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Don't Just Sit There!

Published on Wednesday 20 April, 2011

Don't Just Sit There participants at KC Stadium in Hull preparing for the big day. Photo Tim Smith.

The KC Stadium in Hull is set to become Yorkshire's biggest dance floor on Good Friday as 250 young dancers between the ages of 8 and 20 take to the pitch for the Hull Super League derby half-time show.

Photo Tim Smith.This is part of the Don't Just Sit There project which aims to get people from across the region out of their arm chairs and onto their feet. Don't Just Sit There is part of imove, the Legacy Trust UK programme for Yorkshire; a new and imaginative celebration of human movement, bringing together the best creative talent from the region to produce a programme of events designed to inspire the public in the run up to the London 2012 Games. Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Northern Ballet has devised the dance piece with students from Hull College and St Mary’s College. The students have developed workshops in participating schools including: Gillshill Primary School; Endike Primary School; Spring Cottage Primary School; Endsleigh Primary School; Penshurst Primary School; Sirius Academy; St Mary’s College and Hull College.

Photo Tim Smith.This diverse project has helped raise awareness of health and fitness for the young people involved, and has brought together the East and West of the City in a project involving trust and co-operation.

People will also be treated to live music, dance and physical theatre before, during and after the match. The KC Stadium partnership with Rugby Football League will be bringing the inflatable Skills Zone for all to have a go on. Activities run from 10am until 4pm.

The partners involved in the Don’t Just Sit There project include ArtForms, Lishi (formerly the College of Chinese Physical Culture), Open Minds Theatre Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern Ballet. Each organisation isworking with schools and community groups across the region between now and the 2012 games on a series of projects which involve dance, theatre and music.

To find out more information about the imove projects and events, including Don't Just Sit There, happening in each area visit The site will be regularly updated with new events and commissions.

Photo Tim Smith. Photo Tim Smith.
Photo Tim Smith.
Photo Tim Smith. Photo Tim Smith.


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