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We Dance celebrates the Paralympic flame
Wednesday 22 August 2012
Learning disability dance group took centre stage in Coventry’s Paralympic flame celebration
This weekend, Freefall Dance Company performed its London 2012-themed routine in Coventry and Birmingham.
As part of Coventry’s Paralympic flame celebration on Saturday 25 August, a group of people with a learning disability performed their routine, The Clean Sweep. The dancers also performed the following day in Birmingham. Both performances took place at the cities’ BBC Live Sites.
The routine was developed as part of We Dance – a grassroots dance scheme, which has seen hundreds of people with a learning disability take part in dance workshops across the West Midlands throughout 2012.
We Dance is run in partnership with Mencap, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Freefall Dance Company, mac Birmingham, Fox Hollies Performing Arts College and Midland Mencap.
The Clean Sweep reflects the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The story begins with a humble stadium cleaner starting his daily chores and then transports the audience through a range of archery and swimming events, on to the pentathlon and hammer throwing.
Dance for Camera
As part of the Paralympic Games celebrations, Freefall Dance Company also made two Dance for Camera films, which will be shown on the 23 BBC Big Screens throughout the UK during the Paralympics.
Lee Fisher, artistic director of Freefall Dance Company, said that the performances and the Dance for Camera films are "a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of people with a learning disability to share their passion for dance and help build the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Watch the We Dance Dance for Camera films