For another year running the UK’s largest dance event, MOVE IT, played to full capacity at London’s Olympia. A wonderful haven for dance enthusiasts everywhere, MOVE IT is the central event for dance shopping, performances, classes, seminars, networking, and all under one roof!
Spread over three days, MOVE IT played host to a number of dance organisation and institution stands, as well as more commercial dancewear shopping brands such as Dance Direct and Capezio. It seemed there were innumerate classes on offer over the weekend, a variety for all ages and abilities such as an Introduction to Swan Lake workshop or Advanced Street Dance, taught by some of the most leading practitioners in their fields. There is definitely something for everyone at MOVE IT.
Classes such as Advanced Commercial Jazz were well attended by MOVE IT participants, eager to get a slice of the current dance action and to learn from professionals who have made their living from dance. For Advanced Commercial Jazz in particular, the fast paced routine was a taster of future auditions for the dancers, lead by a member of performing arts institute Urdang faculty. Gaining experience and the tips and tricks from someone who has been there and done it is invaluable experience for any young dance hopeful.
Despite this, it was the main stage that held the real gems of MOVE IT. Throughout the weekend different sets of colleges present their students in a huge MOVE IT showcase, advertising their students’ abilities to prospective students who may be toying with the idea of auditioning for that particular college. There were a variety of performances, however each college and institution displayed vibrancy and talent, a clear indication of the future of the performing arts.