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Dance All Night Leeds - Skaters & Steppers Welcome
Dance All Night Leeds - Skaters & Steppers Welcome

Sat, 13 Apr

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Leeds

Dance All Night Leeds - Skaters & Steppers Welcome

This listing is for those wanting to take part in the parade. If you would simply like to watch or participate in the dancing outside Leeds Art Gallery, no RSVP is needed. For full details of the event, please see https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/events/leeds-art-gallery/dance-all-night-leed

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Time & Location

13 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 14 Apr 2024, 01:00

Leeds, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA, UK

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About The Event

This listing is for those wanting to take part in the parade. If you would simply like to watch or participate in the dancing outside Leeds Art Gallery, no RSVP is needed.

For full details of the event, please see https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/events/leeds-art-gallery/dance-all-night-leeds

Once registered, you'll have access to a group to provide further information about the route.

Skaters of all experience levels are welcome!  While the project intends to focus on female-identifying and minorities, all genders are warmly welcomed.

Where are we meeting?

We will meet at 6:30pm at Woodhouse Moor Skate Park, before dancing our way across the park and into Leeds city centre.  If you are a less experienced skater, you do NOT need to do this on your skates. We recognise part of the route may pose terrain outside of your comfort zone, and you certainly can't dance if you're worried about falling.  

I love dancing, but feel a bit silly in public... Can I join in?

Of course! The more the merrier! We are all likely to be out of our comfort zones, but we can support each other. Our focus will be on spreading the joy of roller skating - even if we're not on skates.  We're capturing the skater energy!

What should I wear?

We suggest layers are a good idea - if you're wearing your skates, definitely bring shoes! Trainers for dancing. Otherwise be as bold and bright as you want.  If you have any clothing to indicate you're a skater, you could wear that, but we don't have a uniform as such.

What should I bring?

A little bag to hold your shoes, snacks, hat (if it gets cold later) and so on. We'd also suggest to bring a set of headphones so you can enjoy your own tunes. We will have our portable speaker, but there may be times we need to turn it off!

What if it rains?

We will wait for updates from Dance All Night Leeds and share information when we have it. We expect the event to go ahead in every weather, but if it rains, we will be on feet, not skates!

How long is the event?

The parade part is quite free flowing, starting at 6.30pm from Woodhouse Moor / Hyde Park skate park. The main performance part will take place outside Leeds Art Gallery around 8pm.  After that there will be some workshops and a silent disco - you're welcome to stay as long as you like. It's due to finish at 1am.

Roller Girl Gang, it's staff and volunteers will always do their best to support skaters, but it is ultimately you must take responsibility for yourself.

Come along to experience a unique one-off dance performance across the streets of Leeds, followed by a mass public dance event that will transform Victoria Gardens into a dance space for all.

Melanie Manchot’s ‘Dance (All Night, Leeds)’ takes inspiration from the very first Reclaim the Night (RTN) March in 1977. Over ten Leeds dance and movement organisations will re-trace the routes taken by feminist protesters involved in the original march, which kick-started a global Reclaim the Night movement to protest against sexual violence and for gender equality.

Watch these dance groups performing a myriad of different rhythms as they dance through the streets converging onto a lit dance space outside Leeds Art Gallery where they will dance with, around and in relation to each other – playfully negotiating the space through a polyphony of dance forms.

There will be two processions and march routes which will be publicised nearer the time on this webpage and the gallery’s socials. Both processions start at 6.30pm and conclude in Victoria Gardens in front of the gallery at 8pm. At 8.20pm there will be a special performance by urban roller skaters. 

From 8.30pm members of the public can engage in FREE dance lessons offered by many of the dance organisations involved in the march and can learn a new form of movement. Lessons will take place using silent disco headphones and will run from 8.30pm – 1am.

There is no need to book just come along on the evening. There will be over 300 silent disco headphones available on the night. Please note this is weather contingent and suitable footwear is advised. Please check back after Tuesday 9 April for updates or postponement details in event of bad weather.

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