It is less than a month since we heard the devastating news of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, and so much has happened. The tragic developments continue to be reported on our news – stories of people missing, homeless or in mourning and of homes and lives destroyed. Though we very quickly get back to ‘normal,’ living with the aftermath of this tragic event is a daily reality for those in Japan, and our support, both finacial and demonstrated, is crucial at this time.
As far as Dance For Japan goes, all the developments have been good ones! The support from the dance community has been overwhelming, and though I was initially worried about filling up 12 hours of classes and performances, I am now more worried about fitting everyone in! Wayne Sleep will be kicking it off with a Warmup, then I have ballet with Roland Price, Denzil Bailey, Raymond Chai and David Kierce; jazz with Leanne King, Milo Miles and Julien Marc Roussel; Street Dance with ‘Lil J and Dennis Wonder; Salsa with Falleros Dance Company; Contemporary with Springs Dance Company and Kinisi Dance Company, plus Zumba, Fitness and Pilates classes. The finished timetable will be online at the Dance For Japan Facebook page in the next few days. Performance-wise, we are all in for a real treat, with Principles from ENB, EYB and ex NBT, plus Ballet Black, Springs, Kinisi and Falleros. Milo Miles, and Richard Bermange will both be creating new pieces to be performed on the day too!
Dance For Japan T-shirts are on sale for £10 each from Freed of London, or you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. ‘Designed by alice’ have created two limited edition ballet skirts which can be bought as part of a pack containing a T-shirt, skirt and headbank for £30. Hoodies are available to order – please contact me.
If you are interested in attending on 28th May, please go to www.justgiving.com/julia-davies86 and donate £15 to the Red Cross. Make sure you leave your contact information, so I can send you the details. The sooner you register, the better, as the money goes to people in desperate need straight away. I look forward to seeing you there – it is set to be a great day. For more info, see the Dance For Japan Facebook page, or contact me, Julia.
Make sure you check out this month’s Dance Europe and The Dancing Times too:)