Face the Music and Dance at the Crescent

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Face the Music and Dance at the Crescent


Byline: Grace Notes by Andrea Rea

Have you ever gone to a wedding in a bad mood, not enjoyed the meal and dreaded the band and/or disco after but ended up having a brilliant night one you got moving on the dance floor? If so, you'll understand the thinking behind the Crescent Arts Centre's City Dance 06 event this Saturday. There's definitely something very mood-enhancing about movement, probably to do with endorphins or adrenalin or something else I don't know anything about. And while the self-conscious shuffling and swaying that goes on too often at the average disco is hardly a thing of beauty, City Dance gives everyone a chance to actually learn specific types of dance, from Ballet to Bollywood, Breakdance, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Set dancing, Greek dance, Mexican Fold dance and even something called Baby Boogie.

Working on the premise that dance is good for the soul, great for the body and makes even the gloomiest person smile, a Grand Marquee is going up on Saturday in Lower Crescent Park just beside the Crescent Arts Centre on University Road, and City Dance 06 will begin at 1pm and run until 6pm. It's all free, and a chance to see and experience many different dance forms, some of which showcase classes held at the Crescent throughout the year.

You might not be aware of the number and variety of dance and movement classes available at the Centre. The most recent prospectus of classes and workshops has six pages to choose from, including yoga, pilates and Tai Chi. Dance forms from India, Egypt, Polynisia, Spain and Latin America are represented, along with more usual types of dance at various levels. There are classes relating to musical theatre, physical theatre and pop video style dance as well as traditional folk dance, tap and ballet. In short, something for everyone. I ask you, who isn't secretly interested in finding out whether there's a hidden Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers (delete as appropriate) inside them?

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