NEWS: North West dancers to take over Liverpool One

A show-stopping season of dance comes to a head on 15 July when the Big Dance North West Link Up hits Liverpool ONE – bringing 1275 dancers with it! Streaming down the steps of Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park and spreading along the length of Thomas Steers Way, the performers will provide a spectacle of mass movement never seen before in the North West.

Since a dance world record attempt kicked off the fun on 18 May, Big Dance has had the nation on its feet, celebrating dance in unusual places for all ages and abilities. Now groups from Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester are coming together on Sunday 15 July at 2.30pm for the Big Dance North West Link Up, when dancers aged 6-86 will perform choreography representing the history and landmarks of their region. 

Big Dance is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance and is one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. Big Dance 2012 features work on television, in the streets, in theatres and schools and right into the heart of communities all over the country.

Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) has led on Big Dance in the North West, with regional partners Ludus Dance (Lancashire), DiGM (Manchester), Dance Cumbria and DARE Dance (Cumbria) recruiting people in their own areas for performances across the region, including the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations. The project culminates in the mass performance in Liverpool ONE, with the Olympics’ Mass Movement Coordinator Jeanefer Jean Charles chosen as choreographic consultant and Liverpool based artistic director Lisi Perry working with 25 North West artists to deliver the dance extravaganza.

Karen Gallagher MBE, Director of Merseyside Dance Initiative said: “Big Dance 2012 in the northwest is a chance to shine a light on our region and show the rest of the country and the world what wonderful dance activity goes on here. Along with our partner organisations we have brought dance into the heart of local communities, and bringing all the boroughs together in Liverpool ONE will unite the whole North West in dance.”

Liverpool ONE includes over 160 stores, bars and restaurants, a fantastic 14-screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a five-acre park so when the dancers have finished their performance they will then have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a day with friends and family. Built around the existing streets of Liverpool, the 1.65million sq ft contemporary open-air complex is a stylish must-visit for those who love to shop, eat, drink and relax.

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