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by Lilly Edwards. Published Mon 20 Apr 2015 14:43, last updated: 20/04/15
A week of free activities has been announced ahead of International Dance Day.
Wednesday 29 April will see celebrations for International Dance Day take place across the world. Merseyside’s MDI will this year be celebrating the day with a week of free workshops and performances from around the world as they celebrate their 21st anniversary year.
Supported by Liverpool Central BID team and Heritage Lottery Funding, the week of celebration will kick off with two hours of dance performances taking place on Saturday 25th April between 12pm – 2pm on Church Street showcasing a variety of local artists as well as community groups. These performances will form part of the St George’s Day celebrations taking place in the city centre.
Continuing the week MDI is delighted to announce that Boy Blue Entertainment will delivering two free workshops, a professional level class on Friday 1st May from 10am – 12pm at the Bluecoat Arts Centre and an open/community class on Saturday 2nd May from 2pm – 4pm at their studio at 24 Hope Street. Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning hip-hop dance company founded in London by choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. As joint Artistic Directors, they work together on the creation and development of all of Boy Blue Entertainment’s productions and projects.
On Wednesday 29th April, International Dance Day itself, MDI will be offering a day of free classes in their studio with their 50 moves class from 11am – 12.30pm and a special English Folk Dance and North African dance taster class from 1.30pm – 3pm.
Throughout the week there will also be the opportunity to visit the Black Dance Archive Exhibition which will be at the Bluecoat Arts Centre from 27th April – 10th May. The touring exhibition, delivered in partnership with State of Emergency, celebrates the contribution of British Black dance to dance development and cultural life. From 11th – 27th May the exhibition will move to Toxteth Library.
International Dance Day has been celebrated on the 29 April every year since it was launched by UNESCO in 1982 with a different figure from the dance world delivering a message each year. This year’s message has been delivered by Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council CID.
For more info please visit http://www.mdi.org.uk/