‘Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we should dance’
And dancing is all that will be going on at this Hackney Dance Marathon on April 27, for eight hours non-stop. Well, dancing and raising money for Headway East London, a charity that offers support to people affected by brain injury. If watching the London Marathon runners has inspired you but you’re more a lord of the dance or dancing queen than a runner bean, put your dancefloor skills to good use by registering and getting sponsored. Spectators are welcome to come and clap/cheer along/join in a bit too. Mark Dolan will be your host alongside a chorus line of live bands, food, drink and face painting. Registration is at 2pm and they have a line up that cleverly matches the hour with the decade:
3pm: 1930s Charleston with Swing Patrol.
4pm: 1940s Electro Swing with Chris Tofu at the helm.
5pm: 1950s Cuban Salsa with Afro Cuban.
6pm: 1960s Golden age of Bollywood with Pineapple Dance’s troupe of Bollywood dance teachers Bollywood Dance London.
7pm: 1970s Live Funk and Soul from The Funk Soul Brothers.
8pm: 1980s Thriller. Learn the famous dance routine with Holly from FRAME dance studio in Shoreditch.
9pm: 1990s Breakdance and Hip Hop with Street Dance XXL.
10pm: 2000s Celidh vs Samba. The Ceilidh Liberation Front team up with Samba drummers extraordinaire Rhythms of Resistance create a truly original finale.
And remember, nobody leaves Baby in the corner. Jude Brosnan
Dance Marathon will take place at St John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD. Registration is £10 and you are asked to raise £200 in sponsorship. Spectators entrance donation on the door (£10+ suggested). For info, see londondancemarathon.org.uk.