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Young dancers hit the floor in fun day
BREAKDANCING legend Banxy had Swindon in a spin at the weekend as he put youngsters through their paces at Swindon Dance.
More than 100 children came along on Saturday morning for the free family fun day, where they could have a go in a number of workshops run by the dance house to finish off their half-term holiday.
From 9.30am, children aged five and over took part in a Musical Manoeuvres workshop and from 11am parents and children over five took part in a Street Dance workshop. Little ones aged three and over got to grips with a Moving Together workshop later on in the day.
Clare Fantini-Stephens, marketing officer at Swindon Dance, said: “It’s been really brilliant. We’ve been amazed at how many people pre-booked to come along, and even more people turned up on the day too.
“We advertised that it would be taking place and a lot of people did book in advance for some of the sessions.
“Hopefully it’ll give people a chance to see what they can do here and they’ll think about coming along in the future.”
One of the most popular workshops was led by Banxy. To start the class off, more experienced urban dancers got out into the street for a surprise performance to passers-by outside Swindon Dance.
People of all ages took part, including 39-year-old Darren Eyers.
He said: “I just love dance. I really want to do dubstep. It’s been fun but tiring and sweaty.”
Ella Cridland, 11, who attends Churchfields Academy, is one of the only girls who regularly does street dance at Swindon Dance.
She said: “It was really good. It’s challenging but it’s fun at the same time.
“Usually there are a lot more boys than girls and sometimes I am the only girl, but I don’t mind.”
By the end of the session all visitors were breaking, popping and hip hopping across the studio floor.
Banxy said: “It’s been amazing because all these young people who came along and took part are absolutely brilliant.
“Swindon is quite a quiet place, it’s not like London, and it’s just great that so many youngsters want to come along and get involved.”
To find out more about what’s on offer at Swindon Dance, visit www.swindon dance.org.uk.
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