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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Chance to dance

DANCERS – the Cultural Olympiad needs you! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of London 2012 awaits anybody with an interest in dance.

Dance Cumbria is looking to recruit 50 people for a mass choreographed performance which will be one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

Schools and the NHS locally have been approached but Amanda Mortlock, of Dare Dance, is looking to recruit a cross- section of the community to take part in Big Dance, the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance.

Rehearsals will be held in Barrow throughout May and June; the first public performance will be at the Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run, followed by a performance at the Olympic Torch Relay event in Carlisle.

The flagship event is a Big Dance performance, involving a cast of 1,250, including the 50 representatives from Cumbria, on July 15.

“I think this will particularly appeal to dance teachers, students and adults who don’t get the chance to perform,” said Amanda, director of Dare Dance, one of five choreographers who will work with 250 Cumbrian dancers, representing each district of the county.

“We’ve spent time creating the format for the choreography, now we’re ready to go into the five districts and teach the same choreography so 250 people can come together and perform the same dance.

“This is a really new project and the first time we’ve done this in Cumbria.”

Five workshops will be held at Dare Dance Studio in Abbey Road, Barrow.

The first public performance in front of hundreds attending the Walney Fun Run on June 17 is a dress rehearsal for a performance in front of thousands in Carlisle a few days later.

“At Carlisle’s Torch Relay Event in Bitts Park, all groups in Cumbria will come together for the first time,” said Amanda.

“We just need to find a rehearsal space in Carlisle big enough to accommodate 250 people on June 20.

“Then on July 15 we will all get bussed down to Liverpool to meet up with 1,250 dancers from the north west and spend some time rehearsing the whole 25 minute dance at Liverpool One.”

Given the numbers involved, the choreography is simple but effective and will not require too much technical ability.

Amanda is looking for anybody with an interest in dance who will be free in dates from May to July.

“The idea is it’s accessible,” she said.

“We’ve got simple, gestural dances because in mass choreography the essential part is its simplicity.

“Timing is really important. “We’re looking for people aged 11 upwards but we’re looking for a wide range of people with a love of dance.”

Anybody interested in taking part can contact Amanda Mortlock, at Dare Dance Studio, Abbey Road, Barrow, on 01229 833228, email director@daredance.org.uk or visit www.facebook.com/daredancestudio

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