Hundreds of young people from Birmingham and beyond have been given the chance to dance on a world stage thanks to a £1 million project generously funded by the Spirit of 2012 charity, to encourage the legacy of London 2012.
Critical Mass 2022 builds on the strong foundation which dance already has in the West Midlands, working with lead delivery partner DanceXchange and in collaboration with Arts Connect and Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG). A collective of up to 300 dancers aged from 16 to 30 are part of some of the biggest events of Birmingham 2022. They’ll perform at the Opening Ceremony of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and at other events during the Birmingham 2022 Festival.
The project aims to be truly diverse and inclusive, representing our region’s ethnicity and with around a third of its members self identifying as D/deaf or disabled. The effect on participants has already been transformational, creating lasting friendships and newfound creative skills.