Around 500 children from around Edinburgh will be a part of the city’s first Dance Fest on Friday 14 October at Broughton High School. The event, which is funded by the Scottish Government’s Games for Scotland fund, will see children from schools across the capital come together for the city’s first ever school based recreational dance show. The event aims to encourage local people to be active, and with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games around the corner, the schools involved have been learning many different types of dance from around the Commonwealth.
Aiming to encourage local children to take part in more physical activity whilst learning about some of the other countries which will take part in the Glasgow 2014 Games, the participants have been learning dance since the start of the new school year. With the Dance Fest event just around the corner, the children are working hard with their classmates to put on some great performances at the Dance Fest event.
In this inaugural Dance Fest, the event has focussed on schools around the north of Edinburgh and will feature classes from: Ferryhill, Pirnehiall, Broughton, St Mary’s Leith, Granton, Forthview, Flora Stevenson primary schools. In addition to performances by these schools, the event has a number of invited dance schools to showcase their performances.
Launching the dance initiative has been a big job and has involved several local organisations. These are the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Leisure, with the dance classes has been provided by Dance Division.
Games for Scotland is a programme of events managed by EventScotland as part of Scottish Government’s Games Legacy activity. It is designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It is a programme of events inspired by the 17 Commonwealth sports, dance and the Commonwealth Games concept itself.