The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, Opening Celebration

Thursday 9 April

6:00pm: Drinks and Canapes

7:30pm: Celebration Begins

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Dance UK is delighted that two luminaries and household names are kicking off the conference in style. Our comperes, Arlene Phillips CBE and Ashley Banjo, will be introducing our keynote speakers Dame Gillian Lynne, Sir Peter Bazalgette, and (by film from Los Angeles) Sir Ken Robinson. Together our three speakers will set the tone for the next three days of debate, discussion and networking.

Performance is a key element to the conference and we are thrilled to be presenting stunning performances, celebrating some of the finest dancers and dance makers in the UK today:

Boy Cried Wolf, a music video by The Feeling, featuring Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet, Edward Watson, choreographed by Arthur Pita.

Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor perform the American Smooth.

Chris Scott and Joseba Yerro Izaguirre, National Dance Company Wales, in an excerpt from Alexander Ekman's Tuplet. Music by Mikael Karlson, featuring Fly Me To The Moon performed by Victor Feldman.

Teneisha Bonner performs The Date. Music I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love by the Emotions.

Verve (postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance) performs Ocean. Choreographed by Jamaal Burkmar, music by John Butler. Dancers: Robyn Byrne, Emmie Coxey, Georgia Heighway, Harriet Irving, Kyle Lawson, Josh Scott, Joseph Thomas, Louis Lever, Paula Tato Horcajo, Lisard Tranis, Jamaal Burkmar.

Opening night is sponsored by Stretchworks.

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