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Don't Just Sit There Storm the KC Stadium

Published on Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Getting ready to to go on to the pitch. Photo Jon Ingham.

Good Friday saw the Don’t Just Sit There, Cultural Olympiad Project take over West Park as fans arrived at the Hull, KC Stadium. Their mission is to blend culture and sport in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics. They certainly did that at the KC. Spectators approaching the ground enjoyed a rare mix of Energisers sessions, Lishi dance, their local cheer leaders and Asian dance led by Rock and Dhol.

A full house at the Hull derbyAfter trying out the sporting skills in the Rugby Zone spectators watched Open Minds Theatre Company performed a special Don’t Just Sit There piece and invited fans into Colourscape to see Phoenix Dance Theatre Academy perform in a unique setting. On entry everyone was given a coloured poncho. Not surprisingly the Hull fans all refused to wear red. Don't Just Sit There filling the pitch at Hull KC Stadium After all this was the Hull derby and Northern Ballet had arranged to take 250 dancers from Hull College and local schools onto the pitch at half time to entertain an audience of 22,500.

Not surprisingly the young dancers were apprehensive as they waited for the half time whistle. This was followed by a fabulously confident display filling the whole pitch from corner to corner and ending in a salute to the crowds who responded with applause across the ground.

It was terrific to see the celebration of the young dancers who could hardly contain their excitement long enough for the group photograph.

Getting ready to storm the pitch during half-time at the Hull derby Any nerves were forgotten as the participants walked in front of the packed crowd
Everyone had great fun taking part The crown at Hull cheering the performance
Don't Just Sit There group photo

All photos Jon Ingham.

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