Dance summit first for Winchester

Press Release: 28/01/2013

Integr8 dance team

Winchester City Council is inviting dance organisations, practitioners and participants from across the District to its first ever Dance Summit on Thursday 7 February at the United Church in Jewry Street, Winchester.

Thousands of local people take part in dance activities each year, from commercially-run classes to fun, community groups. Dance is good for fitness, weight control, co-ordination, stress reduction, creativity, self-discipline and wellbeing: it can be wholly social or very private, according to taste. There have even been spectacular results locally from the Wessex Dance Academy, which transforms the outlook of young vulnerable people who are at risk of offending.

The event will provide delegates with an opportunity to discuss current provision, with a focus on what happens to participation as young people move from primary to secondary education. It will get off to a flying start with a live performance by Integr8 Dance Company, which features dancers from across all school year groups.

There will be plenty of time for networking, and advice about funding from Sport England’s Sportivate programme provided by the Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Team.

Charlie Sapey, Director of Integr8 Dance Company, said:

We are looking forward to the event and are grateful to Winchester City Council for giving our dancers the opportunity to perform and talk about their own real life experiences.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Winchester City Council’s London 2012 Champion and Portfolio Holder for Communities, Culture and Sport, added

This summit is the first in a series of arts sector meetings. We have started with dance because it fits very neatly with our other 2012 Legacy work, and will capture the buzz from last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Dance offers an activity for people who may not consider themselves as ‘sporty’. The Council is keen to work with partners to ensure that all our residents have the opportunity to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book your space contact Alison Woods at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 347 or email You can also follow us on Twitter at @winchestercity