Bakewell’s 13th International Day of Dance – Saturday 27th June 2015

On a warm sunny day, 44 AIR members set off for Macclesfield. For the second time running the coach driver had been given the wrong times (once is a mistake, twice a choice) so we all spent another half hour waiting at the bus stop!

That was the only blemish in a really good day. Bakewell was very crowded for the day of international dance and looked splendid for this occasion.

The river adds to the character of the town

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and it is teaming with fish.

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Even the heron was attracted there, not put off by the thronging crowds.

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The town looked beautiful for this happy day

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From 11am till 4.30pm international dance was held in the streets at 6 different venues

We saw ‘Jive’ in the Crescent:

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Belly dancing by the Belly Dance Flames (follow the link to see a sample) at Riverside Gadens.

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Followed by some tap by the Well Heeled (Appalachian)

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We then moved on to Bath Gardens to watch a bit of ‘And Hype’

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before watching Mulembas D’Africa (Angolan)

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At Water Lane we saw Black Pig – Morris dancers

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and around the corner in Portland square the delightful Nandavana and Purnagyan Dance demonstraited clasical Indian dance

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They even showed my wife how to do classical Indian hand dancing.

Meanwhile back at the Cresent we saw Timberline Steve who had got lots to join in.

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The biggest crowds were at the Riverside where they were enthralled by the Irish Dancers

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and amazed at the strength and grace of the Pole Athletes

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and entertained by the Spanish La Tiierra Flamenco

We could not resist watching a repeat of the young Indian group.

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At water lane we saw Adlington Morris

and then nipped round to Portland Square to see Konga (Dance Fitness) giving it all they had got!

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and finally Rueda (Salsa) got many of the crowd to join in

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before exhausted we returned to the coach after a very good day.

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