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  • A group of young dancers perform on stage at Moving Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • Temujin Gill leads a workshop in a school in Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • A group of dancers perform at a bus stop in Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • A group of dancers perform at a bus stop in Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • A group of young dancers perform on stage at Moving Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • A group of young dancers perform on stage at Moving Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke
  • A group of young dancers perform on stage at Moving Woolwich
    Photo by Alicia Clarke

Thousands of people got moving in Woolwich in General Gordon Square

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Thousands of people in Woolwich enjoyed an afternoon of free dance performances and movement workshops on Friday, as Greenwich Dance opened their popular summer festival with a free event at General Gordon Square, Woolwich.

Moving Woolwich, a vibrant celebration of dance, included opportunities for audiences and passers-by to join in the fun - including a chance to learn Caribbean dance with Sheba Montserrat; dance workshops for local primary school children led by Temujin Gill; and live performances by South London Samba.

At a nearby bus stop, Company Bim and a community cast surprised and delighted nearby bus passengers, with their flash mob performance of Bus Stops choreographed by Bim Malcomson.

The afternoon concluded with an audience of hundreds enjoying performances by youth dance companies and local community groups, all performing on stage at General Gordon Square.

Caron Loudy, Creative Programme Manager at Greenwich Dance, said: "It was brilliant to see so many people enjoying dance and movement at General Gordon Square on Friday! Moving Woolwich brought the whole community together in dance, and all of the performers thoroughly enjoyed showcasing their work on stage. Greenwich Dance works with local communities right across the Royal Borough all year round, and it was a privilege to present such a variety of work in Woolwich to a really appreciative audience."

Amongst the audience on Friday were the Worshipful Mayor of Royal Greenwich, Cllr Olu Babatola; and Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries & Community Well-being.

Moving Woolwich was the opening event of Greenwich Dances - a collection of six inspirational dance events across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, presented by Greenwich Dance. Greenwich Dances is part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.