The world’s biggest dance event returned to ExCeL London on 8-10 March 2019 and this year attracted a record 31,389 people from the performing arts community – a 7% increase from the 2018 show.
This year the show’s creative ambassadors, Aston Merrygold of JLS and BASE Studios added even more energy and inspiration to the three-day festival. Other names on the impressive headliner line-up included Layton Williams who is currently starring as Jamie New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Strictly Come Dancing’s Neil and Katya Jones, Cirque du Soleil, Brandon Lawrence (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Flawless, Company Chameleon, Company Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kloe Dean – Myself UK Dance, tap legend Jason Samuels Smith (presented by BLOCH), as well as Eleiyah Navis and Harry Smallman, Company Jinks, Dane Bates Collective, James and Oliver, Prospects Fraternity, the Globe Girls and Olu Alatise all of whom recently appeared on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer. Visitors got the chance to see our headliners perform on the MOVE IT Main Stage and/or were taught by them in the MOVE IT dance studios.
MOVE IT 2019 was packed with the most exciting features, exhibitors, artists and much, much, more, here are just a few highlights from the weekend…
THE FIRST EVER MOVE IT AFTER DARK
The world’s biggest dance crew joined us on the Main Stage for two nights at our very first ever MOVE IT After Dark. On Friday evening they led an amazing mass participation workshop on the Main Stage giving visitors the opportunity to learn ‘pollyswagg’ choreography – three lucky dancers were even given the opportunity to dance on stage with them the following night! The global sensation returned on Saturday supported by finalists from BBC’s The Greatest Dancer including Company Jinks, Eleiyah Navis and Harry Smallman, The Globe Girls, Prospects Fraternity, James and Oliver and X-Factor Finalists The LMA Choir for an unforgettable evening performance. The night was also hosted by the one and only Louie Spence! Who do you want to see at MOVE IT After Dark 2020?
THE ICONIC MOVE IT MAIN STAGE
With a record breaking audience, the Main Stage featured the likes of Eleiyah Navis, Harry Smallman, Layton Williams, Ellie Ferguson, Company Chameleon, Neil and Katya Jones, Dane Bates Collective and many, many more. Make sure your signed up to MOVE IT Mail to find out who will be performing at MOVE IT 2020 – and remember if you want to perform on the iconic Main Stage applications will be opening very soon, in the meantime you can register your interest here.
RHYTHM RUNWAY FASHION STAGE
Brands also came to life on the new show catwalk – The Rhythm Runway providing the perfect opportunity to spot the latest dance fashion trends, it was a huge success with over 20 brands taking part. We also held a talent search which gave you the chance to become a brand ambassador for some of the biggest brands in the industry. This year’s winners were; Alice Causo (Dansez), Bianca Sherratt (BLOCH), Reece Williams (So Danca) & Ruby (Eden Dancewear).
THE FREESTYLE STAGE WAS BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER!
This year’s Freestyle Stage saw some of the hottest talent with an eclectic mix of styles. We saw solos, trios and even crew takeovers! Massive congratulations to this year’s winners – Rhiannon Moore, Hannah Millott and Lisandro Leonel, you blew us away! Thank you to everyone who took part, you were all amazing!
Our official charity partner danceaid
We had another incredible year working with danceaid. Last year your donations generated enough money to get Devon (pictured above) a brand new wheelchair, you may of even caught him showing us his moves on the Freestyle Stage. A huge thanks to all of you who donated this year, keep your eyes peeled for news of how your donations are spent.
Talks and Seminars lead the way
This year the show featured a programme of inspiring seminars and panel debates led by some of the top artists and industry professionals across the performing arts sector and for the first time this year all content was free to access. The timetable covered everything from how to pick the right training, to choreographic insights with Company Wayne McGregor, to using social media as a platform for success and more. If you would like to lead a talk or take part in a panel discussion next year please register your interest here.