London Borough of Barnet

Centre visitors encouraged to jump aboard the Barnet Dance Bus

Published Wednesday 27 June 2012

Shoppers at Brent Cross will be treated to an afternoon of theatre and dance next week as The Big Dance Bus rolls into town.

The performances, which form part of Big Dance 2012 - the world's biggest and most influential dance initiative, will see groups from across the borough come together to entertain centre visitors on Sunday 1 July (1-5pm) with an array of routines, plays and workshops.

Taking place in and around a decommissioned London route-master bus, Big Dance events are being held in unique locations across the country including bridges, beaches and shopping centres, celebrating the UK’s cultural diversity in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Groups taking part in Barnet will include the Israeli Dance Institute, Stonegrove Youth Club, Finchley Youth Theatre's inclusive dance group, Barnet Refugee Service, and artsdepot. The quirky double-decker dance bus is the ultimate ‘pop-up ballroom’ complete with dance floor, sound systems, compere and DJ. Supported by the Mayor of London in the capital, more than two million people have already taken part nationally in the initiative since it began in 2006.

Made possible with funding from Barnet Council’s Positive Activities Fund, groups will also be offering free workshops encouraging shopping centre visitors to take part in and enjoy the benefits of dance.
Workshops on offer to all ages and experience will include Israeli dance, cheerleading and street dance as well as the opportunity to learn choreography for the Olympic inspired Trafalgar Square dance taking place on 14 July.

The Brent Cross event has been organised with FLY, a group of young people from Community Focus who are volunteering in a project to promote and deliver arts and culture events in Barnet, developing skills in event management, programming and marketing. 

Big Dance is also being celebrated by the East Barnet Community Festival who are hosting the group of young dancers on Sunday 8 July at Oak Hill Park, East Barnet. Hosted by the Worshipful The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama the event starts at 2.30pm.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families said:

“Bringing together both professional artists and emerging local talent will create an exciting and diverse afternoon of entertainment. With just weeks to go until London hosts the greatest sporting event on earth, its encouraging to see so many local dance and theatre groups coming together to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, all with their own unique artistic slant.”

To find out more about Big Dance events in London visit http://www.bigdance2012.com/

For more about positive activities for young people visit http://www.futureversity.org/ or http://www.barnetbase.net/

Contact Press Officer: Mike Langton