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

New Dance4 Associate Artist

Caroline Bowditch

Caroline will be joining us for the next 18 months, where she will be creating and sharing her work in the region as well as contributing to our research and debate around the provision of high quality disability led dance.  

Exciting Young Associate Opportunity!

Big Dance and World Event for Young Artists 2012

Fancy Performing at Splash Dance Weekend Festival?

Call for submissions from interested dance groups

We are seeking:

• Groups in any genre of dance

• Groups involved in any style of sport

to work with New Art Club’s award winning choreographers Pete Shenton and Tom Roden to create this flagship commission.


Participants from the Belgrave and Braunstone communities in Leicester were led through a creative process of outdoor walking, listening and observing, recording sounds, discovering hidden places and sharing views with the local area and community.

'Gymnast' Goes National!

Bodies in Flight

East Midlands based  International touring company, Bodies in Flight,  (choreographer Sara Giddens and writer Simon Jones) have built a reputation for inventive collaborations with sonic and visual artists and, through twenty years of rigorous and playful exploration with different disciplines, have a distinct style that fuses high-octane physicality, poetic text, live music and technology to make exhilarating, contemporary performance that moves and involves our audience-spectators.

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