Dance has never been more popular in the UK, and – despite the rain – Swindon town centre came alive on Sunday 6 July as part of Big Dance 2008 with a series of events organised by Swindon Dance. For half a day, Big Dance in Swindon brought together children, young people, adults and older people from all walks of life to celebrate that
everyone can dance.
The day started with a fun ‘Bhangra meets Bollywood’ workshop led by Michael Kitchen from RPM Dance Theatre. This was followed by dancers from Swindon Dance demonstrating their new skills in front of and on the Swindon Big Screen. Then as part of the “5-6-7-8… What’s Your Dance?” theme (that encouraged everyone to dance for 5 minutes on 6 July), shoppers put down their bags and joined the dancers and in turn they learnt new moves. GCSE students from Churchfields School brought the event to a close with ‘COOL’ – a piece choreographed by breakdancer Banxy, inspired by West Side Story.
Regular Swindon young dancer, Otis Jones said; ‘It was great fun! I have never done anything like it before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to do it again. After a lucky break in the weather, I was really excited to perform, and I was absolutely exhausted afterwards.’
Big Dance is a campaign to promote dance in all its forms, showcasing innovative dance event across England. Big Dance is led nationally by Arts Council England and Dance South West is the strategic agency for dance development in the region. Exploring the diversity, accessibility and fun of dance, Big Dance encourages as many people as possible to become involved in dance and offers opportunities for dancers and non-dancers alike to perform, participate or simply to watch.