Diversity is centre stage at dance festival
An Aberdeen dance festival is to put diversity centre stage as it welcomes world class performers to the city.
Dancelive will offer 18 workshops and performances at five city venues from October 17-20, including shows celebrating disabled artists and exploring mental health and LGBT+ issues.
Among the performers are a US dancer with a fused spine, as well as artists from the LGBT+ community and those with experience of mental illness.
The acts range from children to those in their 90s.
The event is being
“Allows people to have own voice, to feel comfortable”
produced by the charity Citymoves, a dance agency based in Aberdeen, in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.
Chief executive of Citymoves Carol Benzie said: “It’s said that diversity is about being invited to the party, but inclusion is being asked to dance.
“Dancelive is all about equality, diversity and inclusion and unlocking the power to ensure that different perspectives are represented and are able to take part.
“Dance provides an environment that allows people to have their own voice, to feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging.
“It crosses borders and divides, cultures and nations and enables people of all ages and abilities to take part.”
She added: “We want to reach out to a broad audience and to reach anyone that is curious about dance, as well as other art forms.”
For more information visit citymoves.org.uk/ dancelive