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The Swing Dancing Olympic Bid

Posted on May 23, 2011

Around 500 dancers will set Spitalfields swinging at 4–5.30pm on May 30 in a bid to appear at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. 

During the London Swing Festival (running May 26–30), the huge group of international swing dancers will perform a choreographed routine learned in classes across London. The event will be filmed for the Olympics Committee. 

Scott Cupit, director of Swing Patrol, with 600 pupils per week across London, is thrilled to make the bid. Scott, with 100 dancers, appeared on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2009 as part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other installation. 


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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