Got to Move, Singapore’s nationwide dance movement,
gets Singaporeans on their feet with new collaborations and
quality programming in its upcoming fourth edition

 

 

SINGAPORE, 11 September 2018 Got to Move (GTM), Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, which celebrates the diverse dance forms in Singapore, kicks off its fourth edition from 12 to 28 October 2018. An initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) to grow appreciation for dance in Singapore, this edition explores creative ways of bringing Singaporeans from all walks of life together through an exciting line-up of dance programmes and activities, including new collaborations and pairings between dance groups and genres.

 

QUALITY, SUSTAINED PROGRAMMES THAT REACH AUDIENCES IN MEANINGFUL WAYS

 

2              GTM 2018 offers the public more opportunities to engage in dance throughout the year, with two additional pop-up events in March and June, as well as a dance camp for students. These were held in conjunction with NAC’s ongoing initiatives such as Arts in Your Neighbourhood and Noise Singapore, as well as programmes by arts groups’ for synergistic collaboration.  GTM also continues to work with partners on inclusive programming to reach out to children and youths from under-served communities, so that everyone has the opportunity to experience and appreciate dance.

 

3              “Got to Move provides Singaporeans not only the opportunity to get a snapshot of the vibrant dance scene but also the chance to be inspired and engaged through the diverse range of programmes. This edition will also see more activities for families with young children and cross-genre collaborations as GTM continues to be a platform for our artists to work together and push their creative boundaries to reach a wider audience”, says Ms Elaine Ng, Senior Director of Sector Development for Performing Arts at NAC.

 

ARTISTS ARE INSPIRED TO CREATE DIVERSE, CREATIVE PROGRAMMING AND CROSS-GENRE COLLABORATIONS  

 

4            NAC organised a networking session in May for interested ISLANDWIDE programme partners. At the session, past participants of GTM spoke about the public dance programmes they had organised, and attendees discussed how this year’s programming could be improved with more unique offerings.

 

 5             “The networking session allowed me to meet like-minded advocates who are spreading the message that dance is for anyone and everyone, and that it knows no boundaries. I was fortunate to have met and eventually collaborated with talented individuals to produce a special joint Got to Move ISLANDWIDE programme this year. As a result, RedDot Bhangra, Dance Dynamics and P7:1SMA will be coming together to run a programme that allows the public to sample Indian, Chinese and Malay dance forms, and dress up in the traditional dance costumes of each culture,” says Toh Bao En, Outreach Lead for RedDot Bhangra.

 

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS  

 

6              As with last year, NAC will partner the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Sport Singapore (SportSG) to bring dance to the masses at prominent and accessible public spaces, to encourage people to give dance a try, and help them see that dance can be accessible and relatable to their everyday lives. This year, GTM continues to work closely with its outreach partner, the Esplanade, to raise awareness of dance. The event dates coincide with the Esplanade’s da:ns festival, held from 9 to 21 October, which offers international performances, workshops and masterclasses in dance.

 

Got to Move ISLANDWIDE

 

7              GTM 2018’s anchor festival opens with Got to Move ISLANDWIDE, a two-week festival which runs daily from 12 to 28 October, featuring a wide range of ground-up dance programmes happening around Singapore, including the heartland areas. The public can look forward to enjoying events held in non-traditional dance spaces such as the roof garden of Lot One Shopper’s Mall and a coffee shop in Lengkok Bahru, giving audiences a fresh perspective that dance can be enjoyed anywhere.

 

8              Some of the new highlights this year include Singapore’s first social dance-cum-street dance party, a special co-choreographed piece between a hearing and a hearing-impaired choreographer, and activities that allow participants of all ages to learn different dance styles and groove along Orchard Road. For more information on the ISLANDWIDE programmes, please refer to Annex A.

 

Got to Move SPOTLIGHT

 

9              The two weeks of ISLANDWIDE programmes will culminate in Got to Move SPOTLIGHT, an immersive and interactive one-day dance carnival held at the Civic District on 28 October from 8.30am to 12pm. Participants of all ages can look forward to get their groove on and work up a sweat with fun-filled activities incorporating different dance genres or enjoy themselves at the dance photography exhibition. Local dance partners will also capture the imaginative mind of the audiences as they experience dance outside of the conventional performance space. Held in conjunction with Car-Free Sunday SG in October, the carnival underpins NAC’s commitment to reinvent and revitalise urban spaces by bringing communities together through the arts.

 

10           Back by popular demand at Got to Move SPOTLIGHT is the Got to Move Dance-Walk, a playful mashup between a danceathon and walkathon. The event starts with a fun warm-up routine before participants are flagged off from the National Gallery Singapore City Hall Steps and make their way through stops along the route where they get to learn different dance moves. This dynamic dance and fitness experience was conceptualised by Creative Producer Ryan Tan, in collaboration with SportSG. For more information on Got to Move SPOTLIGHT activities, please refer to Annex B.

 

11          ““We are excited to be partnering with NAC. Exercise and fitness doesn’t always have to be boring and we hope that the specially choreographed Dance-Walk will show people that walking too, can be a good workout infused with fun. We look forward to seeing families, friends and colleagues come to join in the Got to Move Dance-Walk together with our SportSG ambassadors. Participants can make new friends and have fun while living better through sport.” Ms Diana Seng, Director of ActiveSG Academies and Clubs, Sport Singapore

 

12          For more information on Got to Move 2018, visit www.nac.gov.sg/GotToMoveSG.   To join in the conversation, follow Got to Move on Facebook or Instagram @GotToMoveSG. Tag #GotToMoveSG.