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London's Big Dance sets up 2012 Olympics

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London's Big Dance sets up 2012 Olympics


More than a thousand mostly amateur dancers took over the British capital’s landmark Trafalgar Square on Saturday for the Big Dance 2012.

The event is one of many cultural activities planned to coincide with the 2012 Olympics in London. Participants were picked to perform a coordinated routine with a renowned British choreographer.

“Working with Wayne McGregor was a brilliant experience,” said one teenager dancer. “He brought lots of dance and cultures together. It’s been amazing,” she added.

McGregor, who has been resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet since 2006, said: “I guess what’s important about it is everyone made their own choreography and all that I had to do was to structure it into one big piece.

“It’s thrilling to see so many people inventing their own material then perform it together. It’s fantastic,” he added.

Tourism chiefs hope they can use the Olympics to help showcase the UK’s cultural heritage with several more large events planned before September.

Britain’s Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt, who turned up to watch The Big Dance, said he was aware that the world’s eyes were suddenly on London.

“I suppose it’s that the moment just before a huge party starts and you walk around the house and you check that all the rooms are tidy and the food is in the oven and ready to be served and basically our plans are in place; and we are just very excited about it. We have 204 countries here to see the very best of Britain and to have a wonderful summer.”

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