Dancing in the streets of Bakewell

Audience participation with Indian Beats at Bakwell's International Day of Dance.
Audience participation with Indian Beats at Bakwell's International Day of Dance.
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Five hours of dancing in the streets brought crowds flocking to Bakewell.

The annual International Day of Dance drew performers from around the country to display a wide range of styles, from flamenco to Indian folk to Arabian dancing.

Organiser Jude Brown said: “We had a really successful day with plenty of sunshine and just a sprinkling of rain in the last half hour.

“There were dances from around the globe with lots of audience participation - it was one of the best yet.”

More than 20 troupes delighted the crowds in various locations around the town.

Festival favourites Black Pig Border Morris were back for their 14th year, having performed at every Bakewell Day of Dance since it started.

Reflecting the international flavour of the day were Kilika who specialise in Armenian dance, Mulembas d’Africa whose dances come from Angola and Raqs Jamilia who focus on Arabic creations.

Chesterfield Pole Athletes, run by former national champion Lorna Thomas, were back for the second year.

Displays from Biggin Primary School, Matlock’s Highfield School, Peak Performance Theatre School, La Tierra Flamenco and M&J Dance Centre (ballroom and Latin) showcased the wealth of talent in the area.

The day was hosted by Bakewell-based Appalachian troupe Well Heeled.