SINGAPORE, 14 September 2016 – Got to Move, Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, returns for its second edition to celebrate the diversity of Singapore’s dance scene. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Got to Move will be held from 7 to 23 October 2016, with a wide range of over 200 exciting dance programmes and activities for the public in Singapore to discover, appreciate and experience dance.

 

2          By offering a platform for the dance community to organise free, dance-related activities for the public, Got to Move aims to grow awareness of and deepen appreciation for dance. At the same time, it brings the Singapore dance community together and provides greater exposure for them among the wider public.

 

What’s new this year

3          Following the success of last year’s inaugural edition of Got to Move which saw over 11,000 participants, NAC’s survey of the participants found there was demand for a greater variety of activities and events in more accessible areas. With this in mind, Got to Move 2016 will offer a more diverse range of programmes at various locations across the island to reach out to a wider audience. In collaboration with over 50 programming partners, Got to Move will present programmes suitable for everyone – from children and young adults to seniors, photography enthusiasts to fitness buffs – and even added dimensions such as dance programmes with multimedia elements. The broader range of collaborative partners on board this year, such as *SCAPE, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Health Promotion Board, Kallang Wave Mall, KFit and People’s Association, also reflects greater support from the community at large.

           

4          Says Ms Elaine Ng, Director of Sector Development for Traditional Arts and Dance, NAC, “This year, we have a greater variety of larger-scale programmes reaching out to specific communities and demographic groups. From programmes that offer entertainment and participation to specially curated programmes that engage and educate, Got to Move aims to showcase how dance is for everyone – we hope people in Singapore will try their hand at dance and see how it can positively impact their lives.”

 

Got to Move SPOTLIGHT

5          This year sees the introduction of GTM SPOTLIGHT, a series of larger-scale events held over the three weekends to spotlight Singapore’s vibrant dance scene, and to allow the public to discover and immerse themselves in different dance-related activities. These new programmes focus on bringing communities together to foster greater social integration.

 

6          Come 15 October, the Civic District will come to life with GTM @ Civic District, featuring three experiential dance activities that encourage interaction among participants in novel ways.  For example, The MP3 Experiment brings participants together on an interactive MP3-led dance trail as they engage in a series of fun dance-related challenges together whilst on their earphones. Organised by social enterprise The Hidden Good, the activity hopes to break down barriers between strangers, drawing them out of their comfort zones to interact with one another and forge new friendships. Participants can also enjoy a site-specific dance performance Tracing the City, performed by dancers from LASALLE College of the Arts. Following this, participants can look forward to learning the GTM mass dance, moving to one beat as a community.

 

7          These activities will culminate in an immersive and interactive dance carnival, Padang Tari (Field of Dance) that brings participants on a closer look at traditional dance in Singapore. Independent producer Noor Effendy Ibrahim, the producer behind GTM @ Civic District, says, “Padang Tari, or the Field of Dance, suggesting the vast fertile openness for dance as both a creative energy for artists and a source of inspiration for audiences, aims to revive appreciation and passion for our diverse cultural roots, as well as to share the artistry and creative potential of traditional dance, which is deeply rooted in who we are as a nation.”

 

8          In the third and final weekend of Got to Move from 22 to 23 October, a two-day urban dance convention Urban 16 featuring showcases, dance battles, panel discussions and games will take place at Suntec City.  Organised by O School which specialises in urban dance, the convention offers a setting for both the public and the dance community to interact and learn more about the various styles and communities of urban dance. Participants looking to experience more diverse dance forms can also head to GTM @ Tanjong Goodman at Goodman Arts Centre on 22 October. Organised in conjunction with the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market, traditional and contemporary dance groups will hold a dance open house for the public to enjoy workshops, dance performances and film screenings. The full list of SPOTLIGHT events is enclosed in Annex A.

 

Got to Move ISLANDWIDE

9          Happening alongside SPOTLIGHT is Got to Move ISLANDWIDE, which sees dance activities organised daily throughout 7 to 23 October across Singapore. ISLANDWIDE programmes will allow the general public to personally experience dance in a wide variety of formats - from open classes and interactive projects to multimedia activities and educational talks about various aspects of dance as an art form.

 

10        Says Felix Huang, founder of Recognize Studios, “I feel that our dance community tends to look outwards to find history and inspiration for dance – most of our local dancers don’t dig deep enough within our own grounds. By creating an opportunity to document our local dancers and give them a voice and opinion on our own history, I hope that it would further enhance their sense of pride, showing them how far our dance industry has come, and how we can learn from the insights and experience of the past to bring a brighter future for our dancers here.”

 

11        The programmes for Got to Move ISLANDWIDE were selected from an open call among the dance community and general public earlier this year. Shortlisted applicants were offered grants to develop their ideas for this ISLANDWIDE segment. The full list of ISLANDWIDE programmes is enclosed in Annex B, and more information and registration details can be found at www.facebook.com/gottomovesg.

 

GTM REWARDS Card

12        This edition will also introduce a new element – the GTM REWARDS Card, which aims to attract new audiences and participants in dance, as well as to sustain interest and participation beyond Got to Move. Participants will receive a card when they attend any GTM programme from 7 to 23 October. To showcase how dance can be rewarding in both tangible and intangible ways, participants can redeem attractive lifestyle and dance-related prizes worth over S$100 when they attend GTM programmes. Redemptions are while stocks last at each redemption site. More details on the GTM REWARDS Card can be found in Annex C.

           

13        Adds Ms Elaine Ng, “Dance encourages creativity and spontaneity, whilst helping people lead fit and active lifestyles. A journey with dance usually begins with joining a taster class, watching a dance performance, or just moving to the beat – we hope the public can see how easy it is to try dance. With the GTM REWARDS Card, we want to show them how fun and rewarding dance can be as part of their lifestyles.”

 

14        For more information on Got to Move 2016, visit or follow Got to Move on Facebook or Instagram @GotToMoveSG. Tag #GotToMovesg to join in the conversation.

 

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