London Schools Dance Their Way to the Southbank Centre
Young dancers from secondary schools all over London will be strutting their stuff in a bid to have the opportunity to perform at London’s Southbank Centre. Croydon will be the first borough of nine to host this year’s Step into Dance Borough Event, marking the launch of the 2012 Step into Dance programme. Brent, Wandsworth, Newham, Southwark, Bexley, Greenwich, Camden and Haringey will all take part, with one school from each borough securing a spot at the South Bank’s Step Live! performance in July.
The event is organised by Step into Dance, a community youth programme which aims to encourage greater participation in all forms of dance. Step into Dance is a partnership programme between the Royal Academy of Dance and The Jack Petchey Foundation.
Sue Goodman, Step into Dance Artistic Director commented: “For many of our dancers, this will be the first time they have performed in public, so understandably they are excited about showcasing their skills to a community audience as well as the chance to take their performance to Southbank Centre in July”.
Many of the pupils who show a particular flair and talent for dance have gone on to join the Step into Dance Youth Company, touring London’s most highly renowned performance venues. Step into Dance also makes options for further training visible to the Youth Company and any student that shows interest should any of them wish to take up a career in the arts.