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Brilliant Big Dance brings in thousands




Thousands of extra people came to Watford town centre last Sunday because of free extravaganza the Big Dance.

A double-decker red Routemaster bus took up a position by the pond on a gloriously sunny afternoon – workshops taught people everything from wheelchair dancing to how to Charleston. Footfall was boosted to 23,000, compared to 14,000 for the previous two Sunday afternoons.

The Dance was part of a series of community events supported by Watford Council – this Spring saw Big Word Fest – later this summer watch out for Big Screen on the Beach (more details below).

Watford dance groups taking part ranged from Year 5 of Central Primary School (see @WatfordCouncil for film of their rehearsal) to New Connections, the over-50s dance group of Watford Museum. Dancers with special physical and learning needs from the town’s ActOne ArtsBase represented the 16 to 25 age group. There were also performances by West Herts College, InPulse youth dance group and Terpsichore Dance Company.

The Big Dance Bus’ multi-faceted professional dancers played out a 15-minute routine called Decades of Dance, while the Sardines Collective staged a duet between a wheelchair-bound and able-bodied performer.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We love having events like this in our town centre that really bring the whole community together in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. I can’t wait for Big Screen on the Beach – it’s going to be brilliant!”

Big Screen on the Beach will feature an outdoor cinema in front of an urban sandscape. It will run from 31 July to August Bank Holiday Monday.

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