I love to dance. I have always loved dancing, since childhood. I was one of those girls who created dance routines with my friends and did performances at school, then later joined a dance group, hoping to go on to be a dancer for famous artists. Being a back-up dancer would be my ideal job I think. Unfortunately as much as I enjoyed dancing I wasn’t quite up to par with the professionals, but I am happy I was able to perform in some decent shows though.
So when I heard about the Redbridge Dance Festival 2011 I figured that the borough has cottoned on to the secret dreams of others like me. It is a varied mix of projects and showcases that everyone is invited to participate in or just spectate. There will be intimate dance workshops as well as mass dance collaborations. The festival is on now and runs until 24 August 2011 in various venues around Redbridge. In that time they will also be featuring first-class talent from all over the UK, and the best part is that it caters to the whole community – young and old alike.
Some of the featured shows include performances by acts who have been showcased on Live Vibe, which is a platform for up-and-coming talent at the Sadlers Wells and was instrumental in the careers of Flawless, the dance troupe we all remember and loved on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. For those who are salsa lovers, you will be able to catch the I Love Salsa dance squad, who are International Dance Federation World Dance Champions.
If physical activity is not your thing, the festival will also be showcasing dance photography. Photographer Irven Lewis will be exhibiting ‘Stealing Moment’ in the foyer of Central Library from 1st – 17th July.
This festival is perfect for the family, especially as the school summer holidays are coming up, so go on down!
For more information and a timetable of events visit www.redbridge.gov.uk/dance
Wandsworth borough take note!