Dancing in the streets

Dark and Light: The ever-popular Black Pig Border Morris from Eastwood entertain visitors at the Bakewell International Day of Dance festival.
Dark and Light: The ever-popular Black Pig Border Morris from Eastwood entertain visitors at the Bakewell International Day of Dance festival.

A LIVELY celebration of dance styles from around the world hit Bakewell.

Dancing in the streets took place throughout the town during the ninth international day of dance.

The one-day festival showcased 25 different dance styles and music, at venues around the town.

Audiences were treated to some old favourites as well as some exciting surprises, on Saturday, June 25.

From clog to contemporary, swing to Greek, African to Armenian, organisers were also thrilled this year to welcome Shakti, with their energetic Bhangra and Bollywood style.

And for those wanting to take part themselves, dance workshops were held throughout the day, including circle, street and French dancing.

The day closed with a social dance at the Town Hall which included jive, rock and roll, rueda, line dancing, Eastern European and ceilidh dancing.

Dance co-ordinator Jude Brown, said: “It went really well. The weather was fine for the best part of the day and we had fantastic audiences across the town with lots of audience participation taking place.

“There were lots of people in Bakewell there and it was a great atmosphere. It was probably one of the best turn-outs we have had.”

She added: “We also involved a lot more young people this year which was fantastic. There was street and contemporary dancing taking place and the street dancing workshops went down very well. The local schools were also involved.”