The Blackburn BID events team have launched a competition for a primary school in East Lancashire to work with one of the UK’s top clog dancers to perform in the town centre at the Blackburn Heritage Festival this September.
The search is for a group of Year 5 pupils (aged 9-10) years to work with Clog dance expert, Alex Fisher for 8 sessions this summer, culminating in an end of term performance and then a town centre performance at the beginning of the next academic year on Sunday 13th September during the festival.
Alex has worked with a number of primary schools in Lancashire. She explained, “Clog Dance goes back to Lancashire’s industrial past and is a unique part of our nation’s dance heritage. Both boys and girls love it because it is fun, powerful and exciting to perform.”
The tuition will be provided free of charge and will include loan of clogs.
The Blackburn Heritage Festival is organised by the Blackburn BID and reported an increase of 30 thousand additional people to the town centre when it was first held last September. This year’s event will include a Magical History Tour of Hidden Blackburn using hop off hop on vintage buses to transport visitors around the heritage sites. There will also be a vintage fairground on King William Street including helter skelter, carousel and a Ferris wheel. BID Manager and event organiser, Harriet Roberts said, ‘We are looking forward to the town centre coming alive with theatre, dancing and theatre in various locations. It will be wonderful to see young people and their families getting involved in clog dancing which is so much part of our cultural heritage.’
School wishing to discuss the project should contact Alex Fisher email: firstname.lastname@example.org