Blaize, who brought Dance Across The North (DAN) to Lancashire last year have released a short film of the project. DAN saw three shows from the renowned Balbir Singh Dance Company (Taming The Kung Fu Dragon, Venetian Ballroom and Painting The Indian Gods) visit the county in autumn 2016. Here is what Blaize had to say…
We have successfully danced right across the north of England! And we have a film to prove it!
We twirled through market towns and shopping malls with groups of eager flashmobs. We performed in intimate spaces such as living rooms and village halls.
We carried out workshops in schools and community organisations, working with dancers of all ages and abilities – including a group of retirees! And we left an impression wherever we went.
Audiences were spellbound with our magical performances of BMX dancing, duets and solos using both traditional and contemporary techniques.
They were charmed by Indian Dance guru Pratap Pawar, who has danced for both the Queen and JFK.
They were awestruck by the skills of Keelan Phillips, BMX Champion of the Flatlands. And they were bowled over by the vision and energy of Balbir Singh Dance Company (BSDC) staff who worked so hard to deliver a programme of dance so diverse it will remain in the minds of those who took part or watched for years to come.
In short, we engaged with sell-out audiences and people from all walks of life, sharing with them a joy and love of dance.
And we loved every minute of it.
We were greatly aided in our ambitious quest by teaming up with northern members of the NRTF, including Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, ArtERY Live, Live Lincs, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, Spot On Lancashire and Arts Out West (all members of the NRTF).
We hope you enjoy our film!