Blackpool’s burgeoning art scene is well-documented by altBlackpool and I’m pleased to announce that we have another fantastic event coming up this year in the form of Project Dance Camp, an intensive dance week ideal for young people with a prior dance background or at least an ability of intermediate or above.

Project Dance Camp is brought to us by Michelle Ramsay who is classically trained and has 20 years experience of teaching dance of all forms, from Urban and Contemporary dance to Charleston and Rock & Roll. Two years ago, Michelle founded UDP (Urban Dance Project) which has gone from strength to strength and provided dance/art projects within the local communities and local schools. Its main focus is making all types of dance accessible to anyone and everyone. Michelle is passionately committed to making their latest project a success and hopes to make it a yearly event:

“I don’t think there’s been anything quite like this event before in Blackpool, I’m really excited about the opportunity to promote such a positive activity for young people in the area. Dancing promotes health and can provide a much-needed confidence boost.”              Urban Dance Project by Claire Griffiths

If you are a local dancer wanting to explore and learn new dance styles, or if you’re thinking of a possible career in dance, then this really is a great way to enhance your skills and get a foot in the door of the industry. The intensive dance camp will run for five days from Monday 4 August at Phil Winston’s Theatre Works (above Burger King in the town centre) from 10am to 4pm. There are two groups running, one for 7 to 14 year olds and the other for anyone over 15. The participants will have the chance to work with two of the freshest and best choreographers in the business each day, in a variety of styles including Streetdance, Breakdance, Contemporary and Commercial. There will also be sessions included in Pilates, Core Condtioning, Stretch and even a free photoshoot by alBlackpool’s very own Claire Griffiths, where some of the new moves and jumps learned can be showcased.

The artists who will be teaching on the course have very impressive resumes.  Natasha Godden has worked with JLS and One Direction, Jordan Taylor ahas danced with Neyo, Tinie Tempah, The Saturdays and Ndubz, Curtis ‘Zorro’ Young has been active in the UK breaking scene for ten years and was a finalist in the 2012 Hip Hop Session World Finals.  There’s Joseph Mannion who has taught dance workshops in many major cities and has trained at the prestigious Broadway Dance Centre in New York and Toby from Wet Wipez, one of the UK’s premier Krump crews to name but a few.

Project Dance Camp is on offer for an unbelievably good price, just £99 for the five days and that includes a free Project Dance Camp T-shirt, if you sign up before 15 July 2014. For updates, please join the Facebook events page, Project Dance Camp, and for further information get in touch with Michelle Ramsay on 07584 359310 or by email: [email protected].


Images courtesy of C J Griffiths Photography

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