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Red Cross Dancing

Posted on February 25, 2014

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ashley-396x380Ashley Banjo (pictured), leader of dance troupe Diversity, has joined forces with the British Red Cross to launch “Dance: Make Your Move”, a new fundraising competition. Young people aged between four and 18 are urged to choreograph a dance routine inspired by the charity’s work.

More than 30 Dance: Make Your Move events will take place between April and July, with the national final to be held at London’s O2 arena on July 13. Launched in 2006, the campaign has raised £460,000 to help vulnerable people in the UK and overseas.

Ashley Banjo said: “I love Dance: Make Your Move! It’s absolutely amazing to see young people using their passion for dance to support such a brilliant cause. I want to encourage teachers, dance teachers and youth groups to sign up and get involved.”

The charity is open to young people of all levels, with the focus on communicating passion for dance and spreading the message of the Red Cross. Competition winners will take part in workshops from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), while their teachers will receive RAD friend memberships and goody bags. Last year’s winners were Platinum Youth of Platinum Performing Arts and Team Venus from Venus School of Dance.

For more information, and to sign up, see



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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