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Big Dance 2012 is the UK's biggest ever celebration of dance. Taking place across the UK, Big Dance will feature thousands of events inspired by dance. They will take place in all sorts of locations and in all dance styles which will all be open to absolutely anyone. Events will include classes, workshops, courses, performances, flashmobs, have-a-go days, film screenings, photography courses, competitions, world record attempts, dancing in unusual spaces - shops, parks, galleries, shopping centres - dancing in schools at home, wherever you like.

Archive listings for Big Dance 2012

Work type: Dance or ballet.

Carnival - T0551732854

Big Dance Carnival is an international gala of dance that spans the spectrum of styles - from samba to flamenco, from bollywood to hip hop. Brazilian samba masters Paraiso will lead a spectacular parade through Crystal Palace Park to the iconic Concert Bowl, for a day of breathtaking performances followed by 'Have a Go' - free workshops for all led by professional dancers. The finale event will be an official World Record attempt, for the largest Zumba dance.
22 Jul 12Crystal Palace, Inner London :: V01759310336
listing details L2034546253

Walk - T02057734484

In the Big Dance Walk, public and passersby are invited to come on a guided journey through Oxleas Meadows. Dance artists Thomas Goodwin and Petra Soor have worked with an intergenerational cast of local people to create this site-specific dance that celebrates this beautiful green space in the heart of the city.
15 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01743458505

Footfall - T1495384644

Traipse, meander, tip-toe, plod or strut to Siobhan Davies Studios to explore the idea of walking. Encompassing a performance, a dance film, an interactive installation and a lively artists' talk, an event dedicated to the activity of walking is taking place at the Siobhan Davies Studios.
15 Jul 12Siobhan Davies Studios, Outer London :: V01469611850
listing details L1195737135

Trafalgar Square - T198636015

2000 dancers take over Trafalgar Square for the finale of Big Dance 2012. Thousands of performers from across London will create a mass spectacle for Trafalgar Square. Under the direction of choreographer Wayne McGregor and with support from dance groups, emerging and professional choreographers from a range of backgrounds join forces in a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
14 Jul 12General, Inner London :: V1231
listing details L214543462

English National Ballet and the Big Dance Screen: Shall We Dance - T537386833

English National Ballet and Luna Cinema present the classic 1937 Gershwin film Shall We Dance? Experience the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood era and join English National Ballet, Luna Cinema and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a nostalgic night inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Settle down under the stars as we present the classic 1937 film, Shall We Dance? on the Big Dance Screen. Put on your sequinned shoes and dance along to the sassy tunes of George Gershwin in ballet and ballroom workshops inspired by English National Ballet's spectacular production of Strictly Gershwin.
13 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L454409872

Bromley Big Dance Fest - T1565288481

Big Dance Fest at Churchill Theatre Bromley is a showcase of dance from the best local groups. Headlining it is Bromley-based inclusive company Magpie Dance, who have been commissioned by Big Dance to make a new piece of work in creative collaboration with Re:Bourne, the educational arm of Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company.
13 Jul 12Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L305282208

New Adventures Curtain Raiser - T1010892654

A stunning performance inspired by Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words, created by Re:bourne. Sadler's Wells Associate Artist and internationally renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne celebrates 25 years of dance making with three seasons of dance at Sadler's Wells during 2012. Inspired by Bourne's thrilling dance drama Play Without Words, presented at Sadler's Wells from 12 July - 5 August, a cast of more than 70 dancers - encompassing all ages and levels of experience - present a curtain raiser performance in the Lilian Baylis Studio drawing on the themes and choreography from the show.
12 Jul 12 to 13 Jul 12The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
listing details L0615020991

I Love Dance: Hackney Dance Festival - T0978651693

Brought to you by: The Learning Trust, The Place, Hackney Council, East London Dance, Schools and colleges of Hackney. Featured Artists: Tony Adigun, Stephen Montague. A celebration of dance from schools, colleges and independent dance groups across Hackney. Children and young people from across Hackney take to the stage to showcase their inspiring high-energy dance performances. Spanning all genres and styles, this festival reveals the hidden talents in the borough and highlights the future of dance in East London.
11 Jul 12 to 12 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L0167611814

Hackney Showcase - T0728973201

Produced by The Learning Trust with assistance from The Place, schools and independent dance groups from across the borough will be featured in a special Hackney Showcase for Big Dance.
11 Jul 12 to 12 Jul 12The Place Theatre, Inner London :: V240
listing details L01044232986

Big Dance in the Baylis - T087010661

Sadler's Wells presents highlights of dance created for Big Dance by practitioners in North London. An opportunity to experience a snapshot of Big Dance performances designed and created in North London. This performance platform celebrates dance created and performed by youth groups, community groups and professional dancers.
10 Jul 12 to 11 Jul 12The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
listing details L0423049406

Cheer - T0818267981

`Give us a B! Give us an I! Give us a G! Give us a Big Dance Cheer! Cheerleaders from across the globe come together in a world record attempt to produce the World's Biggest Cheer at Twickenham Stoop. English National Ballet and choreographer Sue-Ann Harris team up with London Broncos Rugby League Foundation and KI Concerts to present a superb high-energy display with over 300 cheerleaders tumbling, cheering and dancing their way into the record books. Join in the fun, be part of the moment and chant the Big Dance Cheer. Go Big Dance!
11 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01210553158

Dancing Voices - T634023040

Come on a music and dance journey from the first London Olympics in 1948 to the present day.Director Natasha Gilmore. Musical Director Fi Cunningham (VoiceLab).
11 Jul 12Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L559102594

Design for Dance - T0537604509

Explore the links between dance and fashion at a design showcase for the English National Ballet. Continuing the legacy of Ballets Russes, Design for Dance explores the artistic partnership between dance, art and fashion design. British choreographer George Williamson, designer David Bamber and students from Marangoni Institute showcase their extraordinary designs for English National Ballet's new production of Firebird in London's Living Room. Join emerging talent and aficionados from the dance and fashion worlds as they expose artistic collaborative processes and debate fashion's influence in designing for dance. Hear their thoughts as they reflect on the Firebird project and discuss how designing for dance differs from designing for fashion.
10 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L985995050

Big Youth Dance Weekend at The Scoop More London - T0593987684

Sadler's Wells hosts two days of non-stop youth dance performances at The Scoop, More London. The London Youth Dance Weekend is a much-loved fixture on the annual youth dance calendar. With a carousel of open air performances animating The Scoop at More London, this must-see event features nearly 1000 young dancers from across London. From breakdance to ballet, contemporary to kathak, there is sure to be something to set your feet tapping!
7 Jul 12 to 8 Jul 12The Scoop, Outer London :: V0201781702
listing details L01591477785

Morris and Maypole - T837715785

Brought to you by: English National Ballet, Historic Royal Palaces. Featured artists: Hammersmith Morris Men, Simon Rice, Mike Ruff, Jeff Dent, Sofie Layton
7 Jul 12 to 8 Jul 12Kensington Palace, Inner London :: V1501464783
listing details L763819925

Picnic at the Horniman Museum - T01507046394

Morris dancing, maypole dancing, folk music and picnics at the Horniman Museum.
8 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L0126829511

Dancing Parallel - T267099120

A fantastic dance film by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Nic Sandiland, premiered alongside spectacular performances of Dance GB. Dancing Parallel celebrates the Cultural Olympiad, bringing 60 young dancers from three nations together in a cutting -edge film exploring their home cities through dance. Led by professional dance artists from English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and National Dance Company Wales, this unique film fuses classical ballet, contemporary dance and the thrilling agility and speed of parkour.
4 Jul 12 to 8 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L0223111157

The Big Top Tent: 5 days of dance all under one roof! - T0624445753

Five days of exhilarating dance activity in the Big Top Tent from leading UK dance companies. Roll up, roll up, it's the Big Dance Big Top Tent! Follow the flags to the tent on the river to be a part of the Big Dance action. English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance and The Royal Borough of Greenwich are producing five days of dance activity in the amazing surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Professional masterclasses, workshops, a schools' showcase, performances, tea dances, cabarets and much, much more - there's something for everyone.
4 Jul 12 to 8 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01665686626

Dance Holland Park - T1780748276

Brought to you by: English National Ballet, Opera Holland Park. Featured artists: Emerging choreographers from English National Ballet, Union Dance, Combination Dance, Akademi and the Romanian Cultural Institute. Five emerging choreographers present a mixed bill of exciting new work at Opera Holland Park.
7 Jul 12Opera Holland Park - Open Air Theatre, Inner London :: V203
listing details L2003026591

Picnic at Bellingham Festival - T1400327465

Enjoy your picnic on Bellingham Green while watching and joining in with a wide range of professional and community dance for all ages, including Street Dance, Line Dancing, Samba and much more. In addition to dance workshops and performances, you'll also find a host of traditional festival activities, including stalls, sporting activities, face-painting and live music.
30 Jun 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01486380344

Tomorrow's Men - T1614466900

Tomorrow's Men is a groundbreaking new company, established by Jeanefer Jean-Charles to work with the men of tomorrow and ask the question: how can we encourage and celebrate high achievement among our young men? More than 100 young men from across east London have been working with a team of professional male dance artists to explore this question, creating this ambitious outdoor production which is presented as part of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival's Dancing City. With its youthful intensity and political bite, this high energy, athletic performance is guaranteed to wake up the city
30 Jun 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01915389057

Sampled: A Sadler's Wells and Big Dance Presentation - T93360108

The English National Ballet, Paco Pena and the Global Dance Contest winner in a unique dance event. Sadler's Wells Sampled is back, making its first appearance at the Peacock Theatre in the West End for two days of incredible dance, music and workshops. Now in its sixth year, Sampled offers audiences the chance to enjoy everything from world-class hip hop and ballet to contemporary dance and flamenco in one evening
30 Jun 12Peacock Theatre, West End :: V222
listing details L283080055

Big Dance Picnic at Trinity Laban - T0428676651

A fun family event with dance and circus performers, face painting and interactive activities. Come along and enjoy this fun, free event at the iconic Laban building in Deptford. With dance and circus performers, face painting, creative play areas and interactive inclusive activities, there will be something for all the family. Join in with creative play, dance and circus workshops or sit back and relax while you watch performances by Trinity Laban students, local community groups and professional companies in the outdoor amphitheatre.
23 Jun 12Laban Theatre, Outer London :: V342
listing details L02051839580

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30 Jun 12Peacock Theatre, West End :: V222
listing details L01433004959

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