From: 10.03.2011 - To: March 13th 2011
From: 10.03.2011 - To: March 13th 2011
MOVE IT 2011 is here!
Wanna dance? – try it, learn it, get inspired!’
11th to 13th March 2011, London Olympia
The UK’s biggest dance event MOVE IT flips, waltz, pops and rocks its way back to London this weekend (11th and 13th March 2011).Taking place at Olympia and now in its 6th year, MOVE IT attracts over 20,000 dance fans from all corners of the globe over three energetic and entertaining days.
Featuring live performances, dance classes, top exhibitors, freestyle stages, competitions, masterclasses, auditions and interviews there’s something for everyone and this year’s show has been re-vamped so you can really make it your own. Whether it’s ballroom, ballet, hip hop or cha cha – MOVE IT offers you the chance to create your ideal day of dance. Perfect for beginners or professionals, students, fitness enthusiasts or just simply for an awe inspiring day out, MOVE IT is the only show for all things dance!
Want to know more? Tap into some of the exciting new features for 2011:
DANCE STARS! As big fans of MOVE IT, one of Britain’s most famous dance crews FLAWLESS- stars of smash hit movie StreetDance 3D & Britain’s Got Talent, are back with their own ‘Chase The Dream’ feature. The lads will be holding live auditions for budding stars, all participants will receive individual FLAWLESS feedback - with some lucky contestants winning the chance to perform with FLAWLESS live on stage!
Exclusively for MOVE IT, ‘Got To Dance’ 2010 superstar, AKAI will be creating a fresh new jaw-dropping performance guaranteed to make crowds go wild! One lucky competition winner will also have the chance to meet AKAI and get some top dance tips.
ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – This year, even more dance experts will be on hand to offer ‘taster’ lessons for all abilities in the latest dance crazes including hip hop, latin, ballroom, ballet, flamenco and salsa - to name a few.
EXTENDED MASTERCLASSES! The Harlequin Masterclass Studio is a popular dedicated intimate space for advanced and professional dancers. The studio will host new, 1 hour classes taught by some of the UK’s premiere dance teachers and companies.
BALLET ROCKS! In collaboration with ballet blog The Ballet Bag, MOVE IT will showcase this latest ballet evolution with exclusive dance performances mixing ballet and indie rock music, ballet & the blogosphere discussions and workshops exploring the new face of ballet in the UK.
MOVE IT FOR MEN – due to high visitor demand, MOVE IT has significantly increased dance activity for a male audience, and will highlight spectacular dance from male dancers from the all male Ballroom World to performances from London dance group STRIKE as well as contemporary dance performers from Srishti.
MAOAM FREESTYLE STAGE – This is THE place to show off your dance skills and check out the latest, flips, spins and crazy moves. Just plug in the tunes, express and entertain the crowds!
STREET DANCE XXL CHAMPIONSHIPS - for the first time this year, contestants can qualify for the annual Street Dance XXL Championships Finals. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and witness the UK’s best dance talent with successful entrants securing their place at the grand finals in July 2011.
SOFA SESSIONS – Expect some fantastic celebrity appearances and insightful interviews with the stars and experts of the dance world covering topics as vast as nutrition, health, injury prevention and careers advice.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP – Visitors can catch a glimpse of the latest trends and fashions in dance by heading to the fantastic fashion show. Shoppers will then be able to head to the wide range of stands at the show to pick up the hottest fashions first.
With 100 performances and 3000 performers over three days, MOVE IT offers visitors the chance to learn, audition, watch and get inspired by every genre of dance. If you love dance, you’ll simply love MOVE IT!
To purchase tickets, book classes or for more information, visit www.moveitdance.co.uk
[Head] Future Footwork: the hottest trends in Dance for 2011
[sell] Tired of tango, bored of ballet and fed up with foxtrot? Then discover a brand new dance style to try at the UK’s biggest dance show – Move It - at London’s Olympia from 11 to 13 March, 2011.
After a few shandies I’m well up for throwing some shapes on the dance floor. So why not take those cardio good times to the gym? 2011 boasts a bag full of fun, fresh styles which take new twists on tradition, burn calories and add to your arsenal of moves – which you can try free at the UK’s biggest dance show, Move It, at London’s Olympia from March 11 to 13.
Here’s our top four new dance trends for this summer, tried and tested: Burlesque for vintage beauties, streetdance’s newest 80s inspired sub genre Waaking; classic routines to a modern soundtrack in Indie Ballet; and an essential skill for any Gleek – cheerleading.
“Vintage dance is really in at the moment,” explains Burlesque dancer Madeleine De La Crème (madeleinedelacreme.com). “We’ve got The Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jive and of course the Burlesque – the saucier vintage dance.”
No longer just for nipple tasseled ladies, Burlesque is going mainstream in 2011 – a perfect match for spring’s Mad Men inspired evening wear and the new retro domesticity. But, for a natural tomboy like moi the idea of channeling vintage-style beauties like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and today’s Dita Von Teese super-females is terrifying.
But our glamour puss teacher De La Crème, hands me a velvet glove and quickly banishes my fears, encouraging the class to embrace our inner saucepot, love our curves and laugh at ourselves with simple diva poses and basic moves. But be warned: dressing up is part of the fun, so swap the XL tees and chunky trainers for forties pin up style, and your Burlesque alter ego will emerge easy.
For strength, grace, upping your elegance, toning and lengthening muscles, plus a challenging core workout, ballet is brilliant. But, admittedly those Tchaikovsky penned overtures can be dry and dull.
So instead, Indie Ballet updates classic routines with more modern tunes – aka Gomez, The Futureheads, Razorlight, Franz Ferdinand and more – to up the tempo and get your heart pumping. Which sounds weird, but, after a trial lesson with Charlene of the Kinisi Dance company (http://www.facebook.com/KinisiDanceCompany), Indie Ballet adds an incredibly graceful edge to your fave festival tunes.
Charlene explains: “Indie ballet takes classical ballet moves, movements and training, but spices things up, to be more accessible to a wider range of dancers - bringing new people to something traditional. The current trend is to bring in indie rock to be more fun: creating routines that use classical movements, but mixed up to match modern music.”
For more inspiration and tips, check out Charlene’s video on Indie Ballet:
If 80s Madonna is your dance icon of choice, Waaking is right up your proverbial street. Born in the underground clubs of new York, the style was created for Friday night threads and heels: inspired by ‘vogueing’, with a modern, faster, aggressive twist, Waaking featured in the video for Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s Telephone – and is set to be 2011’s match to Krumping
I took a lesson led by Michaela and Claudimar of the cutting edge Urdang Academy (http://www.theurdangacademy.com/), who’ll be teaching at Move It, to learn the key upper body focused moves – which see you throw geometric ‘clicks’ aka expressive, limb contortioning shapes with your arms, often in a b-boy inspired dance off style. Moves are easy to pick up, fast and aggressive, which gets your heart pumping and lets off steam (perfect post work), plus tones your triceps and biceps. And, made in clubs, you can up the cardio and attention factor well into the evening – just try not to knock anyone out.
For more inspiration and tips, check out Charlene’s video on Waacking:
Inspired by the huge popularity of Glee, the public’s new found love for all American, fromage filled, dance troupes, cheerleading is also riding a resurge in popularity. With 37% of US schools now listing cheering as a sport, the number of UK troupes is now massive and rising – with a more street dance, less gymnastics, approach. With or without pom poms, cheering is great, easy cardio exercise, a fun way to make new mates and puts that cheerleader apple-pie positivity in your step – whether you intended to or not.
Although dubious at first, I took a lesson with Phie-B (http://www.phieb.com/ ) of Innovation Dance, who’s infectious energy, plus the simple, strong arm movements of cheering, plus group shouted slogans, soon had our mini troupe creating formations – and grinning with a cardio glow.
Brilliant for toning arms, plus improving co-ordination and burning calories with the dance moves, you’re stomach and lower back also get a work out – improving strength and mobility. And, you don’t have to don a tiny skirt and uniform: UK style is much more chill, influenced by street dance trends and culture, with tracksuits and hoodies being de riguer.
For more information and to buy tickets head to moveitdance.co.uk