Posted on September 24, 2010
The Dance Champions Group has held its first Dance Summit. Formed by Rod Aldridge at the request of the Secretary of State for Health, this group – which includes choreographer Wayne McGregor, dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, choreographer and dance judge Arlene Philips and other figures from the worlds of dance, sport and government – aims to get 100,000 more adults regularly engaged in dance, as part of a wider Government target to get 2 million more adults active by 2012.
The summit suggested a range of ways to make dance more accessible, including working with large employers to offer dance classes in offices, during lunch breaks and before or after working hours. There were calls for an industry-backed campaign to inform the public of the benefits of dance, and to tackle the perception that dance is only for those who already have perfect bodies and the right accessories. Delegates were also encouraged to use and give feedback on the new dancechampions.org directory – a free website that creates a meeting place for dance providers and the public. The database will be launched to the public in July.