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Dance Bites

The buildup to the 2012 Olympics has seen an exciting demonstration by young people of the links between sport and dance.

A truely fine film.It shows the commitment of the children, with all the joy and hard work involved.

Who Took Part

Nine schools and one mobile youth unit, all based in Gateshead.


The young people each selected key movements from an Olympic sport and developed a dance around them. This was performed live outside The Sage Gateshead at the launch of the UK School Games 2010.

What Happened

The Digital Voice camera crews captured rehearsals with the choreographer. The young people spoke about what they have learned throughout the process, especially their realisation of what sport and dance had in common.


A lively documentary using multi screen mixes showed all ten dances together with interviews with the young performers and choreographer Dora Frankel.

There were also ten separate recordings for each dance/sport.

And as an unexpected bonus, the live performance was filmed and added to the compilation. The final flourish of this marvellous event was that the Millennium Bridge joined the end-of-performance applause by tilting – a very special ending!

Sharing the Results with Others

The DVD has been screened in public venues across Newcastle Gateshead, and compilation DVDs made available to schools and families. The documentary has also been shared with other parts of the UK at the conference of the Cultural Olympiad.

Benefits for Participants

The young people, their families and teachers have a permanent memento of a unique event.

Client and/or Funder

The work was commissioned by Gateshead Council Cultural Arts department, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Who Else Would Benefit from this sort of Project?

All projects which are a journey of discovery can benefit from tracking on audio/video the process and capturing the learning which takes place. This can be a tool for evaluation or simply a happy reminder of an achievement.

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