Dancers take their Chance

The Chance To Dance Festival took place in several Sheffield city centre locations on Saturday (13 July 2013), and involved  60 dance performances which ran throughout the day. Our picture shows the Zumba Age Active dancers performing in Barkers Pool.
The Chance To Dance Festival took place in several Sheffield city centre locations on Saturday (13 July 2013), and involved 60 dance performances which ran throughout the day. Our picture shows the Zumba Age Active dancers performing in Barkers Pool.
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Hundreds hotfooted it into Sheffield city centre to take part in the annual Chance to Dance festival.

The celebration of the magic of movement was first staged in 2000 and has been a popular summer event almost every year since.

The Chance To Dance Festival took place in several Sheffield city centre locations on Saturday (13 July 2013), and involved  60 dance performances which ran throughout the day. Our picture shows the Sahar Wal Farashat belly dancers.

The Chance To Dance Festival took place in several Sheffield city centre locations on Saturday (13 July 2013), and involved 60 dance performances which ran throughout the day. Our picture shows the Sahar Wal Farashat belly dancers.

More than 60 dance performances took place at venues across the city centre, including Barker’s Pool, Leopold Square, Tudor Square, the Peace Gardens, the Winter Garden and the Upper Chapel forecourt in Norfolk Street.

People of all ages came together to perform – including youngsters getting involved as part of Sheffield Children’s Festival.

Dance of all descriptions was represented – from salsa to street, from bellydancing to ballroom and from the jitterbug to jive.

Rhythms from around the world excited the audiences with Cuba, the Balkans, South Africa, Argentina and Turkey all part of the programme.

Glenys Dawson, from Cityliners, was leading a group of line dancers in the Peace Gardens, and said it was her fifth time at the festival.

She said: “It was rather warm for us – a real contrast to last year when we were in Barker’s Pool and the heavens just opened.

“We had a good crowd watching and a lot of people came up to join us – many complete beginners which is what Chance to Dance is all about.

“We performed a few dances that we know are popular in clubs and this can be a good way of recruiting new members for us.

“Chance to Dance is a day that everyone looks forward to – dancing in the city centre feels like an event and there’s a really good vibe all day long.”

The festival, which is supported by Arts Council funding, prides itself on reflecting the city’s cultural diversity – but also on getting people to simply have a go.

A festival spokeswoman said: “We estimate that since we first started up, more than 50,000 people have taken part in different forms of dance on the day.

“And things seem to get bigger and better every year.”