Chesterfield hosts its Day of Dance

Ashover May Day Gala 2012 - Chesterfield Garland Dancers

Ashover May Day Gala 2012 - Chesterfield Garland Dancers

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Dance troupes will be showcasing a variety of styles in a celebration of their art.

Dance troupes will be showcasing a variety of styles in a celebration of their art.

Chesterfield hosts its annual open-air Day of Dance this Saturday, September 8 in the market place.

New for this year is cheerleading, zumba and burlesque as well as hip-hop from Unit 3 who performed on Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’ in 2012.

Firm favourites Chesterfield Morris and Garland Teams, Feet First Appalachian Dancers, the Byrne School of Irish Dancing, Belly Dance Flames, Tango Chesterfield and Brunito with his salsa dancers are all back again.

Barbara Wilson, secretary of Chesterfield Garland Dancers, said: “I believe that the group has been taking part in the Day of Dance since at least 2000 and usually starts off the dancing along with the Cock and Magpie team.

“We enjoy occasions such as this because besides having fun, we like to entertain and meet new people and perhaps introduce them to traditional dancing.

“Events such as this are very important for people to get together and experience a sense of community as well as showing a wide variety of dance genre which will hopefully inspire them to have a go themselves.”

John Fermer, who has been playing fiddle for Feet First for 25 years, said: “I think we have performed at every Day of Dance since its inception. It is nice to be able to come along and perform in Chesterfield and take part in this celebration of dance, in all its diversity.

“What is special about the Day of Dance is the opportunity to dance in our home town, in front of a home cr49owd.

“Feet First have performed all over the UK. We have also danced in the Irish Republic, Portugal, Germany and Spain. In addition to that, individual members have danced in clogging competitions in the US and in the People’s Republic of China”

Bruno Camacho - who is known as Brunito - runs salsa classes in Chesterfield and will be performing with his students.

He said: “This will be my third year performing at Chesterfield Day of Dance. I enjoy the stage, the atmosphere and the fresh air. Plus it gives my group a chance to showcase our new dance performances.

“We have an extra five to ten new students come along after the Day of Dance.

“Salsa is popular because it is fun fun and a healthy way to socialise with people and you learn to dance too.”

Cllr Amanda Serjeant from Chesterfield Borough Council said: “The Day of Dance is a chance to celebrate the many different dance styles on offer locally. It’s not just a great event to watch but hopefully will inspire some people to take up a new hobby that’s fun and can help improve overall fitness.”

The Day of Dance runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm.