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Mayor of London launches Big Dance 2012

Posted on July 4, 2012

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Until July 15, Big Dance, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance, will spread across the nation in a week of dance-inspired projects and high-profile mass performances. Big Dance is characterised by a strong emphasis on participation; some of the UK’s most renowned and innovative choreographers will be interacting with local dance groups and members of the public in venues ranging from public squares and shopping centres, to parks, playgrounds, beaches, bridges, studios and swimming pools.

Big Dance 2012 is one of the largest mass participation events being presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, and part of the Mayor of London’s programme of free events taking place across the capital.

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Over two million people have taken part in Big Dance since it began; this year it is set to reach millions more as Big Dance expands nationwide.

Big Dance is co-ordinated across the UK by a network of leading national dance organisations, the Big Dance Hubs. Skegness will have dancers and musicians swirling across its coastal district in Dream Walk, the cityscape of Greater Manchester will scattered with aerial dance performers in Urban Moves.

On July 14, Big Dance will reach a crescendo with Big Street Dance Day: 1,000 dancers will gather in Trafalgar Square to perform a new piece by Wayne McGregor inspired by the Olympic Games, and across the country performers and the public will be gathering in town centres and squares for their own Big Street Dance.

Big Dance 2012 is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from June 21 until September 9, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. As Big Dance is passed on to Rio de Janeiro for 2014, it looks to maintain a lasting legacy of community dance in Britain.


Photographs © Hugo Glendinning

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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