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Dancing Terraces attracts record numbers to Pavilion Dance South West

  • Date: 11 October 2012
  • Area: South West
African dancing

Dancing Terraces. Credit: Pavilion Dance South West

A record 10,000 people took part in Dancing Terraces, Pavilion Dance South West's free outdoor dance classes with live music.

Events took place on Pavilion Dance's Terraces on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer. 10,775 people, from babies to 90 year olds, tried different dance styles including Bollywood, African, Salsa, Funk, Samba and 1940s Social Dance. Artists and musicians came together to create a carnival atmosphere to spread the festival feeling across the gardens and seafront. 100% of those who took part rated the events positively and provided feedback such as 'It made my holiday', 'It was flawless' and 'great spirit, laughter; so many different age groups involved'.

One man, based in London, came across the first event by chance and then travelled down each weekend to take part in the sessions. Other families made it a regular occasion as part of their summer diary.

On Friday 31 August, the events were enhanced by clothing and cake stalls that created a vintage backdrop for Ruby Adam's popular 1940s Social Dance, boosting the nostalgic wartime theme of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Deryck Newland, Artistic Director, Pavilion Dance South West said:
'Dancing Terraces goes from strength to strength, bringing tourists and the local community together and contributing to making Bournemouth a vibrant and exciting place where extraordinary things happen which everyone can participate in. We are delighted to be using investment from Bournemouth Borough Council to impact so positively on so many people. 10,000 people dancing under the sky, looking out across the gardens; what could be better?'

Pavilion Dance South West will continue its events programme in Autumn and Winter with live Bolshoi Ballet screenings beamed straight from Moscow and Thursday Night is Dance Night; a series of the best professional dance every Thursday night during October and November.