Between 15 and 22 July there was a celebration of dance all over England. During Big Dance, there was dancing in the streets, in schools, on islands, in forests, in shopping centres, and in caves.
The week came to a grand finale on Saturday 22 July , when the Arts Council joined with the BBC and hundreds of participants and broke the Guinness world record for the greatest number of people to participate in a dance class simultaneously.
In Bournemouth, the Big Dance Class took place at Bournemouth Pavilion , where Jane White, head of dance at Bournemouth and Poole College , led a specially choreographed class. BBC Radio Solent was on-air live from the event with a special programme between 12 and 1pm and the Big Dance national world record attempt featured live as part of BBC One's Dancing In The Street TV special with Bruce Forsyth.
One hundred and two people participated in the dance class in the ballroom of the Bournemouth Pavilion – and everyone had a lot of fun. The routine was picked up very quickly and whole families joined in the fun. The Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth and BBC Radio Solent’s Lucy Warhurst were counting the dancers at the event, which was staged by BBC Radio Solent in association with the Arts Council and Activate.
One of the aims of Big Dance is to have a regular biennial event that leads up to the 2012 Olympics and have a lasting legacy for Dance the health benefits it can offer people.