Big Dance 2014

BIG DANCE IS BACK

The programme will kick off with the Big Dance Pledge by Scottish Ballet on 16 May 2014 in celebration of the Commonwealth Games. The dates for the festival week are 5 - 13 July 2014.

As the West London Hub for Big Dance 2014, English National Ballet is thrilled to be flying the flag for all things dance in this area. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the festival, with dance related performances, workshops, exhibitions, debates, photography and films taking place across all of the UK. 

BIG DANCE PLEDGE

Whoever you are, the Big Dance Pledge is your opportunity to learn, create and perform dance along with the rest of the world. Created by Scottish Ballet, the choreography is fun and easy to learn through Big Dance's step-by-step online films . Alternatively, why not use the films as a starting point and create your own version ?

Performance
Friday 16 May is performance day and English National Ballet's Big Dance Pledge group will be at Westfield London in Shepherd's Bush. Join us at 7pm in the atrium to see this exclusive performance of the Big Dance Pledge performed by community dance groups from across West London alongside our own ENBYouthCo.

Would you like to use your Big Dance pledge experience to raise money in aid of UNICEF UK and the Foundation for Community Dance? It’s simple and we have the resources to help you if your fundraising efforts. Find out more  and to register for your FREE fundraisers pack.

BIG DANCE TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Join thousands of dancers in central London and thousands more across the world via satellite link in a dance performance on a truly epic scale. You can get involved as an individual or as a group. To register your interest in taking part, and to receive more information about the event, please email learning@ballet.org.uk with ‘Big Dance Trafalgar Square’ in the subject line. Choreography will be available to learn online from April, and the performance date is Saturday 12 July 2014.

BIG DANCE BUS

All aboard! The Big Dance Bus is gearing up for another all-singing, all-dancing trip around the UK! The Big Dance Bus pops up in the most unexpected places and provides a platform for the widest imaginable range of dance performances. If you’ve never seen the Big Dance Bus, you can catch a glimpse of what it’s all about here: http://vimeo.com/54542514 Locations for the tour are currently being planned, and we are inviting local authorities, businesses and landowners to get in touch if they would like the Big Dance Bus to stop in their area.

BIG DANCE YOUTH PLATFORMS

A chance for local youth dance groups and companies to perform at high-quality events across the capital. This initiative is supported by EMDP (Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership) and aims to offer children and young people performance platforms and free dance workshops. If your group would like to be involved, please email learning@ballet.org.uk with ‘Big Dance Youth Platforms’ in the subject line.

BIG DANCE SHORTS – THE UK-BRAZIL DANCE CONNECTION ON FILM

Big Dance, British Council and Channel 4 in association with BAFTA are delighted to announce the five projects chosen for the second series of Big Dance Shorts, this time focusing on the creative relationship between Brazil and the UK.

The winning films will be broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 during Big Dance Week 2014 as part of the Random Acts strand, and in Brazil during the summer, before going on to numerous screenings as part of Big Dance’s nationwide programme of events.

One of the films, Neither Here or There, features dancers from English National Ballet exploring questions of belonging and displacement between the UK and Brazil. First Artist Tamarin Stott created choreography for the film, working primarily with Lead Principal Fernanda Oliveira and Junior Soloist Junor Souza.

STAY IN TOUCH

You can find out more about this and the other films on the Big Dance website

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