From Sat 7-Sun 15, Wales will be moving to a new beat as Wales’ Big Dance Week takes centre stage in Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and beyond.
In celebration of the forthcoming Olympics, the Big Dance Week aims to celebrate the creative arts. The week aims to inspire others to try something new and different and celebrate a variety of dance genres and styles. Over eight packed days, audiences will have the chance of getting involved in many of the choreographed dance piece and events. Shows will range from the amateur to the professional, with various free events and workshops on offer for the public to enjoy.
The Big Street Dance Day takes place on Sat 14, with major events taking place in various locations. In Cardiff, The Readers, from French company David Rolland Chorégraphies, will be coming to Wales for the first time as they perform outside the Wales Millennium Centre at 2pm and outside Cardiff City Hall at 4pm. The Readers also visits Merthyr Tydfil on Fri 13. This mass participant performance isn’t one to miss, as to put this production in place, each audience member is encouraged to get involved, with each participant being given a booklet filled with instructions on simple movements to glue the performance together. The Readers also visits Merthyr Tydfil on Fri 13.
In Cardiff, at the Wales Millennium Centre, Blysh Festival will have their own involvement in the annual festival of carnival and cabaret with Kitsch Kats (Sat 14 July, 3:30pm-7pm and Sun 15 July, 1:30pm at Glanfa Stage, free admission). Swansea also has various dance performances and workshops available to the public, and at 10am there will be zumba with Lesley Anne. Why not try some Salsa with Salsa today at 11am, and if that’s not what you’re interested in, there will be strictly ballroom dancing with Let’s Dance Wales at 12 o’clock noon.
A silent disco and a flash mob are among activities taking part on King Square as Barry hosts the Vale of Glamorgan’s Big Street Dance Day on 14 July. Students from Motion Control Dance Programme will be showcasing their classwork, with performances from other local dance groups too. Free dance taster sessions will take place between 10am and 3pm, in contemporary, locking, popping, breakin, house, hip hop, belly dancing and line dancing. Timings to be confirmed.
To find out more about what’s going on in Wales throughout the forthcoming week, click here.