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World Dance Day in Devon

  • Date: 19 May 2011
  • Area: South West
dancers in silhouette

Bird Call. Credit: Kevin Clifford

Dance artists across Devon celebrated World Dance Day at the end of April with classes, site specific events, mass participation dances and performances on the World Dance Day theme of Dancing in the Open and Dance in Devon's theme of Traditional Dance.

As part of Dance in Devon's celebrations, 100 young people performed in Bedford Square, Tavistock. In other parts of Devon, there was break dancing, flamenco and belly dancing.

In Exmouth, workshop participants were invited to create a site-specific movement piece for World Dance Day

Bird-Call was a natural movement piece inspired by Exmouth's coastal bird life. Workshop leader Michelle Wilkinsonwas inspired by the length of time gulls and shags remain perched upon rocks in stillness and movement.

The dancers created their own solo movements from their response to the site. Bird-Call dancer Pat Barker aged 77 said, ' ...a beautiful experience... the chance to dance somewhere so lovely with such a theme. Everything was breathtaking from the expanse of the view out to sea, to the structure of the rocks and the colour of the earth. One could not help but dance. I can't wait for next time.'