Bakewell Day of Dance

Hype%20DanceBakewell Carnival gets off to a flying start on Saturday June 27 with The 13th International Day of Dance.

This colourful celebration of music and dance showcases a stunning variety of 33 international dance groups, who will be performing at eight outdoor venues around the picturesque town of Bakewell, from 11am to 4.30pm.

Travel the world with dances from Ireland, France, Spain, Latin America, Armenia, Angola, South Africa, India and The Appalachian Mountains.

There is traditional dance with folk and ballroom, contrasting with a range of upbeat contemporary dance.

Many of the old favourites will be returning, including Timberline Steve’s Line Dancers, the ever popular Black Pig Border Morris and The Nottingham Swing Dancers.

The event will be welcoming seven new groups this year, several of which promote dance as a fun way to keep fit.

These include Chesterfield Pole Athletes, Konga Dance Exercise, an Australian fitness programme inspired by a variety of dance styles and Fitsteps, which grew out of Strictly Come Dancing.

Also new this year are Nandavana, a classic Indian dance group inspired by its leader, Chamu Kuppuswamy’s love of nature, and in contrast, the all- female Hype Dance Company (pictured) which combines a variety of styles to bring us the sassy Siren Assassins.

Heather Clements’ group takes us back to the era of Rock and Roll but we can travel even further back in time with Winster Morris, a group first established in 1863.

This year, for the first time, there will be Tudor dancing in the courtyard of Bakewell Old House Museum and we are also introducing Bakewell Circle Dancers who will be dancing at Gernon Manor, a local care home.

There will be opportunities to join in and learn a few basic steps of the individual dances or you can just relax and enjoy the performances – and it’s all free!

Don’t be put off if it rains as there will be an alternative wet weather programme in the town hall from 12 noon.

There is also a chance to learn some steps in the workshops that run throughout the day, which will cost £3 for an hour long session. You can choose from French and Breton Dancing, Modern Jive, Konga, a high energy workshop, and Morris dancing with the Winster Morris Dancers.

From 7.30pm there will be an international ceilidh with Vertical Expression, one of the hottest bands on the contra dance scene. No experience is needed so come and join in the fun.

Tickets £8, Concessions £6 available from Bakewell Book and Gift Shop.

Profits go to the Goboka Rwanda Trust, a small local charity which makes a difference to the lives of people in Rwanda.

The town hall will be open from 5.30pm for tea, coffee and cake.

For more information and tickets ring Jude on 01629 815469 or Di on 01629 812104. You can also visit our website or email