Taking place across the UK, Big Dance 2012 will feature thousands of events inspired by dance in all sorts of locations and in all dance styles, and open to absolutely anyone.

Aiming to involve five million people, events will include classes, workshops, courses, performances, flash mobs, have-a-go days, competitions, world record attempts, dancing in unusual spaces- shops, parks, galleries, shopping centres and dancing in schools.

Dance4 is the lead for the region’s Big Dance Hub partnership, working with Foundation for Community Dance as part of a network of eight regional hubs. Our Hub partners are artsNK, Regional Coordinator for the Children and Young People’s Legacy from the 2012 games, Déda, Embrace Arts, Igniting Ambition- Cultural Olympiad East Midlands, Lakeside Arts Centre, Retina Dance Company, Royal and Derngate, The Mighty Creatives and the Core at Corby Cube.

Big Dance Week runs from 7 – 15 July but it all started with an official launch at St Pancras International Station in London on 5 July where two dance acts from Leicester will perform in front of special guests including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Arlene Phillips OBE.  The East Midlands is the only region in the country to have two acts performing on the day.

Paul Russ, chief executive of Dance4, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to get people involved in dance with a whole range of activities.

“A lot of hard work has gone into arranging a series of events, with numerous different dance styles.  There are events for people at all levels and all ages to take part in or a whole host of performances people can watch.”

Big Dance in the East Midlands  is being produced by Dance4.



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