1 December 2015

City's biggest community dance show with 300 performers and range of styles from flamenco to street dance

Brighton & Hove Dance Active is back. The city’s annual community dance platform, now in its fourth year, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The show, run by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Active for Life project, will see 300 performers from the city’s best community groups take to the stage on Sunday 6 December at the Brighton Centre (Syndicate Wing).

This year the event will also offer dance workshops suitable for all levels. From 12 noon to 4pm you will be able to take part in variety of activities including a contemporary dance class with Ceyda Tanc, the up and coming choreographer who recently supported Richard Alston at the Dome. There will also be a Latin dance mix workshop, clubbercise and a session for dance and fitness teachers on how to make classes more inclusive.

As always the event promises a night of celebratory dance action during the Dance Active Showcase from 5.30pm-8.00pm. You will witness an impressive array of dance styles from flamenco to hip hop, contemporary to belly dancing by performers of all ages and abilities.

Cllr Alan Robins, lead member for culture and sport, said: “We are so excited about Dance Active this year. It’s in its fourth year and goes from strength to strength and will welcome 300 performers from across city neighbourhoods to the stage.

“The event is expanding this year to offer have-a-go workshops which people of Brighton and Hove, with or without dance experience can come along and enjoy; all at very low cost.  There is also a marketplace during the day so that those just wishing to find out about dance fitness opportunities and healthy living can pop in.

“Dance is ever-increasing in popularity and is an amazing way to stay healthy in mind, body and soul. People of all ages are advised to try to be active regularly - on most days of the week – and joining a dance fitness session is a perfect way to achieve this and is great fun!

“Our Active for Life team has worked with lots of groups and partners to pull this all together and we are really looking forward to inspiring the city to ‘keep on dancing’!”

The show is to be compèred by the legendary JP Omari of Streetfunk; a previous Brighton and Hove Coach of the Year (2013) whose dance crews have won world titles.

Dance Active 2015 is being delivered by the Active for Life team, a council Sport and Physical Activity initiative, and supported by Exercise, Move and Dance in the South. It is a celebratory event for our Active for Life 10th Anniversary.