News: Big Dance micro-grants announced

Thursday 22 April 2010

Big Dance, with the recent additional backing from mobile phone company T-Mobile, is gathering pace for this summer’s celebration of dance in London from 3 – 11 July.

Fifty organizations and individuals across the capital have already been awarded micro-grants of £1,000 each to help stage their events (see below for full list), but any other organizations who will be staging performances, running classes or workshops between 21 May and 11 July can also benefit from the Big Dance publicity machine by registering their event the Big Dance website by 1 May 2010.

The Big Dance Schools Pledge invites schools across London and around the world to take part in an extra 20 minutes of dance or physical activity each day from 5-9 July 2010 – and all schools are encouraged to join in performing the Schools Pledge dance routine at 1pm on Friday 9 July as part of a Guinness World Record attempt. The choreography for routine has been created by Impact Dance’s Hakeem Onibudo. Available in four different skill levels it can be downloaded now from the BigDance website by schools who sign up to the pledge.

“Southbank Centre’s Dance Atlas”: has just been launched. Everyone and anyone from around the world are invited to post videos of their favourite dance move onto the Dance Atlas website. Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance will be using the compendium of moves as the starting point for his Big World Dance which will transform the centre of London when its performed by a dance troupe of thousands (it could include you…) on 10 July 2010 between Southbank Centre and Trafalgar Square.

Big Dance was originally established by the Mayor of London’s Office in partnership with Arts Council England in 2006. This year T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 will be on an even bigger scale and looks set to touch the lives of millions of Londoners. Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged his support saying: ‘Dance has reached the pinnacle of popularity, with celebs making ballroom cool again, awe inspiring street dance topping the TV talent shows, plus an astonishing array of styles on stage and brilliant choreographers working in the capital. We want to get as many people moving as possible – not just in July, but to 2012 and beyond – so give Big Dance a whirl.’ It’s not yet been announced whether and where he’ll be whirling himself.

Recipients of the Big Dance microgrants are:
Lauderdale House, Haringey; London Borough of Barking & Dagenham; Harlequins Rugby League Foundation and Combination, Richmond-upon-Thames; Carl Campbell Dance Company, Southwark; Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, Tower Hamlets; Combination Dance Company, Camden; Apsara Arts, Croydon; Montage Theatre Arts, Lewisham; Woodside School Sport partnership, Kent; Arts Depot, Barnet; Theatre Peckham, Southwark; Srishti Skills, Harrow; PiC Arts, Tower Hamlets; Tropical Isles, Hackney; BOX SOCIAL theatre , Haringey; Thomas Goodwin& Petra Soor, Bexley; The Council of Asian people, Haringey; IRIE! Dance theatre, Lewisham; Shape, Wandsworth; Bromley Mytime, Bromley; Hypnotic, Brent; Hoxton Hall, Hackney/Newham; Annette Brandanger and Hayley Durwood, Southwark; Springs Dance Company, Lewisham; Entelechy Arts, Southwark; Camden School Sport Partnership; MIKS, Greenwich; Arte Latino Cultural Project, Greenwich; Chic Shake Shock, Greenwich; Community Link Up, Harrow; Granville Plus Youth Arts Centre, Brent; Union Dance Trust ltd., Westminster; Claremont Project, Islington; Chris Nash, Lewisham; Holborn Community Association, Camden; KNI Foundation, Waltham Forest; Hoop La la and Arabesque, Hackney; Dalston Tango, Hackney; Age Concern Hounslow; Rambert Dance Company, Hounslow; The Musical Museum, Hounslow Battersea Arts Centre, Wandsworth; HIG HOOPS Hoola Hooping, Islington; Simon Rice, Camden; Pippa Emanuel, Wandsworth; Leanne Pero, Merton; Dream Arts, Harrow; London Borough of Hillingdon; London Borough of Bromley; Streatham Festival Association, Lambeth.

Big Dance has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

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