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Big Dance South East England 2010 in Brighton and Hove for South East Dance

South East Dance and regional partners commissioned the project management of Big Dance 2010 events in Brighton & Hove, including workshops, flashmobs and a large scale outdoor performance.

Who was involved

  • Dancers from Brighton and Hove Music and Study Support Service and Hip Hop collective T21 and approx 35 other community and school dance groups
  • Programme Manager: Cindy Cox, with Hannah Osmond and Laura Woods
  • Creative Practitioners: Charlie Morrissey, with Carrie Whittaker and Jason Keenan-Smith

Objectives

Increased participation in and visibility of dance across the city, underpinned with themes of excellence, participation and partnership.

Outcomes

A combination of activity took place in the lead up to and on the day of Big Dance South East England.

The lead artistic team, supported by apprentices, created a moving site specific performance, performed by approx 40 young people in Victoria Gardens.

A far-reaching and wide range of community workshops took place all over Brighton & Hove. Participating community groups ranged from workshops with children and young people aged from 8 to 16 years, as well as elders from local sheltered housing accommodation. In Brighton, the workshops attracted 179 people from a huge diversity of backgrounds, including groups from the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, Sussex Deaf Association, Age Concern and Brighton Asian Women’s Group.

There were further school-based and open workshops organised for participants to learn a mini ‘flashmob’ dance phrase which was performed guerrilla style in the city centre.

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It was clear that BDSEE2010 encouraged participation in dance, in a new, exciting and truly accessible way.

Big Dance SEE regional evaluation report by Jenny Williams and Monika Richards