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Make a date with dance in 2011

  • Date: 18 January 2011
  • Area: North
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Ascendance Rep. Credit: Brian Slater

People in Bradford of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to take part in a vibrant day of dance this Spring thanks to a Grants for the arts award from Arts Council England.  

Leeds-based dance company Ascendance Rep working in partnership with the Dance Bradford Network is holding a dance day at Cottingley Cornerstone Community Centre on Saturday 16 April. This free event, which will be open to people of all ages and experiences, will feature dance lessons, performances and film.

Based on the theme of local heritage, local schools and community centres will take part in a series of workshops in March led by Ascendance Rep. Organisers are inviting members of the local community to contribute their own ideas and stories about the area for the workshops to help create new dance pieces which will be performed as part of the dance day.

Leeds-based Ascendance Rep specialises in contemporary dance performance, site specific work and education projects.

The Dance Bradford network aims to make high quality dance more accessible to all and to coordinate the provision of development, training and support for aspiring professional dancers and to ensure opportunities for community dancing as a tool for empowerment, fun and wellbeing.

Rachel Wesson, Artistic Director, Ascedance Rep, said: 'This project allows dancers of all ages to come together and celebrate the idea that anybody can dance. Professional dancers from Ascendance Rep will be delivering workshops for community and school groups to get as many people involved in the dance day as possible. The dance day is open to everyone, with or without dance experience, where people can join together and learn fun social dances and contemporary dance sequences taken from Ascendance Rep's latest dance piece, My Castle.'

Pam Johnson, Relationship Manager, Dance, Arts Council England, added: 'We are pleased to support this project which presents a great opportunity for people to engage in a high quality dance initiative. It promises to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to learn new skills and encourages the sharing of local stories across the local community'.

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