Feature: Big Dance 2008

Monday 30 June 2008

Big Dance 2008 It’s countdown to Big Dance week – which officially starts this Saturday (5 July).

*All over London there will be hundreds of chances to see dance performances in
some unusual locations as well as the more conventional places. There will also
be the chance to take part in literally hundreds of classes and one off sessions
all over the city – on bridges, in Trafalgar Square, at stations, at Madame Tussauds,
in parks, as well as dance studios, halls and clubs.*

Download the full brochure*, or* check the listings* – and in the meantime we’ve picked just a few of the events on offer each day
through the week:*

Saturday 5 July

Charles Atlas' film 'Hail the New Puritan' The British Film Institute screening Charles Atlas’ 1980’s film about Michael Clark – Hail the new Puritan. It features Clark in several dance sequences, with appearances by Leigh Bowery and members of rock group The Fall.

The Scoop at More London It’s London Youth Dance Day at More London, when The Scoop amphitheatre outside the Mayors Office on the south bank of the Thames will
be taken over by hundreds of young dancers in performances from 10am – 6pm. See
the full days schedule, or just drop by…

Over in Holland Park at 2pm & 4pm C-12 Dance Theatre will be perfoming a piece based around a sculpture by New York artist Dan Graham currently on show in the park.

Sunday 6 July

Trafalgar Square dancing Get down to Trafalgar Square for a day of dance presented by BBC Blast & BBC London, with the Greater London Authority. The square will be filled with demonstrations, live show, workshops for young
people -and some major dance record breaking attempts. The programme starts
at noon and runs until 6pm. It’s not too late to sign up to be part of the record
breaking events! *If you can dance ballet in pointe shoes (you need to have some experience to
take part in this), or if you know some Bollywood dance steps, or you are part
of a dancing couple – go to* www.london.gov.uk/bigdance to find out how to sign up.

Monday 7 July

Tango schools from around London promise to bring ‘compassion and connection’
to London’s commuters between 6pm & 7pm at a selection of stations and bridges.
Check out www.tangocommute.com for precise locations and details of how to take part.

Down at The Scoop, dance groups from Southwark present an A to Z of dance throughout the day.

Tuesday 8 July

Take part in a Big Bollywood dance class at lunchtime (1 – 2pm)outside the British Library. Organised by DanceAsia.

Get down to Sound nightclub in Leicester Square where there’ll be an attempt to break the record
for the most people ever dancing the Running Man at 11.30pm.

Wednesday 9 July

!! 2 Step a new site specific work by leading choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh will be performed by graduate dance students from London Contemporary Dance School, Laban and the Central School of Ballet on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Part of the City of London Festival – performances take place at 1.15pm &
6.30pm.

The National Gallery are presenting a series of talks about dance in art. This evening’s talk focuses
on Degas’ ballet dancers. It takes place in Room 46 at 7.40pm.

Studio La Danza offer ballroom dance classes for gay and lesbian couples at their studios in
Holloway Road, N7, 7 – 10.30pm.

Thursday 10 July

Celebrating West End choreography The Royal Festival Hall and the Society of London Theatre presents a celebration of West End Choreography at 12 noon. It features dancers
from Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Into the Hoods and Grease.

The tallest building in the city, Tower 42 at 25 Old Broad Street sees a record breaking attempt by poppers and lockers,
who will dance on all 44 floors of the building. Presented by independance, the action starts at 12 noon…

Friday 11 July

The Big Chair Dance takes place between 1 & 5pm at the Southbank Centre. More than 200 older Londoners have been busy in the last few weeks devising
The Big Chair Dance in their own homes, with the assistance of choreographers
Maresa von Stockert and Gauri Sharma Tripathi. Now they perform it altogether for the first time.

Saturday 12 July

Aletta Collins Big Dance It’s The Big Dance day for Trafalgar Square! Over 2000 dancers will be occupying the space with movement choreographed
by Aletta Collins. Sure to be a spectacle for the climax of Big Dance week – be there at 5pm to
see it. *There’s still time to sign up, learn the dance and be part of this fun event.
Go to* www.thebigdance2008.co.uk to find out more.

Big Dance 2008 is happening all over the UK – for full listings visit www.bigdance.org.uk

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