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Dancers perform at St Pancras for launch of Big Dance 2012

  • Date: 5 July 2012
  • Area: London, National
Dancers pose for photo with Boris Johnson and Arlene Phillips on a bench in St Pancras Station

Launch of Big Dance 2012, St Pancras International, London. Credit: Ben Pruchnie, Getty

Dancers from around the UK performed on the platforms of St Pancras International Station this morning for the official launch of Big Dance 2012. 

The UK's biggest celebration of dance, which is part of the London 2012 Festival, was launched by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and choreographer Arlene Phillips.

Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation Dance Company, kicked off a full day of dance at the London station this morning with a brand new piece, with a specially commissioned finale from Combination Dance in the evening.  

Big Dance 2012, which runs from 7-15 July, will see some of the UK's most renowned and innovative choreographers perform with local dance groups and members of the public in a range of venues and locations. Find out what's happening in your region on the Big Dance website.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, London, Arts Council England, said: 'Big Dance has a breath-taking line up of activity across the country that, we hope, will inspire millions to get involved and make dance the habit of a lifetime. From its inception in 2006, we have seen Big Dance get bigger, better and bolder, and we are proud to see it playing such a pivotal role nationwide in our 2012 celebrations.'

Highlights over the week include Dream Walk performed along the coast in Skegness, aerial dance performers in Urban Moves in Greater Manchester, and 1,000 dancers performing Wayne McGregor's Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 commission on 14 July, as part of the UK's Big Street Dance Day.

Big Dance is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and the Foundation for Community Dance with a network of Big Dance Hubs, leading dance organisations around the UK. In London, Big Dance has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, with additional support from The Foundation for Sport and the Arts. 

For further information about the event, visit the Big Dance 2012 website.

Visit our Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival page to find out more about key projects we are supporting.