Dance event to get city centre moving
Salsa, Zumba and Hip Hop will be among the fun activities when a major dance event gets the city centre moving this weekend.
Big Dance 2012
Big Dance 2012, an event organised by Swansea Council's city centre management team and local organisation Let's Dance, is being held on Oxford Street from 10am until 4pm on Saturday July 14.
It will feature a selection of demonstrations and free dance sessions for people of all ages and abilities.
The Lindy Hop, Latin American, Ballroom and Jive will be among the other dances featured. Dance fitness sessions and belly-dancing will be among the other activities.
All demonstrations will take place on a stage outside BHS. Come-and-try activities are being held on the ground and a marquee area will be set up as a wet weather contingency.
The event is part of Big Dance 2012 – a major celebration of dance taking place throughout the UK that forms part of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements.
The importance of regular city centre events and entertainment is highlighted by Swansea Council in its City Centre Action Plan – a scheme with a number of initiatives aimed at boosting city centre traders during tough economic times.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "The profile of dance has never been higher thanks to the popularity of TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing.
"This event follows on from the success of the Classic Car Show in the city centre a few weekends ago and will again help attract thousands of visitors to the city centre.
"Events of this nature are important because they improve the visitor experience in the city centre, support city centre traders and encourage people to return in future."
Other events to have taken place in the city centre in recent months include the arrival of the Olympic Flame at the end of May, a series of activities to mark The Queen's Jubilee, the Swansea Plinth Arts event and, most recently, the celebration of Love Your Local Market fortnight. Aussie TV legend Rolf Harris wowed the crowds last week when he visited Swansea Market to sketch a portrait of a long-serving market trader.
Have a look at http://www.swanseacitycentre.com for more information about Big Dance or call 01792 476370 or 07816 649949.
Or check out our Big Dance 2012 event listing.