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World dance on display at Dance City in Newcastle

A one-off gala event at Dance City will showcase the wonders of World Dance as part of the Billingham International Folklore Festival

Ballet Folklorico Tupa Marka
Ballet Folklorico Tupa Marka

Dancers from all over the globe will congregate at Dance City in Newcastle this weekend for a one-off gala event in association with the 50th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance.

On Sunday more than 150 dancers and musicians are promising to provide a dazzling, energetic and agile display of dance techniques from a diverse collection of countries including South Korea, Mexico, Russia and Chile.

During the evening, which promises to be an eclectic melting pot of music and sound, the various different styles will be performed by dancers wearing costumes, which apparently are stunning enough to warrant the admission fee on their own merit.

The featured dance companies are Jung Yoo Yeong Dance Company from South Korea; Ballet Folklorico Recreacion and Embrujo Danzonero from Mexico; Siverko National Dance Ensemble, from Arkhangelsk, Russia; and Ballet Folklorico from Chile.

Ballet Folklorico Tupa Marka
Ballet Folklorico Tupa Marka

As well as offering memorable performances for the assembled crowd, the Folklore Festival, which begins on Friday and runs until August 16 across the Tees Valley, will also take over Dance City with a series of Sunday workshops which will allow aspiring dancers to experience the different techniques first-hand.

Anthony Baker, Dance City artistic director and joint CEO said: “We’re so thrilled to be hosting Billingham International Folklore Festival as part of its 50th anniversary tour.

“It fits perfectly with our aims to bring a wide range of high quality international dance works to audiences in the North East. With around 150 dancers, fantastic costumes and great live music, it’s guaranteed to be an amazing night.”

South Korea's Jung Yooyeong Dance Company
South Korea's Jung Yooyeong Dance Company

Olga Maloney, artistic director for the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, said: “The World Dance Gala epitomises what we are trying to achieve with the Festival; as not only are we bringing some of the globe’s top international acts to the region but we are also working in partnership with leading North-East venues to ensure as many people see the work as possible.

“It’s all about broadening everyone’s horizons by programming both Contemporary and Traditional styles for people to taste a real flavour of World Dance.”

Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance is supported by Arts Council England, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sunday’s gala is being billed as an important part of the overall event.

To book tickets for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm, visit www.dancecity.co.uk or call 0191 261 0505. Details of the workshops can also be found on the website. For full details of the wider Folklore Festival, visit www.billinghamfestival.co.uk


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