Big Dance UK

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Big Dance
Big Dance Logo.jpeg
Genre Dance festival
Frequency Bi-annual
Location(s) United Kingdom
Inaugurated 2006 (2006)
Most recent 2012
Organised by Greater London Authority, with Arts Council England, Foundation for Community Dance & Legacy Trust UK
People Jacqueline Rose (Director)
Website
www.bigdance2012.com

Big Dance is a dance initiative in the United Kingdom, held every 2 years since 2006. It is a nine-day biennial festival of dance and dancing, held in 2006, 2008, 2010, and planned for July 2012.[1] It is a celebration of dance mostly taking place in non-traditional dance spaces such as museums, shopping centres, parks, bridges, stations, galleries and libraries, with the aim of inspiring people in different ways through dance. Initiated in 2006 by the first Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, for the Greater London Authority, the programme is delivered in partnership with Arts Council England and delivers events and inspiration to be physically active through dance.

The second Big Dance festival took place from 5–13 July 2008, following the second Mayoral election in May 2008, when Boris Johnson was elected as the next Mayor of London.

In 2009, the programme was selected as London's Legacy Trust UK project, receiving £2.89 million to deliver the festivals in 2010 and 2012 with an ongoing development programme led by the Big Dance Hubs - five leading dance organisations in the capital.

Big Dance 2012 is London's Legacy Trust UK programme, delivered by Greater London Authority in partnership with Arts Council England. The national programme is being delivered by the Foundation for Community Dance in partnership with the Big Dance Hubs.

Big Dance 2012 is also part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Introduction[edit]

About Big Dance[edit]

From Break Dance to Ballet, from Jive to Jazz Dance, from Hip Hop to Hustle, from Polonaise to Paso Doble, Big Dance is a largest dance initiative of the world – a biennial festival of dance initiated by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and Legacy Trust UK.

Big Dance 2012 is one of the keynote projects of London 2012 Festival. It will play a major role in the nationwide celebration of the Olympics and Paralympics, working with communities across the whole country. The goal is to involve five million people as participants in thousands of events and create a legacy for the future of dance.

The Aims[edit]

  • Create a vibrant showcase for emerging new creative and fresh talent in dance
  • Develop imaginative events of scale in unusual locations
  • Involve entire communities in the experience of dance. Not just the technically brilliant but anyone who wants to join in
  • Leave a legacy of shared knowledge about the value of dance and how it can mobilise communities to hand on to future partners and producers.

Why Dance?[edit]

Dance as an art-form has a myriad of styles. With 205 participating countries in the Olympic Games, it is possible to identify as many dance styles as nationalities. Other statistics include the facts that:

  • Dance is the largest growing artform
  • 13% of the UK population now attend dance performances[2]
  • 4.8 million people participate in community dance in England each year[3]
  • 10 million people regularly watch the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing[4]
  • Dance is the most popular choice after football for young people 14+ in a recent survey by Youth Dance England.[5]

History[edit]

Big Dance 2006[edit]

The first Big Dance took place over nine days, from 15–23 July 2006, as launched by Ken Livingstone, and it received support from Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Led by the Culture team at the Greater London Authority as part of the Mayor of London's office, the programme was delivered in partnership with the Arts Council England and received a commission by BBC One for a 90-minute programme, Dancing in the Street, which was a live broadcast on the evening of 22 July 2006. Dancing in the Street was co-hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Zoë Ball and involved many of the Strictly Come Dancing stars, such as Anton du Beke, Erin Boag and Camilla Dallerup.

Despite short planning times for organisations, the festival captured the public's attention and demonstrated the power of dance to engage people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities in challenging, enjoyable and life-affirming dance experiences in unusual spaces. As a result, thousands of people took part in Big Dance as participants, choreographers, performers, audiences, teachers and leaders. There were over 400 dance events in parks, on bandstands, in shop windows, tube stations, schools, museums and even at the top of Nelson's Column.

Big Dance has also developed a reputation for both creating and breaking Guinness World Records. To provide examples, nearly 9,000 people took part in the Big Dance Class world-record attempt in 37 different cities choreographed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance in partnership with the BBC radio network. As part of Dancing in the Street, a new world record was created when 752 dancers performed 44 different dance styles, choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, simultaneously to one music track in the culmination of an evening of dance in Trafalgar Square that was broadcast by BBC One to an audience of almost five million people. This also included the 'Longest Riverdance Line' attempt with 116 dancers, and the 'Most Swing Flips in One Minute' by Russell Sargeant from the Jiving Lindy Hoppers.[6][7]

Many dance organisations, artists and teachers arranged open classes and workshops, performances in local public spaces, for example: The Place took over the forecourt of the British Library, Pineapple Dance Studios opened its doors, Siobhan Davies Dance hosted live streaming of dance from Australia accompanied by music from Korea and live performance in the entrance to the building. Dance UK launched its Manifesto at City Hall, and London Youth Dance held its first pan-London youth dance showcase in The Scoop - an outdoor amphitheatre at More London.

The critical success factor of the campaign was the simplicity of the idea and the enthusiasm of the dance community and others to engage new audiences and participants in dance. Transport for London were a key partner in providing promotional opportunities through the tube network. With a high profile PR campaign, and the production of the Big Dance Time Out Guide, the pan-London campaign was well supported through a wide range of marketing outlets including londondance.com, and crucially the website invited schools, professional and voluntary groups to get involved, upload their information and be part of the first high profile celebration of the diversity, innovation and enjoyment of dance that Big Dance celebrated.

Big Dance 2008[edit]

More than 500,000 people were involved in Big Dance 2008 in London, which was delivered with funding from the Greater London Authority and Arts Council England from 5–13 July 2008. Big Dance is a key element of the Cultural Strategy.

The festival was launched on Millennium Bridge, with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Erin Boag and Bruno Tonioli from (Strictly Come Dancing) surrounded by over 50 dancers ranging from jive and Latin enthusiasts, to Flamenco dancers and representatives from the English National Ballet and The Society of London Theatre.

Other events in the festival included performances in shop windows on Oxford Street and Regent Street, alfresco dancing in Regent's Park, and performances on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral by students from London's dance schools, choreographed by Shobhana Jeyasingh.

The Big Chair Dance was a feature of 2008 presented by Capital Age Festival at the Southbank Centre and involved more than 200 older Londoners in seven localities, around the capital, working with choreographers: Maresa von Stockert, Jonzi D and Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Breaking Records was an event presented by Big Dance and BBC Blast that took place in Trafalgar Square, where five world dance records were attempted in one afternoon. This day was led by Strictly Come Dancing's Erin Boag, and BBC London were the media partners. Presenters Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins were also in attendance, and the day culminated with a 'silent rave' to a DJ set by BBC London 94.9's very own Jazzie B.[8] The record attempts were:

  1. Largest Bollywood Dance by Sapnay School of Dance
  2. Most Ballet Dancers on Pointe
  3. Most Kip-Ups in One Minute

The penultimate moment of the festival was marked by a mass choreographed dance event, with 2,008 people dancing a routine choreographed by Aletta Collins in Trafalgar Square London at 5 pm on 12 July 2008. This was a Guinness World Record attempt – the Largest Dance Class in the World Learnt Remotely -[9] supported by a viral web campaign of ‘Sign up, Warm Up, Turn Up... and Dance!’ People of all ages were encouraged to watch and learn an online video of the dance in preparation for the event, so that they could turn up on the day and perform it as a mass performance.

In 2008, Big Dance was proposed by the London Cultural Strategy Group as the regional programme that best met the aims of Legacy Trust UK, as the programme that offers significant potential to reach new participants and unite communities through dance activities. The programme offered a natural link between the arts and sport as part of the cultural programme in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Legacy Trust UK is a charitable trust in the United Kingdom, established in 2007 to support a range of cultural and sporting activities in connection with 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in London. The aim of this trust is to provide a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the Games across the UK. There are 12 regional programmes across the UK.

Legacy Trust UK provided funding of £2.89million, which was agreed in June 2008 to deliver the festivals in 2010 and 2012, as well as an on-going programme of development.

Big Dance 2010[edit]

Big Dance 2010 took place between 3–11 July 2010.

The programme was launched on 20 January 2010 at Spitalfields Market with The Big Dance Trailer, a specially devised piece of choreography by Jeanefer Jean-Charles with sound compilation by Mikey J of Boy Blue, that involved the five London Hubs and other community dance groups. The artists featured were: Avant Garde Dance, soloists from English National Ballet, London Swing Dance Society, Jasmin Vardimon and Siobhan Davies Dance.

The third Big Dance festival was officially launched at the London Palladium by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on 1 July 2010 to 2,000 people with Jerry Mitchell, Sheridan Smith and Camilla Dallerup. This exclusive performance was choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, whose work includes Love Never Dies and Legally Blonde the Musical. He created a specially choreographed version of You Can't Stop The Beat from Hairspray for a cast that included the Dance Captains of the West End musicals[10] and students from all the dance schools part of the Council for Dance Education and Training network.

The 2010 programme also featured 850 events such as workshops, photography exhibitions and various performances around London in heritage sites such as Kensington Palace, an underground bunker in Dalston, many shopping centres and included projects such as the Big Dance Schools Pledge, an international partnership project with the British Council which aims to: encourage schools in the UK and across the world to do an extra 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance Week and join in a world-record attempt. In 2010, over 650 schools took the pledge to offer 100 minutes of dance during Big Dance week, and to take part in an attempt to break the world record for the Largest Multi-venue Dance Class. The choreography was created by Hakeem Onibudo, Artistic Director of Impact Dance and the music was composed by Mikey J, Boy Blue Entertainment.

The Big Dance Bus, an adpated Routemaster bus, made its debut with a tour of 19 stops in 16 London boroughs reaching an estimated 98,960 members of the public and delivered 74 workshops. In addiiton, the Bus made an appearance on the beachside in Hove, Brighton to launch Big Dance South-East.

The Big Dance Bubble was a fully portable special event space known as ROSY. Designed by raumlaborberlin and produced by Up Projects, this Portavilion Bubble made five stops in London parks each one commissioned by the Big Dance Hubs.

In addition, 50 x £1,000 Micro-Grants were awarded for inspiring projects across the capital.

The Big Dance Older People's programme, Dancing stAGE saw 150 older people perform choreography by Natasha Gilmore on the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall, as the focus of Capital Age Festival and was produced by East London Dance.

The Big Dance Pop-Up Cinema also made its debut with its inflatable screen which displayed Billy Elliot in Walpole Park, Ealing, Strictly Ballroom in Potter's Field by the Tower of London with a workshop by Strictly Dancing star, Karen Hardy and Hairspray in Hornchurch, Havering.

The Largest Tea Dance world-record attempt by the Royal Opera House was successful with 254 couples, although this record has now been overtaken.[11]

The finale of Big Dance 2010 was marked by a massive dance performance called the Big World Dance directed by Luca Silvestrini of Protein Dance and choreographed using inspiration from the Southbank Centre's Dance Atlas, an interactive online map where people posted their own signature moves. Thousands of people were invited to transform central London into a giant open air stage for a show stopping dance on a gigantic scale, with the start line at Southbank Centre and the finishing line at Trafalgar Square.

Big Dance received sponsorship from T-Mobile for the 2010 programme which included a weekend of dance events at Westfield London Shopping Centre, a pan-London tour by the Big Dance Bus, a competition by Louie Spence and an outdoor screening and workshop of Dirty Dancing in Trafalgar Square.

Big Dance 2012[edit]

The festival for Big Dance 2012 was scheduled to take place on 7–15 July 2012.

The 2012 plans were announced to the press on 4 May 2011 at the Royal Opera House and included an interview of Wayne McGregor, Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor / Random Dance and also Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet, by Jacqueline Rose, Director of Big Dance.

Many of the programme strands will be available from January 2012 and aim to be fully accessible and include all age ranges and communities i.e. under 5's, schools, students, young and older people.[12]

The strands of the programme, where dance is the inspiration, Big Dance aims to include:

  • Performances - small and massive in usual and unusual spaces and locations
  • Photography – dance is the inspiration for exhibitions in all spaces
  • Film competitions/screenings – dance-led content in all genres
  • Fashion - designs inspired by/and for dance
  • Libraries engagement programme – reading about dance
  • Archives programme – revealing the history of dance and dance companies
  • Debates – choreographers/critics
  • Big Dance Bus Tour
  • International Schools Pledge with the British Council
  • World Record attempts – in dance

Big Dance 2012 will be an opportunity for all including international audiences to encounter an unparalleled nationwide dance programme that will bring to life theatres, community centres and public spaces, and offer the chance to experience the large diversity of the world's dance. The target is to reach at least "5 million people" across the UK. The key dates for the campaign, which include a 7-week countdown period into the 9-day festival, are:

  • Big Dance Trail - 18 May 2012
  • Big Dance Week - 7–15 July 2012

Leading up to 2012[edit]

In the lead up to 2012, Big Dance has continued to produce a number of other projects in 2011.

Most recently, dance students from the University of East London amazed tourists and passers-by on 9 May, when they performed the Big Dance Flash Mob outside Buckingham Palace. What appeared to be a spontaneous dance performance (flash mob) had been a few months in the planning and had formal permission from the Palace to stage the event to celebrate The Queen's and The Duke of Edinburgh's patronage of the Performing Arts for young people in the United Kingdom. For students on the University of East London’s BA Dance: Urban Practice course it was the perfect opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they’d been developing as part of the Big Dance module.

The students performed Anna Buonomo's choreography to a mix by Michael Floyd of M.O Creatives Ltd. Additional dancers were brought in from Creative Academy, Middlesex University, London Contemporary Dance School, Havering Schools, The Turbelles and Ultimate Dance NRG making a total of 130 dancers.

Those people visiting Buckingham Palace expecting to see the changing of the guards were stunned by Queen’s We Will Rock You blasting out from speakers concealed on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial.[13]

The Big Dance Schools Pledge went ahead with the British Council, and the dance programme was provided by 5-a-day Fitness.

Dance to Work was a programme that took place with 10 employers in the commercial, local authority, charity and health sectors across London in 2011. The aim of this programme was to explore the benefit of creative dance projects taking place in or through the workplace which improves the physical, mental and emotional health of employees. The projects involved up to 10 hours of dance activity, with an experienced dance artist, to create a dance work for live performance and/or film. Groups also had opportunities to attend performances and take part in other activities. A celebratory event at the Lilian Baylis Studios, Sadler's Wells, brought participants together from across the projects to perform their dance works, watch the films and socialise.

Big Dance Trail[edit]

The Big Dance Trail will start on Friday 18 May 2012 with a world record attempt with schools across the world with the British Council: Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine - Multi Venue). 1,500 locations and 265,000 people is the target. The choreography for this will be devised by Wayne McGregor and will be launched in January 2012. This event will be followed by a weekend of ‘Warm Up events for the Nation’. The Big Dance Bus, with its pop-up dance floor, will set off on its tour of London.

The Big Dance Schools Pledge is an international partnership project with the British Council. It is an Inspire project and a partner of Get Set +. The project has two aims:

  1. Encourage schools in the UK and across the world to do an extra 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance Week (7–15 July 2012)
  2. Encourage schools in the UK and across the world to take part in a world-record attempt for the 'Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine - Multi Venue)' on 18 May 2012.

It aims to support schools to use dance as a fun and creative way to increase physical activity in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Big Dance is working with the British Council to develop and promote the Big Dance Schools Pledge to schools around the world. The British Council supports lasting partnerships between schools in the UK and other countries with the aim of increasing young people's capacity in the skills, understanding and outlook required to live and work in a global society.

The choreography for the schools pledge will be available for download from the Big Dance website in January 2012. Participants are invited to learn the choreography in their schools and take part in a World Record attempt on their school sites at 1 pm on 18 May 2012. Schools will also undertake to provide an extra 100 minutes of dance during Big Dance Week: 7–15 July 2012.[14]

The Big Dance Bus, the adapted double-decker Routemaster London bus, will be touring to unique locations to host a day of dance with its own special bus stop and pop-up dance floor. The aim is to take dance to areas that do not have any other cultural infrastructure or to areas where people do not traditionally engage with the arts.

Each individual bus stop will be programmed to include a mixture of any or all of the following:

  • Workshops that cover a range of dance styles
  • Local performance showcases
  • Dance competitions
  • Flash Mob events
  • Provide an open stage for freestyling
  • Tea Dances

The Big Dance Pop-Up Cinema, with the giant inflatable screen, will screen a range of films in outdoor locations. The events will take place in the evening at sundown following a day of activity in the space in front of the Pop-Up Cinema.

There are also plans for Big Dance Library Events, when local libraries are invited to organise Big Dance Book Week to promote the wealth of resources on offer to encourage interest in dance. This involves some readings of a selection of titles, and having dance performances in or around the library buildings.

Big Dance Week[edit]

In Big Dance Week, 7–15 July 2012, there will be hundreds of performances and events of all types in all corners of the UK coordinated by the Big Dance Hubs and many other individuals and organisations.

The Big Street Dance Day, on Saturday 14 July 2012, is the UK moment for the celebration of dance in public squares across the country. The aim is to encourage as many organisations as possible to take over a public space whether it be a street, square, park or sports stadium and provide as many opportunities as possible to people to dance together using this opportunity to link to the Olympics. International partners are also encouraged to organise events locally.

Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 will take place in London. Wayne McGregor has been appointed as the Creative Director for Trafalgar Square to create large-scale dance piece for 2000+ participants from across London performing alongside professional dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, English National Ballet, community groups and vocational schools across the capital.

Function[edit]

Mission[edit]

Big Dance strives to establish an innovative, inclusive and diverse programme of dance activity that crosses boundaries and unites all aspects of culture with communities across London. It will contribute to getting London fit for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. It hopes to achieve this mission through two inter-related strands of activity, the celebratory festivals in 2010 and 2012 and the development programmes in between.

This combination of activity aims to:

  • Celebrate the diversity of London by showcasing the Capital's world-class dance offer
  • Inspire young people and diverse communities to participate in the life and culture of London and the build up and delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012
  • Foster innovation and creativity, encouraging Londoner’s to try something new
  • Promote the Olympic and Paralympic ideals celebrating mind, body and spirit, and encourage a joined-up approach across sport, physical activity, culture and education
  • Leave a lasting positive legacy of the Games for future generations

The vision for Big Dance is to create the ultimate global dance experience, to reach and create new audiences in new places. Through the integration of visual technology, Big Dance aspires to reach communities on a local and global scale, so that even those who are unable to travel can still be part of the experience.

Big Dance aims to generate a legacy of change, through the promotion of London and the UK's cultural, physical and education offer in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The rest of England, the UK and beyond[edit]

Big Dance has extended an open invitation to the rest of England, the UK and the world to be part of Big Dance by celebrating their own dance in their own locality. In between, projects geared towards the biennial festivals, focused on particular target groups and issues or on enhancing provision in specific areas will build partnerships and participation.

Structure[edit]

Big Dance is London's Legacy Trust UK programme led by the Mayor of London in partnership with Arts Council England. The fourth Big Dance has been scheduled to take place from 7–15 July 2012, as part of London Festival 2012 - the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

The national programme will ‘wrap around’ Big Dance in London. It will offer a spectacular programme of dance events that will bring buildings, public spaces and unusual places to life across London and the UK.

Big Dance 2012 national programme is being led by Foundation for Community Dance in collaboration with Big Dance in London, Council for Dance Education and Training, the Dance Champions Group, Sport and Recreation Alliance, and Youth Dance England on behalf of the consortium Dance Takes the Lead – a UK-wide alliance of dance organisations brought together to maximise the opportunities of London 2012 for community and participatory dance. The members of Dance Takes the Lead are:

 

The London programme also receives support from a range of other organisations including:

Sport England, NHS London - Change4Life, London Councils, Museums, Libraries and Archives, Interactive and Shape

Big Dance is highlighted within London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Health Legacy Compendium reported by NHS London.[15]

Partners[edit]

Greater London Authority (GLA) is a unique form of strategic citywide government for London. It is made up of a directly elected Mayor and a separately elected Assembly. The Mayor is London’s spokesman who leads the preparation of statutory strategies on transport, spatial development, economic development, culture and the environment. The Mayor also controls the budgets for the GLA, Transport for London (TFL), the London Development Agency (LDA), the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. The Big Dance programme is led by the Greater London Authority who provide access to networks, media, marketing and funding opportunities and support many areas of the programme.

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives. They support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Arts Council England's 'Achieving Great Art For Everyone', a 10 year strategic framework for the arts, shares many of the key strategic aims with Big Dance. It also has the independence, legal, financial and administrative structures needed to support the programme, to ensure it operates with transparency and fairness, and that it complies with the responsibilities of public funding. Arts Council England was a key partner in initiating the pilot Big Dance celebrations across England, with the London office having funding and development involvement in major events in London.

Legacy Trust UK has programmes in each English region and in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as four national programmes. It is registered as a charity in England and Wales, and its aim is "to make awards of money to individuals or organisations for charitable purposes including, without limitation, cultural, educational, healthy sporting and other charitable activities for the benefit of the community in any approved territory."[16]

As the major funder of the Big Dance programme, Legacy Trust UK offers the opportunity to help create lasting and life-changing benefits from London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Big Dance London is one of the 12 regional programmes supported by the LTUK. The Trust's funding will act as a catalyst to link grassroots activities into the lead up to the Games on the basis on the three fundamental objectives:

  • To unite culture, sport and education, in line with the values and vision of the Olympics
  • To make a difference to all those involved
  • To support grassroots projects, often small in scale, and uniting communities of interest at local and regional level

Big Dance Hubs[edit]

The Big Dance Hubs are crucial to the delivery of the programme across the nation and will provide a network and legacy for the programme.

The Big Dance Hubs are dance organisations with an appropriate level of stability, expertise, and have the aspiration to facilitate the uniting of cultural and physical activity across the range of partners through dance.

All organisations, whilst different have experience in working with local authorities and other partners, and expertise in learning and participation, possibly providing pathways for progression from initial encounter to high-level performance, participatory programmes for particular groups, or host youth dance companies and outreach activities.

A map of Big Dance Hubs and their associated boroughs in London.
Big Dance Hubs in London

Their plans for Big Dance will build on existing expertise and experience, and together the organisations will provide a network of diverse strengths and specialism’s in a range of dance genres.

In London, there are five Big Dance Hubs, and they are as follows:

Area in London Hubs
East East London Dance
West English National Ballet
South East Greenwich Dance
North Sadler's Wells
South Siobhan Davies Dance

Each of the five hubs are responsible for coordinating the activity of a number of local authorities in the area that they are based in. There are a total of 33 local authorities (the London boroughs and the City of London) which make up the Greater London area. These local authorities are coordinated by London Councils.

Allowing for participation between the major events in the Big Dance celebratory weeks and some repeat involvement, it is estimated that between 1.2 and 1.8 million people could be involved over the four years as part of the ongoing programmes in London. This would represent around one quarter of the population of London. Across the UK, the target is 3.2 million people for Big Dance 2012.

The success of the London Big Dance Hub network has provided a suitable structure to create the national programme which will be coordinated through eight Big Dance Hubs across the English region and they are:

Region Hubs City
South West Dance South West Bournemouth, cross-region
South East South East Dance Brighton, cross-region
North West Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) Liverpool, Merseyside
Yorkshire Yorkshire Dance Leeds
North East Dance City Newcastle upon Tyne
East Dance East Ipswich
East Midlands Dance4 Nottingham
West Midlands DanceXchange Birmingham and cross-region

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Dance is the ultimate dance experience!", www.london.gov.uk, 2011, webpage: Gov.uk-big-dance.
  2. ^ Dance Facts, Dance UK, Arts Council England
  3. ^ Dance Facts, Dance UK, Foundation for Community Dance
  4. ^ Dance Facts, Dance UK, BBC
  5. ^ Dance in and Beyond Schools, Youth Dance England 2010
  6. ^ Guinness World Records 2008, London: Guinness World Records Ltd, 2008
  7. ^ Dance Sensation, BBC, 30 Oct 2008
  8. ^ Big Dance 2008 Launches, BBC, 9 Jul 2008
  9. ^ Largest Remote Dance Class, Guinness World Records, 2008
  10. ^ Dance Captains, Big Dance 2012
  11. ^ Largest Tea Dance, Guinness World Records, 2010
  12. ^ Big Dance 2012, Be a Champion
  13. ^ The Big Dance Royal Flashmob with University of East London, YouTube, 10 May 2011
  14. ^ Schools & Teachers: Big Dance Schools Pledge 2012, Big Dance 2012
  15. ^ London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Health Legacy Compendium, NHS London, 2012, p46-48
  16. ^ Legacy Trust UK, Charity Commission, Registered Number 1118809

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