Celebration unites dancers from across the city
Hundreds of dancers from across the city are warming up in preparation for Brighton and Hove Dance Active 2014. The event, delivered by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Active For Life project, will take place on Sunday 7 December at Hove Town Hall from 5.30 to 8pm.
Dance Active gives local community dance groups the chance to demonstrate their skills to family and friends. About 240 dancers are set to take to the stage, participating in 12 different acts.
This year’s event will see the addition of young adults with learning difficulties from Spiral Sussex performing in a group called Flashback Dance Crew and a West African inspired dance - fitness group called Azontobeats.
The event will also feature two film presentations. One of the films is a project funded by the Streetgames charity capturing the progress of young men aged 12 to 15 years old taking part in a three day Parkour dance course.
The evening will be compered by popular local dance instructor JP Omari. JP’s award winning dance group Stereoshok is also performing.
Cllr Sue Shanks has attended Dance Active before and is looking forward to this year’s dance spectacular. Cllr Shanks said: “This is the third time the city’s dancers have come together to celebrate their achievements on stage in this way. Dance is not only great fun, it is good exercise too. Dance Active is an excellent evening which highlights the talent and dedication of all involved with dance in Brighton & Hove. I am always impressed by the quality and variety of acts on the event programme.”
Dance is experiencing a surge in popularity and Active for Life has a history of delivering quality dance sessions and adapting to emerging trends. The recent growth in dance participation nationally, and consequently locally, has seen the Dance AFL programme expand in the last 18 months and Dance Active is a key feature of this.
Tickets for the event cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and children. All participants are allocated two tickets each which can be purchased by family or friends. A limited number of additional tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and can be purchased by contacted Brighton & Hove City Council’s Sports Development team on 01273 292724.
All participating groups will be invited to perform on the dance stage at the launch event of Brighton & Hove’s annual TAKEPART Festival of Sport in 2015. This gives dancers the opportunity to perform at two major city-wide events within six months.
A group of Active for Life Dance Leaders will be volunteering at the event and will be presented with Young Leaders awards by the Mayor of the city.