Let’s Dance 2020 the inclusive showcase for 2000 young Brighton dancers aged 5 – 18 is now in the middle of its 16th year at Brighton Dome. Running for 4 days this week from 9th – 12th March, the event is one of the largest UK dance events iinvolving 76 schools and dance groups from across the city.
It began in 2005, with a single night’s event at Dorothy Stringer School and has grown over the years to become a regular annual event in the City’s calendar. Regular compere, Andy Marchant highlighted how the event had grown in confidence and innovation over the years, with the first night ending with an all male performance of “Believer” from Dorothy Stringer School. Event Organiser, Katie Booth said “We now have a real mix of ages, abilities and genre of dances, as well as a few groups of all males which we never had in the beginning.”
It’s a refreshing change from the glitzy world of dance competitions, that Let’s Dance does not offer prizes or awards, but instead puts the emphasis on the talent of young people and a fun night out, in a truly unpretentious way. Let’s Dance has nurtured dancers with groups such as Southern Knights Stars, which has teenagers who have progressed from dancing with schools to being part of a competitive dance club in 2020. Andy also highlighted how dance helped nurture confidence in young people, highlighting a chat backstage during rehearsals with members of West Hove Dance Academy who had demanded to know what he was planning to say about them and he concluded: “No lack of confidence in that dressing room!”