BIG DANCE AND UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON DANCE FOR THE QUEEN

huge crowd of dancers outside Buckingham Palace

Photograph : Matt Sills

BIG DANCE AND UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON DANCE FOR THE QUEEN

•BIG DANCE CELEBRATES ROYAL PATRONAGE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE UK

With one year to go to its 2012 programme, Big Dance was delighted to mark the occasion by celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s patronage of the Performing Arts for young people in the United Kingdom with ‘The Big Dance Royal Flash Mob’ outside the gates of Buckingham Palace this morning, Monday 9 May 2011.
 
Big Dance is the world’s biggest celebration of dance and dancing and will take place across the UK between 7-15 July 2012. It is part of London Festival 2012, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.  
 
The Big Dance Royal Flash Mob choreography was devised by Anna Buonomo with a sound mix provided by Michael Floyd of M.O. Creatives Ltd as part of a 12-week Big Dance module for 2nd year Dance: Urban Practice students at University of East London. Using the theme of Romeo and Juliet as their inspiration, the students explored romance through urban dance techniques starting from the steps of The Queen Victoria Memorial.

crowd of dancers outside Buckingham Palace

Photograph : Matt Sills

 
One of the objectives of the Big Dance module was for the students to research and develop the production of a large scale site-specific piece of choreography suitable for a high impact Flash Mob. Over 100 dancers took part with additional dancers joining the performance from dance groups and training schools across London including: Creative Academy,  Middlesex University, London Contemporary Dance School, Havering Schools, The Turbelles and Ultimate Dance NRG.  

Big Dance is London’s Legacy Trust UK programme delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, Foundation for Community Dance and the Big Dance Hub Network, who are:  East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance.

English National Ballet is the Big Dance Hub for West London and has a long history of royal patronage. The company will be performing extracts from Romeo and Juliet in The Ballroom at Buckingham Palace; which was opened in 1856 with a ball to celebrate the end of the Crimean War, given by Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort at an evening reception. 

crowd of dancers outside Buckingham Palace

Photograph : Louise Haywood Schiefer

 
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘In another amazing Big Dance first this was an exciting way to celebrate the Royal Family’s support for the Performing Arts. It also brings to the fore the talented youngsters coming out of our colleges who will help ensure London remains at the vanguard of dance and creativity.’

On 20 May this year young people from across the world are invited to sign-up for the Big Dance Schools Pledge – a partnership with the British Council’s Schools Programme – in preparation for a World Record attempt in 2012.

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