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Artist Ann Whitfield was wowed by a performance of Dance Across the North at the Witham in Barnard Castle last week and took to social media to share her enthusiasm. We asked her to write a guest blog. Find out what she liked about the performance here….

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Guest blogger mesmerised by dance

by Guest Blogger Ann Whitfield

One of the brilliant things which has emerged since the Witham in Barnard Castle re-opened as a Community Arts Centre has been the quality and variety of the entertainment which has been on offer.

Living close by, and being keen to support this wonderful resource and the staff and volunteers who work there, I have become much more adventurous in the performances I go to see.

We went out last Thursday night to see Dance Across the North’s Champion of the Flatlands with no idea what to expect.

I’ve never been to a live performance of modern dance before, let alone one with BMX and Indian music thrown in.

I’m so glad we went! I just loved the music. Sax, cello, guitar and a fantastic performance on the drums seemed to cross cultures effortlessly and matched the energy of the dancers, who were just mesmerising!

It was fascinating to see the traditional Indian dance forms mirrored in the street culture of the BMX bikes. But mostly it was just a delight to watch – the agility and musicality of the performers; the astounding ability of Keelan Phillips on his bike absolutely equalled by the Balbir Singh Dance company. I love that this is an art form which addresses contemporary issues in such a positive and life enhancing way.

I can’t wait for the next time! Ann Whitfield @Anns_paintings

Take a look at Ann’s incredible artwork here; http://www.annwhitfieldart.co.uk  @Barney_Witham http://www.thewitham.org.uk

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