Artistic Director of Sankalpam, who has collaborated with theatre director Phillip Zarrilli on an encounter with the psycho-physical expressive process of abhinaya (internal acting).</p> <p>5 November 8pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; greenroom, Manchester 0161 615 0500 <a href="http://www.greenroomarts.org/">www.greenroomarts.org</a><br />9 November 8pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster 01524 594151 <a href="http://www.nuffieldtheatre.com/">www.nuffieldtheatre.com</a><br />12 November 1pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Brindley, Runcorn 0151 907 8360 <a href="http://www.thebrindley.org.uk" target="_blank">www.thebrindley.org.uk<br /></a><br />Corpo-realities is commissioned by The Brindley, and supported by Laban and greenroom.</p> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:33:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=198 Independent Dance Manager's Network - New chair announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=197 <p>The Independent Dance Manager&rsquo;s Network announces the appointment of Joe Bates, previously Secretary, as the new chair of the network. He succeeds Gwen Van Spijk who was chair of the network for 5 years.&nbsp; Joining the IDMN Executive Committee as Secretary is Claire Morton, who joins alongside existing committee members Tim Tubbs (Treasurer), June Gamble, Tia Hassan and Gwen Van Spijk.</p> <p>Joe says: &ldquo;I am really excited about driving the network forward over the coming months. In this time of economic uncertainty, I feel that the network is a strong position, as its members continue to support and develop the infrastructure of the industry in a truly sustainable and creative way. As a group of individuals the network is changing, with its members working in much wider contexts than ever before. This brings with it a new breadth of knowledge and experience, which I am sure the network will draw upon during this time of fiscal change, in order to ensure artistic talent and creativity are supported into the future.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About IDMN:<br /></strong>Established in 2002, The Independent Dance Manager&rsquo;s Network is a network and forum for existing and new independent dance managers. IDMN supports, advocates and contributes to the development of a robust infrastructure for the independent dance sector; raises awareness of the role/work of independent managers; provides training, education and services that increase the extent, efficacy &amp; impact of independent dance management; and acts as a focal point for relevant information &amp; events.</p> <p>Previously, IDMN has led a number of sector debates (including at the last three British Dance Editions) and has played an active role in the production of the Independent Dance Managers' Review and an Independent Dance Managers' Audit of Services. Working Groups have investigated specific issues and made recommendations with regard to appraisal guidelines, a generic job description and appropriate fee structures for Independent Dance Managers (IDMs).&nbsp; Previously membership was only open to freelance independents. However, keen to reflect the evolution of the independent sector and the role of agencies and other organisations in supporting Independent Artists, IDMN now has a new corporate strand for those professionals employed by agencies to specifically to support independent artists&rsquo; development, such as&nbsp; Creative Producers and Artist Development posts.</p> <p>For further details visit <a href="http://www.idmn.co.uk/">www.idmn.co.uk</a> or contact <a href="mailto:admin@idmn.co.uk">admin@idmn.co.uk</a> / 020 7724 1616</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:48:34 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=197 Who Are We workshops - Akademi http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=196 <p>Calling all 11 - 16 year olds &amp; families! Akademi in partnership with you to take part in free storytelling, drama and multimedia workshops.</p> <p>Akademi is now supported by the Big Lottery Fund to work with 240 families in Brent and Barnet over the next 2 years. The workshops will explore the cultural heritage of the different communities participating through workshops and performances determined jointly by the parents or carers and the children.</p> <p>Each project will run out of school hours, in the evenings or at weekends. Supported by a Learning Advisor and professional artists, the parents and children will work in small groups to determine, define, develop and implement projects they have chosen for themselves.</p> <p>For more information please contact <a href="mailto:kath@akademi.co.uk">kath@akademi.co.uk</a> <br />&nbsp;<br />Additional Saturdays 10.30 - 3.30pm November 13th, 20th, 27th December 4th, 11th at Whitefield School, London NW2<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:44:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=196 Big Dance Case Studies http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=195 <p>Big Dance now has a number of case studies on the Legacy Trust UK website.</p> <p>Have a glimpse at some of the stuff that happened as part of Big Dance 2010 and see what other amazing things Legacy Trust UK funding is making happen around the country:</p> <p><a href="http://www.legacytrustuk.org/case-studies/">http://www.legacytrustuk.org/case-studies/</a></p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:57:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=195 Ballet Russes Design Perspectives - 19 November http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=194 <p style="text-align: center;">Friday, 19 November at the V&amp;A</p> <p style="text-align: center;">8pm Performance and exhibition, Raphael Gallery</p> <p style="text-align: center;">8.45pm Film screening, Lecture Theatre</p> <p>Ballet Russes Desigjn Perspectives celebrates the dynamic impact of the Ballet Russes on both ballet and fashion design. Over the last year, students from London College of of Fashion have designed collections inspired by the Ballet Russes.</p> <p>See these spectacular clothes, shoes and accessories showcased by English National Ballet dancers in a specially choreographed performance and multi-media installation.</p> <p>This is a free event - No need to book</p> <p>English National Ballet is the Big Dance hub in West London.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 10:26:12 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=194 The Agile Leaders Challenge http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=193 <p>The Agile Leaders Challenge is a bespoke professional development programme for dance and creative media professionals which aims to transform the participants&rsquo; creative practice through a three-stranded approach focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. <br /><br />The challenge will take place from January-May 2011 and will be made up of two residential weekend intensives, which 'sandwich' a series of creative labs, business skills workshops and action-learning sets. The participants will work in small groups on collaborative projects (Big Ideas) which will culminate in a high profile public showcase/ sharing.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://adad.org.uk/metadot/index.pl?id=24277&amp;isa=DBRow&amp;op=show&amp;dbview_id=22688" target="_blank">www.adad.org.uk</a></p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 10:37:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=193 Trinity Laban's Professional Development Days http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=192 <div class="intro"> <p>Trinity Laban&rsquo;s Professional Development Days for dance artists, teachers and community practitioners offer the opportunity to access high quality training that cover a variety of subjects relevant to those working in the fields of dance in education, youth dance, community or health.</p> </div> <p>They provide practical, stand alone professional development but can also be used to enhance training as additional learning hours for those registered on the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning qualification.</p> <p>Dates between 20 November 2010 and 23 June 2011.<br />For more information visit <a href="http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/education-community/professional-development/professional-development-days.aspx" target="_blank">www.trinitylaban.ac.uk</a></p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 09:48:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=192 Dance Groups in London Wanted http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=191 <p>Ben Hammond, a teacher from Lambeth is planning to break the world record for the longest dance in the world (120 hours, 5 days) next summer in the name of freedom for Burma.</p> <p>You can read more about his project here: <a href="http://www.free2dance.com/" target="_blank">http://www.free2dance.com</a></p> <p>He is seeking dance groups to visit in November in order to learn some dance moves, try different styles, and will be featuring these visits in his next film to raise awareness of his campaign.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are interested in taking part, please contact <a href="mailto:ben@learnburma.org">ben@learnburma.org</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:18:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=191 Youth Arts Training Courses, London http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=190 <p><strong>Creative Facilitation</strong><br /><br />11th November 2010, 9.45 am- 4 pm, Paddington Arts, London<br /><br />Artsplan, the training and publications department of Artswork and in-house training provider for ENYAN (English National Youth Arts Network), is delivering this established one day course &lsquo;Creative Facilitation&rsquo; on 11th November 2010, 9.45 am- 4 pm at Paddington Arts in London.<br /><br />Artsplan is the largest provider of specialist youth arts training courses and publications in the UK and all training and publications are written and supported by experienced youth arts specialists, currently involved in direct project work with young people.<br /><br />The &lsquo;Creative Facilitation&rsquo; course provides an introduction to a creative approach to group facilitation. It aims to encourage, develop and inspire those with responsibility to lead others through a facilitative process, be it for the purposes of team building, consultation, idea-generation or training. Throughout the day we will be using a number of different interactive exercises and games in order to illustrate content. We will also look at group dynamics, communication issues and different learning styles in order to explore how these might be of impact.<br />&nbsp;<br />Participants recently undertaking this course have been keen to endorse the training:<br /><br />&lsquo;This has given me so much more confidence to go out and deliver training. I feel inspired and can&rsquo;t stop jotting down ideas!&rsquo; <br /><br />&lsquo;Really excellent course &ndash; very interesting subject with so much relevance to arts and community and education work. [Course trainer] structured, presented and led the course with so much skill and enthusiasm. I really enjoyed it.&rsquo;<br /><br />All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course and a wealth of practical resources. Prices for each course, which include lunch and refreshments, range from &pound;110 to &pound;150, with limited bursaries available. Please also remember that ENYAN members can request a 5% discount on all Artsplan publications and training!<br /><br />For more information on our courses or to book a place, please contact the Artsplan Team via: artsplan@artswork.org.uk or call 023 80682 535. To subscribe to ENYAN visit www.enyan.co.uk<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Evaluating Youth Arts Projects</strong><br /><br />24th February 2011, 9.45 am- 4 pm, Paddington Arts, London<br /><br />Artsplan, the training and publications department of Artswork and in-house training provider for ENYAN (English National Youth Arts Network), is pleased to be delivering the one day course &lsquo;Evaluating Youth Arts Projects&rsquo; on 24th February 2011 at Paddington Arts in London.<br /><br />Artsplan is the largest provider of specialist youth arts training courses and publications in the UK and all training and publications are written and supported by experienced youth arts specialists, currently involved in direct project work with young people.<br /><br />This one-day training course explores the benefits of meaningful evaluation of youth arts projects. Beginning by addressing preconceptions around evaluation (constructive exercise or chore?) the course will progress to examine methodologies, structured approaches and case studies using a series of collaborative exercises and tutor led presentations. Informative and practical, this course will help you develop your own individual approach to creative evaluation and the confidence you need to engage with evaluating youth arts projects. <br />&nbsp;<br />Rachel Preston, Artsplan Development Manager, commented: &ldquo;Well planned, structured and meaningful evaluations are essential skills needed to effectively project manage. This course will provide you with creative examples and useful case studies in order to prepare you for thorough and inclusive evaluations&rdquo;.<br /><br />All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course and a wealth of practical resources. Prices for each course, which include lunch and refreshments, range from &pound;110 to &pound;150, with limited bursaries available. Please also remember that ENYAN members can request a 5% discount on all Artsplan publications and training!<br /><br />For more information on these courses or to book a place, please contact the Artsplan Team via artsplan@artswork.org.uk or call 02380 682 535. To subscribe to ENYAN visit www.enyan.co.uk. Special Offer: Bookings of two or more get 10% discount on course fees!<br /><br /><strong>Putting Young People at the Core of Youth Arts</strong><br /><br />8th March 2011, 9.45 am- 4 pm, Paddington Arts, London<br /><br />Artsplan, the training and publications department of Artswork and the in-house training provider of ENYAN (English National Youth Arts Network) are pleased to announce the launch of a NEW Youth Arts Training Course: &lsquo;Putting Young People at the Core of Youth Arts&rsquo;.<br /><br />As with all new Artsplan courses, we conduct a pilot session and use the valuable feedback from participants to develop and shape our courses. This new course is being run as a full day course 9.45 am- 4 pm on the 8th March 2011 at Paddington Arts in London.<br /><br />Putting young people at the core of youth arts is a one day course designed to demonstrate how young people can be empowered more effectively as decision makers at the core of youth arts.&nbsp; The course will examine the benefits of integrating young people&rsquo;s voices into your organisation, both in terms of benefits for your organisation and for the young people involved.&nbsp; The course will include inspirational examples of young people who are working at the core of youth arts and a wide range of practical tips about how to involve young people more fully in your own work. <br /><br />This one day course follows the journey of youth participation - exploring attitudes towards young people as decision makers and the routes that a young person can take from being a youth arts project participant to an active and informed decision maker in an arts organisation.&nbsp; It then moves onto exploring your current practice before celebrating the range of structures available in the youth arts sector for putting young people at the core of an organisation.&nbsp; The day concludes with a reflection on your own practice and your aspirations for involving young people in your future work. <br /><br />Rachel Preston, Artsplan Development Manager, commented: &ldquo;This course is suitable for anyone, professional or voluntary, who would like to ensure their work is more inspired by and reflective of the views of young people.&rdquo;<br /><br />All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course and a wealth of practical resources. Artsplan is subsidising the cost of the training in return for a short 20 minute feedback session with participants at the end of the day. The cost of training has therefore been reduced to &pound;75* (normal training charges vary from &pound;110-&pound;150) which includes all training resources, lunch, refreshments and certification.<br /><br />For more information on the course and to book a place, please contact The Artsplan Team, on artsplan@artswork.org.uk or call 02380 682 535.<br /><br />To subscribe to ENYAN visit <a href="http://www.enyan.co.uk" target="_blank">www.enyan.co.uk </a></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:21:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=190 DaDafest 2010 : Objects of Curiosity and Desire http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=189 <p>The festival of Disability and Deaf Arts<br />Thursday 18 November - Friday 3 December 2010<br /><br />This is the tenth edition of DaDafest, the UK's largest Disability and Deaf Arts festival from across the globe to Liverpool to showcase and celebrate the best in Disability and Deaf Arts.<br /><br />DaDafest International 2010 will present art from a unique cultural perspective, challenging and entertaining audiences with the theme Objects of Curiosity and Desire.<br /><br />For more information about 2010's happenings, please visit <a href="http://www.dadafest2010.co.uk" target="_blank">www.dadafest2010.co.uk</a></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:57:28 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=189 Manager's Survival Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=188 <p>Presented by the Independent Dance Managers&rsquo; Network<br />Led by June Gamble<br />&nbsp;<br />One day training course<br />Thursday 11th November 2010<br />London<br />&nbsp;<br />Following a sell-out training day last year, Arts Management Consultant and Life &amp; Business Coach, June Gamble leads this session to help you to discover how to have a healthy work/life balance, whilst being a productive, efficient and professional Dance Manager.<br /><br />The day will focus on financial and time management, as well as exploring personal and professional ambitions. You will leave this workshop armed with a toolkit of practical life skills and techniques that you will be able to apply to various contexts in your future practice.<br /><br />Suitable for Dance Managers and Producers who wish to review and improve how they operate on a daily basis in order to maximise their personal and professional potential.<br />&nbsp;<br />This session is for: &nbsp;<br />Managers, Producers<br /><br />Please note we require booking and payments in advance of the course. To book a place please send a cheque for &pound;30 payable to Independent Dance Managers&rsquo; Network to IDMN at Marylebone Dance Studio, 12 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6TS with the following details:<br /><br />Full Name:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Position/role:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Manager/Producer <br />Email:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Mobile no: <br />How did you hear about this course?: <br /><br />Coming soon, on 9 February 2011: 'Fill Your Dance Management Tool Kit' led by Gwen Van Spijk.<br />For further information on IDMN's full training programme visit <a href="http://www.idmn.co.uk/training.htm" target="_blank">http://www.idmn.co.uk/training.htm</a></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:37:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=188 Wandsworth Young Performer auditions http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=187 <p>Make sure that young performers you know of don&rsquo;t miss out!<br /><br />Wandsworth Young Performer auditions for dancers will take place at the Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA from 2-4pm this Saturday 23rd October.<br /><br />This is a great opportunity for dancers in any genre to receive constructive feedback from industry professionals in a professional dance setting. They don&rsquo;t have to have polished acts at this stage.<br /><br />If selected they will go through to a high profile showcase Final &ndash; hosted by Richard Blackwood, produced and judged by industry insiders. All great opportunity for exposure and development!<br /><br />A final audition day will be held at BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN on Saturday 30th October.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/884/arts_team/455/young_performer_of_the_year" target="_blank">www.wandsworth.gov.uk</a></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:18:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=187 Foundation for Community Dance Openhouse 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=186 <p>Foundation for Community Dance are thrilled to announce openhouse 2010, a website event where they throw open the doors of the website for three days on 18-20 October 2010 so that non members can access online magazines and archive and access those areas of the site usually only to FCD members.<br />&nbsp;<br />This ties in with the publication of the latest edition of Animated, the community dance magazine, which focuses on community and socially based in the United States of America. During openhouse were also offering a number of special offers for people joining as members of FCD during this time.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk/metadot/index.pl?id=33686&amp;isa=Category&amp;op=show" target="_blank">visit FCD's website</a>.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:25:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=186 Siobhan Davies Dance presents ROTOR - 3-14 November http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=185 <p>This autumn Siobhan Davies Dance presents ROTOR, an ensemble of performances, sound, installations and artworks which fills Siobhan Davies Studios. Following The Collection, presented last year at Victoria Miro Gallery and Ikon Eastside, Siobhan Davies further extends her connections with other disciplines and commissions nine artists to make, in their own artform, work based on ideas generated by dance and choreography.</p> <p>A new dance work by Siobhan Davies was filmed from above and its patterns created a score for the nine artists. Distinct elements of <em>The Score</em> triggered new work which responded not only to the images from the dance but also to the energies, counterpoints or character developed by the dancers actions.</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/dance-works/rotor/rotordev.html">http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/dance-works/rotor/rotordev.html</a></p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance is the Big Dance hub for South London.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:15:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=185 Get involved with Protein Dance's newest work, LOL (lots of love) http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=184 <p>Known for turning the everyday into witty and profound dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini&rsquo;s award-winning Protein return with a timely new piece of physical theatre where love, wanting and connectedness take centre stage.</p> <p>Focusing on life online, you can share your stories and thoughts on the effect of social networking on your life and feed into the rehearsal process. Your story could even be used in the show! <br /><br />Find out more here:<br /><a href="http://bit.ly/bfHirC" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/bfHirC</a></p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:55:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=184 AMICI Dance Theatre Company http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=183 <p>Open workshop<br /><br />An opportunity to take part in an Amici workshop run by Wolfgang Stange<br /><br />Wed 27 Oct<br />6:30pm-9:00pm<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />The Lyric, Hammersmith<br />King Street, London W6 0QL<br />Tickets: &pound;5 to be paid on the door<br /><br />If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please reply to <a href="mailto:admin@turtlekeyarts.org.uk" target="_blank">admin@turtlekeyarts.org.uk</a> or call Turtle Key Arts 020 8964 5060<br /><br />Amici Dance Theatre Company is a unique company integrating disabled and non-disabled artists and performers.<br /><br />Founded in 1980, Amici's productions and workshops have had a major impact worldwide challenging conventional attitudes about disability and the arts.<br /><a href="http:// www.amicidance.org" target="_blank"><br /></a><a href="http:// www.amicidance.org" target="_blank">www.amicidance.org</a></p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:09:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=183 Rephrasing Ballets Russes - Free - Opens on Sunday http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=182 <p>From 17 to 31 October 2010, peep behind the curtain with English National Ballet and see artists rehearsing, demonstrating and showcasing works inspired by Diaghilev&rsquo;s Ballets Russes in the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Lecture Theatre. This unique event will give visitors the opportunity to observe, question and take part behind the scenes.</p> <p>For school and large group bookings, contact the V&amp;A bookings.office@vam.ac.uk / 020 7942 2211</p> <p>For more information, see the full event guide: <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/images/learning/Rephrasing_Ballets_Russes_Event_Guide.pdf">http://www.ballet.org.uk/images/learning/Rephrasing_Ballets_Russes_Event_Guide.pdf</a></p> <p>All activities are open to general public (no pre-booking required). All sessions are free of charge.</p> <p>All sessions are held in the Lecture Theatre at the V&amp;A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:06 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=182 Don't miss your chance to be a London 2012 Games Maker http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=180 <p>In less than two years London will come alive when it plays host to the greatest show on Earth. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be happening happening across the UK, from London to Glasgow, from Coventry to Weymouth &ndash; and we really want you to be involved.<br /><br />One way you can do this is by volunteering at the Games. Applications for the London 2012 Games Maker programme are now open (just to remind you, Games Makers are what we call our volunteers). But you only have until 27 October 2010 to apply &ndash; so if you haven&rsquo;t yet, now&rsquo;s the time. <a href="http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteer/get-ready-to-apply.php" target="_blank">Apply now </a></p> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:32:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=180 MOVE: Choreographing You - Opens at the Hayward Gallery 13 October http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=179 <p>13 October 2010 &ndash; 9 January 2011</p> <p>Exploring the historical and current relationship between visual arts, dance and performance, the exhibition focuses on visual artists and choreographers from the last 50 years who create sculptures and installations that turn the audience into active participants, becoming more aware of their body &ndash; or even becoming a dancer.&nbsp; The exhibition is accompanied by a series of performances at Southbank Centre by acclaimed choreographers including <strong>Trisha Brown</strong> and <strong>Rosemary Butcher</strong>.</p> <p>Artists include: <strong>Janine Antoni, Pablo Bronstein, Trisha Brown, Tania Bruguera, Boris Charmatz, Lygia Clark, William Forsythe, Simone Forti, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Isaac Julien, Mike Kelley, La Ribot, Xavier Le Roy &amp; M&aring;rten Sp&aring;ngberg, The OpenEnded Group and Wayne McGregor, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Jo&atilde;o Penalva, Yvonne Rainer, Franz Erhard Walther</strong> and <strong>Franz West</strong>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Why not get head along and get some ideas for taking part in Big Dance 2012.</p> <p>For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/move">www.southbankcentre.co.uk/move</a>&nbsp;or see what it's all about here: <a href="http://bit.ly/cOCgfe">http://bit.ly/cOCgfe</a></p> Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:09:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=179 Last minute discounted studio rates at MovingEast http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=178 <p>MOVINGEAST DANCE STUDIO &ndash; For availability go to <a href="http://www.movingeast.co.uk/booking.html" target="_blank">http://www.movingeast.co.uk/booking.html</a><br /><br />Movingeast would like to offer you DISCOUNTED RATES on our rehearsal space from 9.30am-5.30pm on the following:<br /><br />Sunday 10th October<br />Monday 11th October<br />Wednesday 13th-15th October<br />Monday 18th &ndash; Friday 22nd October<br />Sunday 24th October<br /><br />Discounted hourly rates as follows: Unfunded - &pound;7.50 (normally &pound;9), Project Funded - &pound;9 (normally &pound;12), and Regularly Funded - &pound;12 (normally &pound;15)<br /><br />TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE ON: 020 7503 3101 / <a href="mailto:admin@movingeast.co.uk" target="_blank">admin@movingeast.co.uk</a></p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 09:22:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=178 Mental Health Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=177 <p>Sunday 10th October 2010 / 12-4pm, FREE<br /><br />Fun for all the family in Gillett Square, the Vortex and Peter Bedford &ndash; brought to you by charities and organisations from all over Hackney Borough. Music, dance and theatre from Hackney-based performers.<br /><br />Free aerobics and Qi Gong sessions. Short film screenings and art exhibition. Free creative writing and ceramics workshops.<br /><br />Find out who could help you. Funded by Hackney Council, East London NHS Foundation Trust, City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, Family Mosaic and West Hackney Parochial Charity.<br /><br />More information <a href="http://www.gillettsquare.org.uk/webdocs/WMHD.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 08:55:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=177 TippingPoint Commissions http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=176 <p>With a focus on the performing arts, artists are invited to submit projects that stimulate audiences towards the radical and imaginative thinking necessary to comprehend and successfully navigate a world shaped by climate change. The TippingPoint Commissions were launched through a generous award from Major Road.<br /><br />TippingPoint will be able to offer up to 7 awards this year and are especially pleased to be able to offer one commission for outdoor work as a co-commission between TippingPoint and Without Walls.<br /><br />Deadline for applications is 6th December 2010.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://tippingpoint.org.uk/commissions.htm" target="_blank">www.tippingpoint.org.uk</a></p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 08:52:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=176 Stand up for dance against funding cuts http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=175 <p>Lobby your MP &amp; local councillor EASILY, QUICKLY and EFFECTIVELY at <a href="http://www.dancevote2010.com" target="_blank">www.dancevote2010.com</a>.</p> <p>3 easy steps: Enter your postcode, add your name, email address &amp; personal message about how cuts will affect you.</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 08:48:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=175 Roar! Emerging youth dance groups wanted http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=174 <p>Roar! 2010 Applications now open</p> <p>Roar! is an opportunity for emerging and less experienced youth dance companies to perform for the first time and showcase their work to family and friends in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells. The next Roar! event will take place on Monday 29 November at 7.15pm and applications are now open.<br /><br />Successful groups must attend a technical rehearsal on Saturday 20 November, where our technical team will offer expert advice on lighting. Groups will also participate in activities during the performance day including a workshop with a Sadler's Wells Associate Company and an opportunity to rehearse their piece on stage.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://www.londondance.co.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=1944" target="_blank">Download application form here</a><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 12:01:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=174 The Making Space: Deadline for youth dance groups extended to 11 October http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=173 <p>Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the UK&rsquo;s leading dance companies, is giving 12 youth dance groups from South London the opportunity to take part in a new programme: The Making Space. The chosen youth dance leaders and their groups will participate in workshops led by four professional choreographers to find new ways of making and shaping dance for performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Siobhan Davies Dance&rsquo;s Creative Projects team is looking for committed youth dance leaders with a group or company that meet on a regular basis, who have a focus on performance and an interest in choreography. Groups from all different dance backgrounds and styles are welcome to apply.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/youth/themakingspace.html">http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/creative-projects/youth/themakingspace.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Deadline: Monday, 11 October 2010</p> Tue, 05 Oct 2010 09:59:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=173 Apply for PlaySport London: Free Sport http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=172 <p>The deadline for applications for funding for PlaySport London: Free Sport is fast approaching. Apply now by visiting the <a href="http://www.playsportlondonapplications.co.uk/" target="_blank">applications website</a> and play your part in this year's PlaySport London: Free Sport programme. If you are already in the process of completing your application don&rsquo;t forget to submit it by 5pm, Friday 8 October.<br /><br />PlaySport London: Free Sport, as part of the Mayor's Plan &lsquo;A Sporting Future for London', aims to provide free sporting opportunities to Londoners in order to encourage greater participation in sport in the build up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.<br /><br />Sports clubs and organisations, youth and community groups can apply for grants of up to &pound;1,500 and, if successful, will receive important information and marketing materials to help promote their activities and aid in their success. The aim of PlaySport London: Free Sport is to increase the number of people regularly taking part in sport across the capital, with a particular focus on participants receiving 6 or more hours of quality coaching as a result of taking part in the programme.<br /><br />As a Mayoral programme, the London Development Agency is working with the Greater London Authority, Sport England and other partners to build on the success of last year's programme. The 2009/10 programme supported 288 activities giving almost 15,000 people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of free sport and physical activities across London.<br /><br />The deadline for receiving applications for PlaySport London: Free Sport is 5pm on Friday 8 October 2010.</p> Tue, 05 Oct 2010 09:12:03 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=172 Big Dance mentioned in Ed Vaizey's speech at YDE Conference http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=171 <p>A very successful YDE Conference took place last 23-24 September 2010 at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London, where over 300 delegates exchanged their ideas, knowledge and aspirations for the future of young people's dance.<br /><br />The first Ten Year Vision for Children and Young People&rsquo;s Dance was launched at the Conference where it was championed by guest speakers Ed Vaizey, Wayne McGregor and Tony Hall amongst others. The Vision identifies needs in high quality teaching and workforce development, increased opportunities for participation and performance both in and out of school settings, dance space development, and strengthening the national young people's dance network. You can now download the Ten Year Vision for free and join the Ten Year Vision page on Facebook to share your views on the next steps.<br /><br />Special guests included:<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; *&nbsp; Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Lord Tony Hall, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Wayne McGregor, Artistic Director, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children&rsquo;s Commissioner for England<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Julie Dyson AM, National Director, Australian Dance Council &ndash; Ausdance<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Michael Day, Executive Director, Training, Training and Development Agency for Schools<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Richard Alston Dance Company<br /><br />Keynote Speeches and Presentations can be downloaded <a href="http://www.yde.org.uk/main.cfm?type=CONFPRES" target="_blank">here</a> for free<br /><a href="http://www.yde.org.uk" target="_blank">www.yde.org.uk</a></p> Mon, 04 Oct 2010 10:58:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=171 Step Change applications now open http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=170 <p>Does your career need a change in direction, challenge or environment?<br /><br />Step Change<br /><br />is for individuals who:<br />&middot; have proven experience working for arts organisations (with at least two years&rsquo; experience).<br />&middot; who have the ability or potential to play a management/producing role.<br />&middot; are passionate and ambitious about developing a career as a leader in the arts.<br /><br />involves:<br />1. Mentoring<br />Approximately one hour every six weeks.<br />2. Masterclasses<br />Full time 31 Jan &ndash; 4 Feb 2011; six half-day sessions Feb onwards.<br />3. Secondments at Host Organisation<br />Approx 40 days, between spring and autumn 2011.<br />4. Networking with peers and industry professionals<br /><br />Deadline: Monday 18 October 2010 (10am)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; <br />For more information and to download an application form:<br /><a href="http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/stepchange" target="_blank">www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/stepchange</a></p> Mon, 04 Oct 2010 10:37:52 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=170 Creative Steps - Free events 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=169 <p>Creative Steps offers professional development to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. The project offers a wide range of events, services and guidance allowing us to tailor programmes to meet each person&rsquo;s needs and goals.</p> <p>The autumn programme is in full swing. Check out the calendar below.</p> <p><strong>Motivation </strong><br />Dates: Tuesday 26 October, 2 &ndash; 5pm; Tuesday 2 November, 2 -5pm; 
Tuesday 9 November, 2 &ndash; 5pm.

<br />Location: Shape&rsquo;s offices in Kentish Town.

<br /><br />These drop-in groups will be facilitated by David Hevey, a successful photographer and film-maker whose clients have included the BBC and Channel 4. David will talk about how he motivates himself as a freelancer, and how he organises his time and projects to produce the best results. There will be networking opportunities and the chance to have a one-to-one surgery with David. 

<br /><br /><strong>Artwork</strong><br /> Date: Monday 1 November, 1 &ndash; 5pm.
<br />Location: Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel.<br /><br /> If you are thinking about returning to work, looking for a job or already working and also make artwork then this is the event for you. Come to the Whitechapel Gallery and network with other artists who also struggle with juggling the priorities of working and art practice. There will be the chance to hear from two disabled artists whose day jobs have informed and enriched their work; you can then swap tips on managing your expectations, and diary, with artists in your position.

<br /><br /><strong>Meet the Employer </strong><br />Date: Tuesday 30 November, 1-5pm.
<br />Location: Shape&rsquo;s Offices in Kentish Town.

<br /><br />This event will bring employers and disabled jobseekers together to explore work in the Creative Industries. We will have case studies of best practice organisations, presentations around the practicalities of employing disabled people as well as networking. 

For individuals: For those looking for work in the Creative Industry this event will give practical advice on job seeking, a chance to network with industry employers and employment service providers. 

<br /><br />For Organisations: This event will highlight best practice within the Creative Industries around the employment of disabled people. There will also be networking opportunities with other industry employers as well as job seekers.

<br /><br /><strong>Presentation and Networking Skills </strong><br />Date, time and location tbc&hellip;but please register your interest<br /><br />Noemi Lakmaier is a successful visual artist who has exhibited internationally and was the first recipient of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. Noemi will give you all her top tips for presenting both yourself and your art in a range of settings. Noemi has also devised a &lsquo;speed networking&rsquo; exercise which allows you to practise presenting yourself to peers and hone your elevator pitch.

<br /><br />Spaces are limited so book soon! Contact Mhairi Leaver on <a href="mailto: mhairi@shapearts.org.uk" target="_blank">mhairi@shapearts.org.uk</a> or on 020 7424 7358 to sign up.

<br /><br />If you are interested in coming into the office to speak with us in person about the Creative Steps project then please contact Rachel Ho on <a href="mailto:rachel@shapearts.org.uk" target="_blank">rachel@shapearts.org.uk</a> or on 020 7424 7351.</p> <p>In partnership with Emerge.<br /><br /></p> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:26:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=169 Candoco Performances at Southbank Centre http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=168 <p>As part of Dance Umbrella 2010 Candoco return to the Southbank<br /><strong><br />8 and 9 October: 'Renditions'</strong><br />7.45pm<br />Ticket Price: &pound;25/&pound;20/&pound;15/&pound;12<br /><br /><strong>15 to 17 October: 'Floor of the Forest'</strong><br />Installation with performances throughout day<br />Free event<br /><br /><strong>18 October: Debates and discussions</strong><br />'What do you want to make and where do you put it?' 11am to 5.30pm<br />'Progress on the main stage?'&nbsp; 6.30pm to 8pm<br /><br />For more information and bookings go to <a href="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/dance-umbrella-2010" target="_blank">www.southbankcentre.co.uk</a><br />Or <a href="http://www.candoco.co.uk/2010/08/2705/" target="_blank">www.candoco.co.uk</a></p> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:22:48 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=168 English National Ballet: Rephrasing Ballets Russes - Free http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=167 <p>From 17 to 31 October 2010, peep behind the curtain with English National Ballet and see artists rehearsing, demonstrating and showcasing works inspired by Diaghilev&rsquo;s Ballets Russes in the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Lecture Theatre. This unique event will give visitors the opportunity to observe, question and take part behind the scenes.</p> <p>For school and large group bookings, contact the V&amp;A bookings.office@vam.ac.uk / 020 7942 2211</p> <p>For more information, see the full event guide: <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/images/learning/Rephrasing_Ballets_Russes_Event_Guide.pdf">http://www.ballet.org.uk/images/learning/Rephrasing_Ballets_Russes_Event_Guide.pdf</a></p> <p>All activities are open to general public (no pre-booking required). All sessions are free of charge.</p> <p>All sessions are held in the Lecture Theatre at the V&amp;A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL</p> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:46:06 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=167 Blueprint Bursary http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=166 <p>A unique opportunity to be supported<br />Emerging choreographers can get all the support they need to create new work &ndash; and perform at the Blueprint event.<br /><br />Developed in partnership with London Youth Dance and Sadlers Wells the Blueprint Bursary helps talented choreographers achieve their ambition and supports them in finding an audience.<br /><br />Take a look at the opportunities on offer:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free space to create your work<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Multiple performance opportunities &ndash; including Stratford Circus, Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadlers Wells) and a schools tour<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A mentor to guide the artistic process<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Blueprint buddy (past winner)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Continued support from both East London Dance and London Youth Dance<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Production budget<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Access to a broad range of professional development opportunities and networks<br /><br />Previous Blueprint Bursary winners:<br /><br />2010 &ndash; James Wilton<br />2009 &ndash; Rosalind Lynch<br />2008 &ndash; Leila McMcillian<br /><br /><a href="http://eastlondondance.org/home.php?section=2&amp;id=74" target="_blank">Applications for the Blueprint Bursary 2011 are now open</a></p> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:53:50 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=166 Movement to Motivation conference http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=165 <p>The University of Bedfordshire is hosting the From Movement to Motivation: Towards an empirical understanding of the role of dance in health conference in Summer 2011 at the Bedford campus.&nbsp; We are welcoming abstracts from academics, researchers and practitioners examining the role of dance in health across recreational, vocational and professional sectors.&nbsp; <br /><br />Visit <a href="http://www.beds.ac.uk/dancescience" target="_blank">www.beds.ac.uk/dancescience</a> for further details.</p> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:32:09 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=165 Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarships http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=164 <p>Deadline: 25 January 2011<br /><br />Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarships (LUTSF) support individuals working in all areas of movement and dance wishing to travel in order to enrich their practice and their broader lives through new experiences. Applications are welcomed from choreographers, performers, lecturers, teachers, writers, therapists, administrators and related professionals, irrespective of age, nationality and previous training. Information and guidelines for applicants for 2011/12 are now available at <a href="http://www.lutsf.org.uk" target="_blank">www.lutsf.org.uk</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:05:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=164 Conversations around Choreography http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=163 <p>Next Friday 1 Oct Siobhan Davies Dance are pleased to welcome the artist Cornelia Parker and the novelist Lavinia Greenlaw to Siobhan Davies Studios for a conversation about how they make work.<br /><br />7 - 8.30pm<br />Friday 1 October<br />Tickets &pound;5 no booking free<br />Call 020 7091 9650 to book<br /><br /><a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com" target="_blank">www.siobhandavies.com</a></p> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:19:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=163 Rephrasing Ballets Russes http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=162 <p>Major autumn exhibition explores the world of the influential artistic director Serge Diaghilev and the most exciting dance company of the 20th century, the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev imaginatively combined dance, music and art to create 'total theatre'. A consummate collaborator, he worked with Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky.<br /><br />Diaghilev's dramatic performances transformed dance, reawakening interest in ballet across Europe and America. Celebrating the company's key period of activity, this major exhibition reveals Diaghilev's enduring&nbsp; influence on 20th-century art, design and fashion and includes more than 300 objects including giant theatre cloths, original costumes, set designs, props and posters by artists and designers including L&eacute;on Bakst, Georges Braque and Natalia Goncharova. These tell the story of a company which began in the social and political upheaval of pre-Revolutionary Russia and went on to cause a sensation with exotic performances that had never been seen before.<br /><br /><br />The events are all open to the public and free of charge. <br /><br />Curator Talk: Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes<br /><br />Wednesday 6 October<br />13.15-14.00<br /><br />Join V&amp;A Exhibition Curator, Jane Pritchard, to discover more about the glamour of the Ballets Russes.<br />Free, no booking required<br />Music of Diaghilev with the Philharmonia Orchestra<br /><br />Friday 1 October<br />19.00-21.00<br /><br />Join us for an evening with the Philharmonia Orchestra Chamber Ensemble with pieces from Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie, and Ravel.<br />&pound;20, no concessions (includes wine reception)<br />Rephrasing the Ballets Russes<br /><br />October 17-20, 22-28 &amp; 30-31<br />11.00-17.00<br /><br />See artists from the English National Ballet rehearsing works inspired by the Ballets Russes.<br />Free, no booking required<br />In collaboration with the English National Ballet<br />Ballets Russes Design Perspectives<br />English National Ballet and London College of Fashion<br /><br />Friday 19 November<br />20.00 Performance; 20.45 Film screening<br /><br />English National Ballet dancers showcase clothes by students from London College of Fashion, inspired by the Ballets Russes.<br />Free, no booking required<br />A collaboration between English National Ballet, London College of Fashion and the V&amp;A</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/theatre_performance/diaghilev-ballet-russes/index.html" target="_blank">V&amp;A website</a> for more information.</p> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:06:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=162 Save the date...Face to Face: 9 November 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=161 <p>South East Dance in partnership with The Point, Eastleigh and the Dance Infrastructure Group is leading Face to Face 2010 &ndash; a day of networking, provocation, discussion and practical workshops for those working in or with dance in the South East.<br /><br />Face to Face 2010 will see contributions from guest speakers including Janet Archer - Director, Dance Strategy at Arts Council England and Felicity Field - Director of Artistic<br /><br />Planning at the Brighton Dome and Festival plus practical<br /><br />sessions including &lsquo;Grants for the Arts workshops&rsquo; and &lsquo;Making technology work for you&rsquo;. Face to Face 2010 will also see the launch of Why Dance? a new advocacy resource to support the dance sector in the South East.<br /><br />Tuesday 9 November, 11am &ndash; 5pm<br />The Point, Eastleigh<br /><br />&middot; Places are free, but with limited availability. Some travel bursaries are available on request.<br /><br />To reserve a place, or for further information, please contact <a href="mailto:emily.james@southeastdance.org.uk" target="_blank">emily.james@southeastdance.org.uk</a></p> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:32:39 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=161 Danceworks Open Day Sun 26 Sep 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=160 <p><br />Danceworks<br />16 Balderton Street<br />(Opposite Selfridges Clock)<br />London W1K 6TN<br /><br />T: 020 7629 6183<br />W: www.danceworks.net<br /><br />Nearest tube - Bond Street &amp; Marble Arch<br /><br />Open 7 days a week<br />Weekdays 8:30am - 10:00pm<br />Weekends 9:00am - 6:00pm<br /><br />A chance to try out classes at one of London's biggest dance venues for FREE this Sunday!<br />No membership, or class fees apply.<br /><br />Danceworks is a friendly and vibrant community of people who love dance, fitness, yoga and martial arts, in the heart of London's West End. Well known for its huge range of classes, masterclasses and workshops, Danceworks is open to people who want to dance at any level - including beginners.<br /><br />If you've never been there, this Sunday is a great time to check it out! Over 160 classes are on offer throughout the week - and this Sunday, you'll have the chance to try out 25 different classes in styles including: Trampoline, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, African contemporary, Dynamic Pilates, Horton Technique, Fusion Funk, LA Hip Hop, Samba, Hatha Yoga, Lambada, Bollywood Grooves, Classical Pilates, Lyrical Contemporary, Zumba, Flamenco, Carnival, Ballroom, Pole Dance, Break Dance, UK Underground &amp; Commercial.<br /><br />Danceworks is based in a listed Victorian building which includes six studios, a talent agency and a full holistic bodywork centre. Come along and try it out this Sunday!<br />Just turn up 30 minutes in advance of the class you'd like to try.<br /><br />Find out more on: <a href="http://www.danceworks.net" target="_blank">www.danceworks.net</a></p> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:47:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=160 FREE Bicycle Ballet Workshop & Performances http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=159 <p>Saturday 25 September<br /><br />The Art of Suburbia, High Street Sutton (junction of High Street &amp; Throwley Rd) <br /><br />Come and make your bike dance!<br /><br />Inspired by bicycles and the geometric patterns of Busby Berkeley&rsquo;s film choreography, you are invited to a FREE Bicycle Ballet workshop as part of The Art of Suburbia in Sutton.<br /><br />Workshop participants will create a short and simple, but stunning routine and perform as part of two shows of 'the dance of cycling' in the afternoon. <br /><br />Workshop 10am-12noon <br /><br />Performances 1pm &amp; 3pm <br /><br />All ages welcome, although a level of cycling proficiency is required - minimum Level 2 Bikeability suggested. <br /><br />Please bring your bike and wear black top, trousers and shoes for the performances<br /><br />Further information at:<br /><a href="http://www.bicycleballet.co.uk" target="_blank">www.bicycleballet.co.uk </a><br /><br />Workshop at the junction of Throwley Rd &amp; High Street Sutton, SM1:<br /><a href="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;q=high%20street%20sutton&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;redir_esc=&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=N&amp;hl=en&amp;tab=wl" target="_blank">http://maps.google.co.uk/</a><br /><br /></p> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:20:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=159 TEN - Commissioned by Dance4 and New Art Exchange http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=158 <p><br />Sunday 26 September at 7.30pm 
<br />Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES <br /> Tickets &pound;10-&pound;15 <br /> Box Office 020 8858 7755 <br /><a href="http://
www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk" target="_blank"> www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk</a><br /><br />I always thought counting to ten was easy...<br /><br />Somewhere between Bolton, Barbados, Scotland and India three men make a journey of discovery. Taking music and the Indian ten-beat rhythm cycle as a starting point, this performance delves with endearing honesty and humour into the usually dry questions of cultural identity.<br /><br />"a completely absorbing and original hour... remarkable... compelling"
 Nottingham Post<br /><br />TEN looks at the meeting place between the red dot on the Hindu forehead and the red cross on the English flag. Negotiating multiple and overlapping identities in Britain today, TEN asks what is behind this need to belong? Almost impossible to describe in words, the show is a whimsical, delicate piece of story-telling infused with dance and drumming which will leave you charmed and uplifted.<br /><br />"Patel's skilled precision [realises] an almost seamless harmony of his culturally and historically divergent source material" 
Guardian Guide<br /><br />Award winning artist Hetain Patel has created a diverse body of work including photography, video and installations. TEN is his eagerly awaited first piece for theatre.</p> <p>Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England 
Presented at Greenwich Theatre in association with Greenwich Dance<br /><br /></p> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:53:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=158 Dare2Dance 2011 Presentation Evening http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=157 <p><br />Wednesday 22nd September, 5.30pm-6.30pm<br />Edric Hall, London South Bank University&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Are you interested in developing high quality Street Dance provision for young women in your borough?<br />Dare2Dance is a ground-breaking project that empowers young women aged between 14-24 through the medium of Street Dance<br /><br />Last year we worked with Camden, Islington, Brent, Croydon, Newham, Barking &amp; Dagenham, Greenwich, Haringey and Enfield, and we are looking to work with 6 new boroughs in 2011.<br /><br />The Dare2Dance presentation evening will cover information regarding the core project, the criteria for interested boroughs, the application process, as well as performances from previous Dare2Dance groups and presentations from boroughs who have been previously involved in the project.<br /><br />We will also have a representative from PRO-ACTIVE Central London available to discuss potential applications to the Play Sport London Funding Round 2.<br /><br />To register your attendance at the Dare2Dance 2011 Presentation Evening and for more information, please contact Laura on 07970 711416 or email <a href="mailto:laura@emdp.org" target="_blank">laura@emdp.org</a></p> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:38:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=157 On Show Strides into The Royal Albert Hall http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=156 <p>CCPR celebrate its 75th Anniversary with On Show - a dance spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 25 September<br /><br />As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of CCPR, the alliance of the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation, its movement and dance members will showcase their enormous talents at the Royal Albert Hall.<br /><br />On Show appears only once every five years. Bringing together more than 900 performers from 25 different dance and movement styles, On Show 2010 will be a magical journey, truly bringing dance together in one place, for one afternoon only.<br /><br />Brigid Simmonds OBE, CCPR chair, believes the event is a fitting celebration for this special anniversary:<br />&ldquo;In reaching our 75th Anniversary, CCPR is delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate this milestone at such a wonderful venue as the Royal Albert Hall. On Show provides us with the opportunity to show off the dedication of our dance and movement members - it promises to be a memorable afternoon.<br /><br />&ldquo;Movement and dance are great forms of physical activity and today&rsquo;s show demonstrates that there is something for people of all abilities and ages.&rdquo;<br /><br />From Indian Dance to Billy Elliot inspired Ballet, from Latin American to Cheerleading, the show will demonstrate the strength and diversity of movement and dance in the UK in way which few others can.</p> <p>For more information about On Show 2010 visit <a href="http://www.ccpr.org.uk/onshow" target="_blank">www.ccpr.org.uk/onshow</a></p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:54:08 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=156 I Value The Arts http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=155 <p>Tough decisions are being made about public services. If you value the arts in your community, you need to make your voice heard.<br /><br />Pledge your support and we'll keep you informed about plans that could affect arts provision, nationally and locally to you. This campaign is managed by the National Campaign for the Arts.</p> <p>Get involved and together we can make a difference.<a href="http://www.ivaluethearts.org.uk/" target="_blank"><br />www.ivaluethearts.org.uk</a></p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:29:11 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=155 Record-breaking year for Kids Week http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=154 <p>Kids Week in the West End - the much-loved annual initiative run by The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) - has achieved its most successful year to date, selling a record-breaking 68,121 tickets (up by 16,810). <br /><br />In August, due to unprecedented demand and for the first time in its thirteen-year history, Kids Week extended its annual Kids Go Free offer (for each full-price adult ticket, one child goes free and up to two more half price) by one week so it ran from 13 August until 3 September.<br /><br />As well as enjoying the 34 shows on offer this year, hundreds of children snapped up the chance to attend one of more than 60 free activities designed to engage and inspire the next generation of theatre lovers. This year's opportunities included an onstage cha-cha boot camp with Burn the Floor's Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna, a leafy backstage tour scaling the heights of the Into the Woods set, a drama workshop re-creating Les Mis&eacute;rables' famous barricade scene, a spooky ghost story session at The Woman in Black and exciting question and answers sessions with the star-studded casts of shows such as Wicked, Dreamboats and Petticoats.</p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:23:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=154 Artists join campaign against funding cuts http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=153 <p>Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to fight against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts.<br />&nbsp;<br />The campaign is being launched Friday 10 September 2010 with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger will follow David Shrigley.<br /><br />Please visit the Save the Arts website (including links to Facebook, Vimeo and Twitter) and to sign the online petition, <a href="http://www.savethearts.org.uk" target="_blank">www.savethearts.org.uk</a><br /><br />YouTube Link: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6rYDaORe3k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6rYDaORe3k</a></p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:07:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=153 Protein become Company in Residence at Greenwich Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=152 <p>Protein is proud to announce a new association with Greenwich Dance.&nbsp; As Company in Residence, Protein will have access to subsidised rehearsal space, commissioning funds, research and performance opportunities &ndash; all of which are helping Protein to produce its next touring show, &ldquo;L.O.L (lots of love)&rdquo;, this autumn.&nbsp; Artistic Director, Luca Silvestrini, will also have an office-base at the Borough Hall from October. <br /><br />Luca is delighted about the new association and wants to thank Brendan Keaney, Kat Bridge and their team at Greenwich Dance for making it happen.&nbsp; The two organisations share an agenda for audience development and dance participation based on excellence and inclusivity.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:44:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=152 Thrill the World 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=151 <p>On October 23rd 2010 at Midday and Midnight BST cities across the world will synchronize their watches and their feet to dance simultaneously to Michael Jackson's Thriller.</p> <p>This is part of the 5th annual global charity event called Thrill the World.&nbsp; London - you can join in the greatest dance routine on earth.&nbsp; London will be broadcasting live across the planet - register at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.thrilltheworldlondon.com" target="_blank">www.thrilltheworldlondon.com</a><br /><a href="http://www.facebook.com/thrilltheworldlondon" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/thrilltheworldlondon</a></p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 09:01:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=151 LOVE2 - free festival of sport and activity http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=150 <p>LOVE2 is a festival of sport and activity, designed specifically for women and girls.<br /><br />If you have never played sport in your life, it is time to have a go! If you want to try something a bit different, now is your opportunity! If you used to be active but life has since got in the way, take the chance to take some &lsquo;me&rsquo; time and play again!<br /><br />Be active, make friends and have fun.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.love2takepart.co.uk" target="_blank">www.love2takepart.co.uk</a></p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 08:52:25 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=150 Siobhan Davies is on the Big Dance greatest dancers list http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=149 <p>Choreographer and dancer Siobhan Davies CBE is one of the dancers on the Big Dance list of greatest dancers as chosen by BD followers. Featured on the list representing stage, pop and screen are: Madonna, JLS, Michael Jackson, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Fred Astaire, Michael Flatley, the Nicholas Brothers and Carlos Acosta.<br />&nbsp;<br />Siobhan Davies studied art at Hammersmith School of Art and Building.&nbsp; Her interest in dance grew when she started taking classes in the late sixties with the Contemporary Dance Group, (which became the London Contemporary Dance Theatre). A few years later, she was dancing and choreographing for the company.<br /><br />In 1987 she became the first choreographer to receive a Fulbright Arts Scholarship.&nbsp; She left London for America on this scholarship and formed Siobhan Davies Dance Company on her return in 1988.<br /><br />Since the company acquired its own home, Siobhan Davies Studios in South London, it undertakes various strands of work, including education projects, professional development opportunities and work within the community.&nbsp; The new building hosts performances, events, exhibitions and a dance and body conditioning class programme as well as a complementary therapy room.<br /><br />Her contribution to modern dance in the UK has been immense and is recognised through accolades, awards and praise from her contemporaries nationally, internationally and within her local community.<br /><br />Significantly, her work Bird Song is a GCSE Dance Syllabus set work, and she is a recommended figure to study for the A Level syllabus.<br /><br />Ever pushing boundaries, Siobhan has launched a series Siobhan Davies in Conversation, where she speaks to eight artists including a novelist and ceramicist about choreographic practices in their work and earlier this year, she launched the MA in Creative Practice with Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. <br /><br />&nbsp;In 2009 the company launched the first online digital dance archive, Siobhan Davies RePlay, which visually illustrates the choreographer&rsquo;s practice and creative process through 36 key dance works.<br /><br />She is a multi-award winning artist winning the Laurence Olivier Award, Prudential Award for the Arts (Dance) Prix D&rsquo;Auteur, Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition but to name a few and she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey and a Doctor of Letters from Leicester University.<br /><br />Though much has been written about Siobhan, less is known about her company&rsquo;s work to bring dance and movement to primary school children.<br /><br />Siobhan Davies Dance led on and coordinated Big Dance activity in the following London Boroughs: Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton, Lambeth, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.<br /><br />Read about Siobhan Davies in the <a href="../interviews.php" target="_self">Big Interview</a><br /><br /></p> Mon, 06 Sep 2010 13:36:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=149 Culture newsletter sign-up http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=148 <p><br />Sign up to the culture mailing list and receive a free newsletter for the latest on culture in the capital from the London Cultural Strategy Group and Mayor of London and occasional mailings on other GLA cultural projects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/webform/culture-newsletter-sign" target="_blank">http://www.london.gov.uk/webform/culture-newsletter-sign</a></p> Mon, 06 Sep 2010 12:34:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=148 African Dance Encounter http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=147 <p>Thursday 9 &amp; Friday 10 September, 7.45pm<br />Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall<br /><br />African Dance Encounter is an evening of dance, live music and discussion exploring traditional, contemporary and urban approaches to dance from Africa and its diaspora.<br /><br />The evening includes a performance by Frititi (Nii Tagoe) and a collaborative piece created by ADisapora Collective with live music arranged and directed by Nii Tagoe. ADiaspora Collective combines the creative visions of choreographers Vicki Igbokwe and Alesandra Seutin (Uchenna Dance Company and Vocab Dance). Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion.<br /><br />Tickets: &pound;13</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/african-dance-encounter-54431/?utm_campaign=email_dance&amp;utm_source=email_dance100831&amp;utm_content=email_dance100831_book" target="_blank">Southbank Centre</a> online</p> Mon, 06 Sep 2010 08:52:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=147 The Liberty Festival - Saturday, 4 September http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=146 <p>The Liberty Festival 2010 will take place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, 4 September (1pm-5pm).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Audiences will be treated to a programme of:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Street arts, including EPiC Arts, Rhinestone Rollers and Extant</p> <p>Cabaret and Comedy</p> <p>Music</p> <p>Aerial Performances</p> <p>BSL Interpreted Talks</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And much much more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, visit:<a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/event-meeting/2010/sep/liberty-festival">http://www.london.gov.uk/event-meeting/2010/sep/liberty-festival</a></p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 09:35:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=146 Marketing Magic & PR Punch http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=145 <p>Presented by the Independent Dance Manager's Network<br />Led by Tia Hassan<br /><br />22 September 2010. &nbsp;<br /><br />One day training course, London. Venue tbc<br /><br />This session is for:&nbsp;&nbsp; Artists,&nbsp; Managers, Producers<br /><br />A new session by IDMN Executive Committee member Tia Hassan, this course looks at how marketing relates to you, how to manage language and consistency, defining your USP and the communication flow between you and the public.<br /><br />The day will focus on the stages of developing a marketing strategy, how to implement it and will help you explore fresh ideas for marketing yourself - company - product - project - show!&nbsp; You will walk away with a framework to help develop a communication strategy; an essential part of achieving your marketing objectives and making your project a success.<br /><br />This session is suitable for those new to marketing but will also be a useful review for those with more experience.<br /><br />To book a place please send a cheque for &pound;30 payable to Independent Dance Managers’ Network to IDMN at Marylebone Dance Studio, 12 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6TS with the following details:<br /><br />Full Name:<br /><br />Position/role:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Artist/Manager/Producer/Other? <br /><br />Email:<br /><br />Mobile no:<br /><br />How did you hear about this course?:</p> Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:58:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=145 Only When I Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=144 <p><em>Only When I Dance</em> is a classic narrative documentary following two young teenagers, Isabela and Irlan as they strive to realise an extraordinary dream. One girl, one boy; both black and poor, and living in one of the most violent favelas on the outskirts of Rio.</p> <p>Irlan and Isabela both want to dance &ndash; to dance ballet, and their ambition is to leave Brazil to join one of the great companies in the North. For them, dance is the way out, an escape, and on stage, an ecstasy that is rarely found in their day to day lives. The question is - can they make it? <em>Only When I Dance </em>follows these two gifted teenagers during the year that will make or break all their future dreams.<em><br /><br />Only When I Dance</em> is Mad Hot Ballroom meets Billy Elliot, set in the favelas of Rio. A classic narrative of coming of age; it is about chasing a dream to dance the most perfect dance against all the odds of race and of circumstance. And of course the price you must pay for talent, for ambition and success.</p> <p><strong>Read interviews with the Director, Producer and Co-Producer of the film <a href="../stories.php">here</a>.</strong></p> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:48:44 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=144 Step Up tops film poll http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=143 <p>Step Up is the Big Dance Favourite Film. With a soundtrack featuring Ciara (who features on the Big Dance Greatest Dancer list), Chris Brown (also on the list) and Sean Paul, Step Up received rave reviews from Big Dance pollsters.</p> <p>Dirty Dancing came second, with Billy Elliot in third.</p> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:48:30 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=143 Have Your Say - don't miss your chance to win a nokia mobile phone http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=142 <p>Thanks to everyone who ran, took part or attended an event during the T-Mobile Big Dance 2010.</p> <p>We really want to hear your thoughts on the programme so that we can make it even better in 2012.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d appreciate it if you could spare approximately 5 minutes completing our&nbsp;questionnaires&nbsp;on-line.</p> <p>There are 5 questionnaires</p> <p>Event Organisers</p> <p>Participants</p> <p>Schools and Teachers</p> <p>Artists</p> <p>Partners</p> <p><a href="../have_your_say.php">http://www.bigdance2010.com/have_your_say.php</a></p> <p>Questionnaires completed by 5pm on <strong>22 August 2010</strong> will be entered into a draw to win a T-Mobile Nokia handset.</p> <p>Thanks for your time!</p> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:43:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=142 The Greatest Dancer List http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=141 <p>Here are some more profiles of the bands and individuals nominated for Greatest Dancer. How many do you know and who will emerge as the Big Dance Greatest Dancer?<br /><br /><strong>JLS - Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan &lsquo;JB&rsquo; Gill and Ortise Williams</strong><br />Though finishing in second place to Alexander Burke in TV&rsquo;s X Factor (2008), JLS have made it to the top in more ways than one. They are teen idols with a string of number one hits and they are one of the most respected boy bands in the UK . In the tradition of RnB or &lsquo;Jack Lad Swing&rsquo;, JLS dance and Michael Jackson has had an impact as seen when they introduced their favourite MJ videos on MTV. JLS have written two books that are featured on the Dance of 1000 books list to be published on Friday.<br /><br /><strong><br />Siobhan Davies</strong><br />Choreographer and dancer Siobhan Davies (CBE) is on the list. Her interest in dance grew when she started taking classes in the late sixties with the Contemporary Dance Group, (which became the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. A few years later, she was dancing and choreographing for the company.<br /><br />In 1987, she became the first choreographer to receive a Fulbright Arts Scholarship.<br /><br />Siobhan is a multi award winning artist and founder of Siobhan Davies Dance, which is acting as a lead hub organisation for Big Dance. Her work, Song Bird, is a GCSE Dance Syllabus set work.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Ulysees Dove</strong><br />The second choreographer, dancer to appear on the list is American Ulysses Dove who was born in 1947. He started out as a premedical student at Howard University but later transferred to the University of Wisconsin to study dance. He joined the Merce Cunningham Company and received an invitation from Alvin Ailey to join his company, which he did. He became a principal dancer at Alvin Ailey and went on to choreograph for a range of companies including: the Basel Ballet and New York City Ballet.<br /><br />Ulysses Dove died in 1996.</p> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:54:13 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=141 The Carl Campbell Dance Clap Challenge goes to Richmond http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=140 <p>Following the success of Carl Campbell's Clap Dance Challenge at the Peckham Square as part of Big Dance 2010, they have been invited to stimulate the audience at the 19th World Music Festival 2010 on the 21 August. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Join them in making this event a memorable one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Click here for more information:</p> <p><a href="http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/leisure_and_culture/arts/music/on_the_edge.htm">http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/leisure_and_culture/arts/music/on_the_edge.htm</a></p> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:35:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=140 Candoco seek associate artists http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=139 <p>The Learning and Development team at Candoco will be meeting artists to explore core Candoco exercises, with the aim of finding new artists to work with regularly on a freelance basis as part of their team.<br /><br />Southbank Centre on 14 September from 10am-3pm.<br /><br />The day will begin with core Candoco exercises, followed by a creative task, pedagogical discussion, and questions and answers.<br /><br />This is an opportunity for Candoco to meet new artists and for you to meet them. There are 20 spaces available for the day.<br /><br />If you&rsquo;re interested please contact <a href="mailto:louise@candoco.co.uk">louise@candoco.co.uk</a> for a space and more information.</p> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:22:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=139 Who is the Greatest dancer? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=138 <p><strong>The list will be published in its entirety on Wednesday 18 August.</strong></p> <p>The dancers who made the list are...<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Jeffrey Daniel </strong><br />Dancer and singer Jeffrey Daniel, the man who reportedly taught Michael Jackson to moonwalk is on the Big Dance greatest dancer list. &nbsp;Jeffrey, who started out as a dancer on &lsquo;Soul Train&rsquo; was a member of the legendary soul group Shalamar who had hits with classics such as &lsquo;Take That To The Bank&rsquo;, &lsquo;A Night to Remember&rsquo;, &lsquo;Friends&rsquo; and &lsquo;There &nbsp; It Is&rsquo;.</p> <p>His contribution to dance, fashion and street dance has been immense. He was co-choreographer on Michael Jackson&rsquo;s &lsquo;Bad&rsquo; and &lsquo;Smooth Criminal&rsquo; videos, he has worked across musical genres with artists such as LL Cool J and Paul McCartney and he appeared as Electra in Andrew Lloyd Weber&rsquo; s West End musical &lsquo;Starlight Express&rsquo;. Jeffrey, who is said to have been the first dancer to perform the moonwalk live, is the first street dance choreographer to receive an MTV best choreographer award. &nbsp;He continues to work in the creative and music industries promoting new talent, running dance master classes and recording. He is fluent in Japanese.</p> <p><strong>Chris Brown</strong><br />Chris Brown, soul and hip hop recording artist, is a Greatest Dancer pick. Born in 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, Chris enjoyed music and taught himself to sing and dance. He released his debut album at the age of 16.</p> <p>When it comes to dancing, many see him as a successor to Usher and the internet is full of references to Chris Brown and dance and how to dance like him.</p> <p>He has appeared on television and in films. His next album is due out in 2011.</p> <p><strong>George Sampson</strong><br />Reality TV star and dancer George Sampson is on the list for Greatest Dancer. The 17 year old won Britain&rsquo;s Got Talent four years ago, where his semi final dance routine was an updated version of &lsquo;Singing in the Rain. He has appeared in the hip hop musical &lsquo;Into the Hoods&rsquo; and the movie &lsquo;Streetdance&rsquo;, which has become one of Britain&rsquo;s most successful films. He is about to make his debut in a television series.</p> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:52:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=138 Record miss doesn't dampen the fun of Carnavel del Pueblo http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=137 <p>Despite a hip swinging, hand twirling and fun Salsa routine, worthy of the crowd that came to watch it, participants were unable to break the Salsa Guinness World Record attempt in Burgess Park, south London on 1 August. The record, set at the Caracas Hilton Hotel on 1 October 2006, will remain in Venezuela.<br /><br />Organiser Chryssa Poupard of London Salsa, who led the World Record attempt by dancing on stage with choreographer Chandy David, said, &ldquo;We will try again again next year .&rdquo;<br /><br />The bid for the World Record was part of Carnavel del Pueblo &ndash; the annual celebration of Latin American culture, which showcased food, music and dance.<br /><br />Read what <a href="../stories.php">Chryssa and Chandy</a> have to say about Salsa, which is said to be a great way to keep fit.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:26:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=137 DANCE STAGE - Extant's autumn of dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=136 <p>DANCE STAGE is a programme of dance classes open to all visually impaired adults at any level of experience or ability.<br /><br />We will be offering four styles of dance: Contemporary, Flamenco, Tap and Samba &ndash; come along and try one, some or all!<br /><br />Sessions will be held on Sundays at The Oval House Theatre, 52/54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW. <br />(2 mins from Oval tube)<br /><br />All sessions are free, but we do ask for a full commitment to the course of any one style &ndash; for example, if you want to learn Tap, please come to every Tap session.<br /><br />There will also be an opportunity to show what you have learnt in a small presentation to an invited audience on Saturday 11th December at Oval House.&nbsp; The presentation will be a collaboration involving all four types of dance.&nbsp; (See below for the dates and times of each session)<br /><br /><strong>TO REGISTER</strong><br />To register for one or more styles of dance, please email <a href="mailto: maria@extant.org.uk">maria@extant.org.uk</a><br /><br />Places are limited to a maximum of 12 per session, so email soon to reserve your place. <br /><br />Please let us know:<br /><br />&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your name<br /><br />&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp; A contact telephone number<br /><br />&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whether you are blind or partially sighted<br /><br />&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp; What your access needs are<br /><br />If you would like to register for Tap, please also let us know your shoe size so we can order you some Tap shoes. <br /><br />DATES&nbsp; and TIMES: (There will be regular breaks and an hour for lunch&nbsp; during the sessions below)<br /><br /><strong>Contemporary with Janee Hall</strong><br />Sunday 19th Sept, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br />Sunday 26th Sept, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br /><br /><strong>Flamenco with Aidan Treays</strong><br />Sunday 3rd Oct, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br />Sunday 10th Oct, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br /><br /><strong>Tap with Penny Smith</strong><br />Sunday 17th Oct, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br />Sunday 24th Oct, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br /><br /><strong>Samba with Loreto Caceres Espinosa</strong><br />Sunday 31st October, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br />Sunday 7th November, 10am &ndash; 5pm<br /><br />Sessions for the presentation &ndash; half day rehearsals<br /><br />Contemporary with Janee Hall: Sunday 14th Nov, 10am &ndash; 1pm<br />Tap with Penny Smith: Sunday 14th Nov, 2pm &ndash; 5pm<br />Samba with Loreto Caceres Espinosa: Sunday 21st Nov, 10am &ndash; 1pm<br />Flamenco with Aidan Treays: Sunday 21st Nov, 2pm &ndash; 5pm<br /><br />Group rehearsals: Friday 10th December and one other evening in that week commencing 6th Dec (tbc), 6pm &ndash; 9pm.<br /><br />Presentation date &ndash; group presentation involving all four styles of dance<br />Saturday 11th December (times tbc)</p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:23:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=136 Ignite Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly present: Head Rush http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=135 <p>For 3 weeks over the summer holidays, members of artsdepot's Ignite Theatre Company for ages 13-19 have been working with Frantic Assembly to create a new and dynamic piece of physical theatre.<br /><br />Join us on Friday 13 August at 7.30pm at artsdepot's Studio Theatre.<br />Tickets are FREE and can be reserved by contacting the Box Office on 0208369 5454.</p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:08:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=135 Big Dance Greatest Dancer's List http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=134 <p>The late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, won the honour in the Big Dance Twitter poll. Featured on the list, representing stage, theatre, pop and screen are: Dame Margot Fonteyn, Madonna, Fred Astaire, the Nicholas Brothers, Diversity, Flawless and Carlos Acosta, whose memoir &lsquo;Now Way Home&rsquo; is a Big Dance pick.</p> <p><strong>So who has made the list?</strong><br /><br /><strong>Colin Dunne</strong><br />Irish step legend and contemporary dancer Colin Dunne is a contender for Big Dance&rsquo;s Greatest Dancer as chosen by you. The list is based on email responses and a vox pops with people in London.<br /><br />Read about Colin Dunne in the <a href="../interviews.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Interview</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>Bill &lsquo;Bojangles&rsquo; Robinson </strong><br />American tap dancer Bill &lsquo;Bojangles&rsquo; Robinson is one of the few tap dancers to make the Big Dance list. Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1878, &lsquo;Bill &lsquo;Bojangles&rsquo; is best known for dancing with child star Shirley Temple in a number of films, including &lsquo;The Little Colonel&rsquo;. He also starred at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Fred Astaire paid tribute to Bill in a tap dance routine from the film &lsquo;Swing Time and in the early 200s, actor and tap dancer Gregory Hines starred in the biography &lsquo;Bojangles&rsquo;. There is a statute of Bill &lsquo;Bojangles&rsquo; Robinson in his home town of Richmond, Virginia.<br /><br />Books about Bill Robinson appear on the Dance of 1,000 books list &ndash; available shortly.</p> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:14:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=134 Dance Inspires Fashion http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=133 <p>Calling all budding fashion designers!!</p> <p>Send us 3 of your designs inspired by dance and you could be the winner of the Big Dance fashion competition.</p> <p>The deadline for entries is 22 August 2010 at 5pm.</p> <p>For full details and how to enter, visit: <a href="../event_dance_inspires_fashion.php">http://www.bigdance2010.com/event_dance_inspires_fashion.php</a></p> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:30:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=133 The Way - Talk at the Apple Store, Regent Street http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=132 <p>Monday 9th August<br />7-8pm</p> <p>Join freerunner and award-winning director Karen Palmer for a talk about her groundbreaking freerunning film, The Way. Her project is a virtual game and a video installation that re-creates the freerunner experience by simulating the journey (over obstacles within the city environment) on multiple video screens and audio channels.</p> <p>For more information, visit the Apple <a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet/" target="_blank">website.</a></p> Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:43:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=132 Akademi - Flux http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=131 <p>Cardiff Multicultural Mela 2010<br />Sunday 8th August, 12 - 7pm.<br /><br />Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay.<br />Akademi onstage at 3.30pm.<br /><br />Followed by workshop with Urja Desai Thakore at 4pm (15 minutes).<br /><br />FREE ENTRY<br /><br />Akademi presents FLUX, a new dance piece which explores the state of constant change, throughout life, relationships and associations. Created by Urja Desai Thakore, FLUX was originally commissioned for the Medway Fuse Festival in 2010 and tours to Wales as part of the Cardiff Mela 2010.<br /><br />Choreographer: Urja Desai Thakore<br />Composer: Atul Desai<br /><br /></p> Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:19:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=131 Seven Ways South http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=130 <p>For Big Dance 2010 Siobhan Davies Dance commissioned film artists Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds to create a film that collects people&rsquo;s descriptions of the movements of their everyday lives.&nbsp;<em>Seven Ways South</em> features groups from across the South London Hub that are brought together through a common need or desire to move. From Capoeira to Morris dancing, gardening to climbing, each of them have been invited to explore and describe these movements.</p> <p>This film will tour south London in 2011 with a photography exhibition and workshop programme. View the film on line at Siobhan Davies Dance website: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance2010/seven-ways-south">http://www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance2010/seven-ways-south</a></p> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:26:07 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=130 Take Part! Join a youth dance company http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=129 <p>The summer holidays may have only just started but now is the perfect time to start looking out for opportunities to join a youth dance company in September.&nbsp; If you love to dance, whichever style, joining a youth dance company could offer you opportunities to train, work with professional dancers and gain experience performing in a whole range of venues - all whilst making new friends and meeting people who share the same passion as you!<br /><br />During August and September Rambert, The Place (Shift) and Laban amongst others will be holding auditions to find new members for their youth dance companies. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=1189" target="_blank">Check out the auditions page for more information and dates</a></p> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 09:30:30 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=129 Colin Dunne's Big Interview http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=128 <p>Colin Dunne is one of the leading figures in traditional Irish dance and he learnt his craft at three years of age.<br /><br />Colin was a dance prot&eacute;g&eacute;e. His parents sent him to the locally based Comerford School to learn Irish step dancing at the age of three.&nbsp; Six years later, he won his first World Championship title and became the first dancer to win the World, All England and All Ireland titles in the same year.<br /><br />He says that he was influenced by tap dance and classical tap dancer Gregory Hines.<br /><br />When Colin decided to retire from competition, at the age of 22, he had won 9 world, 11 Great Britain, 9 All Ireland and 8 All England titles.<br /><br />In between this, he managed to graduate from Warwick University with a BSc in Economics (he later qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen), gain a teaching qualification and conduct workshops overseas.<br /><br />He resigned from Arthur Andersen on the day he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and went on a tour of Canada with the Chieftains. From there on in, dance became his career.<br /><br />In 1995, he joined the cast and creative team of Riverdance and took the principal role soon after.<br /><br />Post Riverdance, Colin uses his training and skill as a contemporary dancer even though his love and appreciation of the Irish step is still apparent in his work.<br /><br />He is one of the few dancers who has made the successful transition from Irish to contemporary dance.<br /><br />In 2008, he introduced Out of Time, his first full length solo production. In this work, he takes a multimedia approach using movement, text, film and sound design with the step dance tradition. On stage he uses projected archival images of dancers from the 1930s onwards &ndash; including himself as a ten year old boy.<br /><br />Colin continues to break new ground. His work has taken him all over the world and he is recognised as one of the legends of Irish Dance.</p> <p><strong>Read The Big Interview <a href="../interviews.php" target="_blank">here</a></strong></p> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 09:15:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=128 Camilla Dallerup's Big Interview http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=127 <p>Camilla Dallerup launched the UK&rsquo;s first Dance Directory, a free online resource, which enables people to find out about and participate in dance classes across the country.<br /><br />Camilla was happy to promote the dance directory following her travels around the country over the last 6 years. &ldquo;People would tell me that they loved to go dancing and would ask if I knew where they could go. I didn&rsquo;t know&rdquo;<br /><br />When Dance Champions contacted her to ask if she would launch the dance directory, she said, &ldquo;Finally. A guide that produces everything in one place.&rdquo;<br /><br />On accessing the website, you can see video clips of classes and access the details of dance classes around the country. There is so much choice.<br /><br />&ldquo;I always tell people to try different styles and then find the one which suits them&rdquo; adds Camilla.<br /><br />The directory, funded by the Department of Health, is part of a national campaign to improve the nation&rsquo;s fitness.<br /><br />Camilla, who started dancing at 2 and was a champion by the age of 12, is on a mission to improve the nation&rsquo;s health. Dance, she says, is for all ages and abilities.<br /><br /><strong>So, what does she think of dance for the over 70s?</strong><br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard some lovely stories as I&rsquo;ve travelled around the world&rdquo;. She says. &ldquo;There have been men and women who have turned to dancing because they lost their partners. Older people can dance and it&rsquo;s a great way of socialising.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>And is it possible to stay fit through dance?</strong><br /><br />&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t done anything but dance&rdquo;, responds Camilla, &ldquo;besides, dancing keeps you fit mentally and socially as you have to concentrate, listen to the music and step in time.&rdquo;<br /><br />On leaving &lsquo;Strictly&rsquo;, the show she won in 2008 with Holby City Actor Tom Chambers, she went into television presenting. The move from dance to presenting on GMTV did not give Camilla the culture shock that one would imagine and she was ready for the challenge. &ldquo;It was a fantastic experience. I was thrown in the deep end and loved it.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>But weren&rsquo;t there any nerves?</strong><br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;d wait to hear Camilla &ndash; 10 seconds to live and think whoa, here we go! But in dancing you only get one shot of it and if you miss it, that&rsquo;s it. So, I carried that experience through to presenting.&rdquo;<br /><br />She believes that this foray into television has given her the opportunity to engage with audiences and that this is where she is meant to be. &ldquo;Dancing was the tool that enabled me to connect with an audience&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />Congratulations to Camilla Dallerup who married Hollyoaks Star Kevin Sacre in Ibiza at the end of July.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Read more about Camilla in the <a href="../interviews.php" target="_blank">Big Dance Interview</a></strong></p> <p>Log on the Dance Directory: <a href="http://www.dancechampions.org/" target="_blank">www.dancechampions.org</a><br />Camilla Dallerup is one of 15 Dance Champions, which includes international Choreographer Arlene Phillips.</p> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 09:11:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=127 London Youth Dance - Review of Big Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=126 <p>Have a look at what reviewers for London Youth Dance thought of Big Dance for young people by clicking here: <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3683">http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3683</a></p> <p>There's also a round-up of opportunities to join a youth dance company&nbsp;in September.&nbsp; If you love to dance, whichever style,&nbsp;joining a youth dance company could offer you&nbsp;opportunities to train, work with professional dancers and&nbsp;gain experience performing in a whole range of venues -&nbsp;all whilst making new friends&nbsp;and meeting people who share the same passion as you: <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=1189">http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=1189</a></p> Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:24:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=126 DTAP Conference Footage available to view http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=125 <p>Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership<br /><br />Comprehensive video footage from the DTAP Conference held in London on 25th May 2010 is now available to view on the DTAP website, <a href="http://www.dtap.org.uk" target="_blank">www.dtap.org.uk</a><br /><br />To view the footage, open the homepage then click on the link on the top left entitled 'Conference Videos and Papers' and select the subject area you wish to view from the dropdown menu. Subject areas are listed in the order in which they were presented at the conference. Where available, downloads of the slideshow presentations are also attached on the relevant page.</p> Mon, 02 Aug 2010 15:22:18 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=125 Capture - Big Dance Photography http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=124 <p>View images from Big Dance in south London as caught on camera by budding photographers on the Siobhan Davies Dance Capture course. Working alongside established dance photographer, Pari Naderi, they explored different techniques and approaches to capturing dance and movement on camera. See the stunning results here: <a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance2010/gallery">http://www.siobhandavies.com/bigdance2010/gallery</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Aug 2010 12:59:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=124 Big Dance Round-up http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=123 <p>There's been a lot of dance to see and take part in this month - Big Dance 2010 had over 800 events to choose from. We didn't get to all of them - but our ever growing team of contributors covered some of the highlights and when called upon, got dancing in the streets themselves.</p> <p>Read the full round-up <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3707" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:06:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=123 Dance United celebrate http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=122 <p>Dance United works with those marginalised in society and whose potential is often unrecognised or unfulfilled. Contemporary dance training and performance of the highest quality has the power to unlock this potential.<br /><br />With consistent mentoring and support, many of the Academy graduates have been reintegrated into society pursuing varied paths, including mainstream education, further training, work placements and employment.&nbsp; Although the Academy&rsquo;s aim is to use dance to teach transferable skills, a number of students have shown a real aptitude for taking dance further and have gone on to more formal, professional training.<br /><br />We are delighted to announce that three recent Academy graduates have been accepted to study dance at Further Education and Higher Education level on professionally accredited courses.&nbsp; We hope you will join us in celebrating their achievement and wishing them all the best their future endeavours.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:47:17 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=122 Tony Award for Welsh Actress http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=121 <p>Academy Award winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones added a Tony Award to her Oscar winning best performance by a leading actress in a musical for &lsquo;A Little Night Music&rsquo;. Choreographer Bill T Jones triumphed in the Best Choreography section for the musical &lsquo;Fela&rsquo; about the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti - creator of Afrobeat.<br /><br />Books featuring Catherine Zeta Jones, Bill T Jones and Fela are featured in &lsquo;Dance of a 1000 books&rsquo;, a thought provoking list, which shows that dance is everywhere from architecture to sport to zoology.<br /><br />We shall soon be announcing Big Dance&rsquo;s favourite book, as selected by you. Make sure that your book gets counted by emailing: <a href="mailto: myfavouritebook@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">myfavouritebook@bigdance2010.com</a>.<br /><br />Closing date: 31st July<br /><br />Fela! is coming to the National Theatre in November.</p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:52:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=121 Carnival this Sunday! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=120 <p>This Sunday (1 August) is the fantastic Carnival Del Pueblo. Attracting 100,000 people to Burgess Park it is the UK&rsquo;s premier Latin Carnival featuring music, food, dance and entertainment - <a href="http://www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk" target="_blank">www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk</a><br /><br />We need YOU for the Salsa World Record!!!<br /><br />We are attempting to break the World Record for the largest Salsa Dance and we&rsquo;d love YOU to take part!!!<br /><br />Our dance sequence has been specially choreographed by Richard Marcel and is easy to pickup &ndash; even for beginners! You can have a look at the dance sequence online here. You will also have a chance to learn/practice it on the day. Here are the key details &nbsp;<br /><br />When:<br />Sunday 1st of August<br /><br />Registration Time:<br />10.30am<br /><br />Workshops:<br />Workshops to practice the Choreography will be take places after 10:30am<br /><br />Location:<br />Burgess Park<br />Walworth Road&nbsp; /Chumleigh Street<br />London SE5 0RJ<br /><br />Dress Code:&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Please wear a black shirt / blouse or T-shirt<br /><br />Instructions:<br />Please make your way into the park and meet at the Guinness Salsa zone at 10:30 where registration will take place.<br /><br />The world record attempt will take place at probably 1pm. It would be really good if you could wear something black &ndash; like a black T shirt/dress &ndash; as this will help identify everyone that is part of the World Record attempt.<br /><br />You can come by yourself and grab a partner there &hellip;but if you have a partner bring them too &hellip;in fact bring as many friends as you can! &nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:53:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=120 Cinderella Aspire Day - Sunday, 8 August 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=119 <p>Sunday, 8 August 11am-5pm</p> <p>Join us for a day of dance held at our Kensington headquarters and take part in a technique class led by an English National Ballet Dance Artist. Aspire also includes the opportunity to learn repertoire from Michael Corders&rsquo; <em>Cinderella</em> and develop you strength and flexibility in a Pilates session.</p> <p>Class 1: Ideal for beginners or those wishing to improve their basic ballet knowledge<br />Class 2: Ideal for those at Intermediate level or above</p> <p>For more information on the classes and booking, click here: <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/department/adult_ballet_programme/">http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/department/adult_ballet_programme/</a></p> <p>Places cost &pound;50 for the day. Ages 18+. <br />If you have any further questions please email <a href="mailto:learning@ballet.org.uk">learning@ballet.org.uk</a></p> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:24:25 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=119 Kids Week extends to third week due to phenomenal demand http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=118 <p>Children now go FREE to the best shows in town from 13 August &ndash; 3 September 2010<br /><br />BOOKING FOR WEEK 3 OPENS WEDS 28 JULY at 12noon<br /><br />Due to unprecedented demand, the much-loved annual summer initiative, <strong>Kids Week in the West End</strong>, when children can go FREE to the best shows in town, has been extended to run for a whole three weeks for the first time ever!<br /><br />With Kids Week 2010 enjoying record breaking sales of more than 40,000 tickets since booking opened on 13 July, many of London&rsquo;s theatre producers have kindly offered more tickets for the final week of the summer holidays, so that families can now enjoy Kids Week from 13 August &ndash; 3 September.<br /><br />Now in its 13th successful year, Kids Week, established by the Society of London Theatre, offers an action packed schedule of theatrical fun with an exhilarating range of free workshops, activities and events in addition to free tickets.<br /><br />The ticket deal is simple - one child (aged between 5 and 16) will be able to go absolutely free to any participating show when accompanied by a full paying adult, and up to two more children can go half price.<br /><br />Hundreds of children have been snapping up the chance to book for a variety of free activities and workshops designed to engage and inspire the next generation of theatre lovers and linked in with a variety of Kids Week shows including Burn the Floor, Hair, Blood Brothers and The 39 Steps. Children can peek backstage, learn to dance, sing with the cast and tread the boards, or enjoy exclusive post-show Q&amp;As with the stars they have just seen on stage!<br /><br />Tickets for Kids Week shows and activities taking place from 13 &ndash; 27 August are currently on sale via the Kids Week Ticketmaster hotline 0844 248 5151 (24 hrs) and online at <a href="http://www.kidsweek.co.uk" target="_blank">www.kidsweek.co.uk</a>. Booking for the third week extension (28 Aug &ndash; 3 Sept) opens at 12pm on Wednesday 28 July, via the same hotline and website.</p> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:55:37 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=118 3 Duets http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=117 <p>Kadam in association with Akademi invite you to a presentation of a work-in-progress<br /><br /><strong>3 Duets</strong><br /><br />At Interchange Studios, Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP onThursday 29th July at 7pm.<br /><br />3 Duets is the culmination of the Unlocking Creativity Choreo-Residency, which takes place in Luton in association with the Hat Factory, between 22nd-28th July 2010.<br /><br />Mentored by Hari Krishnan of InDance, Toronto it features U.K dance artist pairs Kalpana Raghuraman (Brussels) and Kali Chandrasegaram (London, East); Vipul Bhatti (London) and Indira Kemp (Edinburgh); Eva Recacha (London) and Hari Krishnan.<br /><br />The presentation will be followed by an In Conversation between Sanjoy Roy and the choreographer/performers. There will also be an opportunity for feedback from members of the audience.<br /><br />Supported by Kadam, Hat Factory, Arts Council England Lottery Fund, Akademi Choreographers</p> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:52:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=117 What would you ask Leslie Caron? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=115 <p>Oscar nominated actress and dancer Leslie Caron, the Hollywood legend famed for her roles in the musicals &lsquo;American in Paris&rsquo; &lsquo;Gigi,&rsquo;, &lsquo;Daddy Long Legs&rsquo; and &lsquo;Lili&rsquo;, is going to answer questions from three fans and it could be you!</p> <p>For a chance to have your question put to Ms Caron, email: <a href="javascript:top.opencompose('mydancestory@bigdance2010.com','','','')"> mydancestory@bigdance2010.com</a>by Monday 25 July, Midday.</p> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:12:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=115 Liberty Festival 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=114 <p>Come along to Liberty Festival 2010 - celebrating the contribution of Deaf and disabled people to London's culture.<br /><br />This year Liberty includes:<br /><br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sport and Arts<br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aerial Performance<br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Street Arts<br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Children's Arts<br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cabaret and Comedy<br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Music<br /><br />Liberty welcomes everyone and is friendly and accessible.<br /><br />Date: Saturday 4th September<br />Time: 1pm to 5pm<br />Location: Trafalgar Square<br />Admission: FREE<br /><br /><a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/liberty/" target="_blank">www.london.gov.uk/liberty</a></p> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:17:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=114 Weekend of dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=113 <p>The London 2012 Games Open Weekend starts this weekend with a host of cultural activities to celebrate the two year mark before the Games begin and dance is part of the fun.<br /><br />Here&rsquo;s a snapshot of what&rsquo;s on offer:<br /><br /><strong>Brent Dance Month</strong> &ndash; events include bellydancing (see: <a href="http://www.brent.gov.uk/dancemonth" target="_blank">www.brent.gov.uk/dancemonth</a> / Telephone: 020 8937 3119)&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>Free workshops</strong> at The British Museum (see: <a href="http://www.britishmuseum.org" target="_blank">www.britishmuseum.org</a> / Telephone: 020 7323 8000)<br /><br />+ <strong>60x60 Dance</strong> (60 dances in 60 minutes), Stratford Circus, London (<a href="http://www.eastlondondance.org" target="_blank">www.eastlondondance.org </a>/ Telephone: 020 8279 1050)<br /><br />To find out more, including what&rsquo;s happening in the regions, log on to: <a href="http://www.london2012.com" target="_blank">www.london2012.com</a></p> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:44:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=113 60 dances in 60 minutes http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=112 <p>It&rsquo;s being billed as one of the dance events of the year and you can watch it this Saturday at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square.<br /><br />60x60 is the exciting event whereby 60 dance pieces are set to 60 one minute compositions. Devised as a music and dance concept by New York based Composer and Producer Robert Voisey, 60x60 is a dance away hit in the US and Canada.<br /><br />The event is one of the most diverse forms of entertainment that you are going to see this year and every dancer has the opportunity to shine. The youngest participant is 15 and the oldest 97.<br /><br />Excitement is building for this East London Dance and Vox Novus event that is being coordinated by Robert Voisey, Dance Coordinator Adriana Pegorer and Producer Silke Arnold.<br /><br />More than 150 dancers, professional and non professional, will be showing dance styles ranging from roller disco to Bboying to contemporary to Salsa to BMX riding and dance makers will be coming from across the world including China, France and the USA.<br /><br />The only requirements for 60x60 is that you dance for a minute to the music provided, which has been created by musicians including electroacoustic composer and researcher Jon Weinel.<br /><br />&ldquo;When I went to see 60x60 for the first time, I was blown away by the explosive energy and the diverse and original pieces.&rdquo; Says 60x60 Dance Coordinator Adriana Pegorer. &ldquo;The interpretation of each composition by the individual choreographer and dancers made the overall 60 minutes show a very unique gem. &rdquo;<br /><br />New Yorker Christopher Matthews, a dance student in London, who participated in 60x60 last Spring, agrees. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s magical&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;You just turn and see the audience wondering where the next dance is coming from!<br /><br />If the enthusiasm in London mirrors the USA, it is going to be phenomenal with people counting down the clock and wondering where the hour went!<br /><br />Producer Silke Arnold says, I can guarantee that watching 60x60 will be your maximum doses of entertainment and art &ndash; your 5 out of 5 a day!<br /><br />Take the 60 minute challenge!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/60x60.php" target="_blank">Read more about 60x60 here</a>.<br /><br />60x60, Saturday 24 July 2010. The event starts at 3pm and 8pm<br />Details: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London E1 5BX<br />Telephone: 020 8279 1050</p> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:47:18 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=112 Michael Jackson is the greatest dancer http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=111 <p>King of Pop Michael Jackson heads off competition from Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Sampson and Gregory Hines to emerge as the greatest dancer in our Twitter poll.<br /><br />Who won&rsquo;t remember watching or attempting to try out some of MJ&rsquo;s moves, which are now legendary?<br /><br />There is: little Michael Jackson shuffling and grooving to &lsquo;ABC&rsquo; and &lsquo;I Want You Back; adult Michael wowing the world with the Moonwalk, taught to him by Jeffrey Daniels of the legendary1980s group Shalamar, which placed him on the map of superstardom; the iconic move taken from &lsquo;Bad&rsquo; (enough said), which is copied by so many performing artists across the globe; and the slickness of&nbsp;&nbsp; &lsquo;Thriller&rsquo;, the first music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural significance.<br /><br />It is said that Michael was influenced by Fred Astaire and James Brown and this is sometimes evident in his work.<br /><br />But do you agree with the Twitter poll?<br /><br />We want to do a comparative poll and find out who the greatest dancer is on the website.&nbsp; Could the results be the same?<br /><br /><strong>Who would you nominate as the greatest dancer and why?</strong><br /><br />You&rsquo;ve got until 31 July to tell us.<br /><br />Email: <a href="mailto: dancer@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">dancer@bigdance2010.com</a></p> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:45:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=111 Come to FUSE! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=110 <p>Sunday 25.07.10 | 12noon &ndash; 7pm<br />Kensington Gardens<br /><br />Come to FUSE, a major arts event for young people this Sunday 25th July, and celebrate two years until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Organised in partnership between Westminster City Council's Arts Service, the Royal Parks, and the Royal Borough of Kensington &amp; Chelsea, thirty-five local cultural organisations will showcase the wealth of creative ways in which young people take part and get involved in dance, music, theatre, spoken word and the visual arts.<br /><br />The event is free and open to the public.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />For more information visit <a href="http://www.fuse-arts.org.uk" target="_blank">www.fuse-arts.org.uk</a>.</p> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:43:16 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=110 Akademi presents Sufi:Zen http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=109 <p>Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July, 10pm<br /><br />Milton Keynes International Festival<br />Campbell Park, Milton Keynes<br /><br />Free event<br /><br />An intimate dance experience that unites the stillness of Zen meditation with the rapturous motion of Sufi dervishes. Evoking a cultural landscape that extends from Persia to Japan, Sufi:Zen exists in a world of contrasts &ndash; of ice and fire, entropy and energy, introspection and divine omniscience.<br /><br />Sufi:Zen is choreographed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi with the support of Jonathan Lunn and Mavin Khoo. It merges multiple dance styles, including kathak, contemporary and ballet. Set to a score by Shrikanth Sriram, this performance reflects Akademi&rsquo;s longstanding reputation for presenting modern perspectives on traditional South Asian dance forms in unusual and distinct spaces.<br /><br />Further tour dates are taking place throughout the summer. See<br /><a href="http://www.akademi.co.uk/sufizen" target="_blank">www.akademi.co.uk/sufizen</a></p> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:09:31 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=109 Feel the Heat! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=107 <p>Despite temperatures of over 30&ordm;c in London on Saturday, thousands of people turned out to take part in the grande finale of Big Dance in Trafalgar Square.&nbsp; The Big World Dance was made up of five routines choreographed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance. They were available to learn online, or in workshops arranged around London by the five Big Dance hub organizations - East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, and Siobhan Davies Dance. <br /><br />The dance procession started at 12 noon outside the Southbank Centre, snaked across the Golden Jubilee Bridge and up Northumberland Avenue into Trafalgar Square for the performance in Trafalgar Square to a soundtrack played live in Trafalgar Square by DJ Walde.</p> <p>Read the rest of the article <a href="http://www.londondance.com/news_details.asp?NewsID=8021" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=107 English National Ballet: Physical Ballet http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=106 <p>Physical Ballet<br />Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 July, 10am - 4pm both days<br /><br />English National Ballet studios<br />&pound;25 - Book now<br /><br />LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!<br /><br />Ballet meets Parkour in a weekend of physical training and choreographic exploration led by masters Daniel Jones from English National Ballet and Forrest (Francois Mahop) from Parkour Generations.<br /><br />Push yourself to the limit; develop new skills and be part of this evolving dance form. Applicants must be physically fit and have at least 2 years dance experience. Ages 14 - 24. Only 24 places available and successful applicants must attend both Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.ballet.org.uk/shop/product/physical_ballet/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:50:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=106 List your Special Offers on Big Dance website http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=105 <p>Use the <a href="../special_offers.php" target="_blank">online form</a> to submit details of your special offers for dance events, memberships, merchandise and dance classes &amp; courses. These offers will feature on the BigDance2010.com website if approved until 22 August.</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:14:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=105 World Record for largest open air tea dance returns to the Royal Opera House http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=104 <p>Mission accomplished! Subject to official verification from Guinness World Records, The Royal Opera House Big Tea Dance succeeded in its bid to waltz its way back into the record books with 508 people (254 couples) dancing in Trafalgar Square.<br /><br />Although the ROH earned the Guinness World Record for the largest open air Tea Dance in 2005 with 195 couples, Glasgow fox trotted to victory last year with 220 couples.<br /><br />But now the record has returned to its ancestral home.<br /><br />During World War II the Royal Opera House closed down as a theatre and reopened as a Mecca dance hall. Thousands of Allied Forces service men and women and ordinary Londoners poured through the doors to enjoy regular dance nights. These dance events were brought back to the Royal Opera House after the refurbishment in 1999.<br /><br />The ROH Dance Band started the elegant fun with a quickstep to &lsquo;Strike up the Band&rsquo;, the Ira and George Gershwin classic from the 1920s. As couples of all ages and nationalities immersed themselves in the music, the band played favourites such as &lsquo;Tea for Two&rsquo;, re-popularised by Doris Day in the fifties, &lsquo;A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square&rsquo;, recorded by forces sweetheart Vera Lynn, and &lsquo;The Lady is a Tramp&rsquo;, one of the show tunes that became a signature recording of Ol&rsquo; Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.<br /><br />&nbsp;&ldquo;All over we had curious tourists, workers from nearby on long lunch breaks, families and children, visiting groups from around London&rdquo; says Simon Magill, Royal Opera House Communications Manager. &ldquo;It was wonderful to see so many people coming together through something as natural as dancing.&rdquo;<br /><br />A team of regular Royal Opera House Tea Dancers were around to help those who were unfamiliar with the ballroom steps so that they could join in the fun.<br /><br />&ldquo;Before the last dance, we lined everybody up and counted them&rdquo; says Paul Reeve, ROH Director of Education. &ldquo;When we told them the number, a great cheer went up and everybody broke into great big smiles - a fantastic sight to see from the stage.&rdquo;<br /><br />Like the Royal Opera House Tea Dances, in the magnificent Paul Hamlyn Hall, the event ended with a waltz to &lsquo;Sleepy Lagoon&rsquo; by British composer Eric Coates, which is popularly known as the theme tune to Radio 4&rsquo;s Desert Island discs.<br /><br />Although the Big Tea Dance is over, afternoon tea dances are still the rage at the ROH, which hosts an event on Friday of each month in the Paul Hamlyn Hall with tea, sandwiches and biscuits served during the interval.<br /><br />Tony Hall, Royal Opera House Chief Executive, said, &ldquo;It is absolutely brilliant that so many Londoners and visitors to London joined in the Royal Opera House Big Tea Dance in Trafalgar Square. First and foremost we organised the event to bring the sheer enjoyment of dancing to the centre of London. But I cannot disguise the pride and thrill of smashing the World Record and bringing it back to London and the Royal Opera House.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:09:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=104 Arts For Change: Taking the Arts to Centre Stage http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=103 <p>Dr Mallika Sarabhai<br />Saturday 17 July at 1.30pm at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton St, London WC1X 9NG Map<br /><br />We live in a fractured world where the usual means of communication have broken down. The aims of development in societies wanting a more equitable world, have not been achieved. What do the arts have to offer in such a climate? Mallika Sarabhai will talk of her and Darpana&rsquo;s work in using the arts for change in India and around the world, of issues of &ldquo;high&rdquo; arts and agit prop and what she sees as tradition and what as stagnation.<br /><br />Mallika Sarabhai is the co-director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and a pioneer in using dance and the arts for social change. She is one of India&rsquo;s leading choreographers and dancers, creating and performing both classical Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi and contemporary works. She first came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook&rsquo;s The Mahabharata for 5 years, first in French and then English, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland. Always an activist for education and women&rsquo;s empowerment, Mallika began using her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions which have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change! , several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India. In the mid 90s Mallika began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works that have been presented in North America, Scotland, Singapore, China and Australia, and throughout India.<br /><br />Mallika Sarabhai&rsquo;s talk at the Centre for Creative Collaboration will be preceded by an informal reception starting at 1pm.</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:55:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=103 Dirty Dancing is the top film at Chrystel Arts Big Dance party http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=102 <p>Chrystel Arts, Edgware, celebrated Big Dance week by opening its doors to the local community, offering free workshops, showing dance films and running a poll in response to the Big Dance call for favourite films.<br />Jackie Goetcherian, Admin Manager at Chrystel Arts, said &ldquo;It was great! We showed films throughout the day and took a vote. Dirty Dancing, along with Step Up and Angelina Ballerina were the favourites.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the run up to Big Dance, school staff and students had been working hard to raise the profile of dance within the local community. They made contact with local community projects, businesses and schools where they taught Big World Dance moves.</p> <p>And Jackie&rsquo;s verdict of Big Dance week from a theatre school perspective?<br />&ldquo;Fun! It was an opportunity to highlight dance and we had a really great day. Lots of people came along. It brought dance to the fore and became one big party. We all thought it worthwhile.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:51:38 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=102 DESTINO: A Contemporary Dance Story http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=101 <p>RSA Screens and Arts Council England present DESTINO: A Contemporary Dance Story (a co-production between Duet Pictures and Arts Council England) in association with Dance United.</p> <p>&ldquo;Truly inspirational. Beautifully told and very uplifting about dance, the two men&rsquo;s stories and Ethiopia. Dance is universal and can enrich any life no matter what.&rdquo; Adam Cooper, Dancer / Choreographer</p> <p>DESTINO: A Contemporary Dance Story is a film that celebrates the potency of the arts to bring people together across generations and across ethnic divides; a power to challenge fate, to change lives. Filmed on location in London and Addis Ababa, the documentary traces the build-up to the performances in both cities of DESTINO - a unique collaboration between Dance United and Sadler&rsquo;s Wells.</p> <p>The film explores the thoughts and feelings of those involved in the project, from international choreographers including Hofesh Shechter, Russell Maliphant, Adam Benjamin, to school children who have never danced before.</p> <p>Read more about the event <a href="http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/destino-a-contemporary-dance-story" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:53:22 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=101 The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 Finale http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=100 <p>The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 built to a climax on 10 July with the <a href="../image_gallery.php?d=Big+World+Dance+2010">Big World Dance</a>, a grand finale that saw thousands of people transform the streets of London into a giant open air stage. Thousands of people gathered together to perform the show stopping routine, commissioned by the Southbank Centre and directed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance. <br />&nbsp;<br />After starting the dance procession at the Southbank Centre, the dancers made their way across the Golden Jubilee Bridge and up Northumberland Avenue into Trafalgar Square for a spectacular performance on a gigantic scale. The dance was performed to a specially created soundtrack played live in Trafalgar Square by DJ Walde.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />The choreography for the Big World Dance was taught to thousands of people in free workshops across the city and the routines were also learnt online. Everyone was encouraged to sign up and take part, and participants could learn one of five different versions of the dance organised by the five hub partners - East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, and Siobhan Davies Dance. <br />&nbsp;<br />Over 850 dance events will have taken place over nine days as part of the T-Mobile Big Dance 2010, from 3 &ndash; 11 July. An open invitation for everyone to join in and celebrate dance, the T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 has seen highlights such as Slow Dancing and Tea Dances in Trafalgar Square, politicians &lsquo;Dancing on Parliament&rsquo;, the T-Mobile Big Dance Bus rolling out its pop up dance floor and a whole host of workshops and performances taking place in shopping centres, parks, offices, galleries, museums, streets.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The past week has once again underlined the extraordinary power of dance. With thousands upon thousands of Londoners - of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities - taking part, Big Dance has been a footstomping, toe-tapping, highkicking triumph."</p> <p>To end the summer&rsquo;s events, a selection of lucky Londoners were treated to a special screening of Dirty Dancing in Trafalgar Square to celebrate T-Mobile&rsquo;s Night In customer loyalty offer.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Stars of the Dirty Dancing musical where on hand to teach Londoners dance moves from the show to close T-Mobile Big Dance 2010. Tina Cleary, Senior Brand Experience Manager for T-Mobile explains: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s dance has been the perfect finale to T-Mobile&rsquo;s Big Dance 2010, we&rsquo;ve been absolutely delighted to see how infectious dance is inspiring thousands of Londoners to get up and have some fun. To celebrate the end of Big Dance 2010 and the launch of our Night In offer, we wanted to create the perfect dance film screening right here in the Capital, and what better dance movie to show than Dirty Dancing.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="../image_gallery.php?d=Big+World+Dance+2010">See photos from the event</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="480" height="385" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/wHmoPACt3TE&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wHmoPACt3TE&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:16:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=100 Recycled Teenagers go from Dancing StAge to Five O'Clock Show http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=99 <p>Recycled Teenagers, who performed at Dancing StAge event at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank as part of the Big Dance, will be appearing on 'The Five O'Clock show on 12 July.<br /><br />The group, based in Peckham, south London, is for people over the age of 50 and specialises in Caribbean dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch it <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-5-oclock-show/4od#3090739" target="_blank">here</a>, tune in from 41 minutes.</p> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:16:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=99 Have you got what it takes to be a Games Maker? http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=98 <p>The application process for London 2012 Games-time volunteers starts this summer! Up to 70,000 volunteers will make the Games happen &ndash; so we&rsquo;re calling them &lsquo;Games Makers&rsquo; (simple, right?).<br /><br />We know you&rsquo;re excited about the chance to play a vital role at London 2012 &ndash; but do you have what it takes to be a Games Maker?<br /><br />Well, from 27 July &ndash; as we mark two years to go to the Games &ndash; you can start finding out.<br /><br />Find out more about the application process &ndash; and when you can apply &ndash; on the <a href="http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteering/the-volunteer-programme/index.php" target="_blank">London 2012 website.</a><br /><br /></p> Fri, 09 Jul 2010 21:26:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=98 The Big Dance Interviews http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=97 <p>Have a read! The BIG Interview with some fantastic dancing stars, including Big World Dance Choreographer Luca Silvestrini and Arlene Philips . .</p> <p>Read the Interviews <a href="../interviews.php" target="_self">here</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Jul 2010 09:37:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=97 The Royal Opera House Big Tea Dance Needs You! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=96 <p>Join in the fun of the Big Tea Dance as the Royal Opera House gears up in an attempt to dance its way back into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest outdoor tea dance tomorrow (8 July). In 2005, the ROH set the World Record with 195 couples but Glasgow waltzed it away last year with 220 couples.<br /><br />&ldquo;We want it back&rdquo;, says Paul Reeve, ROH Director of Education, &ldquo;And we just need one more couple!&rdquo;<br /><br />Preparations are underway for the event. There is going to be a stage by Nelson&rsquo;s column for Paul and the Royal Opera House Dance Band and dancing will take place on the flagstones inside an area roped off for participants only.<br /><br />The Royal Opera House has a long history of ballroom dancing, dating back to the 1900s. It is in 1939 and through the war years that its reputation grew as servicemen and women from the UK and the United States went to the ROH to dance to music from some of the big bands of the day including dance band leader Victor Sylvester, who was a World Ballroom Dancing Champion.<br /><br />The Tea Dances themselves are legendary and the Paul Hamlyn Ballroom Hall, which has a capacity of 250 people, is regularly sold out. If the event on Thursday goes as well as the Tea Dances, it is going to be a wonderful experience for all involved and tea dance regulars have been quick to sign up. This includes Bill Wiltshire, fondly known as Mr Jive and his partner Helen Burrell who were part of the 2005 World Record breaking Big Tea dancers.<br /><br />Any one can sign up for the event. It does not matter if you have two left feet, or you get on the good foot or your best move is the pigeon step.<br /><br />All you need to do is register by 11am and start dancing from midday until 2pm.<br /><br />As for Paul, he will not be dancing. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll be busy keeping an eye on things and keeping the band under control.&rdquo;<br /><br />And how important is that World Record?<br /><br />&ldquo;Our hopes are to give everyone a really enjoyable time and to put a smile on their faces, whether they're dancing, watching or simply passing by and stop to have a look! &ldquo; says Paul, Tea dancing is a wonderful social and communal activity, and doing a large-scale open air one is very exciting for us.&nbsp; Of course we're keen to go for that record but that will just be a bonus.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>To be eligible for the World Record Attempt</strong><br />Couples need to register from 11am and participate from midday until 2pm.<br /><br /><strong>Getting there</strong><br />Nearest station: Charing Cross<br />Useful website:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/" target="_blank">Transport for London&rsquo;s Journey Planner</a><br /><br /><strong>Royal Opera House Tea Dances</strong><br />To find out more about these events, which always start with a waltz or quick step, have the Cha Cha, Foxtrot and Tango in between, finishing with a waltz, telephone: 0207 240 1200 or log on to <a href="http://www.roh.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.roh.org.uk</a></p> Wed, 07 Jul 2010 16:25:49 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=96 Get involved in London 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=95 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Open weekend 2010</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Not-for-profit organisations are invited to participate in the London 2012 Open Weekend. The event, which takes place 23-25 July, celebrates the two-year mark before the Games begin. Not-for-profit groups are invited to promote events that are inspired by the Olympics and challenge the public.</div> </p> <p>Open weekend 2010</p> <p>Not-for-profit organisations are invited to participate in the London 2012 Open Weekend. The event, which takes place 23-25 July, celebrates the two-year mark before the Games begin. Not-for-profit groups are invited to promote events that are inspired by the Olympics and challenge the public.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/open-weekend/index.php?dm_i=6HX,1CNY,2AJZ0H,H33H,1" target="_blank">Go here</a> for more information and other opportunities for Voluntary Sector Organisations.</p> Wed, 07 Jul 2010 16:17:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=95 Offer! FREE Tickets to English National Ballet School Performances http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=94 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">We have 50 tickets for each of the Matinees (Fri and Sat) and 20 for Friday evening. &nbsp;Info and image below. &nbsp;Great if it could go out today.....???</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">FRIDAY 9th July 2pm &amp; 7pm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">SATURDAY 10th July 2pm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">ENBS are proud to announce their Summer Performances for 2010. A programme of classical ballet and contemporary dance which will feature Director of Dance Michael Corder's Rhyme Nor Reason, Giselle Act II, and new works by Christopher Hampson, Ernst Meisner and Christopher Tudor.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">The performances will showcase the versatility of our promising dancers in a range of different styles, which will appeal to all audiences. Rhyme Nor Reason, originally created for the Royal Ballet in 1978 is an energetic, entertaining and exciting ballet set to Stravinsky's Dumbarton Concerto. Mary Skeaping's much loved traditional staging of Giselle is a perfect example of 19th Century Romantic Ballet at its finest. &nbsp;This, alongside the work of our three exciting guest choreographers, offers you an programme of work performed by the very best young dancers.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px; top: 0px; left: -10000px;">Please contact Galina Wilkinson on galinawilkinson@enbschool.org.uk or on 0207 376 7076 no later than 5pm on Thursday 8th July.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LIMITED OFFER!! Free tickets to English National Ballet School Performances!</strong></p> <p>FRIDAY 9th July 2pm &amp; 7pm &amp;&nbsp;SATURDAY 10th July 2pm&nbsp;</p> <p>ENBS are proud to announce their Summer Performances for 2010. A programme of classical ballet and contemporary dance which will feature Director of Dance Michael Corder's Rhyme Nor Reason, Giselle Act II, and new works by Christopher Hampson, Ernst Meisner and Christopher Tudor.&nbsp;The performances will showcase the versatility of our promising dancers in a range of different styles, which will appeal to all audiences. Rhyme Nor Reason, originally created for the Royal Ballet in 1978 is an energetic, entertaining and exciting ballet set to Stravinsky's Dumbarton Concerto. Mary Skeaping's much loved traditional staging of Giselle is a perfect example of 19th Century Romantic Ballet at its finest. &nbsp;This, alongside the work of our three exciting guest choreographers, offers you an programme of work performed by the very best young dancers.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To book your tickets, please contact Galina Wilkinson on galinawilkinson@enbschool.org.uk or on 0207 376 7076 no later than 5pm on Thursday 8th July.</strong></p> Wed, 07 Jul 2010 11:22:55 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=94 Live Vibe Hits West End http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=92 <p>For one night only Live Vibe, usually tucked away in Lilian Baylis Studio will take on the West End for a magical evening of dance theatre and hip hop!</p> <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Performances will include hip hop poet Duane Flames and band, BMX crew Roadworks, the internationally acclaimed FLOetic Lara, plus the four favourite youth dance companies from the current season presenting their interpretations of this year&rsquo;s theme - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Hosted by Hakeem &ldquo;Mr Impact&rdquo; Onibudo and Annaliese Dayes.</div> </p> <p>Performances will include hip hop poet Duane Flames and band, BMX crew Roadworks, the internationally acclaimed FLOetic Lara, plus the four favourite youth dance companies from the current season presenting their interpretations of this year&rsquo;s theme - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hosted by Hakeem &ldquo;Mr Impact&rdquo; Onibudo and Annaliese Dayes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Live-Vibe-Elements-July-2010" target="_blank">Full details and to book tickets.</a></p> Tue, 06 Jul 2010 17:58:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=92 Primary school children star in dance event at Borough Market http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=91 <p>Join in as children from Southwark and Lambeth primary schools perform Over Under Through.<br /><br />Children take centre stage over the next two days as Borough Market plays host to an energetic performance by over 260 pupils from four selected primary schools in Southwark and Lambeth. Taking place in Jubilee market, as part of the Big Dance celebrations, the children will use the historic space to explore the link between dance and visual art in a collaborative project with dance artists Catherine Bennett and Pari Naderi and visual artists Lucy Cash and Ruth Gibson.<br /><br />On Tuesday 6th July, children from Charles Dickens and Bessemer Grange primary schools will perform Over Under Through, followed by children from Alfred Salter and Wyvil primaries on Wednesday 7th July.<br /><br />The performance is brought courtesy of Artist Bank, a Siobhan Davies Dance project for artists working in primary schools. It explores choreography and collaboration and aims to discover how dance artists, visual artists and teachers can work together.<br /><br />Participation in the project has helped the children grow in confidence and they have learnt to question their work and that of others, which has enabled them to improve their performance.<br /><br />&ldquo;The combination of professional artists and children working together has an excitement that is real&rdquo;, says SDD Founder and Director Siobhan Davies.<br /><br />Why not take time out to capture some of that that excitement as part of the audience!<br />&nbsp;<br />Over Under Through is a free event that takes place at Jubilee Market on 6, 7 July with a performance at 2pm and 4pm. Booking is not required.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2010 10:52:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=91 Lambeth News http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=90 <p><strong>Lambeth and Southwark A-Z Dance 3-11 July</strong><br /><br />The Big Dance week 3-11 July, is a London wide event celebrating dance across the capital and Lambeth and Southwark council&rsquo;s Arts teams have joined forces to create the Lambeth and Southwark A-Z of Dance.<br /><br />Throughout the week there will be site specific unexpected dance events, workshops and performances in parks, bandstands, streets and at the wonderful Streatham Festival on Saturday 3 July.<br /><br />All the performances are free, and many workshops are also free to join in on the day<br />For more information or to download an A-Z brochure <a href="http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/Arts/ArtsDirectory/Dance.htm" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Cultivate at Lambeth Country Show</strong><br /><br />It&rsquo;s the big one, a whole weekend of free performances and workshops for all ages within the Cultivate: the Arts and Culture area of the Lambeth Country Show.<br /><br />After huge response from the community last year, Cultivate returns bigger than ever, with over 50 local artists and arts organisations present, performances though-out both days in three different performance spaces, opportunities to get involved in 15 different workshops for all ages including craft activities all day, and a carnival procession on Sunday.<br /><br />There is something for everyone in the Cultivate space and it is all FREE,<br /><br />Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July from12noon to 6pm, Brockwell Park<br />For more information and to see the Cultivate programme <a href="http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/ParksGreenSpaces/EventsInParks/CultivateAtLambethCountryShow.htm" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /><br /><br /></p> Fri, 02 Jul 2010 16:48:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=90 London Youth Dance Day http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=89 <p><strong>When:</strong> Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July 2010, 10.00am-6.00pm<br /><strong>Where:</strong> The Scoop at More London<br /><br />The London Youth Dance Day is a much loved fixture on the youth dance calendar. This year, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the London Youth Dance Day, groups are encouraged to respond to the optional theme of the 'The 5 World Continents' - Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. &nbsp;<br /><br />More than forty youth dance companies from London and beyond come together each day to produce this back to back programme of uplifting dance performances. From Contemporary to Bhangra, Tap to Street dance and Circus to Ballet there is sure to be something to set your feet tapping! Punctuated by mini performance demos by professional companies and artists the London Youth Dance Day is a rare chance to experience the energy and vibe created by dance in the open air.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=2046" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Fri, 02 Jul 2010 16:39:54 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=89 Big World Dance on 10 July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=88 <p>With less than two weeks to go until <strong>Big World Dance on 10 July</strong> there is a full programme of workshops across London for you to learn the choreography. Big Dance has 5 hubs in London; North, East, South, South East and West. <a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/hubs.php" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find out which hub area you live in and then learn the unique choreography for your hub. <a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/big_world_dance_choreography.php">Click here</a> to see the choreography for each hub.<br /><br />WORKSHOPS<br /><br /><strong>North London Hub</strong><br />29 June, Dance Picnic at Valence House Museum<br />2 July, Big Dance Bus Stop at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre<br />4 July, Go Islington! At Highbury Fields Park<br /><br />Email <a href="mailto: north@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">north@bigdance2010.com</a> for more information<br /><br /><strong>East London Hub</strong><br />3 July, Open workshop at Stratford Circus in Stratford<br /><br />Email <a href="mailto: east@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">east@bigdance2010.com</a> for more information<br /><br /><strong>South London Hub</strong><br />3 July, London Festival of Architecture at The Building Centre (26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT)<br />4 July, Open workshops at Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea<br /><br />Email <a href="Mailto: south@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">south@bigdance2010.com</a> for more information<br /><strong><br />South East London Hub</strong><br />3 July, Danson Festival in Danson Park, Bexley<br />4 July, Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace<br />4 July, Dance and Shop at the Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley<br /><br />Email <a href="mailto: southeast@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">southeast@bigdance2010.com</a> for more information<br /><br /><strong>West London Hub</strong><br />4 July, Brent Respect Festival in Roundwood Park<br /><br />&nbsp;Email <a href="mailto: west@bigdance2010.com" target="_blank">west@bigdance2010.com</a> for more information</p> Fri, 02 Jul 2010 08:12:36 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=88 Photo & Short Film Competition Winners Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=87 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Photo and Short Film Competition Winners Announced</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Congratulations to our Photo and Short Film Competitions winners, we had some fantastic entries and thank you to all that entered.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Photography Competition &ndash; &lsquo;Dance Gets Everywhere&rsquo;&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Featured in the exhibition are photographs from the below winning entrants.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Kitsum Wong</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Amy Rennie</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Henry Mance&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Jason Temple</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Steven chandler</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Michelle Chen</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Chris mole</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Nefeli Tsiouti&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Hilary Goodall</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Photographs are on display in an exhibition at City Hall for more details click here.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Short Film Competition &ndash; Dance in the Capital</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">The below winning films will be shown across London at the Big Dance Outdoor Cinema. There is Billy Elliot in Ealing, Strictly Ballroom in Potters Fields and Hairspray in Havering. Find out more here.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Sebastian Barlinga &ndash; &rsquo;10 Rugrats from Greenwich Jerkin&rsquo;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Maria Pangoli &ndash; &lsquo;Dancing Shoes&rsquo;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;"> <p>Patsy McMahon &ndash; &lsquo;Untitled&rsquo;</p> <p>Photo and Short Film Competition Winners Announced</p> </div> <p>Photo and Short Film Competition Winners Announced</p> <p>Congratulations to our Photo and Short Film Competitions winners, we had some fantastic entries and thank you to all that entered.&nbsp;</p> <p>Photography Competition &ndash; &lsquo;Dance Gets Everywhere&rsquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Featured in the exhibition are photographs representing the theme 'Dance Gets Everywhere' from Ballet on a Barge to Tango in a telephone box!</p> <p>Winning Entries are listed below:</p> <p> <p>Henry Mance - 'Morris Men in Trafalgar Square'&nbsp;</p> <p>Jason Temple - 'Ballet on the Beach' on Llangenith beach in South Wales</p> <p>Steven chandler - 'American Kids on Southbank, London'</p> <p>Michelle Chen - Inside Big Dance Bubble</p> <p>Chris Mole - 'Hove Sunset'</p> <p>Nefeli Tsiouti - 'On the Move'</p> <p>Hilary Goodall - 'A Window on the Dance'&nbsp;White Group rehearse their piece entitled ‘This Way!’ on the pavement of Barge House Street. Part of the Capture Programme at Siobhan Davies Dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Photographs are on display in an exhibition at City Hall for more details click <a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/event_photo_comp.php" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </p> <p>Short Film Competition &ndash; Dance in the Capital</p> <p>The below winning films will be shown across London at the Big Dance Outdoor Cinema. There is Billy Elliot in Ealing, Strictly Ballroom in Potters Fields and Hairspray in Havering. <a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/events_by_style.php?id=23" target="_blank">Find out more here.</a></p> <p><br />Sebastian Barlinga &ndash; &rsquo;10 Rugrats from Greenwich Jerkin&rsquo;</p> <p>Maria Pangoli &ndash; &lsquo;Dancing Shoes&rsquo;</p> <p>Patsy McMahon &ndash; &lsquo;Untitled&rsquo;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 14:01:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=87 Boris Johnson says "We need three million dancers by 2012" http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=86 <p>&bull; West End stars join Boris Johnson at Palladium stage to kick off T-Mobile Big Dance 2010<br /><br />&bull; 850 events across the capital over 9 days<br /><br />&bull; Mayor announces drive to get 3 million people involved</p> <p><br />At the star-studded launch of T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 on stage at the London Palladium today (<strong>Thursday 1 July</strong>) the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, revealed his ambition to see it reach 3 million Londoners and inspire the whole country to get involved, as a key cultural project for 2012.</p> <p><br /><em>Legally Blonde</em> star, Sheridan Smith, Dance Champion, Camilla Dallerup and multi awardwinning choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), joined the Mayor on stage, alongside the star dancers, known as &lsquo;dance captains&rsquo;, of thirteen of London&rsquo;s West End musicals including <em>Grease, Sweet Charity, Love Never Dies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You, Disney's The Lion King, Chicago, Sister Act, The Phantom of the Opera, Hair</em> and <em>Burn The Floor</em>.</p> <p><br />Brought together by the Society of London Theatre to perform a specially choreographed version of ' You Can't Stop the Beat', Jerry Mitchell's hit number from Hairspray, with some of the best dance students from leading vocational schools across London. The unique event, attended by around 2,000 people, was specially organised to launch this<br />year's T-Mobile Big Dance, which features 850 events over 9 days and is expected to reach more than 1.2 million people over ten days.</p> <p><br />The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is supporting the event, said today: ''What better place to launch this year's spectacular celebration than the illustrious Palladium, which is so associated with the magic of music and dance. You might be the coolest of hip-hop dancers or an ardent balletomane - the beauty of Big Dance is it gives you the chance to experience these and everything between.</p> <p><br />'London is one of the world&rsquo;s greatest centres for dance, with enormous creative talent to be found here. But it's also about getting more active, or simply having fun &ndash; and it's a brilliant way to bring people together. So be inspired, get moving and let's get three million involved by 2012.'</p> <p><br />T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 takes place from 3-11 July. Among the highlights of the hundreds of events will be The <strong>Big World Dance</strong>, taking place through the streets of London on <strong>Saturday 10 July</strong> featuring a cast of thousands of Londoners and directed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance with a specially created soundtrack by DJ<br />Walde. For full details of how to take part log onto <a href="../">www.bigdance2010.com</a>. Big Dance is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.</p> <p><br />The programme also receives funding and support from Mayor of London, Arts Council England and Dance Champions. This year&rsquo;s headline sponsor is T-Mobile.</p> <p><br />Today,<strong>1st July</strong>, the Dance Champions launch the first ever free online dance directory <a href="http://www.dancechampions.org">www.dancechampions.org</a>, making it easier for people to find local classes.</p> <p><br />To close Big Dance 2010 and celebrate the launch of its new &lsquo;Night In&rsquo; customer loyalty offer, T-Mobile is also hosting a top secret open air screening in an iconic London location of movie classic Dirty Dancing, on the evening <strong>Saturday 10 July</strong>. Fans of the film will have the time of their lives, thanks to a stage performance from the stars of the Dirty Dancing musical, a live dance movie mash up from leading VJ &trade; Hexstatic and the chance to watch the ultimate<br />movie love story of Johnny and Baby on the big screen. Register for the limited availability tickets by 5th July by visiting facebook.com/lifesforsharing.</p> <p><br />Lynne Ormrod, Head of Brand and Advertising for T-Mobile said: &ldquo;We are passionate about encouraging our customers to participate in extraordinary events. We wanted to use our heritage in dance, thanks to our Dance advert at Liverpool Street Station, which attracted over 17 million views on YouTube, to encourage Londoners to embrace and support the TMobile Big Dance campaign and join in themselves.</p> <p><br />This summer&rsquo;s events are going to be fantastic fun for everyone involved. To spread the fun of dance even further, we&rsquo;re also hosting the ultimate &lsquo;Night In&rsquo; with a screening of Dirty Dancing on the evening of <strong>10 July</strong> in a secret London location so even more people can get involved.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 12:32:01 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=86 Big Dance takes over City Hall http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=85 <p>City Hall, home to the Mayor of London has been wrapped with photographs by Hugo Glendinning from the T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 campaign. <br /><br />Come and see these wonderful images of Londoner's dancing from now until 16 July. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/city-hall" target="_blank">www.london.gov.uk/city-hall</a></p> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:30:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=85 Troops show some nifty manoeuvers http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=84 <p>'Soldiers in Woowich have been undertaking some interesting new manoeuvers. Grenadier Guardsman were put through their paces by dancers from Greenwich Dance at their Royal Artillery Barracks home on Wednesday of Men's Health Week.'</p> <p>Read the rest of the article <a href="http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&amp;refresh=pA1607Wz8k1S&amp;PBID=1b5221ea-d327-40fd-92d2-db34a9cc03fa&amp;skip" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:33:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=84 Celebrating Dance Captains http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=83 <p>Dance Captains are company members who maintain the artistic standards of the choreography and musical stating of the West End production in which they appear. In partnership with&nbsp;<a style="color: #e20074; text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.solt.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Society of London Theatre</a>, T-Mobile&rsquo;s Big Dance 2010 would like to celebrate their talents and invite you to get to know some of the hidden talents that keep the West End on its toes and entertaining the crowds every night of the year!</p> <p>Learn more about the fantastic Dance Captains <a href="http://www.bigdance2010.com/dance_captains.php" target="_blank">here</a></p> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:36:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=83 Union Dance Summer Events http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=82 <p>Union Dance are running a number of events over the summer - including:</p> <p><em>Dizzy Dancing </em>a performance from Union Dance and Union Too Youth Group with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.</p> <p>10th July, 7.30pm, Cockpit Theatre</p> <p>Find out more about this and other events <a href="../user_content/files/union_events_june-july.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.uniondance.co.uk" target="_blank">www.uniondance.co.uk</a></p> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:21:40 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=82 Big Dance Launch Event Workshops - Teachers Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=81 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Enjoy a unique dance celebration by world renowned choreographer Jerry Mitchell to the hit song &lsquo;You Can&rsquo;t Stop the Beat&rsquo; from the musical &lsquo;Hairspray&rsquo; at the London Palladium on 1 July and celebrate the vital role of Dance Captains in the West End.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Please note tickets have now SOLD OUT for the launch of Big Dance. If you have not received a confirmation email you have not been successful this time.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">There will also be the fantastic opportunity to take part in fun, West End themed workshops to warm up for the Launch. Places are limited. Workshops will be:&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">FAME taught by Ian Stroughair of Pineapple Performing Arts School www.pineapplearts.com</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">WE WILL ROCK YOU taught by Philip Comely of The Centre Performing Arts College www.thecentrepac.com</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Please note: All places have now been allocated for the workshops. If you have not received a confirmation email you have not been successful this time.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A unique dance celebration will take place on 1st July at London's Palladium. To mark the opening of T-Mobile Big Dance&nbsp;and to celebrate the vital role of Dance Captains in the West End,&nbsp;world renowned choreographer Jerry Mitchell will perform to the hit song &lsquo;You Can&rsquo;t Stop the Beat&rsquo; from the musical &lsquo;Hairspray&rsquo;.</p> <p>Not only that there will be workshops prior to the performance to get the audience in the mood.&nbsp;There will also be the fantastic opportunity to take part in fun, West End themed workshops to warm up for the Launch. Places are limited. Workshops will be:&nbsp;</p> <p>FAME taught by Gemma Whitelam. Presented by Pineapple Performing Arts School <a href="http://www.pineapplearts.com" target="_blank">www.pineapplearts.com</a><br />WE WILL ROCK YOU taught by Philip Comely of The Centre Performing Arts College <a href="http://www.thecentrepac.com" target="_blank">www.thecentrepac.com</a></p> <p>Please note: All places have now been allocated for the workshops. If you have not received a confirmation email you have not been successful this time. Tickets have now SOLD OUT for the launch of Big Dance. If you have not received a confirmation email you have not been successful this time.</p> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:59:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=81 Latest news from the London 2012 Culture team http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=80 <p>Leading British names from the world of film, including Oscar-winning Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry, will direct and produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Games.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.london2012.com/" target="_blank">www.london2012.com</a></p> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:20:53 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=80 Malta Open Dance Spectacular http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=79 <p>THE MALTA WHEELCHAIR &amp; AMATUEUR OPEN BALLROOM &amp; LATIN AMERICAN CHALLENGE CUP<br />27th - 28th November<br /><br />Competitions for all levels and ages<br />Training camp (able-bodied and wheelchair dancing)<br />4* Accommodation</p> <p><a href="http://maltawda.com" target="_blank">For more information visit www.maltawda.com</a></p> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:36:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=79 Lambeth & Southwark A - Z of Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=78 <div style="color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #ffffff; margin: 8px;"> <p>Lambeth &amp; Southwark A - Z of Dance</p> <p>Lambeth &amp; Southwark announce dance activities that will be part of Big Dance week from 3 - 11 July.&nbsp;</p> <p>Download a leaflet <a href="../user_content/files/a_to_z_of_dance_leaflet.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> </div> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:00:33 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=78 Last Training Dates Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=77 <p>Training is available to all registered volunteers. If you haven't already registered don't worry there's plenty of time, just visit the <a href="../volunteers_intro.php" target="_self">volunteer page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please contact natasha@bigdance2001.com to register for training.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last Training Dates:</p> <p>Tuesday 29th June City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA</p> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:08:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=77 Volunteer Event Coordinators Needed for Big World Dance on 10th July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=76 <p>We are looking for volunteers to help make the finale of the T-Mobile Big Dance the most incredible celebration of dance London has ever seen!</p> <p>On the big day, Saturday 10<sup>th</sup> July, thousands of participants will be setting off from the stunning Southbank Centre, and heading across Golden Jubilee Bridge before proceeding up Northumberland Avenue and into the iconic Trafalgar Square for the main dance celebration event. Participants of all ages will be part of the mass dance procession that will take in some of the Capital's most eye-catching sights.</p> <p>&nbsp;We need dynamic and enthusiastic volunteers to help us by performing a variety of tasks from welcoming and directing participants at Southbank Centre, leading and supporting participants along the route and then helping to manage participants inside Trafalgar Square for the main dance performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;Volunteers will be needed from 9:30am until approximately 3:30pm. A lunch will be provided and all volunteers will be given a t-shirt.&nbsp; For an application form and to register email <a href="mailto:natasha@bigdance2010.com">natasha@bigdance2010.com</a></p> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:34:27 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=76 Useful links http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=75 <p>Check out the many organisations that make dance happen on our A-Z of <a href="../useful_links.php" target="_self">useful links page</a>.</p> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:09:58 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=75 Big Dance guide http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=74 <p>Inside this Guide are hundreds of events, plus profiles of choreographers and inspirational quotes from West End stage stars.</p> <p>Event listings are divided into days, and to help you find happenings in your area, each event has been colour-coded according to the dance organisation &ndash; or hub &ndash; that has organised it and the area of London it takes place in. Don&rsquo;t forget this is just a sample of what&rsquo;s on offer, please check online at <a href="../">www.bigdance2010.com</a> for more info and events.</p> <p>Download the Big Dance guide <a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/BD_Supp_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:12:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=74 Big Dance Week launch http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=73 <p>Be part of the launch of Big Dance Week on 1 July at the London Palladium.<br /><br />The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 invites you to help launch Big Dance Week in association with The Society of London Theatre.<br /><br />Come to London&rsquo;s iconic Palladium Theatre and enjoy a unique dance celebration by world renowned choreographer Jerry Mitchell to the hit song &lsquo;You Can&rsquo;t Stop the Beat&rsquo; from the musical &lsquo;Hairspray&rsquo; with special guest appearances!<br /><br />The one-off performance will feature the Dance Captains from top West End shows - the un-sung hereos of London's theatreland,&nbsp; alongside the captials' finest young dancers from leading colleges.<br /><br />Tickets have now SOLD OUT for this event</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../user_content/images/logos/mime.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="83" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autograph.co.uk" target="_blank">www.autograph.co.uk</a></p> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:26:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=73 Fashion and Dance competition http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=72 <p><a title="Click to view the photo gallery" href="image_gallery.php?d=Graduate+Fashion+Week"><img style="float: right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;" src="../user_content/images/whatson/dance_fashion_week_comp_launch.jpg" alt="Launch of fashion competition at Graduate Fashion Week" width="180" height="160" /></a><strong>Fashion and Dance competition launched at Graduate Fashion Week</strong></p> <p>The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 has launched a search to find the capital&rsquo;s hottest young designers who love dance.</p> <p>Whether your inspiration is fiery salsa shapes, luxurious bollywood looks or real dancers&rsquo; streetwear, budding designers are asked to send in a sample of three designs inspired by dance. Whether you design costume for dance or streetwear with a dance twist, this is anideal opportunity to get your work noticed.</p> <p><strong><a title="Click for more information" href="event_dance_inspires_fashion.php">Click here</a> for more information and details on how to enter.</strong></p> <p><a title="Click to view the photo gallery" href="image_gallery.php?d=Graduate+Fashion+Week">Launch of fashion competition at Graduate Fashion Week photo gallery</a></p> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:36:14 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=72 New Volunteer Training Dates Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=71 <p>Training is available to all registered volunteers. If you haven't already registered don't worry there's plenty of time, just visit the <a href="../volunteers_intro.php" target="_self">volunteer page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please contact natasha@bigdance2001.com to register for training.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last Training Dates:</p> <p>Tuesday 29th June City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:04:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=71 Big Dance 'West End Stars of Tomorrow' Showcases confirmed at West End LIVE http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=70 <p>As part of the fantastic West End LIVE, a huge event held in Leicester Square celebrating West End theatre - T-Mobile's Big Dance are hosting a special showcase on each day showing off London's finest young dance talent. Including performances from:</p> <p><a href="http://www.theurdangacademy.com/" target="_blank">The Urdang Academy</a>, <a href="http://www.stellamanncollege.co.uk/" target="_blank">Stella Mann College</a>, <a href="http://www.birdcollege.co.uk" target="_blank">Bird College,</a> <a href="http://www.thecentrepac.com" target="_blank">The Centre</a> and <a href="http://www.tiffanytheatrecollege.com" target="_blank">Tiffany Theatre College</a>.</p> <p>We'll be on the main stage at the below times</p> <p>Saturday 19th June: 4pm</p> <p>Sunday 20th June: 4pm</p> <p>Pop down see some fantastic dance, performances from amazing West End shows and it's all FREE!</p> <p>Find out more about West End LIVE <a href="http://www.westendlive.co.uk" target="_blank">here</a></p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:56:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=70 One million men must get off their sofas to cut early deaths http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=68 <p><strong>News from the Men&rsquo;s Health Forum</strong></p> <p>The Men&rsquo;s Health Forum is challenging the government, NHS, local authorities, sports organisations and charities to work together to get one million more middle-aged men more active by the 2012 Olympics.<br /><br />The MHF is issuing the challenge as part of National Men&rsquo;s Health Week (14-20th June) which aims to improve men&rsquo;s physical activity levels, including through playing sport. Men's Health Week 2010 will be the first-ever national campaign specifically to encourage men to become more physically active.<br /><br />Action is urgently needed because far too many men still die too young &ndash; 22% of men in England and Wales die before they reach 64 compared to 13% of women; 42% are dead by 75 compared to 26% of women.<br /><br />Higher levels of physical activity could make a big impact &ndash; physically active men have a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death and up to 50% reduced risk of developing major chronic diseases.[i] Men who walk or cycle for at least 30 minutes a day have a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer than the men who do less exercise or nothing at all.<br /><br />Physical inactivity is directly linked to a wide range of major health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and several cancers.<br /><br /><strong>Read the rest of the article <a href="http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/21356-press-release-9062010-national-mens-health-week-one-million-men-must-get-their-sofas-cut-early" target="_blank">here</a></strong></p> Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:32:21 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=68 Dance makes the ITV news http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=67 <p><strong>Today on ITV the news:</strong><br />The dance troupe with the world at their feet... Spellbound revel in their victory in ITV's - Has Britain Got Talent!<br /><br /><strong>Also reported...</strong><br />An East End shoe maker is beating recession thanks to boom in ballroom dancing.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2010 18:23:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=67 Locate Dance Festival http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=66 <p>Locate is a new dance festival making its debut in July 2010. Locate embraces the idea of site-specific work, supporting and facilitating the creation of new outdoor dance works.<br /><br />Locate takes place in the London borough of Richmond Upon Thames and works in partnership with English Heritage, Royal Palaces and Richmond Arts Service.<br /><br />The 2010 festival will see the creation of 2 new dance commissions for mid-scale companies and 3 smaller pocket commissions for emerging dance companies. Locate also supports the work of dance film makers and will be selecting short films to be screened at an outdoor location throughout the festival.<br /><br />Details of the commissions are as follows:<br /><br /><a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Locate1 submission form.doc" target="_blank"><strong>Locate1</strong></a><br />Location: Hampton Court Palace grounds<br /><br />Funds available: &pound;3000 to cover all production costs including dancers fees and rehearsal time. A small additional fee will be made available for travel. Further funds are available for technical support<br /><br />Date of performance: Sunday 25th July<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Locate2 submission form.doc" target="_blank"><strong>Locate2</strong></a><br />Location: Ham House grounds<br /><br />Funds available: &pound;2000 to cover all production costs including dancers fees and rehearsal time. A small additional fee will be made available for travel. Further funds are available for technical support<br /><br />Date of performance: Sunday 18th July<br /><br /><a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/En route submission form.doc" target="_blank"><br /><strong>En Route (3 small pocket commissions)</strong></a><br />Locations: Richmond Riverside. The three pocket commissions will all take place at various locations along Richmond Riverside, leading from Ham House to Richmond Bridge. The works will form a<br /><br />&ldquo;walk through&rdquo; of pieces all happening simultaneously along the river<br /><br />Funds available: &pound;500 per artist<br /><br />Dates of performance: tbc.<br /><br /><br /><a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Settle submission form.doc" target="_blank"><strong>Settle (video dance screening)</strong></a><br />Location: various across borough<br />Dates: tbc<br /><br />Please note that there are no funds available for creation of new works &ndash; we are selecting ready made works for screenings. If you wish to submit a short dance film, please complete the attached form and return to me along with DVD by Friday 25th June.<br /><br /></p> <p>Click the title of each commission to download the application forms. Please complete and return by Friday 11th June.<br /><br />If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8831 6460.</p> Mon, 07 Jun 2010 08:52:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=66 FCD Members' Directory online now http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=65 <p>The members' directory is an online resource for those wishing to search for, and/or make contact with, members of the Foundation for Community Dance - for example, an organisation looking to employ a local dance artist.<br /><br />We encourage you to add your entry and you can now add information about your dance work and interests, add a photo, logo and a link to your website.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.communitydance.org.uk" target="_blank">www.communitydance.org.uk</a></p> Fri, 04 Jun 2010 09:00:52 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=65 The Big Dance Book Club is coming. http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=64 <p>The Big Dance Book Club on Twitter is coming. For information and details of book competitions and offers, email: BDBC@bigdance2010.com</p> Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:38:43 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=64 'Dance Gets Everywhere' deadline extended http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=63 <p>'Dance gets everywhere Photo Competition' deadline extended, all entries to be in on <strong>15 June</strong>.</p> <p>Budding photographers have the chance to capture Big Dance fever by getting involved in The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 Photography Exhibition.<br /><br />Using the theme &lsquo;Dance gets everywhere&rsquo;, everyone is invited to submit photographs that show the exuberance of dance in the most unexpected locations or spaces where you live.<br /><br />It could be tap in a telephone box, a jig in the shed, tango on a barge, a clay ballet dancer in the garden, or tap shoes and jodhpurs on a farm.</p> <p>For more information on how to enter, click <a href="../event_photo_comp.php">here</a>.</p> Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:57:59 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=63 Arlene Phillips on 5 O'Clock show http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=62 <p>Arlene Phillips starred on the 5 O'clock show yesterday for Big Dance - check it out on <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-5-oclock-show/4od#3073754" target="_blank">C4 website.<br /> </a></p> <p>Catch Arlene at the 26 minute mark in the show. Hosted by Peter Andre, with a fantastic performance from Merchants of Bollywood at the end.</p> Wed, 02 Jun 2010 09:44:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=62 Launch event 1st July http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=61 <p>Come and be part of the T-Mobile Big Dance launch event on 1 July at London's iconic Palladium Theatre in association with the Society of London Theatre.</p> <p>Tickets have SOLD OUT for this event. Want to get involved? Be part of the Big World Dance where thousands will learn a specially choreographed dance and come together to perform in Trafalgar Sqaure. <a href="../event_big_world_dance.php">Register here</a></p> Tue, 01 Jun 2010 20:36:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=61 Tickets, tickets, get your tickets http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=60 <p><strong>Discounted tickets for Bounce&rsquo;s <em>Insane in the Brain</em></strong><br />Get best available seats for just &pound;10 between Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 June!<br /><br />Bounce's explosive hip hop version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest returns to the Peacock Theatre this June.&nbsp; In the confines of a psychiatric hospital, break dance becomes a way of expressing freedom and rebelling against the iron rule of Nurse Ratched...<br /><br />From bungee-jumping b-boys to krumping nurses, this is a fast-paced show that has all the elements of a great night out - great music (Missy Elliot, Dizzee Rascal, Gotan Project and many more), moments of pure comedy and plenty of high-octane dance energy! <a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/109481/1270229/2255/0/" target="_blank">Take advantage of this ticket offer&nbsp;now</a>.</p> <p><strong>Free tickets to English National Ballet&rsquo;s <em>Swanning Around</em></strong><br />Monday 14 June at the Royal Albert Hall<br />Open dress rehearsal at 3pm, performance at 7pm<br /><br />Inspired by English National Ballet's performance of Derek Deane's Swan Lake in the round, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall this summer; the Learning and Participation departments at both English National Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall have joined forces to work with five schools from across the UK and five groups from China to stage our very own version of the ballet to a specially commissioned musical score. Both performances are free! <a href="http://news.londondance.com/t/109481/1270229/2256/0/">Find out how to book your FREE tickets</a></p> <p><strong>Win tickets to U.Dance England in Birmingham this July</strong><br />Sunday 4 July at the Birmingham Hippodrome<br /><br />Following four fantastic years of National Youth Dance Festivals, Youth Dance England is going back to the West Midlands to present its new national dance platform: U.Dance England 2010.&nbsp; This exciting event will showcase exceptional dance performances by young people aged 11 to 19 from across England on Sunday 4 July 2010 at the Birmingham Hippodrome.<br /><br />We have 2 pairs of tickets for the event to give away!&nbsp; Simply answer one quick question for a chance to win.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3575" target="_blank">Enter now</a>!</p> Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:37:32 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=60 Experience an improvised dance performance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=59 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Fancy the experience of improvised dance performance?</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Join in Mixed Movement, the 'open stage' dance event, which is back in London from a successful run at St Mark&rsquo;s Church in New York &amp; Contact in Manchester. Created by dancer, &nbsp;theatre artist and poet DawN Crandell, &nbsp;live music is provided by MC and beatboxer Baba Israel who also plays percussion and a Didgeridoo., This event is being brought to you by East London Dance and ADAD in Rosy - the Big Dance Bubble,&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">It&rsquo;s going to be spontaneous, inspirational and fun. Mixed Movement &nbsp;The Dancer's Bubble, &nbsp;Saturday June 5th, &nbsp;7 - 10pm, &nbsp;Allen Gardens (off Brick Lane), &nbsp;Buxton Street, &nbsp;E1 5EG</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">If you want to sign up as a dancer for Mixed Movement please email: &nbsp;bigdance@eastlondondance.org</div> </p> <p>Fancy the experience of improvised dance performance?</p> <p>Join in Mixed Movement, the 'open stage' dance event, which is back in London from a successful run at St Mark&rsquo;s Church in New York &amp; Contact in Manchester. Created by dancer, &nbsp;theatre artist and poet Dawn Crandell, &nbsp;live music is provided by MC and beatboxer Baba Israel who also plays percussion and a Didgeridoo.</p> <p>This event is being brought to you by East London Dance and ADAD in Rosy - the Big Dance Bubble,&nbsp;It&rsquo;s going to be spontaneous, inspirational and fun. Mixed Movement &nbsp;The Dancer's Bubble, &nbsp;Saturday June 5th, &nbsp;7 - 10pm, &nbsp;Allen Gardens (off Brick Lane), &nbsp;Buxton Street, &nbsp;E1 5EG</p> <p>If you want to sign up as a dancer for Mixed Movement please email: &nbsp;bigdance@eastlondondance.org</p> Thu, 27 May 2010 15:47:20 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=59 RAD Applicant Day for GSCE and GCE entry in 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=58 <p>On the 12th of June the Royal Academy of Dance will be holding an Applicant Day for those students who have applied or are considering applying for either the GCSE or GCE in Dance courses.</p> <p>Guests will have the opportunity to meet the course tutors and speak to current students on the courses, as well as taking a tour of the facilities and observing rehearsals for the forthcoming end of year show. Please see the <a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/RAD Applicant Day Booking Form.doc" target="_blank">booking form attached</a> for more information or visit <a href="http://www.rad.org.uk" target="_blank">www.rad.org.uk</a></p> Wed, 19 May 2010 12:57:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=58 Calling all dancers, choreographers, groups and dance enthusiasts! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=57 <p>East London Dance Presents 60x60 Dance - Calling all dancers, choreographers, groups and dance enthusiasts!&nbsp;</p> <p>"An express without any delay....It's this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round." The New York Times</p> <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">The New York Times</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">60x60 second dances meet 60x60 second music compositions for a 60-minute fast-speed, electrifying one-of-a-kind performance that will not cease to surprise.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Eclectic by nature, 60x60 Dance takes 60 one-minute audio works culled from an international pool of composers - everything from neo-romantic, folk, tech-house, noise, rock but the kitchen sink - and assigns them to 60 dance makers.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">We are now looking for 60 dance works that range from tribal to ballet to hip-hop to ballroom to contemporary and everything in between to mirror the diversity of audio styles.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Fresh from New York, 60x60 Dance is making its European debut in London at Stratford Circus on Sat 24 July 2010.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Be a part of what's expected to be one of the most exciting dance events of the year - register here to create and perform your 60 seconds.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Deadline: Mon 17 May, 12PM&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">http://www.voxnovus.com/contact/60x60_Dance_London_submit.htm</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">For further information email 60x60@eastlondondance.org&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">or ring 020 8279 105"An express without any delay....It's this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round."The New York Times</div> </p> <p>60x60 second dances meet 60x60 second music compositions for a 60-minute fast-speed, electrifying one-of-a-kind performance that will not cease to surprise.&nbsp;Eclectic by nature, 60x60 Dance takes 60 one-minute audio works culled from an international pool of composers - everything from neo-romantic, folk, tech-house, noise, rock but the kitchen sink - and assigns them to 60 dance makers.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are now looking for 60 dance works that range from tribal to ballet to hip-hop to ballroom to contemporary and everything in between to mirror the diversity of audio styles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fresh from New York, 60x60 Dance is making its European debut in London at Stratford Circus on Sat 24 July 2010.&nbsp;Be a part of what's expected to be one of the most exciting dance events of the year - register here to create and perform your 60 seconds.&nbsp;Deadline: Mon 17 May, 12PM&nbsp;</p> <p>Find out more information <a href="http://www.voxnovus.com/contact/60x60_Dance_London_submit.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;For further information email 60x60@eastlondondance.org&nbsp;or ring 020 8279 1050</p> Thu, 13 May 2010 09:35:25 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=57 West End LIVE http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=56 <p>West End LIVE, the world&rsquo;s largest free entertainment festival, returns to the heart of London to showcase the magic of our world-class West End over the weekend of 19 and 20 June 2010.<br /><br />Crowds can enjoy thrilling performances on a giant open air stage from hit shows Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, Hair, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Oliver!, Love Never Dies, Avenue Q, Sister Act, Into the Woods, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Burn the Floor, Tap Dogs, Grease, Mamma Mia!, Stomp, Dirty Dancing, All the Fun of the Fair, Thriller Live, The Fantasticks, We Will Rock You and Jersey Boys.<br /><br />At the time of going to press, highlights include Sheridan Smith as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Kerry Ellis as Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh&rsquo;s Oliver!, Patina Miller as Delores in Sister Act and Hannah Waddingham as the Witch in Stephen Sondheim&rsquo;s Into the Woods.</p> <p><a href="http://www.westendlive.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.westendlive.co.uk</a></p> Wed, 12 May 2010 10:04:04 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=56 Still Time to Vote! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=55 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Thanks to those who have let us know your favourite movie...&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">So, the votes are coming in thick and fast for: Billy Elliot, Breakdance, Bring it on, Center Stage, Dirty Dancing, FAME, Flashdance, Footloose, Honey &amp; Step up.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">If your best loved dance film is not in this list then email us now at: myfavouritefilm@bigdance2010.com</div> <p>Thanks to those who have let us know your favourite movie...&nbsp;</p> <p>Votes are coming in thick and fast for the likes of Billy Elliot, Center Stage, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Honey &amp; Step up.&nbsp;</p> <p>Be sure your best loved dance film makes the list, email us now at:<span class="swb"><a href="javascript:top.opencompose('myfavouritedancefilm@bigdance2010.com','','','0')"> myfavouritedancefilm@bigdance2010.com</a></span></p> Mon, 10 May 2010 11:27:45 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=55 Protein at the Palace http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=54 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">There is another chance to catch work in progress for Protein&rsquo;s &ldquo;L.O.L (lots of love)&rdquo; in advance of a major tour in January-April 2011.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Protein is showing three duets as part of Something Happening, The Place&rsquo;s 40th Birthday celebration on Saturday 15 May. &nbsp;There are two performances, one in Session 2 at 6pm and one in Session 3 at 7pm. &nbsp;To find out more, click here.&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">With this new piece Protein balances the promise of an online life and the complexity of real relationships, to put love, wanting and connectedness centre-stage. &nbsp;L.O.L (lots of love) dissects the effect of electronic communication on our relationship attitudes, uncovering the potential for an evolutionary shift in the way we live, love one another and belong to society in general.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Their most ambitious, pointed and controlled work to date&hellip;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Bouncy, extremely clever and constantly entertaining. &nbsp;The Times **** (about Dear Body)</div> </p> <p>There is another chance to catch work in progress for Protein&rsquo;s &ldquo;L.O.L (lots of love)&rdquo; in advance of a major tour in January-April 2011.&nbsp;&nbsp;Protein is showing three duets as part of Something Happening, The Place&rsquo;s 40th Birthday celebration on Saturday 15 May. &nbsp;There are two performances, one in Session 2 at 6pm and one in Session 3 at 7pm. <a href="http://www.theplace.org.uk/5036/whats-on/something-happening-session-3.html" target="_blank">Find out more information here</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><br />With this new piece Protein balances the promise of an online life and the complexity of real relationships, to put love, wanting and connectedness centre-stage. &nbsp;L.O.L (lots of love) dissects the effect of electronic communication on our relationship attitudes, uncovering the potential for an evolutionary shift in the way we live, love one another and belong to society in general.&nbsp;Their most ambitious, pointed and controlled work to date&hellip;Bouncy, extremely clever and constantly entertaining. &nbsp;The Times **** (about Dear Body)</p> Fri, 07 May 2010 13:28:42 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=54 Tell us your favourite dance film and win tickets to the premiere of Streetdance 3D! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=53 <p><strong>Tell the T-Mobile Big Dance your Favourite Dance Film &amp; You Could Win Tickets to the Premiere of StreetDance 3D this Monday! </strong></p> <p><strong></strong>What's your favourite dance film? From Singing in the Rain to Step Up dance films have inspired us to get moving and we want to know who comes out on top.</p> <p><strong>Simply send your answer along with your name, contact phone number, postal address and email to myfavouritefilm@bigdance2010.com.</strong></p> <p>The T-Mobile Big Dance have 5 pairs of tickets to the StreetDance 3D (PG) premiere on 10th May at London's Leicester Square to give away and you have until 12 noon tomorrow (Friday 7th May 2010) to cast your vote.&nbsp;</p> <p>Starring Nichola Burley, George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless and directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, Vertigo Films presents StreetDance 3D as the UK&rsquo;s first Streetdance movie and the first UK full-length 3D feature. &nbsp;www.streetdancethemovie.co.uk</p> <p><strong>Terms and Conditions</strong></p> <p>Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 7th May</p> <p>Winners will be contacted by phone on the afternoon of Friday 7th May&nbsp;</p> <p>One entry per email address</p> <p>Entrants should be 18 or over. If you are under 18 you will need to bring an adult with you.&nbsp;</p> <p>There will be 5 winners who will each receive a pair of tickets</p> <p>Your details will be added to the Big Dance mailing list. If you would not like to receive newsletters from Big Dance in the future please notify us via email.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 May 2010 12:23:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=53 Move It 2010 highlights http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=52 <p>As the MOVE IT 2010 dust settles over London&rsquo;s Olympia, the team are already gearing up for MOVE IT 2011. But don't worry, if you didn&rsquo;t make this year&rsquo;s show, why not take a look at&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/9DEo8P" target="_blank">this video</a>&nbsp;on the website to see some highlights!</p> <p>www.moveitdance.co.uk</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 18:34:24 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=52 London Youth Dance Day 2010 applications now open! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=51 <p><br />Watch This Space Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July @ the Scoop<br /><br />Join us to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the London Youth Dance Day.&nbsp; From Contemporary to Bhangra, Street dance to Tap and Circus to Ballet &ndash; all youth dance groups are welcome to apply.&nbsp; Performance slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so send in your completed application form as soon as possible.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss your chance to perform in a fantastic open-air venue overlooking the Thames and Tower Bridge, during the final days of Big Dance 2010! <br /><br />Plus, to coincide with the 5th Anniversary, this year we have set an optional theme of The 5 World Continents to challenge and inspire you.&nbsp; Why not create a dance influenced by music from Europe or South America, incorporating traditional Australian dance forms, inspired by traditional costumes from Africa or depicting myths and legends from Asia.&nbsp; The possibilities are endless!&nbsp;</p> <p>Take a look at our ideas page <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=2046&amp;ArticleID=33060" target="_blank">here</a>. Find out more and download an application form <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=2046" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 12:21:47 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=51 Dance Leaps Onto Britain's Political Stage http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=50 <p><br />By ALASTAIR MACAULAY<br />May 2, 2010<br />New York Times</p> <p><br />LONDON &mdash; In a general election as impossible to predict as the one here on Thursday, with many constituencies in the balance and a large chance of a hung Parliament, any pressing issue may swing the vote of the undecided. One of these issues is dance.<br /><br />Yes, dance. It&rsquo;s tempting to dismiss the notion, and yet the subject has spurred a voting initiative and more than one political furor in recent months.<br /><br />Caroline Miller, director of the advocacy group Dance UK, explained to me that several developments had led to DanceVote 2010, a campaign to put the art form on the agenda of members of Parliament. Although financing is a goal, supporters are mainly interested in raising the profile of dance.</p> <p>&ldquo;TV programs like &lsquo;Strictly Come Dancing&rsquo; and &lsquo;So You Think You Can Dance&rsquo; have made the British public more dance aware than ever before,&rdquo; she noted.</p> <p><br />To read the full article, visit <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/arts/dance/03dancevote.html?ref=dance" target="_blank">NYTimes online</a>.</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 09:15:35 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=50 National Men's Health Week 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=49 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Register today for National Men&rsquo;s Health Week ( NMHW) 2010 &ndash;it&rsquo;s absolutely FREE!&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Our theme for this year is Men and Physical Activity.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Physical activity can improve all aspects of health, from relieving stress and anxiety to losing weight, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and improving sexual performance.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Men's Health Week 2010, which takes place during the early stages of the World Cup in South Africa, will make a major contribution to this campaign to get the nation more active and more healthy. It will get men up off the sofa and walking, jogging, gardening, swimming, playing sport... in short, moving more. We will harness the power and resources of professional sport to reach more men with new health services and campaigns.</div> </p> <p>Register today for National Men&rsquo;s Health Week ( NMHW) 2010 &ndash;it&rsquo;s absolutely FREE!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Our theme for this year is Men and Physical Activity.&nbsp;Physical activity can improve all aspects of health, from relieving stress and anxiety to losing weight, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and improving sexual performance.</p> <p><br />Men's Health Week 2010, which takes place during the early stages of the World Cup in South Africa, will make a major contribution to this campaign to get the nation more active and more healthy. It will get men up off the sofa and walking, jogging, gardening, swimming, playing sport... in short, moving more. We will harness the power and resources of professional sport to reach more men with new health services and campaigns.</p> <p> <p>What can you get if you register for Men&rsquo;s Health Week 2010? Resource pack, posters and more so read on! &hellip;Register and win fantastic prizes!</p> <p>When you register for NMHW 2010, be sure to tick the box at the end of registration form to enter our exciting competition!</p> <p>You could win:</p> <p>- &nbsp;1st prize: A Nintendo Wii</p> <p>- &nbsp;2nd prize: 2 boxes &nbsp;of MHF&rsquo;s mini-manuals-your choice of any title in currently stock</p> <p>- &nbsp;3rd prize: 1 box of &nbsp;MHF&rsquo;s mini-manuals-your choice of any title in currently stock</p> <p>Each prize box will contain 100 manuals and will be an excellent &nbsp;resource if you&rsquo;re putting on an event. Winners will be chosen at random from the first 1000 registrants so hurry!</p> <p><a href="http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/content/mens-health-week-2010-registration" target="_blank">Register here</a>&nbsp;</p> </p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:36:33 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=49 Volunteer Training Dates Announced http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=48 <p>Training is available to all registered volunteers. If you haven't already registered don't worry there's plenty of time, just visit the <a href="http://bigdance2010.com/volunteers_intro.php" target="_self">volunteer page</a>.</p> <p>Please contact natasha@bigdance2010.com to register for training.</p> <p>Confirmed Training Dates:</p> <p>Thursday 6th May 1 - 2.30pm 2 Pear Tree Court Farrringdon EC1R 0DS</p> <p>Thursday 13th May 4.30 - 6pm 2 Pear Tree Court Farrringdon EC1R 0DS</p> <p>Tuesday 18th May 6 - 8pm City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:11:29 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=48 Jam Free Partners 2010 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=47 <p> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">What is Jam Free?
Jam Free is a dance performance project coordinated by London Youth Dance and Sadler's Wells for School Sports Partnerships based in the outer London boroughs. The project is designed to inspire girls aged 11-16 years to take part in physical activity through dance. 

Who delivers this work?
Each year London Youth Dance and Sadler's Wells invite partner organisations including dance agencies, dance companies and venues to apply to run a Jam Free project in their borough. The partner organisations are responsible for identifying the School Sports Partnership with whom they wish to work, assigning a dance artist to work with their young people and project managing their Jam Free Club. The project is funded by Youth Dance England via their DANCE LINKS: Dance Activity Programme.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">We are looking for one Jam Free Partner in the North, South, East and West of London. &nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">NB. Central London i.e Camden, Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark are not eligible for this project.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">To find out more about being a Jam Free Partner click here to watch a short film.</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">&nbsp;</div> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Deadline for applications 21st May 2010. Please forward any questions about the project and your application to Hannah Dye at hannah.dye@sadlerswells.com</div> </p> <p><strong> What is Jam Free?</strong> Jam Free is a dance performance project coordinated by London Youth Dance and Sadler's Wells for School Sports Partnerships based in the outer London boroughs. The project is designed to inspire girls aged 11-16 years to take part in physical activity through dance.</p> <p><strong>Who delivers this work?</strong> Each year London Youth Dance and Sadler's Wells invite partner organisations including dance agencies, dance companies and venues to apply to run a Jam Free project in their borough. The partner organisations are responsible for identifying the School Sports Partnership with whom they wish to work, assigning a dance artist to work with their young people and project managing their Jam Free Club.</p> <p>The project is funded by Youth Dance England via their DANCE LINKS: Dance Activity Programme. 
We are looking for one Jam Free Partner in the North, South, East and West of London. &nbsp;NB. Central London i.e Camden, Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark are not eligible for this project.</p> <p>To find out more about being a Jam Free Partner <a href="http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3567" target="_blank">click here</a> to watch a short film.&nbsp;</p> <p>Deadline for applications 21st May 2010. Please forward any questions about the project and your application to Hannah Dye at hannah.dye@sadlerswells.com</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:36:05 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=47 Become a qualified hip hop dance teacher http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=46 <p><strong>BECOME A QUALIFIED HIP HOP DANCE TEACHER</strong><br />Following the success of the pilot programme in 2009, D2D is launching the second Hip Hop teacher training programme.</p> <p>The Dates of the programme are May 17/18/19/20th and June 1/2/7/8/9/10 from 11am-5pm</p> <p>The Programme will be held at Oval House Theatre<br />52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW.<br />www.ovalhouse.com<br /><br />WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?<br />The course covers all the relevant skills and knowledge you need to teach street dance<br />sessions for kids and young people from 5 to 16 years. The course has a theory element which concentrates on how young bodies develop, safe and effective exercise, health and safety and dealing with young adults. The practical elements concentrate on how to teach fun, safe and effective classes for children of different ages with various abilities.</p> <p>The course does not teach the instructor how to dance!</p> <p><a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/dare2dance teacher qualification.pdf" target="_blank">See flyer attached</a>. For more information and to register contact:<br />judi@independance.co.uk</p> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:19:10 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=46 Akademi begins its Sufi:Zen tour http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=45 <p><strong>Akademi begins its Sufi:Zen tour</strong><br /><br />Akademi will launch its world premiere of Sufi:Zen at Furness Abbey in Barrow from 29 April &ndash; 2 May 2010 as part of Lakes Alive season for a juxtaposed piece of meditation and exuberant performance. &nbsp;<br /><br />Sufi:Zen will expand across the Greenwich landscape in a collaboration with Red Earth, as part of Greenwich &amp; Docklands International Festival on June 24th-25th 2010, after its preview at the Southbank Centre at the beginning of April. <br /><br />&ldquo;We are thrilled to be performing at Furness Abbey which will really provide a striking backdrop for Sufi:Zen. With a serene nightfall combined with powerful fire-lit effects we are very excited about this performance taking place at the majestic ruins of the Abbey and thanks to the support of Lakes Alive and Without Walls for making this happen&rdquo; said&nbsp; Mira Kaushik (OBE), Director of Akademi.<br /><br />Further information on Sufi:Zen and the preview of Sufi:Zen performance at Alchemy can be viewed below or go to <a href="http://www.akademi.co.uk" target="_blank">www.akademi.co.uk</a></p> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:00:48 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=45 Dancing stAGE http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=44 <p>Dancing stAGE - the older people's Big Dance commission - kicks off with East London Dance this week. 70 older people will be participating in a 3 day creative intensive at Stratford Circus with choreographer, Natasha Gilmore, exploring the theme of love....</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:26:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=44 Coopers' Company and Coborn shortlisted for TES award http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=43 <p>The Big Dance Schools Pledge led by Coopers' Company and Coborn in Havering has been shortlisted for one of the Times Educational Supplement Schools Awards 2010 - Outstanding Sporting Initiatives. The winners will be announced on 17 June.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6040387" target="_blank">Tes Schools Awards Shortlist 2010</a> website</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:16:02 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=43 Eurovision Song Contest London Flashmob http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=42 <p>Recently the Eurovision Song Contest announced that the interval act on the night will be footage of one giant flash mob taking place all over Europe. Flash mob fever is invading Europe country by country, and its coming to London on Saturday 8 May.</p> <p>Its a big responsibility...how big can we make it London? If you want to join in the fun, then logon to <a href="http://www.theplace.org.uk/eurovision" target="_blank">www.theplace.org.uk/eurovision</a> to register.</p> <p>We are looking for people of all ages and all levels of experience to learn a few simple dance routines which will be filmed for broadcast during the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 29 May. Eurovision is watched on average by 125 million people each year, and they could be watching you! There are flash mobs happening in Oslo, D&uuml;sseldorf, Ljubljana, Barcelona and Reykjavik, and more cities are being announced each week as the momentum gathers.</p> <p>Peter Svaar, Head of Press for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of host broadcaster NRK, said: "We want to share the Eurovision Song Contest, rather than just broadcast it. With 18,000 people live on location in Oslo dancing, plus video footage of large flash mob groups from ten major cities, the song, the movements, the arena, and all the cities will share a common musical experience together."</p> <p>To read more and get links to YouTube to see the dances and learn the moves go to: <a href="http://www.eurovision.tv/" target="_blank">www.eurovision.tv/</a></p> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:53:57 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=42 A few deadlines from Southwark Council http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=41 <p>There are many opportunities to get involved in Big Dance 2010. Here are some of the ways...<br /><br /><strong>1. Promote your dance event</strong><br />If you are planning a dance activity for big dance week, submit your event details using <a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Big dance 2010 - Event details form.doc" target="_blank">this form</a> and we will help promote your event.<br /><br /><br /><strong>2. Perform at the Elephant and Castle dance showcase</strong><br />Perform at the Lambeth and Southwark A to Z of dance showcase at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, Wednesday 7 July 2010. Just complete and return <a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Big dance 2010 - Elephant and Castle showcase part" target="_blank">this form</a>.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>3. Dance in unusual places fund</strong><br />Develop a piece of dance in an unusual space, submit your proposal, using <a href="../user_content/files/news/2010/Big dance 2010 - Small grant application form.doc" target="_blank">this form</a>, and we'll provide a small grant award for successful proposals.<br /><br /><br /><strong>4. Teach dance</strong><br />If you are planning a series of dance courses leading up to and during big dance week, there is funding available through adult learning service.<br /><br />Click on the following link for more information: <a href="http://www.southwark.gov.uk/DiscoverSouthwark/gettinginvolved/southwarkevents/getinvolvedbigdance2010.html" target="_blank">www.southwark.gov.uk/DiscoverSouthwark</a></p> <p>Deadline for proposals is <strong>Friday 16 April 2010</strong>. Only constituted groups can apply. Participants must be Southwark residents.</p> <p><br /><strong>5. Need a dance venue?</strong><br />We have a list of venues that will provide free dance space for performances and workshops during big dance week. Contact 020 7525 5231 for more information.<br /><br /><br /><strong>More information</strong><br />For more information about Big Dance, click on the following link: <a href="http://www.southwark.gov.uk/bigdance" target="_blank">www.southwark.gov.uk/bigdance </a></p> Wed, 07 Apr 2010 17:23:08 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=41 Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=40 <p><strong>Portavilion launch with Siobhan Davies Dance and Sadler&rsquo;s Wells</strong><br /><br />Big Dance is a London-wide festival celebrating dance in all its styles and forms, and aims to get as many people dancing as possible.<br /><br />Siobhan Davies Dance is the lead hub for Big Dance in South London, working in partnership with Southwark Council to produce an event which will launch the 2010 London tour of the Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion.<br /><br />The launch will take place in Southwark's Potters Fields Park by Tower Bridge, and will feature a new work made specifically for the space by David Harradine of Fevered Sleep for families and young people, plus live music, tours of the Big Dance Bubble, and performances by local groups.&nbsp; During the evening, the bubble-pavilion will come alive through performances, projected animations, music and refreshments.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Create &ndash; A Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion choreographic challenge</strong></p> <p><br />This choreographic workshop challenges dance practitioners to create a new dance work that responds to the Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion.<br /><br />This is an excellent opportunity for dance teachers, youth dance leaders, performers and choreographers to develop professional skills in choreography for unusual spaces.<br /><br />Participants will be guided by a professional choreographer who specialises in site specific choreography.&nbsp; There will be an opportunity to hear from David Harradine from Fevered Sleep on the process and concept behind the new work being premiered and a chance to see it performed.&nbsp; The workshop will culminate in a performance of the finished work by the participants in the Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion.<br /><br />Details:<br />Date:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20 May 2010<br />Times:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.30-7pm, followed by an evening event until 9pm.<br />Location:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street SE1<br />Capacity:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20. First come first serve basis. Booking essential.<br />Booking:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 020 7091 9650<br />Fee:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &pound;6.00<br /><br /><strong>About the Bubble-Pavilion:</strong><br /><br />The Big Dance Bubble: Portavilion by German Art &amp; Architecture collective Raumlabor-Berlin has been commissioned by UP Projects. The mobile, bubble-shaped pavilion will tour the capital from May to September, transforming over fifteen parks and green spaces and playing host to a dynamic programme of events by London&rsquo;s leading cultural organisations including Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, Tate Modern and the Roundhouse. Raumlabor have been experimenting with &ldquo;bubbletecture&rdquo; since 2006, developing a series of mobile sculptures that consist of a &lsquo;container&rsquo; such as a box, van, trailer or even a bicycle, from which an air supported translucent membrane inflates to create a temporary social space. This translucent bubble can squeeze under bridges, wrap around trees or nestle into corners, providing a nomadic, inside/outside space in which people can perform, debate, eat or simply hang out. <br /><br />The Portavilion Events Programme taking place inside the bubble-pavilion will bring a range of high quality cultural experiences to park visitors across the capital, including dance performances, workshops and open stage dance jams produced by up projects&rsquo; five dance partners East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance Agency, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance. These events will take place in a variety of London&rsquo;s green spaces including Potters Fields Park, the grounds of Eltham Palace and Bruce Castle Park (May &ndash; July 2010) and form a key part of the T-Mobile Big Dance festival. The first event will launch in Potters Fields Park on Thursday 20th May.<br /><a href="http:// www.portavilion.com"><br />www.portavilion.com</a></p> Wed, 07 Apr 2010 09:39:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=40 Moving Words http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=39 <p>a dance performance project in collaboration with Lambeth Arts, Rambert Dance Company and Lambeth College.<br />We are looking for 10 young people to create a new dance piece with Rambert Dance Company.<br />Are you aged 16 - 19?<br />Have&nbsp; interest, enthusiasm and some experience in dance?<br />&nbsp;<br />Start Date: Tuesday 20 April<br />Time:5.30pm - 7.30pm<br />Venue: Lambeth College</p> <p>The workshops will then run every Tuesday (excluding Half Term)</p> <p><br />Performances will be:<br />Friday 9 July at 7pm as part of a Big Dance Event<br />Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July during the day.<br />Particpants will need to be present at all workshops and performances.<br />&nbsp;<br />For more information please contact Rosie Whitney Fish on<br />020 86300618 or <a href="mailto:rosie.whitneyfish@rambert.org.uk">rosie.whitneyfish@rambert.org.uk</a></p> Tue, 06 Apr 2010 19:45:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=39 Big World Dance http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=38 <p><strong>Bringing to life Southbank Centre&rsquo;s Dance Atlas</strong></p> <p><img style="float: left; margin: 5px;" src="../user_content/images/logos/danceatlaslogo.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="118" />Southbank Centre marks the finale of Big Dance 2010 with a unique commission artistically directed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance. 10,000 people will transform central London into a giant open air stage for an unmissable, show stopping dance on a gigantic scale, with the start line at Southbank Centre and the finishing line at Trafalgar Square.</p> <p>Silvistrini will take inspiration from Southbank Centre&rsquo;s interactive Dance Atlas; an online map that the public and dance community will post their favourite or signature dance move to. The choreography will be taught to&nbsp;thousands of&nbsp;people of all generations and abilities across London during the Big Dance Countdown from 31 May.</p> <p>Post a video of your favourite dance move to the online dance atlas, and register to take part in Big World Dance on 10th July.</p> <p><strong>Sign up for the SBC Dance Atlas at</strong>: <a href="http://www.danceatlas.org/">www.danceatlas.org</a></p> Thu, 01 Apr 2010 13:14:51 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=38 Call for Spanish Dancers! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=37 <p>Be part of a fiesta to remember on June 6 when The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 will present a variety of Spanish dance as part of A Taste of Spain festival along Regent's Street. <br /><br />Taking place from 12noon - 7pm, this authentic celebration of Spanish lifestyle, culture, music and food will take over this London&rsquo;s premier shopping street for the thousands of visitors.&nbsp; Check it out at <a href="http://www.atasteofspain.co.uk" target="_blank">www.atasteofspain.co.uk</a> <br /><br />So, Big Dance is inviting dancers and groups (Spanish Style and Spanish in origin) to be part of a showcase on the main stage to demonstrate the range of Spanish dance styles and also get the audience involved!<br /><br />This is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations to contribute and be promoted in the Big Dance Programme through marketing support, events listings on the website, mailings and promotion through your local Big Dance Hubs.</p> <p>More about the Big Dance Hubs&hellip; These five dance organisations coordinate activity across the Capital and they are: East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance Agency, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance.&nbsp; Further information can be found at <a href="../">www.bigdance2010.com</a></p> <p><br />To sign up to be a part of Big Dance in A Taste of Spain Festival please email: <a href="mailto:atasteofspain@bigdance2010.com">atasteofspain@bigdance2010.com</a> or call us on 0207 608 6151. <br /><br /></p> Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:43:23 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=37 Big Dance Open Studios http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=36 <p>Big Dance invites all dance studios and gyms to be part of The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 by offering a day or weekend to promote dance and physical activity events taking place at your venue.<br /><br />This is an ideal opportunity for organisations to contribute and be promoted in the Big Dance Programme with activity such as performances, workshops and classes.</p> <p><br />This campaign aims to benefit the host organisation by offering marketing support, events listings on the website, Big Dance mailings and promotion through your local Big Dance Hubs.&nbsp; There are 5 Big Dance Hubs that coordinate activity across the Capital and these are East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance Agency, Sadler&rsquo;s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance.&nbsp; Further information can be found at <a href="../">www.bigdance2010.com</a><br /><br />To sign up to be a part of Big Dance Open Studios and for further information please email: <a href="mailto:katarina@bigdance2010.com">katarina@bigdance2010.com</a> or call us on 0207 608 6151.</p> Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:10:19 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=36 Dancing stAGE: Call for Groups! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=35 <p><strong>Dancing stAGE</strong> is a dance project for older Londoners that will culminate in an unforgettable performance at the Southbank Centre on Friday 9 July 2010.</p> <p>Dancing stAGE will be a major event as part of Big Dance and the Capital Age Festival and is produced by East London Dance with the Southbank Centre and Capital Age Festival.</p> <p><strong>About the Project:</strong><br />Dancing stAGE will bring together older people from across London through dance. It will build on the hugely successful Big Chair Dance that took place in 2008. Under the direction of Choreographer, Natasha Gilmore, and Project Director, Cheryl McChesney, a team of artists will work with over 150 older people to create a spectacular performance piece. We will work with:<br />&bull; Older People&rsquo;s Dance Companies &ndash; these experienced performers will integrate into one large company and form the core cast of the piece<br />&bull; Older People&rsquo;s Groups and Clubs (e.g. walking clubs, cultural groups, Silver Surfers, Luncheon Clubs, bingo groups) &ndash; these groups will learn a section of the choreography and perform it as part of a large finale alongside the dance companies<br />&bull; Older People&rsquo;s Day Care and Residential Settings &ndash; these people will have a chance to learn a signature movement phrase during a one-off workshop and will be invited to watch the event at the Southbank<br />Centre.</p> <p><br /><strong>What we can offer:</strong><br /><strong>Five week dance programme:</strong><br />We can offer older people&rsquo;s groups that are new to performing dance the chance to participate in a 5 week workshop programme and perform alongside the older people&rsquo;s dance companies in the final event at the<br />Southbank Centre. This programme may be suitable for a walking club, a Silver Surfer&rsquo;s Group, a luncheon club, a day centre or any other group that meets regularly. Two experienced dance artists will come to your centre to deliver the workshops. To be a part of this you will need to:<br />&bull; Provide a group who will commit to the project (aged 60+)<br />&bull; Host 5 weekly workshops (1.5 hours each) starting in w/c 31 May<br />&bull; Attend a full group rehearsal on Thursday 8 July<br />&bull; Be available to perform at the event on Friday 9 July<br />&bull; Provide a large warm space for the dance workshops to take place<br />&bull; Provide a member of staff to be our key contact to liaise with throughout the project<br />&bull; Arrange transport to and from the Southbank Centre for rehearsals and the event</p> <p><strong>One off workshops:</strong><br />We are able to offer one-off workshops for frail older people across London to get involved in the project and learn some of the dance. The group will be invited to the Southbank Centre to watch the event and will be given priority seating. The workshops last 1.5 hours and can take place between 24 May and 2 July 2010.</p> <p>Please note there is <strong>strictly limited availability</strong> for each of these programmes! We can fund one of each activity (a five week programme and a one-off workshop) in each of the five Big Dance hub areas (North, West, South, South East and East London). Organisations and groups could fund their own participation in this project if the demand is really high. If this is the case we will let you know following the application process.</p> <p>To discuss the project further, please ring East London Dance on 020 8279 1050 or email <a href="mailto:east@bigdance2010.com">east@bigdance2010.com</a></p> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:25:03 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=35 Capture http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=34 <p>Working with established dance photographer Pari Naderi, Capture provides enthusiastic photographers from South London with training and mentoring to document Big Dance events. The photographs will form an exhibition which will tour seven South London boroughs and be shown in an online gallery.</p> <p><a href="http://www.siobhandavies.com/studios/events/current/index/big-dance-2010-take-part.htmlan application form click here" target="_blank">For more details and to download an application form click here</a></p> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:18:56 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=34 Big Dance Bus at MOVE IT 2010! http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=32 <p>Did you see the Big Dance Bus at MOVE IT recently? Can you spot yourself in any of the photos? Check the photos on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/bigdance2010" target="_blank">Big Dance 2010 Facebook Page</a>.</p> <p>DANCE KEEPS ON MOVING</p> <p>The lure of dance swept across Kensington Olympia as a total of nearly 20,000 people, from all over the country, attended MOVE IT, the UK&rsquo;s biggest dance exhibition.</p> <p>From 12- 14 March, the venue became a dance emporium where enthusiasts could find out about studying dance at performing arts schools, dance organisations and stock up on dance wear and stage makeup of any kind.</p> <p>Each day a variety of stars appeared as hosts including Erin Boag of &lsquo;Strictly Come Dancing&rsquo; who launched a fashion show and ran an unforgettable Cha Cha workshop.</p> <p>Urban dance group Flawless wowed the crowd with a specially choreographed routine and Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb delivered a mesmerising performance&nbsp;as the Dying Swan&nbsp;in Swan Lake.</p> <p>Big Dance invited Guinness World Record holders for dance to celebrate their achievements in ballet, tap and salsa with a special appearance from Wayne Sleep.</p> <p>And the T Mobile Big Dance Bus, an historic routemaster, &nbsp;started its journey towards the Big Dance 2010 countdown to a great reception.</p> <p>Crowds of passengers queued at the dance stop to board the bus and watch the T-Mobile Big Dance crew perform the famous sequence in the advert filmed at Liverpool Street Station.</p> <p>As for the bus, designers converted the ground floor into a disco complete with flashing lights and the upper deck became a place to chill, watch events from great heights and discover more about Big Dance.</p> <p>Every which way, dance was everywhere and the Freestyle stage was a place to be as contestants, some as young as four, stepped up to perform.</p> <p>Compered by Hakeem Onibudo, choreographer of the Big Dance Schools Pledge, the Freestyle competition proved a mega success.</p> <p>MOVE IT gave dance schools and colleges the opportunity to display their talent and crowds were entertained by some stars of the future.</p> <p>One of the great things about the event is how it brought people together &ndash; not just dancers and people associated with dance but parents, carers and grandparents who wanted to take their children out for the day!</p> <hr /> <p><a href="http://www.moveitdance.co.uk">www.moveitdance.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../user_content/images/logo_moveit.jpg" alt="" width="276" height="176" /></p> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:01:26 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=32 T-Mobile UK announced as headline sponsor http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=26 <p>The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010<br /><br />Mobile network aiming to get Londoners dancing in 2010 with The T-Mobile Big Dance<br /><br />London, 20 January 2010: T-Mobile UK today announced it will be the headline sponsor for The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010, the world&rsquo;s biggest celebration of dance.<br /><br />The mobile network, whose iconic &lsquo;Dance&rsquo; advert sparked an internet phenomenon last year, is set to be closely involved in all Big Dance events from Move It in March to Big World Dance in Trafalgar Square in July, promoting participation from both T-Mobile and non-T-Mobile customers.<br /><br />Speaking at the launch of The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010, Richard Moat, Managing Director, T-Mobile UK, said: &ldquo;We are passionate about encouraging our customers to participate in extraordinary events. From our experience with our Dance advert, which attracted over 17 million views on YouTube and spawned many fantastic imitation videos, we know how dance can really capture the imagination and spur people to get involved. We&rsquo;re looking forward to supporting The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 in the spirit of our &lsquo;Life&rsquo;s for Sharing&rsquo; brand philosophy.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "It's fantastic news that T-Mobile have come on board. We'll be using the most flexible and adaptable methods to take this most agile of artforms to even more people. With hundreds of thousands already dancing across the capital - from hip hop in Hampstead, a gavotte in Greenwich, or a riverdance along the Thames - many thousands more will be able to join in Big Dance thanks to the most up to date technology."<br /><br />Big Dance is a biennial celebration of dance which launched in 2006 and is organised by the GLA, the Mayor of London and Arts Council England. Big Dance has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The initiative is designed to reach out to every community wherever they are and whatever level of experience or age, to be inspired and to have opportunities to dance.<br /><br /><br /></p> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=26 Plans announced for Big Dance 2010 and 2012 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=29 <p>&bull; T-Mobile UK &ndash; the company behind the iconic "Dance" advert &ndash;<br />announced as sponsor for 2010<br />&bull; 10,000 people take part in show-stopping Big World Dance in<br />the streets of London in July 2010<br />&bull; Wayne McGregor to choreograph London in 2012<br />&bull; &pound;2.89 million funding from Legacy Trust UK for London's Big<br />Dance</p> <p>In a year when dance has finally taken off as the nation's favourite art form, plans were launched today for BIG DANCE. The world's biggest and most influential dance festival will take place from 3-11 July 2010 and again in Summer 2012, just before London&rsquo;s Olympic and Paralympic Games, with<br />hundreds of events already confirmed in London and an open invitation to cities and communities around the country to join in.</p> <p>Big Dance was established in 2006 by the Mayor of London&rsquo;s Office in partnership with Arts Council England. It is a biennial festival that has grown to become the UK&rsquo;s most important dance initiative, with opportunities to experience, learn about and take part in dance for millions of people.</p> <p>More than a major dance festival, Big Dance is a vibrant campaign to get everyone taking part &ndash; wherever they are, whatever their age, experience or ability. Supported by leading figures from the dance world, it is delivered through a network of national and regional agencies.</p> <p>This year Big Dance was selected by Legacy Trust UK to receive a grant of &pound;2.89 million as its keynote project for London, enabling a major expansion and a huge increase in its reach, with an anticipated three million Londoners taking part by 2012. The Mayor of London is also providing significant funding as part of his 2012 legacy commitment to increase participation, cultural opportunities across the capital and see Londoners get more active and healthy.</p> <p>T-Mobile UK, the company behind the iconic "Dance" advert, has come on board and is set to involve as much of London as possible in the Big Dance events, promoting participation from both T-Mobile and non-T-Mobile customers.</p> <p>T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 will include a daring takeover bid of London's streets and public spaces with Big World Dance, a showstopping dance for 10,000 people, culminating in Trafalgar Square. Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein, will direct five co-choreographers for the Big World Dance on Saturday 10 July 2010.</p> <p>Wayne McGregor, the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor / Random Dance, recently described by The New York Times as "the closest thing to a rock star that ballet can currently claim", takes the commission in 2012. McGregor is the first Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet to have come from the world of contemporary dance.</p> <p>T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 features hundreds of other performances, workshops, free events, schools events, large-scale participation events and community programmes are featured in Big Dance 2010 in London, organised through a network of London's leading dance organisations, East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance Agency, Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance, acting as hubs to develop the vast programme of events featuring every kind of dance style in the capital.</p> <p>Jacqueline Rose, Director, Big Dance, said: "Dance combines creativity and physicality in a way no other art form does. Thanks to the support of Legacy Trust UK, and all our many partners, Big Dance will champion and celebrate dance in all its forms. From the elite artists of the national stages to the extraordinary achievement of this country&rsquo;s urban dance movement to simple, every day exercise, Big Dance is an invitation to everyone to join in."</p> <p>The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "I'm delighted to once again support Big Dance. Anyone switching on the television lately cannot fail to have seen how enormously popular dance is - not just the lively shows, but the dancercise commercials. Big Dance is a terpsichorean feast that takes it quite literally one step further. We want to get as many people moving as possible this<br />July and afterwards, to 2012 and beyond. Whatever your style, whatever your age or ability, as the Lady says 'Just Dance'.'</p> <p>Richard Moat, Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile UK: "From our experience with our Dance advert &ndash; which attracted over 17 million views on YouTube and spawned many fantastic imitation videos &ndash; we know how dance can really capture people&rsquo;s imagination and spur them to get involved. We&rsquo;re delighted to be supporting Big Dance 2010."</p> <p>Welcoming the T-Mobile sponsorship deal, the Mayor added: "It's fantastic news that T-Mobile have come on board. We'll be using the most flexible and adaptable methods to take this most agile of artforms to even more people. With hundreds of thousands already dancing across the capital - from hip hop in Hampstead, a gavotte in Greenwich, or a riverdance along the Thames - many thousands more will be able to join in Big Dance thanks to the most up to date technology." Dugald Mackie, Chair of Legacy Trust UK said: "The Olympics are about more than sport. As the handover ceremony showed, the Games will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Britain and to inspire generations of young people. We are delighted that projects such as Big Dance will encourage people throughout the UK to take part in cultural and sporting events, and leave a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympics."<br />Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, Arts Council England, London said: "Big Dance has already created some wonderful moments in the capital, bringing<br />people together through movement. I'm really pleased that Legacy Trust UK funding will enable the festival to grow, and I look forward to working with all our partners to see what can be achieved as we approach 2012."</p> <p>Big Dance is London's Legacy Trust UK programme led by the Greater London Authority in partnership with Arts Council England and supported by major<br />organisations including: Sport England, NHS London, London Councils, Museums, Libraries &amp; Archives, London and the British Council. <a href="../">www.bigdance2010.com</a></p> <p>For&nbsp;media enquiries and&nbsp;notes to editors visit the press &amp; media section of this website.</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=29 Big Dance opened for registration http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=19 <p>Big Dance opened for registration in partnership with the Southbank Centre with Dance Mob - a mass dance participation event that continued the Big Dance tradition of encouraging the public's participation in large-scale choreography.</p> <p>Dance Mob transformed the Southbank Centre's indoor and outdoor spaces into a stage for dance. Everyone was invited to learn a fun and easy dance routine choroegraphed by Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation which culminated in a performance at 3pm on 30 August.</p> <p>You are welcome to register for Big Dance 2010 and to contact the Big Dance Hubs. If you are planning to organise an event then please read the following guidelines:</p> <p>&rsaquo; <a href="../../downloads/big_dance_access_guidelines.pdf" target="_blank">BIG DANCE Access Guidelines</a> (85Kb pdf document)</p> <p><strong>Shape</strong> is the official access partner for Big Dance 2010. Together, we aim to help make Big Dance events and activities accessible for disabled and deaf participants and audiences. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.shapearts.org.uk">www.shapearts.org.uk</a></p> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.bigdance.org.uk/news.php?id=19