Bernie joins the Big Dance warm up!

The event organised by Northamptonshire Sport took place at Moulton College.  The opening ceremony featured music and dance performances from Kilburn Academy of Dance from Wellingborough and ended with the Big Dance warm up lead by Cheryl Healey a pupil from William Parker School.  She did an amazing job, adapting Wayne McGregor's choreography to create a warm up for everyone to join in.

Big Dance Week comes to the East Midlands

Big Dance Week runs from 7 – 15 July but it all started with an official launch at St Pancras International Station in London on 5 July where two dance acts from Leicester will perform in front of special guests including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Arlene Phillips OBE.  The East Midlands is the only region in the country to have two acts performing on the day.

Big Dance Welcomes Olympic Torch in Leicester

Students from across Leicestershire perform

Pupils from St Bartholomews Primary School and Rushey Mead School welcomed the Olympic Torch to Leicester on Monday 2nd July.  They performed the Big Dance Schools' pledge to audiences at the Community Stage, hosted by BBC Radio Leicester.  The performance ended with Rushey Mead Schools Paralympic Imspired dance.

Congratulations to all the dancers, staff and family members who took part and supported the event.

Dream Walk at the SO Festival

A seaside treat!

Audience members were lead along a delightful and an enchanting performance walk starting at the train station in Skegness. Provided with a headset, audience members followed performers along the main high street and were offered other perspectives on a familiar setting, accompanied by movement, music, sound scapes, stories and sometimes the realities and reactions to the performance piece.  Stories and anecdotes were collected from around the East Midlands from residents that used to/still visit Skegness on a regular basis, in order to inform the work.

Routes - Leicester

A Big Dance Commission

Audiences were guided through the walk via audio and paper maps.  Starting from the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre audiences followed a narrative and sound score which wove from various landmarks, marked by either a distinctive red chair or red frame.

Fantastic flashmob at the Spark Children's Arts Festival

Guthlaxton Young Leaders

Young leaders from Guthlaxton College have been working hard over the past few months to organise and manage the event. They commissioned young choreographer Rachel Farrer to devise the piece based on chinese whispers. Rachel worked with four schools from Leicestershire; Abington Primary, Bushloe High School, Waterleys Primary, and South Wigston High School, who came together on the day and delighted the audience with a spectacular performance.

Congratulations to all involved and Happy 10th Birthday Spark Children's Arts Festival!

Schools Pledge 2012 update

Dancers across E Midlands support record attempt

Having taken place on the day the Olympic Torch arrived in the UK, the Schools Pledge was part of the Big Dance programme which runs throughout the summer. 

One participant enthused: "It's a once in a lifetime's chance to be part of a world record attempt."

As well as schools across the region taking part, there were central locations in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Derby and Corby where people came together to share the excitement. People also participated from as far afield as Lebanan, China and Venezuela!

Big Dance – Big Record Attempt on Friday 18 May 2012

Organised by artsNK in partnership with Lincoln College, this event is part of the Big Dance Schools Pledge and a major part of the Big Dance programme in the East Midlands. It is particularly exciting in that this mass record attempt will be the only one held in Lincolnshire.

Day of Dance!

Ellesmere Young Leaders

Ellesmere College young leaders have been working hard at Embrace Arts in Leicester to devise a day of dance which is being held on the 17th May. The group have been working alongside Marianne Pape at Embrace Arts and Kirsten Jeavons from Dance4 to research, develop, deliver and evaluate their own project, looking at how they can engage other young people in dance of all abilities.

Schools Pledge Champions in your County

Gareth Woodward - Nottingham/Nottinghamshire

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