A nation of dancers: 10 years of the Big Dance in the UK

The Big Dance has been getting the general public moving for a decade. But its greatest achievement is the way we have woven dance into the fabric of our lives

Two of the performances that have stayed with me from last autumn’s Dance Umbrella are those in which the audience, rather than the professionals, were dancing. One was Dan Canham’s Of Riders and Running Horses, which concluded with all the spectators being invited on to the stage to carry on dancing with the cast. The other was Charlotte Spencer’s Walking Stories, a choreographed journey around a London park that had its participants linking up in circles, exchanging a spontaneous semaphore of gestures, and lying on the grass to stare at the clouds.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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