Akram Khan choreographs the world’s biggest dance programme

Big Dance is the world's largest dance programme, with more than two million people having taken part in the project since it began. The Big Dance Pledge is delivered by the Mayor of London and People Dancing and has become a successful project in engaging over 250,000 participants in over 35 countries.

  • Akram Khan creating the Big Dance Pledge with students at the University of Roehampton. Photograph: Richard Parr

The Big Dance Pledge 2016 is an opportunity for dance groups across the world to take part in a united dance performance. Anyone can take part in Big Dance as it is inclusive of all ages, levels of experience and types of body.

As part of the UK-wide Big Dance programme, this 2016 edition is created by choreographer Akram Khan with an original music track by composer Nitin Sawhney.

Teachers, artists and participants are invited to learn the original 4-minute choreography or develop their own version to suit their style, abilities and experiences of the themes of the work, which include journey, migration and overcoming of adversity.

Visit the British Council Schools Online website to find out how to get involved. 

Resources are available online on the Big Dance website, including online tutorial films, a written teaching guide, the music track, documentaries and a participant certificate to download and view online.

Groups are encouraged to perform on 20 May 2016 at 1pm or 7pm, local time, giving a ‘wave’ of connected performance throughout the world.

The British Council is supporting events in:

Spain
Armenia
Lebanon
Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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