The ‘Chance to Dance’ festival is back in city

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CHANCE To Dance will return to Sheffield this summer on Saturday, July 13.

Organisers of the annual dance festival, now in its 13th year, are urging local performers and groups to put the date in their diaries.

“We submitted our bid for Arts Council grants this week and now it’s just a case of waiting and hoping that the money comes through so we can put on this fantastic event,” said Maire McCarthy, one of the festival organisers.

“Chance to Dance is a voluntary organisation and relies heavily on funding, sponsorship and donations to survive.”

Last year’s event took place over three city centre sites - at Barker’s Pool, Peace Gardens and Fargate - and its packed programme of events featured everything from salsa to sequence and Bollywood to belly-dancing.

The festival rounded off with a mass salsa in the Peace Gardens. A host of local groups, including Sheffield City Morris, City Limits Dance Centre and Hype Dance Academy took part in the celebration of music and dance.

Maire added: “We don’t start making firm plans until the funding is confirmed, but we’re hoping 2013 is going to be an unforgettable year.”