Redbridge residents invited to take part in umbrella dance performance

PUBLISHED: 04:30 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 22 December 2017

The Cirque Bijou Umbrella Project. Picture: Matthew Andrews

The Cirque Bijou Umbrella Project. Picture: Matthew Andrews

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Whether you are a child and like splashing in muddy puddles, or you are an adult with a penchant for the movie Singing in the Rain, everyone at some point has boogied in a downpour.

Bottle art at the festival. Picture: Matthew Andrews Bottle art at the festival. Picture: Matthew Andrews

Now you can put your skills to good use – thank you British weather – as Vision, Redbridge Culture & Leisure is inviting residents to take part in an interactive umbrella performance on the streets of central London.

No need to fret if you haven’t danced in a while, or even if you never have, as training will be given during a three-hour session at Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford.

Bristol-based Cirque Bijou will be on hand on Sunday, January 14, between the hours of 10am and 1pm to teach interested residents the steps.

The umbrella routine will then be performed at Lumiere 2018 - the UK’s biggest light festival - and danced around Piccadilly and Fitzrovia on January 19 between 5.30pm and 10pm.

A Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure spokeswoman said she was excited to announce the news and there is no cost to take part.

“The Umbrella Project is all about dancing with umbrellas, don’t worry it’s not as tricky as it sounds,” she said,

“Do join us to learn some simple choreography on Sunday January 14 from 10am-1pm in South Woodford and then light up central London on January 19.

“The workshop is free and suitable for adults and children aged 14 plus.

“No previous dance experience necessary but to take part you must commit to both the workshop and the performance.”

Interested residents can sign up using the website Eventbrite.

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis.

“By reserving a space for the workshop you are also committing to the final performance,” the spokeswoman added.

“If you reserve a space and are then unable to attend please contact the culture team to cancel your ticket.”

What are you waiting for?

Why not get more exercise – and burn off the excess turkey and mince pies why you are at it – in a fun and engaging way.

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