Dance chance for young West Midlanders

Published: 21 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”: Critical Mass 2022

Young dancers aged between 16 and 30 from across the West Midlands are being given the opportunity to get involved in some of the biggest events of 2022.

About 300 young people will be part of a dance and movement collective where they will learn new styles and work with professional dancers to create a wide variety of performances.

As part of Critical Mass 2022, they will form a disabled and non-disabled dance crew who will perform at events including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, the opening show of the Birmingham 2022 cultural programme and Birmingham International Dance Festival 2022.

Raidene Carter, executive producer for culture programme and live sites at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said, "this is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people from across the West Midlands to be involved in some of the biggest events ever in our region.

"We look forward to welcoming hundreds of young people to our summer camps and beginning this unique journey together.”

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

Alex Henwood, head of participation at DanceXchange, the Birmingham-based dance organisation that is leading Critical Mass, added, "participants don't need to have any previous dance experience and we’re particularly keen to hear from young people who self-identify as disabled or are from black, Asian, mixed and non-white ethnicities.”

Applications are now open at the Critical Mass 2022 web site.