News: Dance Champions make a move

Thursday 25 February 2010

Fifteen government appointed Dance Champions met this week to start planning a campaign which will promote dance as a healthy, enjoyable activity and ultimately get the nation moving. The target is 100,000 regular dancers by 2012 .

The Champions are drawn from dance, health and fitness backgrounds and include Strictly Come Dancing professionals Darren Bennett, Lilia Kopylova and Camilla Dallerup and competitors Lisa Snowdon and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster; Janet Archer, Head of Dance Strategy for Arts Council England; Angela Rippon , former presenter of Come Dancing and one time chair of English National Ballet; Roger Mosey,BBC Director of the London 2012 Olympics; Margaret Peggie, Former Chair of the Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership, and Vice President of the Fitness League; Miguel Doforo, expert dance coach and of Founder of MD Productions; Andrew Hanson, Head of Policy, Central Council of Physical Recreation; Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and Rod Aldrdge, who chairs the group.

After the meeting Arlene Phillips, one of the first Champions to be appointed said: “The Dance Champions Dance Summit was fantastic – it was great to see so many figures of the dance and exercise world under one roof and I was delighted to be a part of it. I am looking forward to seeing the post Summit report which will outline all the key findings, discussions and forward strategy that took place and were decided on the day.” As encouragement to those feeling less than enthused about taking to the dance floor she added: “People are often afraid to dance because they think they’re going to look like David Brent from the Office, but they could look like a Dance Champion, all they need to do is take those first few steps and they’ll be quickly on their way.”

Photo: left to right: Darren Bennett, Angela Rippon, Mark Foster, Arlene Phillips

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