KEEPING DANCE ALIVE
Keeping Dance Alive is a mass choreography programme to continue the legacy of the London 2012 opening ceremonies at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We’ve been to DANCE RIO in the lead up to the Rio Olympics in 2016, and last year we marked the announced year of culture with our 'Bard to Bollywood' This year aims to be the biggest performance year yet, with up to 750 dancers taking part. This years programme is called ‘ The Great War Centenary’ to commemorate the 100 years of the end of World War 1.
Over the past year we have encouraged education and community groups of all ages and abilities from across Essex and Barking & Dagenham to participate in what will be a memorable year of events to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1.
So far this year, groups in Essex have performed at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford as part of our SpringBlast platforms, the Essex CloudFM County Cricket ground and the Sounds of Essex Festival (Hosted by Essex Music Education Hub) while groups from Barking & Dagenham have performed at the Jim Peters Stadium and The Broadway Theatre as part of the annual schools platforms 'Fusion'.
Our signups to perform with us for 2018 has closed however, you can still join us as an audience member or buy our resources and create your own Great War Centenary performances.
See below upcoming performances if you are able to join us to honour this time in history
Monday 5 November 2018 at St Michaels Primary School, Braintree 09.00 - 15.00
We have been working with 10 schools across Braintree to deliver a special memorial festival. 3 Schools and one teacher/adult group have specially curated bespoke performance pieces based on the theme of World War 1. The additional 10 schools have been learning the set choreography of our Great War Centenary programme. They will come together on mass on the 5 November to perform in two sittings in over 400 dancers in each mass performance all dancing together at the same time.
Wednesday 7 November at Barking Town Square 10.45 - 11.30am
We will be sharing our Great War Centenary dance through 15 schools across Barking and Dagenham in a very special 'FLASHMOB' performance in the town square
Come and join us in the commemorations - just turn up!
Saturday 10 November at Epping Forest District Museum 12.00 - 16.00pm
We will be sharing our Great War Centenary choreography and 2 specially created performances based on the theme of World War 1. These will be presented by 'Forever Young' our older adults performance group and a selection of 'Dance Station' our Youth Dance Company in a very special performance at Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey. We have been invited to take part in this event by Epping Forest District Museum as part of their centenary events and the Walter Spradbury collections and we encourage you to join us for the day. No booking required just turn up on the day.
Sunday 11 November - OUR GREAT WAR FINALE at Colchester Castle 12.00 - 16.00pm
Join us for our finale of the Great War Centenary on armistice day itself. Don't miss out on being part of, or seeing our remembrance choreography before it becomes our mark in history! We have many school and community groups performing but we would love even more. If you are able to join us get your pack and dance the day away with us in 4 sharings of the performance inside and outside the grounds of the Castle. If you would also like to come into the Castle and view all the history it has to offer, we also have a special ticket price available for just £3.00 per person. Please say 'Charleston' at the box office for this discounted rate. We would love to see you!
This year’s choreography has been co-created by Leon Hazlewood and Bobbie Gargrave and a team of dance captains from Jo Richardson Community School. We have also worked with Essex Music Education Hub's Peter Lovell and University Centre Colchester's Phil Toms to create a memorable soundtrack for our performance.
We would like to thank Active Essex, Essex County Council, Essex Music Education Hub and London Borough of Barking & Dagenham for their ongoing financial support to keep dance alive! We would also like to thank all our additional partners ROH Bridge, Professional Learning Network in Braintree, Arts Council England, St Michaels School in Braintree, Colchester Castle, Epping Forest District Council and the Broadway Theatre for their support during the autumn.
Buy our resource pack for just £75.00! Includes a 55 page creative and choreography pack, a DVD tutorial of the set choreography and a music CD for the set choreography.
You can add on a bespoke workshop starting at just £75.00 per hour.
Special Centenary T-Shirts @ £8 per shirt.
Coming up in 2019 is our new mass choreography programme 'World Cup Fever!'
To make any purchases from the above or for more information on the programmes and next years project please contact the team by emailing
We look forward to seeing you dancing with us or beside us!
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