Street Dance

30th July 2014

MIDLANDS BEST DANCE CREW 2014:

SEARCH LAUNCHES FOR URBAN DANCE SUPERSTARS OF THE FUTURE

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The search is now on to find the region’s top urban dance talent as Midlands Best Dance Crew is launched for its 2014 competition. The X-Factor-style dance-off for street dance groups has been running since 2010 and has produced winners that have gone on to feature in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. This year’s special guests are also BGT finalists, as The Addict Initiative, described by Simon Cowell as the best dance group since Diversity, will make a guest appearance, performing on the night.

This year’s competition will be held on Saturday 4th October, in an exciting evening of street dance competition in which troupes from across the Midlands compete for a £1,000 cash prize for the winning group. The event consists of performances from the shortlisted groups, plus input from the expert panel of judges, which includes major names in urban dance and choreography such as Supple Nam (has worked with Beyonce and Madonna and was Creative Director on Sky1’s Got to Dance, Britain’s Next Top Model and So You Think You Can Dance), Andi Vega (international award winning dancer and choreographer) and Gemma Hoddy (choreographer for the likes of the MOBOs, Top of the Pops, National Movie Awards and Blue Peter).

Previous winners include BASE, who went on to compete on national television in Britain’s Got Talent. The competition is run by 2Funky Arts, a community-based arts group focusing on young people, and will be held at Curve Theatre. Tickets are priced at £14, £12, £10 – £2 off for concessions.

Vijay Mistry from 2Funky Arts and the brainchild behind Midlands Best Dance Crew said “We would encourage groups from across the region to come forward and enter the competition. Not only do you get the chance to win £1,000, but the finalists all get great publicity. We have had some fantastic entrants in previous years and the standard has been sky high. This is an important platform for urban and street dancers from all sections of the community to compete and gain recognition for their skills, plus potentially turn a hobby into a lucrative career.”
Joshua Pilmore from previous winners BASE said “We have so much to thank Midlands Best Dance Crew for. It gave us the profile to pursue dance as a professional career, and we are all happy working in the industry. It is a dream come true for us.”

Entrants need to request an application from info@2funkyarts.co.uk, which are to be submitted by 15th August 2014. Shortlisted finalists will be announced by24th August 2014.

For more information on Midlands Best Dance Crew or tickets, please visit www.curveonline.co.uk/midlands-best-dance-crew or for an application form email info@2funkyarts.co.uk.

Join the debate about the Midlands Best Dance Crew on Facebook or #mbdc2014 on Twitter.

See our page #Dance News

Black Music

7th July 2014

New Website Celebrates Leicester’s Black Music History

2Funky Arts has put together a unique website on the history of Black music styles in Leicester, featuring their acclaimed documentary film on the subject.

Their Spectrum project tracks the city’s history of soul, disco, reggae, R&B, gospel, drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop and ‘urban’ music over the last 40 years. It covers singers, bands, DJ’s, sound systems, dancers, musicians and record labels, across music of Black origin.

As well as the film itself, the website includes full length interviews with artists, as well as historical photographs, original footage, sound clips and flyers. Artists interviewed for the film include reggae DJ’s Junior Blues and Skully, singer Carol Leeming, Jazz DJ Tony Minvielle, Producer and entrepreneur DJSS, Classic Groove DJ Collective and soul/ funk band Saquii. Vocalist Bizzi Dixon, who reached the semi-final in BBC1’s The Voice this year, was also featured.

Vijay Mistry, Director of 2Funky Arts said:
“We were unable to include all material in the film, so this website is the perfect platform for all of our exciting discoveries. The breadth of material is testament to the overwhelming public interest in the project.”

Colin Hyde, of East Midlands Oral History Archive, has said of the film:
“It is entertaining, informative and thought provoking and is a great example of how the memories of the people involved in the music business can bring the subject alive for new audiences.”

This is a five year project, building on what we have already, and artists and local music fans are encouraged to continue to submit flyers, photos, press articles, footage and other material reflecting the history of 40 years of Black music in Leicester. Contact Vijay on info@2funkyarts.co.uk for more information.
To visit the website and view the film, please go to: www.spectrumleicester.co.uk

Official Partners: Leicester Arts and Museums Service, East Midlands Oral History Archive, Mainstream Partnership, Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, African Caribbean Centre, African Caribbean Citizens Forum, Embrace Arts, Curve Theatre and HCC.

See also:

Home page for the #news section

Page on #heritage news

New #films

Gershwin in Leicester

1st July 2014

Crazy for Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin wrote some of the most loved music in the American songbook and Crazy for Gershwin is packed with some of their very best work.

Including: Someone to Watch Over Me, excerpts from Porgy and Bess, A Foggy Day in London Town which will be performed by the London Concert Orchestra and special guest vocalists, the highly acclaimed Meeta Raval and Rodney Earl Clarke.

However, that is not all. Bringing some heart-stoppingly fast paced and highly skilled dance to the proceedings will be dancers James Wilson and  Leila Stewart and West End tap dancing sensations Oliver Botterill and Lucy-Alexa Gilbert. They will be performing to pieces such as ‘S Wonderful, Lady be Good, Swannee and I Got Rhythm.

The line up will be completed by talented pianist Jonathan Scott who will bring all his skill to performing Rhapsody in Blue, arguably one of the most important musical pieces of the twentieth century.

See also:

What’s on at #Kilworth House Theatre.

Poet #Helen Ivory comes to Leicester.

The first part of our feature article on The #History of Leicester.

KIlworth House Theatre

1st July 2014

Kilworth House Theatre Listings

This page forms part of our archives

Tuesday 24th June – Sunday 27th July

SOUTH PACIFIC

Please note no Monday performances

Date

Time

Price

Tuesday 1st July

7.30pm

£28

Wednesday 2nd July

7.30pm

£28

Thursday 3rd July

7.30pm

£30

Friday 4th July

7.30pm

£32

Saturday 5th July

2.30pm

£27

Saturday 5th July

7.30pm

£35

Sunday 6th July

2.30pm

£27

Sunday 6th July

7.30pm

£28

Tuesday 8th July

7.30pm

£28

Wednesday 9th July

7.30pm

£28

Thursday 10th July

7.30pm

£30

Friday 11th July

7.30pm

£32

Saturday 12th July

2.30pm

£27

Saturday 12th July

7.30pm

£35

Sunday 13th July

2.30pm

£27

Sunday 13th July

7.30pm

£28

LIVE AT KILWORTH’

Wednesday 16th July

8.00pm

Gary Mullen & The Works performOne Night Of Queen

£29

Thursday 17th July

8.00pm

Gary Mullen & The Works performOne Night Of Queen

£29

Friday 18th July

8.00pm

Talon – The Best of Eagles SOLD OUT

£25

Saturday 19th July

8.00pm

Paul Carrack

SOLD OUT

£30

Sunday 20th July

8.00pm

Last Night of The Proms

SOLD OUT

£32

Monday 21st July

8.00pm

Bjorn Again

£29

Tuesday 22nd July

8.00pm

The Magic of Motown

SOLD OUT

£29

Wednesday 23rd July

8.00pm

A Viennese Strauss Gala

£32

Thursday 24th July

8.00pm

Ken Dodd

£28

Friday 25th July

8.00pm

The Manfreds

£29

Saturday 26th July

8.00pm

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

£25

Sunday 27th July

8.00pm

Last Night of The Proms

SOLD OUT

£32

Box Office 01858 881939 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm) online: www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk

Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leics LE17 6JE

See also:

New season at #Curve

Helen Ivory in Leicester

1st July 2014

Poetry

Don’t miss WORD! in July when we’ve got the famed, Helen Ivory – supported supersonic rising star, Shruti Chauhan.

WORD!..with Helen Ivory.
Supported by Shruti Chauhan.
July 1st 2014
The Y Theatre, 7 East St, Leicester
8pm (performers, 7pm)
£3/£4

Helen Ivory was born in Luton in 1969 and began to write poems at Norwich School of Art in 1997, under the tuition of George Szirtes. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1999 and then disappeared into a field in the Norfolk countryside to look after two thousand free-range hens.

When she emerged ten or so years later, she had two collections with Bloodaxe Books and had helped, with her own bare hands, to build several houses.

She is a poet and artist, a freelance creative writing tutor and academic director for creative writing for continuing education at the University of East Anglia, an editor for The Poetry Archive, editor of the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears, and co-organiser with Martin Figura of Café Writers in Norwich.

Helen is supported by talented local poet, Shruti Chauhan.

See also:

#Heritage news.

Part 1 of our feature:  #History of Leicester.

The new season at #Curve.

News about #Richard III.

Read about Leicester’s Summer of #Festivals.