Dancing Voices brought older dancers from across London together to take part in a high-quality performance in Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.
The project was overseen by East London Dance, with English National Ballet recruiting some participants from West London.
The performance – directed by Natasha Gilmore, with music direction from Fi Cunningham (VoiceLab) – took the audience on a journey from 1948 (when London hosted the Olympic Games) to the present day, and brought to life many influential music tracks from each of the decades in between, which were sung by a live choir. The event was complemented by a social dance, which encouraged those who had been inspired by the performance to have a go at dancing themselves. The hard work of the numerous participants paid off, and the project proved to be a very uplifting experience for dancers and audience members alike.
"It was a great experience and I am very grateful for English National Ballet for giving me this opportunity." – Participant