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Bakewell’s 20th International Day of Dance


We are so excited to be holding our 20th Day of Dance which will be held on Saturday 29 June, filling our picturesque town again with the music and dance from around the world. Well Heeled Appalachian Dancers continue to host this event which draws so many people into the town and gives Bakewell a real buzz

The Day heralds the start of Bakewell Carnival Week, along with the Farmers Market and with local well dressings on show, it is a day out not to miss. So join the several thousand people who travel from around the country to enjoy the dancing, colourful costumes and lively atmosphere.

This year over 30 groups will be displaying dance styles from around the world at six outdoor venues from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Come and watch the displays, then join in and have a go!

This year you can see the lively upbeat dances from Hollywood shows; the more traditional style from the Appalachian Mountains as well as the very colourful Indian Beats who perform Classical and Indian Folk dances. Jose Oliva is back with his Feel it and Dance group who are performing Bollywood fusion dances this year. Ballroom and On Broadway will be on offer along with a taste of Salsa from the Rueda Academy. Rock and Roll will be provided by the fun loving Hopfrogs Dance School. Old favourites such as Black Pig Border Morris are performing and Timberline Steve who has drawn in the crowds for years comes with his precision line dancing group. To add to the colour of the whole day, traditional British dances will be well represented with plenty of Morris and clog dancing. New for this year are Sheffield Steel Rappers; a young female team who will impress you with their acrobatic style and precision footwork. We will also be welcoming for the first time Derby Tappers a community group and The Silver Swans who are an adult ballet group from Matlock.

Bakewell Day of Dance is very much a community event involving local groups and interests. There will be opportunities to join in and learn a few basics of the individual dances or you can just relax and enjoy the performances. Dance workshops will be running in the Town Hall during the day and these hour long workshops cost £5.

Don’t be put off if it rains as there will be an alternative wet weather programme in Bakewell Town Hall from 12noon.

For more information about the day visit our website: www.bakewelldayof dance; Our Facebook page or phone Jude 01629 815469 or Di 01629 812104

The whole day will be rounded off in fine style with a ceilidh at Bakewell Town Hall, with music provided by the ever popular Well Dressed Band. All are welcome to this family friendly ceilidh. Proceeds of the evening will go to Goboka Rwanda Trust a Bakewell based charity supporting projects in Rwanda. Tickets cost £11 and £9 students, U18 and unwaged). These are available from Mike 07903 734869; mike@peakdance.org. uk; at the Day of Dance registration tent or at the door.

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