All posts tagged: dance

Swing Dance Classes at Aquarius Golf Club, SE22

Warm up for winter with this fun 5-week introduction to the vibrant jazz dances of the 1920s-1940s. Learn how to dance the Big Apple, Charleston & Lindy Hop dance styles and be part of a fun, friendly and growing SE London Swing Dance scene. Build skills and confidence to dance in a group, on your own or with a partner to a range of jazz band music. During the course you will learn a brief history of the dance styles, basic footwork and steps, posture and co-ordination, and simple (but impressive!) routines. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. The course will be taught by local resident Wendy Steatham. Wendy is a professional dance artist whose career has included roles as a performer, choreographer, teacher and movement director. In 2011-2012 Wendy worked as Mass Movement Choreographer on all four Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. She co-led the audition and rehearsal process, training the cast for the Ceremonies and directing the large-scale cast rehearsals, including the NHS ‘Swing Out Sister’ sequence in Danny …

Love2Dance Launches in Honor Oak

Love2Dance is expanding to bring free, fun, fantastic street dance classes to Honor Oak! Taster sessions will run at Honor Oak Community Centre on Wednesday 27 July and Tuesday 16 August before regular weekly sessions begin on Monday 12 September. (Full listings, times and details below). Love2Dance is a free street dance programme for 8 to 18 year olds. It gives young people the chance to learn street dance, attend inspiring shows and events and take part in live performances throughout the year. The progamme was launched by Lewisham Homes residents and is supported as part of the Albany and Lewisham Homes’ innovative and unique partnership. They work together to create long-lasting and growing opportunities for Lewisham families. Thanks to the partnership, the number of young people taking part in Love2Dance has increased more than fourfold in the last 12 months. Over the year 246 young people attended 63 sessions in three regular classes over two sites, totalling 1,472 participations. The Honor Oak classes will further grow the programme and allow more young people to …

Help get GDND Crew to World Hip Hop Dance Finals in Las Vegas!

GDND Crew is a group of talented young dancers aged 10-12 years old from South East, London. They are passionately committed to various forms of street dance. Their competition dance teams are among the top ranked teams in the UK. On 27th – 28th February 2016 at Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, GDND competed in the Junior Crew category at the British Hip Hop Dance Championships. They achieved 3rd place and qualified to represent Great Britain in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship finals, which will be held in Las Vegas this August 2016. It’s the world’s most celebrated dance event, where crews and megacrews from over 50 nations will compete to capture the world title. GDND have to fund over 6 kids to Las Vegas including flights, hotel, entrance, uniform, rehearsals and will cost over £9,000. GDND is seeking support from their community and local businesses and would appreciate any type of donation, including gifts, services, products and/or monetary contributions. They will be trying to fundraise and get sponsorship for as much as they can …

East Dulwich WI take part in hit Sky 1 TV Show, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew

Finally, the cat’s out of the bag!  It has been absolute torture for us to keep this a secret for so long, but we can FINALLY reveal that last summer, East Dulwich WI members Tina Hampson, Fiona Nott, Pam Martin, Anna Gryce, Sarah Pylas and SE Magazine’s very own Angela Burgess, took part in the hit SKY 1 TV show, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew. If you are not familiar with the show, each episode follows a group of non-dancers as they secretly attempt to learn a street dance routine choreographed by 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashley Banjo and his street dance troupe Diversity. After 3-weeks of intense rehearsals with Ashley and WIversity group mentors, Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely, the ladies then performed their routine to an unsuspecting group of friends, family and fellow WI members at a charity cake bake competition. There were highs and lows, ups and downs (literally) and a whole load of belly laughs. We don’t want to give too much away, but you can see how the ladies got on by tuning …

Four Teachers and 50 Students Dance Through the Night in 26-Hour Charity ‘Dance-A-Thon’

At 6.00pm on Friday 27th June, 25 Year 9 girls had been dancing more-or-less continually for seven hours and were amazingly still going strong.  They only had another two hours to go before their places would be taken by a contingent of Year 10 students, who would be dancing through the night to 1.00pm on Saturday 28th. Each of them were sponsored for this feat on their feet, with the money they raised destined for the charity Scope. Sydenham School’s Performing Arts Curriculum Leader Claire Michael originally dreamt up the idea as a solo-challenge: a means of fulfilling her pledge of raising £1,800 for Scope in this year’s London Marathon – a total she did not manage to hit.  “I wanted to make another £1100,” she explained, “and to my joy my three fellow dance colleagues and lots of our students said they wanted to join in – the 26 hour-length of the Dance-A-Thon meant to reflect the marathon distance I ran in April.” Each of the girls taking part promised to get at least £10 sponsorship but several managed quite …