EVENT – Big Dance Edinburgh weekend (free), 30 June – 1 July

30 June - 1 July

A weekend of free dance activities in Edinburgh

From 30 June – 1 July Edinburgh will host a weekend of free dance events to excite, inspire and entertain. Big Dance Edinburgh promises to be the largest celebration of dance Scotland has ever seen with opportunities to watch, perform and learn from hundreds of people passionate about dance. Aligned with the Scottish Government’s initiative to Get Scotland Dancing, the weekend showcases dance at all levels and for all ages featuring everything from aerial performance to zumba tasters. Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace will act as ambassadors for the event as their Midnight Tango tour arrives in Edinburgh on Wednesday June 27th to get audiences in the mood for dance.

Big Dance Ambassadors Vincent & Flavia are thrilled to be involved in the weekend’s celebrations saying: ‘The weekend of Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July offers you the chance to experience almost every style of dance. Enjoy watching performances or join in the fun and try something new. From ballet to aerial, belly dance to breakin’ and everything in-between, we hope you’ll be excited, inspired and most of all, that you’ll get dancing too!’

Three main spaces at Castle St, Grassmarket and St Andrew Square Gardens will host two full days of events. Rose St will come to life with pop up dance performances with support from Essential Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland host workshops, taster sessions, talks and dance screenings. Dance Base opens its doors for those wishing to dip their toe into dance as well as hosting a Professional Dance Open audition and breath-taking aerial performance from All or Nothing Dance Theatre. Even shoppers will be tapping their feet in-store at Harvey Nichols to bite size demonstrations of a variety of dance styles.

World record attempt

Closing Big Dance Edinburgh a Guinness World Record attempt will be taking place in a transformed Grassmarket as Edinburgh attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest tea dance. Expert friendly teachers Susan and Gary will guide absolute beginners through some moves setting them loose to join more experienced dancers. Partners and 1940s costume are optional. Sunday  1st July, 2012 17:00 – 19:00

Courtesy of Big Dance Edinburgh

Other programme highlights include:

Inspiral Yoga SessionChi-Kung : holding the “golden sun” as the gentle wake up for the day – come join in at St Andrew Square from 9am (1 hour).

Castle Rocks Park Jam bringing beats, breaks and battles inspired by New York Bloc parties of the 1980s. St Andrew Square, Saturday 30th June, 2012 17:30 – 20:30

The Big Dance-along-movie: Dirty Dancing at St Andrew Square Gardens featuring Dance Base’s Dirty Dancing performance group. Saturday 30 Jun, 2012 20:30 – 21:30.

Step in Time, The MGA Academy of performing arts presents a new dance extravaganza in Castle Street taking the audience on a trip through the history of dance on stage and screen. Saturday 30 June, 2012 18:00 – 20:45

Broadway Mania – The Flashmob Musical! Jazz Art UK will present a fast and furious fusion of musical theatre numbers in a number of high energy pop up performances on Rose St.

With almost 100 dance groups taking part, 120 different events and almost as many different dance styles to choose from Big Dance Edinburgh promises to be a spectacular celebration of dance – bringing dance to the people and people to dance


All details of the weekends can be found on the Big Dance Edinburgh website.

You can also follow the BigDanceEdin hashtag on twitter.

Download a PDF copy of a map and times of all the events over the weekend and get planning.

All of the events are free to attend.

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