Olympic sports celebrated in dance

5th September 2010

Gateshead's DANCE Bites project is part of the lead-up to the 2012 Games, helping young people see what dance and sport have in common.

Ten different sports were captured in original dance performances, created by nine schools and one youth group as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The premiere took place outside The Sage Gateshead as part of the launch of the UK Schools Games in September 2010. English sprint athlete Darren Campbell, pictured, joined the audience with civic representatives and sponsors. The DVD was screened in Gateshead stadium during the Games.

A lively DVD documentary showing the development of the dances and capturing the views of the young people has been created by Digital Voice. Choreographer Dora Frankel explains the concept and praises the commitment and creativity of the young people.

Their verdicts show how vividly successful this approach has been in inspiring them to appreciate sports and see them in a new light.

The DVD is being widely screened around Tyneside in public buildings including Dance City, Gateshead Civic Centre, and participating schools.

Gateshead's Deputy Mayor (pictured below) praised the memorable performance of the young people and the whole area's commitment to creativity in education.

Full project report, pictures and video.

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