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The Big Give Christmas Challenge for Dance

Posted on November 18, 2010

Harlequin Floor is supporting Dance UK to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Dance UK, the national voice for the dance profession, which aims to improve the conditions in which dance is created, performed and experienced, is hoping to raise a further £4,000 of individual donations for its Dancers’ Health Research Project via The Big Give website on December 6, 2010. The Big Give challenge fund will double this and the project will be an additional £8,000 closer its target by the end of this year. If people feel passionate about improving healthcare for future dancers, a donation of just £1 on December 6 will be doubled by The Big Give. However, Big Give funds are limited, so people need to donate first thing in the morning on December 6, 7 or 8 to have the chance of getting their donations doubled. For more information visit thebiggive.org.uk or danceuk.org. British Harlequin is donating a major financial gift towards the creation of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, a groundbreaking initiative that will undertake the largest and most detailed investigation into dancers’ health and the causes, prevention and treatment of injury.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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