News: Big Dance 2016: Celebrating the dance decade

Wednesday 3 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Big Dance 2011.

Big Dance celebrates a decade of expansion and development in dance across the country in 2016, in this, the final Big Dance year, with events and performances all over the country between 2 and 10 July 2016.

Big Dance, founded by the Mayor of London in 2006 and now produced in partnership with People Dancing, is both a festival and a national campaign. Over the last ten years, millions of participants, international dance stars and dance organisations across the UK have joined together, creating the biggest festival of dance ever staged. With the support of such stars as Matthew Bourne, Darcey Bussell, Bruce Forsyth, Arlene Phillips, Tamara Rojo and Wayne McGregor, Big Dance has been part of a huge growth in audiences and participation in dance over the last ten years, and leaves a legacy of collaborative working between dance organisations, unique to the UK.

As the curtain raiser to this year’s Big Dance, Akram Khan will lead the Big Dance Pledge 2016 inviting everyone, irrespective of age, ability or experience, to be inspired and join in a free dance on a world stage on Friday 20 May. Every country is invited to take part, taking their cue from an original piece of choreography specially created for Big Dance by Akram Khan, to commissioned music by Nitin Sawhney. Read more about how Akram created the moves for Big Dance 2016.

All the learning materials including demonstration videos are available free on the Big Dance website

Over the Big Dance Weekend, 2 and 3 July there will be performances, workshops, outdoor events, street dances all over the country, involving professionals and amateur enthusiasts in communities.

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