Sunday, 20 March 2011

Young Photographers Needed for London 2012 Dance Project

Wolverhampton based Central Youth Theatre are looking for young photographers to take part in their Everybody Dance Now project. Everybody Dance Now is a Dancing for the Games project inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands. It is an international celebration of the history of social dance in Wolverhampton, and will culminate in a city-wide festival from 29th July – 6th August 2011.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad commission, Central Youth Theatre have been able to offer several paid apprenticeship posts in various aspects of the arts including writing, directing, design, technical theatre and now photography. The project is looking to recruit three young photographers to capture the magic of the festival. The photographers will be busy recording all aspects of the festival – the performances, the workshops and the public social dances – and their images will be used in the festival newsletter and website, and will be an important part of the legacy of the festival.

Project co-ordinator Jane Ward says, “We are looking for keen photographers aged 16-24 with a flair for taking a beautiful photograph, especially when capturing live action. It will be an exciting job, following the action from one location to another, so we need people who are confident with a camera. We are going to be working in some unique venues such as the Slade Rooms and the magnificent Low Level Railway Station. This is a unique chance for young people to be involved with an international festival, and be a part of London 2012. It will be fast paced and hard work, and it will be fantastic experience, especially for anyone wishing to pursue photography as a career”.

Anyone wishing to apply must be available for the duration of the festival, and the previous weekend 22nd-25th July when preview performances are being held. If you are interested you can find more information by contacting Jane Ward at or call Central Youth Theatre on 01902 572091.

Dancing for the Games and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad:
Dancing for the Games is part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands and is inspired by London 2012. It is a three year programme funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Arts Council England West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands. Dancing for the Games uses the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get as many people as possible dancing across the West Midlands.
The Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands is already touching the lives of thousands of people. To date some 347,400 people in the West Midlands have been involved in the Cultural Olympiad as audiences or participants, either as part of Open Weekend, the Inspire Programme, or through specific regional programmes. For more information about the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands, please visit,
Legacy Trust UK is a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival, and is in a unique position to help communities across the UK gain lasting and life-changing benefits from the 2012 Games. The Trust has allocated £40 million of funding to 12 programmes in each nation and region of the UK and four national programmes. This funding will act as a catalyst to link grassroots activities across into the Olympic programme, so that people from all walks of life – not just athletes and sports fans – can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information on Legacy Trust UK please visit

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