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The clock starts for the countdown to the T-Mobile Big Dance 2010

  • Date: 28 May 2010
  • Area: London

There's one month to go until The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010. Over 600 events will take place across London from 3-11 July, led by the Mayor of London in partnership with Arts Council England. 

The Big Dance is the world's biggest and most influential dance initiative. It aims to reach out to all the communities across London with events organised and curated by East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler's Wells, and Siobhan Davies Dance.

Opportunities to get involved have already started. This month the T-Mobile Big Dance Bus set off to tour London, rolling out its dance floor in communities all over the capital, inviting everyone to join with professional dancers to experience the joy of dance.

Registration is now open for Londoners to join the world's biggest dance, the Big World Dance. Southbank centre has commissioned Protein director Luca Silvestrini to choreograph and direct the Big World Dance with live music mixed by DJ Walde. Up to four thousand people can take part in the advance workshops and join the dance procession which will begin at Southbank Centre and culminate in Trafalgar Square, transforming Central London into a giant stage for dance on Saturday 10 July.

Big Dance is also being funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games. Leading mobile operator, T-Mobile is the headline sponsor for Big Dance 2010. Big Dance is supported by the Dance Champions.

Selected highlights for Big Dance 2010 include:

Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 July
Counterpoint, Shobana Jeyasingh at Somerset House

Award-winning choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh leads five professional dancers and fifteen of the UK's exciting emerging talents in Counterpoint a specially commissioned free performance in the spectacular setting of Somerset House Courtyard. Free and open to all. Hub partner: English National Ballet.

Saturday 3 July 12pm
Bolero Remixed, Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf

100 dancers from East London join 50 members of the New London Orchestra and DJ Excalibah for a spectacular open air remix of Ravel's Bolero, choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles. Free and open to all. Hub partner: East London Dance. 

Sunday 4 July
The Big Dance Bubble, Eltham Palace

Berlin based urban design team, Raumlabor, creators of 'bubbletecture', have designed the Big Dance Bubble, a mobile dance space, which lands at Eltham Palace Gardens to host a free programme of dance, theatre, circus and music for all the family as part of Greenwich World Cultural Festival. Hub partner: Greenwich Dance.

Tuesday 6 - Wednesday 7 July
Artist Bank children's project, Borough Market

270 children from four local primary schools in Southwark and Lambeth take part in a giant public performance set in the unique location of London's oldest food mark, Borough Market, led by dance artists, Catherine Bennett and Pari Naderi, and visual artists Lucy Cash and Ruth Gibson. Free and open to all. Hub partner: Siobhan Davies Dance.

Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 July from 10pm
Slow Dance, Trafalgar Square

The internationally acclaimed Slow Dance brings a serene change of tempo after dark to Trafalgar Square with 46 mesmerising larger than life, hyper slow motion, high definition video portraits of dance from around the world, created by American artist, David Michalek.  Free and open to all. Hub partner: Sadler's Wells.