More opportunities to appreciate and participate in dance with Got to Move’s extended run
SINGAPORE, 30 September 2019 – Got to Move (GTM), Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, returns for its fifth edition this October, providing the public with more opportunities to come together to enjoy dance and appreciate the arts. For the first time, this annual initiative will feature almost four weeks of dance activities around the island, from 4 to 27 October 2019.
The festival in October marks the high point of year-round initiatives by the National Arts Council (NAC) to celebrate the diversity of dance in Singapore. This year, participants can look forward to an exciting line-up of over 300 dance activities at over 50 locations island-wide, from studios, performing venues and shopping malls, to sport centres for the first time. The programmes span various genres and cater to different demographics including youths, families and under-served communities.
GTM is also a platform for dance enthusiasts and professionals to organise activities and programmes for the public. This grounds-up approach underpins the Council’s commitment to empower the dance community to create and present dance programmes for the community, and to champion inclusiveness in the arts.
Ms Elaine Ng, Senior Director, Sector Development (Performing Arts), NAC, says, “Through GTM's extended run and expanded geographical reach this year, we hope to provide more opportunities for the public to participate in dance activities. The dance community continues to push their creative boundaries and create meaningful programmes to engage everyone, from the youth to the silver generation to under-served communities. We are proud of their efforts, and encourage all Singaporeans to experience and appreciate Got to Move’s diverse range of dance activities with friends and family.”
Tapping on new and existing partnerships to offer a variety of programmes at more venues
This year, the festival will bring its programmes to more venues island-wide such as Jurong Point, SAFRA Toa Payoh, East Coast Park and Gateway Theatre, making dance activities easily accessible for everyone. GTM programmes will also be hosted at NAC’s Arts and Culture Nodes such as Kallang Community Centre and Wisma Geylang Serai, reaching out to those among the surrounding community who may be keen to try out dance.
For the first time, the public can also look forward to a GTM Dance-Walk in the heartlands (Sengkang Sport Centre) where GTM and SportSG will be collaborating to offer dance programmes closer to home. Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief of ActiveSG at Sport Singapore, says, “We are happy to partner NAC to bring the GTM Dance-Walk to the Sengkang community. Through our ActiveGroove Club, we will continue to offer dance programmes at our ActiveSG sport centres island-wide for residents to create memories, build friendships and adopt active lifestyles. Most importantly, we want our residents to get active and have lots of fun dancing and walking together!”
Engaging the public with inclusive and innovative projects that reach out to different demographics
The public can look forward to a wide variety of interesting projects, such as multi-disciplinary collaborations that empower dance practitioners and groups to go beyond their creative comfort zones to inspire each other and raise the bar of the home grown dance scene. Many of the programmes are specially tailored to engage three key demographics for GTM 2019: under-served communities, youths and inter-generational families.
· Flamenco Sin Fronteras has created a four-week fitness programme for seniors, La Fiesta Flamenca, which incorporates everyday movements, such as cooking and cleaning, into dance.
· Dance with Me! is a series of workshops by the Diverse Abilities Dance Collective which aims to encourage inclusivity and build awareness of disability-led practice through movement.
· Shadow dancing under the illumination of street lights is a series of workshops, performances and a dialogue session by Maya Dance Theatre that endeavours to show how dance can be a powerful medium to effect change and address social issues.
· A multi-disciplinary collaboration between artists and dancers, The Visual Collective is a series of workshops that spotlights other notable aspects of dance, such as beat production, sound-scaping and post editing of dance videos.
· Fans of popping and youths who are keen to try street dance will enjoy Building Styles Specialist, a workshop that focuses on hands, legs and robot-style popping.
· Swing and All That Jazz will offer introductory workshops covering Lindy Hop, Charleston and Tap Dance and feature a demo-lecture on the development of jazz dance and music.
· A crowd favourite, Singapore Ballet Academy’s Parent & Child Ballet Partnering Workshop will return this year, giving intergenerational pairs a taste of classical ballet through dance-partnering, movement-learning and costume-making.
· A fun take on the popular “Snake & Ladders” game, Shake & Waddle is an interactive dance game that requires teammates to complete dance challenges to reach the top of the board.
· In celebration of Children’s Day, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre‘s immersive and interactive dance drama will take the young and young-at-heart on a journey back in time to revisit a popular Singapore story, The Legend of Bukit Merah.
For more information on Got to Move 2019, visit www.nac.gov.sg/GotToMoveSG. To join in the conversation, follow Got to Move on Facebook or Instagram @GotToMoveSG. Tag #GotToMoveSG.
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