Celebrating a world of dance at Bakewell

For one day every year, Bakewell hosts a celebration of world music and dance, heralding the start of the town’s carnival week.

The watching crowds on June 24 will be able to travel the world with dances from Eastern Europe, Africa, Argentina, Ireland, India, Spain, Egypt and the Appalachian Mountains.

There will be 25 groups, of all ages, from Bakewell Infants School and Highfield students, to the mature ladies of Growing Old (Dis)gracefully, performing at six outdoor venues across the town from 11am-4.30pm.

There will be Bollywood and Collegiate Shag (Swing), dances from Angola and South Africa and Broadway musicals, complete with feather boas, canes and hats.

There will be opportunities to join in and learn a few basics of the individual dances or you can just relax and enjoy the performances.

Don’t be put off if it rains as there will be an alternative wet weather programme in the town hall from 11am.

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.

This year you can learn the basics of French dancing and other styles.

For further workshop details visit bakewelldayofdance.co.uk

The whole day will be rounded off in fine style with a Ceilidh at Bakewell Town Hall from 7.30-11pm.

The Down Trodden String Band will provide the music and the proceeds will go to The Gobokan Trust, a Rwanda Charity based in Bakewell.

For more information of the day or tickets for the ceilidh ring Jude on 01629 815469 or Di on 01629 812104.