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Dancing in the Parks

Fri 9 - Mon 9 Sep

Dancing in the Parks is back for 2022 with workshops and performances for you to enjoy. Come and join us at a park near you for this FREE event! All events take place between 11am – 4pm and dancing will take place by the playground in each park. We hope to see you there.

LOCATION CHANGE

Due to the extreme hot weather we are expecting tomorrow (Saturday 13 August), Dancing in the Parks will now take place at Holywells Park. Come and find us by the playground from 11am – 4pm.

 

GLASS HOUSE DANCE
Friday 29 July | Christchurch Park
Friday 5 August | Chantry Park

Two time-travelling-rockin’-renegades, The Sister of Stylus, have crash landed in your city and need your help! Their time machine is powered by a new, renewable, sustainable bio-energy source; DANCE. They are on the hunt for all foot-tappers, dad dancers, disco divas, jumping jivers, old school ravers and shake-your-money-makers to thrust, power and pulse them back to the future! Glass House Dance was set up by Sarah Lewis and Laura McGill to take contemporary dance into the heart of the community. They have made their mark on the outdoor arts scene, touring nationally for 8 years.

TIMINGS*

11.00 – 12.00 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
12.00 – 12.45 – Glass House Dance Performance
12.45 – 13.30 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
13:30 – 14.15 – Glass House Dance Performance
14.15 – 15.15 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
15.15 – 16.00 – Glass House Dance Performance

*please note timings are subject to change

OLD KENT ROAD
Saturday 30 July | Holywells Park
Friday 12 August | Christchurch Park

Old Kent Road is a passionate group of tap dancers who are raising the bar in the UK tap dance scene. Bringing their expertise to the British public and sharing the wonder of the art form, they work together to develop distinctive choreography and pay homage to history and jazz culture along the way. This edgy and high energy performance will leave you feeling fantastic! The company will take you through traditional choreography repertoire and expose new concepts within tap dance. Listen out for a range of music from Jazz by Tommy Dorsey where they will perform Harold Cromers legendary piece ‘Opus 1’ to feel good music from Jurassic 5. This set is sure to put a spring in your step.

TIMINGS*

11.00 – 12.00 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
12.00 – 12.30 – Old Kent Road Performance
12.30 – 13.15 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
13.15 – 13.45 – Old Kent Road Performance
13.45 – 14.30 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
14.30 – 15.00 – Old Kent Road Performance
15.00 – 16.00 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell

*please note timings are subject to change

Dancers:
30th July – Avalon Rathgeb, Lucy Jones, Kaia Koehler
12th August – Avalon Rathgeb, Ryan Campbell Birch, Adele Joel

KICKSTARTERS
Saturday 6 August | Bourne Park
Saturday 13 August | Holywells Park

‘I live on borrowed time, therefore I see no reason why my heart grows not dark.’

Unfamiliar Winds sees two humans embark on a similar, supported journey. Inspired by the oddities in nature and poetry by Derek Jarman, this duet searches for acceptance and the right to be silly in the world around us. Exploring interactions between humans and their greater landscape, through the joys of movement, sculpture and song. The performance invites you to listen, sing and dance in a world where depth and humour are combined, and where the middle of the tornado never looked more inviting.

Everywhere it blows you’ll not want to miss it.

Choreographer:
Richard Pye in collaboration with Kickstart Company

TIMINGS*

11.00 – 13.00 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
13.00 – 13.15 – Kickstart Company Performance
13.15 – 13.30 – Activity with Kickstart Company
13.30 – 14.30 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
14.30 – 14.45 – Kickstart Company Performance
14.45 – 15.30 – Dance Workshop with Laura and Martell
15.30 – 16.00 – Kickstart Company Performance

*please note timings are subject to change

The Kickstart Company is a company of 5 dancers and is funded by Kickstart grants from Local Government. It is a paid 6 month contract for talented young dance artists currently claiming Universal Credit between the ages of 18-24. The company are resident here at DanceEast and through work based learning we aim to increase their future employability.

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