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 Post subject: Wayne Sleep gets Wandsworth Dancing
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:41 pm 
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For Immediate Release

16 July 2006
Press Release

Wayne Sleep gets Wandsworth Dancing
Royal Academy of Dance hosts day of dance as a part of the capital's
Big Dance

Celebrity Wayne Sleep held a fun packed and inspirational open workshop
for hundreds of people on Sunday 16 July 2006 at the Royal Academy of
Dance. Adults, young people and families; beginners and professionals
alike, all took to the dance floor together for the opportunity to dance
with the popular choreographer and dancer.

The Wayne Sleep Special was just one of a whole range of FREE taster
classes and workshops held throughout the day, run by professional dance
teachers, aimed at anyone willing to ‘give dance a go’ regardless of
their age or ability. Dance classes took place both inside and out - as
well as having the opportunity to dance in the RAD’s purpose built
studios, a marquee in the RAD’s courtyard housed a fully sprung dance
floor (sponsored by Harlequin). Families learnt how to move together in
the popular ‘parent and child’ workshop whilst a group of young men
were given the rare chance to work with professional male dancers in the
‘boys only creative’ session. Adult beginners braved Ballet,
Bollywood and Spanish while the more experienced had the opportunity to
hone their skills. The day ended with a good old fashioned Tea Dance
with Wandsworth’s very own DJ Mr Wonderful.

The day was supported by other celebrities who made guest appearances
including Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur, guest Principal Artists with
English National Ballet, Steven Wilks, former Royal Ballet Principal and
actor Ben Price, BBC Casuality. Face-Painting, Reading Dance (chance to
learn the basics of Benesh Movemnet Notation) raffles with fabulous
prizes and professional Street Dance performances by G-Force Productions
were interspersed throughout the day.

Big Dance is a week-long celebration of dance that kicked off on
Saturday 15 July and runs until Sunday 23 July. Over 100 events are
taking place throughout the capital, featuring dance of every type and
from every culture. Big Dance will culminate over the weekend of 22-23
July, with a spectacular weekend of dance in Trafalgar Square, including
world record attempts. BBC One will also broadcast a special programme,
Dancing in the Street, on the Saturday night.

-ENDS-

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
For further information, to arrange an interview or to obtain images
please contact the RAD Press Office: Sarah Ball / Melanie Adams
tel: +44 (0)20 7326 8044 / 8003 fax: +44 (0)20 7924 2311 Email
pressoffice@rad.org.uk
For press information about Big Dance as a whole contact the Mayor's
Press Office at the Greater London Authority - Ben McKnight on 020 7983
4071 / Rebecca Wynn on 020 7983 4066 (numbers not for publication).

NOTES TO EDITORS:
Royal Academy of Dance is a global organisation with over 14,000
members in 82 countries. Our mission is to promote the knowledge,
practice and understanding of dance internationally. We seek to
accomplish this through promoting dance, educating and training students
and providing examinations to set standards and reward achievement. We
are a Registered Charity in England No. 312826

Taster Classes included:
Beginner Ballet (Age 5-8 & 8-16)
Jazz (Age 5-8 & 8-16)
Spanish/Salsa (Adult)
Parent and Child (Age 2½- 5)
Boys Only Creative (Age 8-16)
Street Dance (Age 8 - 12 & 13 - 18)
Bollywood ( Age +16)
Musical Theatre (Age 5- 8)
Contemporary (Age 8-16)
Adult Ballet (Adult - no experience required)
Performance Workshop (Age 8-16)
Musical Theatre Workshop (Age 8-16)
Tea-Dance (Adult) with Wandsworth’s favorite Mr Wonderful

Dance floor in the Marquee supplied courtesy of Harlequin.

Staff from the RAD’s Faculty of Education will also be running a free
dance workshop for all on Saturday 15th July as part of The Scoop, an
event run by Youth Dance England. The event forms part of a day of free
workshops and performances on the riverside next to the London City
Hall. For more information see www.londondance.com

Other organisations involved in Big Dance include the Department for
Media Culture and Sport; Department of Health, British Heart Foundation,
Transport for London; Visit London; Sport England; Ballymore; Holmes
Place; the Healthy School's Network, London Youth Dance, Society of
London Theatres; plus the website www.londondance.com.

One of the aims of Big Dance is to encourage an ongoing interest long
after the week is over, as an art form, as a social activity and as a
physical activity. It is hoped that Big Dance will become a biennial
celebration of dance and related activities that will lead up to the
Olympic Games in 2012. Schools are being encouraged to sign up to Big
Dance School's Pledge and commit to organising at least an hour of dance
for students (www.london.gov.uk/bigdance/pledge.jsp)



Sarah Ball
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Royal Academy of Dance

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