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Sheffield Popular Dance Festival returns for its 21st anniversary with online workshops


The popular Chance to Dance dance festival took a hiatus in 2020, and many dance enthusiasts missed the free event that typically fills the downtown area with color and creative talent every summer.

However, the festival returns in 2021 to mark its 21st year, with some exciting changes to the standard format.

On September 4 and 5, you can participate in free online dance workshops offered by a range of teachers specializing in styles such as Contemporary, Colombian and Kathak; the tradition of a mass dance can also be enjoyed on Saturday afternoons, with an easy and accessible Charleston session.

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African Dance Groove perform at Chance to Dance in the Winter Garden on June 9, 2007. Credit: Photo Sheffield

Coordinator Nisha Lall said: “Due to the time difference, all international teachers are very flexible as they want to be part of this unique festival. In previous years, we have only hosted local dance groups so the audience can join their classes after the festival, but the beauty of online events is that anyone can get involved. For a small town in England we have a wide range of cultures among the people of Sheffield and we are part of a network of dancers from all over the world. This year’s event will be a tribute to the international nature of dance and truly bring us all together.

On Saturday evening, a series of dance films will be screened for those who like to watch rather than participate, and on Sunday evening, special Hawaiian dance workshops.

After the festival weekend, the website will host specially recorded tutorials and performances to watch.

Chance to Dance is a downtown dance festival that was established in 2000, and over the years it has seen as many as 50,000 people participate in different forms of dance – from salsa to bhangra and hall from prom to modern jive.

The festival is free and open to anyone who wishes.

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