The ‘Chance to Dance’ festival filled Sheffield with music and dancing, as local dance groups came together for the 16th year to perform - and invite the public to join in. Hip
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“Free festival Chance to Dance 2016 filled Sheffield city centre with music and dancing on Saturday 2nd July as many local dance groups came together to perform for the public and invite them to try dancing for themselves. With the addition of a youth dance platform and real classes-also free of charge-in the beautiful Channing Hall, this year’s event built on its sixteen year history to offer Sheffield people their own chance to dance.
The opening ceremony was marked by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Anne Murphy, and reprised a performance first aired at the Big Dance in May as the 2nd July is the first day of Big Dance Week-a national celebration of dance.
Crowds enjoyed demonstrations of styles such as contemporary dance, hip hop, flamenco and bellydance during the day, braving the showers to fill the spaces of Sheffield with wonderful performances, smiles, and a fantastic atmosphere.
The traditional finale was given an exciting ‘live’ feel with the Sheffield Samba Band’s parade, who for the second year running wowed the crowds and brought people together to celebrate in the Peace Gardens with a mass dance.
All the groups featured at CTD festival run classes in the area, so if you’re looking for a new way to keep fit, make friends and have fun, see the website www.chancetodance.org or the Facebook page for details.
Committee member Liz Searle says, “We are so pleased that we had a successful event and would like to thank everyone who took part and supported us. Look out for us and get in touch if you want to get involved next year!” “