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Applications are now open to young people aged 16-30 from across Warwick district to be part of Critical Mass 2022 dance and movement collective, a unique opportunity to be involved in some of the biggest events of 2022, including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies. 


Participants will learn new dance styles, meet other young dancers and work with professional dancers to create and participate in various performances. Sessions and rehearsals will take place across the West Midlands, with a range of Summer Camps taking place during August where participants can find out more about the project and begin their journey with this exciting project. 


Summer Camps will take place across the region, including Birmingham city centre, Selly Oak, Royal Leamington Spa, Shrewsbury, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Worcester.


Raidene Carter, the Executive Producer for Culture Programme and Live Sites at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said: 


“We are on the lookout for a genuinely diverse collective who represent Birmingham’s vibrant communities with enthusiasm for creating memorable moments for spectators to enjoy on a regional, national and international scale.


“This August, we look forward to welcoming hundreds of young people to our Summer Camps and beginning this unique journey together – I encourage all of those interested to sign up online today.”


Critical Mass 2022 is a unique collaboration between Arts Connect, Birmingham 2022, DanceXchange and the Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG), a dedicated network of 70+ dance organisations across the West Midlands. They are passionate about developing dance participation. 


Alex Henwood, Head of Participation at DanceXchange, the Birmingham based dance organisation that is the lead delivery partner for Critical Mass, added: 


“Participants don’t need to have any previous dance experience, and we are particularly keen to hear from young people who self-identify as disabled and/or from Black, Asian or mixed ethnicities.


“The Summer Camp programme will be a mixture of online and in-person sessions, and we recommend that participants take part in at least one of each type to get the full Critical Mass experience.”


The summer camps are at Motionhouse’s Spencer Yard studio in Royal Leamington Spa, on Sunday 15 August at 11 am and Thursday 26 August at 6 pm. To sign up, visit criticalmass22.org.uk.


Written by: David Watkins

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