Dancers and free runners to perform Easter extravaganza

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DANCERS in Sunderland are preparing for a spectacular performance.

Workshops and rehearsals are under way in the city centre and Boldon Colliery for a show which will see hundreds of dancers and free-runners perform in South Tyneside.

Rush will be performed on Easter Sunday, April 5, against the background of the Engine House of St Hilda’s Colliery in South Shields.

And there’s still time for Wearside dancers to get involved.

Robby Graham, director at Newcastle-based dance company Southpaw, said: “Rehearsals are under way in Sunderland and are going well.

“We’ve got a good mixture of experienced dancers and others who’ve heard about Rush and want to get involved.

“There is still plenty of time for people to be part of what is going to be a very special event.

“People can join our workshops up until the end of February, but will have to commit to dancing at the last sessions and over weekends.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve not danced before, as we’ll teach you the moves.

“We’re looking for participants aged 16 and over.”

The project is the latest commission by the Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded initiative aiming to encourage and increase participation in the arts in 10 council wards in Wearside and South Tyneside.

Rush follows the stories of three people who feel disenfranchised and isolated from society – a homeless man; a factory labourer on a zero-hours contract and a young single mum.

Highlights include choreographed mass movement, breakdancing, prams and free-running.

 If you’re interested in taking part in Rush, go online and visit