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Blackpool residents get dancing in exciting new film

Blackpool showed off its dance moves this weekend in an exciting new film.

Residents from the resort have teamed up with Showtown Museum and community arts organisation, LeftCoast, to create a film celebrating the brand new social dance: The Blackpool Way. 

On Sunday, the film was launched at the town’s popular arts venue The Old Electric, seeing an array of people enjoy festive treats as they were introduced to the new routine.

During the short film, a young man encounters a whole host of different dancers as he makes his way through Blackpool, ending up at the iconic Empress Ballroom.

The people he meets are all dancing The Blackpool Way in a variety of different dance styles including; ballet, tap, cabaret, hip hop, salsa, afro-fusion, vogueing and of course, ballroom!

A group of young adults sat in a stairway looking at the camera. all of them are dressed in blue, pink, black and yellow
The House of Wingz crew getting ready for their performance (Picture: Claire Griffiths)

Inspired by Blackpool’s 160-year-old tradition of creating and circulating novelty dances across the UK, The Blackpool Way is part of a mass participation dance project called Get Dancing. 

Over the past 18 months, Showtown and LeftCoast have worked in partnership with local dance collective House of Wingz to deliver the project.

An initial call out on social media asked people to submit moves for a new social dance, and over 100 submissions were received from across the globe, not just Blackpool.

Creative leads House of Wingz took these ideas and choreographed The Blackpool Way. It has since been their mission to teach people the dance online, on people’s doorsteps, in schools and at events.

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House of Wingz showed off some moves at The Blackpool Way premiere (Picture: Claire Griffiths)

In September, local dancers, community groups, and volunteers were invited to be featured in The Blackpool Way film. 

The three day shoot involved nine Blackpool locations and a cast of 124 people, who were a mix of professional dancers, House of Wingz dance crew, dance schools, Blackpool and the Fylde college students, Blackpool residents, and members of the public who responded to a call out for volunteer extras.

Following its launch, LeftCoast, Showtown, and House of Wingz are hoping residents will take the dance and teach it to their friends and family, spreading the routine far and wide.

Plans are already being put in place to bring The Blackpool Way into 2022 – by the end of next year, the team are hoping the whole town will know about the latest dance craze.

The Mayor of Blackpool, Cllr Amy Cross, joins the Get Dancing team (Picture: Claire Griffiths)

Tina Redford, LeftCoast’s Artistic Director, said: “The Blackpool Way is a social dance and we trust people will enjoy learning it together for fun or fitness. It is a dance with tons of spirit and an attitude of optimism and resilience, which is vey fitting for this town and the times we find ourselves in.

“It feels like the beginning of a movement rather than the end…”

The Leader of Blackpool Council, Cllr Lynn Williams, said: “The Blackpool Way film is fantastic. The spirit and resilience of Blackpool clearly shines through all those involved.

“A huge congratulations to Showtown, House of Wingz and LeftCoast for their hard work and effort bringing together the community through such a difficult time.

“I hope those who came down to the premiere take away the dance and teach it to others, continuing to spread some joy through the winter months.”

You can find out more about the Get Dancing project and get involved online

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