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Curious about Dance Across the North? Take a look at the type of dance delivered by Balbir Singh Dance Company, who are leading on the project.

A taste of what’s on offer with Dance Across the North

It won’t be long now before we have you dancing all over the north of England – if you haven’t already started.

We plan to celebrate the New Year by injecting all our energy into our Dance Across the North project which will see flashmobs,  workshops and performances taking place across the most ‘climatically challenged’ part of the country.

There will be no time to hibernate or hide under the duvet once 2016 gets underway. We want you wide awake and poised to join the fun which is why we thought we’d let you see a little taste of what we have on offer.

We were invited to a special production held in Halifax by Balbir Singh Dance Company who are leading on our Dance Across the North project.

There we witnessed a taster of just one of the many styles of dance Balbir will be offering on our rural tour.

The show was called ‘dhe ki ta’ and was staged at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax. It was  described as a ‘triple bill performance uniting contemporary dance, classical Indian Kathak and mesmerising music’.

The ‘dhe ki ta’ is a rythmic pattern used in the aural tradition of learning and performing Classical Indian dance and music. It represents three beats of syllables that make a musical phrase.

The short clip on the left was filmed by the Dance Across the North team in a bid to showcase the type of work that Balbir’s company delivers.

It captures the curtain raiser to the Halifax performance, courtesy of students from Old School Danceworks, who are working with Balbir.

We think you will agree, they are pretty amazing.

So that’s the type of performance YOU could see in your local village hall being performed by dance students in YOUR area.

Dance Across the North will cover Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland, East Riding, Lancashire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, West Cumbria thanks to our partners Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, Highlighs Rural Touring Scheme, ArtERY Live, Spot on Rural Touring, Roots and Wings, LiveLincs, Arts Out West .

NB * Although the particular performance shown in this clip was not directly related to our Dance Across the North project, it does give an idea of the type of dance we may offer in YOUR area. HUGE thanks to Old School Danceworks for allowing us to film them in action.

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