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Step LIVE! 2012

Posted on June 27, 2012


Over 780 secondary school children across the 32 London boroughs will come together for Step LIVE! 2012, a celebration of youth dance at London’s Southbank Centre on July 7.

Step LIVE! 2012 is part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World and Big Dance 2012. It is brought about by Step into Dance, the largest sustainable community dance programme in the UK, implemented by the Royal Academy of Dance and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The day-long extravaganza will feature performances from 46 school dance groups, who have been selected to participate, following a three-month showdown of local Step into Dance borough events across London and Essex. 

Sue Goodman, Step into Dance programme and artistic director, said: “The last few months have been intense. There have been over 120 schools performing at our borough events – each keen to be part of our celebratory end of the year Step LIVE! 2012

“The dancers that have shown real dedication and commitment will have the opportunity to strut their stuff and represent their borough.” 

Step LIVE! 2012 promises show-stopping performances in contemporary, hip hop, African, musical theatre and cheerleading. There will also be interactive dance workshops in African dance and capoeira taught by freelance dance artists and attended by Step into Dance special educational needs patron and finalist from BBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, Kirsty Swain. 

In addition, there’ll be hip hop battles, flash mobs and conga lines for anyone who wants to go along and join in the fun. The free event runs from 11am until 5pm. 

Step into Dance currently operates in secondary schools, special educational needs schools and pupil referral units, making it unique in offering training and performance opportunities throughout the academic year to 187 schools across London and Essex.


Photograph © Mark Lees

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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