TODAY Dance City and The Journal launch a competition for budding dancers across the region.
The Big Dance 2012 Journal Dance Competition is part of the nationwide Big Dance 2012 celebration which will include thousands of events in places as diverse as parks, palaces, schools, high streets and squares.
Billed as the UK’s biggest celebration of dance, it will embrace all dance styles as part of the London 2012 Festival, the climax of the Cultural Olympiad.
Big Dance 2012 will take place across the country from July 7 to 15 but a seven-week countdown period started on May 18 when schoolchildren made a Guinness World Record attempt by performing a special dance choreographed by Wayne McGregor.
In the North East the Big Dance 2012 Journal Dance Competition is one of the highlights of the celebrations.
To take part, individual dancers or groups have to make a 15-second film of themselves dancing.
The clip needs to be uploaded to YouTube (on www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload) or Vimeo (on www.vimeo.com/sign_up) before the deadline of noon on Monday, June 18. A name and an email address are required. Entrants will then have to email the link to their uploaded video to Mileva Donachie at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the submitted entries will then be presented together on the Dance City Vimeo site at vimeo.com/dancecity where the public will be able to see them.
A panel of judges, including Dance City boss Anthony Baker, will then select their top 10 videos which will be shown on The Journal website (www.journallive.co.uk) and the Dance City website (www.dancecity.co.uk).
The public will then be invited to vote for their favourite dance clip.
The dancers who feature in the three most popular clips will then be invited to perform at the Big Dance 2012 launch event on an outdoor stage at the Centre for Life, Newcastle, on the afternoon of Saturday, July 7, alongside professional dance companies including Bad Taste Cru, Dora Frankel Dance and Urban Games.
If you have any problems uploading your film clip, email Mileva Donachie at the address above.
Big Dance 2012 is supported by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and a host of other bodies with the aim of making dance a part of people’s lives throughout 2012 and beyond.