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Big Dance South East England aims to break records on dance participation

  • Date: 8 July 2010
  • Area: South East
Woking Dance Festival, Big Dance 2008

Woking Dance Festival, Big Dance 2008. Credit: Photo courtesy of South East Dance

This July, thousands of people in the south east will be dancing in the streets as part of the world's biggest dance initiative.

Big Dance South East England takes place 3 -11 July 2010 in Oxford, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove and Kent, at the same time as London's Big Dance, the UK's most important dance programme.

Arts Council England regularly funded organisation, South East Dance, the national dance development agency for the south east, is leading the programme, which is supported by an Arts Council Grants for the arts award of £79,790. 

Big Dance South East England offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages, ability and experience to try out dance - in streets, parks and gardens, public squares and city centres.

Flashmobs, an Olympic Dance Torch performance, Bollywood, breakdance and five-minute masterclasses are just a few of the activities taking place around the region.

On Friday 9 July at 1pm, pupils of 72 schools will be joining a UK and worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record. The pupils will perform the Schools Pledge dance routine as part of a promise to undertake 100 minutes of extra dance during the week of Big Dance. 

Jamie Watton, Chief Executive/Artistic Director of South East Dance, says: 'We are thrilled to be the regional facilitator and lead organisation for Big Dance 2010 in South East England. We are delighted to be collaborating with partners across the region to provide an exceptional range of opportunities that will get more people dancing. Come and join us and enjoy!'

Partners on Big Dance South East England include Brighton & Hove City Council, Creative Partnerships at the Centre for Community Engagement - University of Sussex, Kent County Council, Hampshire Dance, Oxford City Council, Woking Dance Festival and Wycombe Swan Theatre.

Big Dance is London's Legacy Trust UK programme. It was set up in 2006 and is led by the Greater London Authority in partnership with Arts Council England and supported by major organisations including: Sport England, NHS London, London Councils, Museums, Libraries & Archives, London and the British Council.

Big Dance 2010 will comprise of nine days of dance events in unusual places throughout London showcasing the diversity of dance styles from 3 - 11 July.