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Dance The Week Away!
Tuesday 11th May, 2010

Dance The Week Away!
Dance group L&L Superstars performing in the 2008 Dance Fusion Showcase

WIGAN and Leigh’s grooviest festival is back to put a spring in your step and a little rhythm in your soul!

Dance Fusion returns this Friday and the festival is promising to put a salsa in your stride especially for dads and their tots.

One of the new workshops on offer for the first time this year is Big Feet, Little Feet - a dads and tots dance class. The classes are the brainchild of Sarah Gough, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Dance Officer for the Your Choice Programme.

Sarah said: “It’s promising to be a really fun class. The sessions focus on having fun with movement and building co-ordination and basic developmental skills along the way. Both dads and their children will get the chance to boogie to the music and ignite imaginations with story, themes and props such as feathers and scarves.”

Dance Fusion will see more than 40 dance workshops running throughout the borough from Friday 15 May to Friday 21 May with everything from street, funk, pop and jazz to hip-hop, tap, ballet and Egyptian belly dancing on offer.

The festival concludes with the ever popular - Dance Fusion Showcase at Lowton Civic Hall on Saturday 22 May.

Louise Rowley, Community Arts Co-ordinator at Fred Longworth and joint co-ordinator of the festival, said: “This year's showcase will provide a vibrant and diverse mix of live dance performances!
“It’s fabulous opportunity to see the talent within the Wigan Borough.”

All the workshops are led by professional teachers who aim to make learning dance easy and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age or experience. The classes aim to cater for everyone from toddlers to grandparents with the focus firmly on getting fit and having fun!

There is also plenty on offer for dancers looking for a modern style with street dancing, hip hop and funk and for the older generation a 50+ creative dance class.

At Saturday’s showcase the crowds will be entertained in the afternoon with an Indian dance group plus an African group performing Caribbean street dance. In the evening ‘Stride’ - an all boys dance group - will perform a modern contemporary dance routine. Throughout the day, local dance groups will also take to the stage to showcase their own routines.

For more information visit www.wlct.org/festivalfever.

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