Making all the right moves!

Date published: 10 July 2018

Two dance events, organised by Oldham Council’s Sports Development team, are celebrating the talents of dance students across the borough.

The first, ‘A Celebration of Dance’ took place yesterday (Monday) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Now in its seventh year, the event saw more than 600 local children and young people come together to celebrate their different cultures and backgrounds as they performed a variety of dances.

Following on from previous years’ successes, Dance Splash returns to Oldham Coliseum on July 17 and 18.

Open to dance schools, community groups, colleges and youth companies from across Greater Manchester, the event provides young people with an opportunity to perform in a professional theatre in front of their family and friends.

It also improves community links amongst young people from different backgrounds and cultures, and provides opportunities for nearby dance groups and organisations to recruit new volunteers and aspiring young performers.

Advice is also on hand to participants seeking further training and career opportunities.

More than 15 dance and performing arts schools, along with young adults from local dance schools, community groups, colleges and youth companies, will be taking part in the visual showcase which last year saw more than 250 students performing on the Coliseum stage.

New for this year is Dance Splash Juniors which is open to the borough’s youngest performers - two to 11-year-olds - making this year’s event bigger and better than ever. 

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “This is a great way to get our young population active and it’s a fantastic community event that bring people together from all kinds of different backgrounds and cultures through the art of dance.

“I’d encourage you all to buy your tickets for the Dance Splash and give your support to our wonderful local performers.”

Doors at The Oldham Coliseum will open at 7pm on the night, with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from the Oldham Coliseum box office on 0161 624 2829.

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