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Dancing will blossom at Hunstanton event

Community dance initiative Xen Arts is bringing a new twist to traditional folk dance and will be hosting a grand finale performance in Hunstanton as part of the Blossom Day celebrations on May 4.

The not-for-profit organisation has been running their ‘We Dance’ project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, delivering dance and music workshops with community groups across Hunstanton for the past six weeks.

Starting off with traditional Maypole dancing, the groups have gone on to add in their own moves and styles, drawing on other cultures and traditions they have links to.

Xenoula Eleftheriades, artistic director of Xen Arts, said: “ ‘We Dance!’ has been all about making connections in the community while experiencing different cultures and traditions through music and dance.

Folk Dance Remixed, who will be performing at Hunstanton's Blossom Day
Folk Dance Remixed, who will be performing at Hunstanton's Blossom Day

“The project was inspired by London-based dance company, ‘Folk Dance Remixed’, who use folk dance and music, mixing it with a variety of other cultural dances/sounds, to create exciting and diverse performances and workshops.

“Their styles include African, Street, Hip-hop, Bollywood, beatboxing and, as part of our grand finale, we are very excited that they will be joining our community dancers here in Hunstanton.”

There will also be an opportunity to take part in a free workshop led by ‘Folk Dance Remixed’ on May 3, or watch them perform at the Blossom Day celebrations at Hunstanton Community Centre, in Avenue Road, from 11am-4pm on May 4.

Blossom Day activities are free and open to all. For more information or to book a space on the workshop visit www.xenarts.co.uk or follow them on Facebook.

Xen Arts was set up by Xenoula Eleftheriades in 2008. Now in its eleventh year, it has expanded into an organisation that uses the arts to create opportunities in areas of adversity and hardship, working both in the UK and internationally.

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