4th - 6th July 2008
Bath Dance Festival 4-6 July 2008

Children at the Dance Festival on the Saturday       Children at the Dance Festival on the Saturday

Bath's first dance festival which took place over the weekend of the 4th - 6th July was hailed as a success.


Friday night's Latin American dance show at the Pavilion in Bath gave the festival an excellent start with a huge Latin American Opening Night Party. This included classes in a variety of Latin American styles from vibrant top local teachers, live band K’Chevere and a spectacular Latin American cabaret by three times World Salsa Champions Chris Marques & Jaclyn Spencer. Chris Marques & Jaclyn Spencer



Saturday saw Bath Abbey Churchyard filled with local performers and local school dancers as they battled it out to lift the title of Bath’s Inter-schools Dance Competition champions for the year. Saturday evening featured a prestigious collection of some of the top stars of dance from a variety of disciplines all in the same show. Highlights included a premier of Junior Laniyan’s About Time tap company’s new show, Mi Tierra Flamenco with guest Flamenco dancers from Madrid, Cesar Velasquez & Carolina Gonzalez in their breathtaking showcase of Argentine Tango.


Cesar Velasquez & Carolina Gonzalez


Sunday saw crowds of guests at the Assembly rooms in the morning to take part in taster dance sessions and then many took part in the afternoon dance event with live music from top enigmatic dance band Tony & The Sapphires followed by the opportunity to watch the excellent dance show performed by Strictly come dance stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova. Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova

The 2008 Bath Dance Festival’s nominated charity  was the Quartet Community Foundation, a local charity which supports a huge range of good causes within our community. More information can be found on their web-site The festival was also supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council and local and national businesses. The dance festival are also grateful for the support that they received from The Bath Chronicle, BBC Points West and Bath FM.

James and Joanna the festival directors were extremely pleased with the festival and are now already planning the 2009 Dance Festival which will take place over the first bank holiday in May.

Vivien, Joanna, Darren, Lilia, Kerrianne, Loraine & James

Vivien, Joanna, Darren, Lilia, Kerrianne, Loraine & James

Morgan-Brinkhurst Consultancy are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Viva La Dance (click link to visit their Web Site) on the festival planning and promotion and look forward to continuing to work with them on the 2009 Dance Festival.


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