Monday, 28 February 2011


sampad south asian arts is looking for dance lovers across the Black Country to take part in an exciting new digital dance project.

Coming to New Art Gallery Walsall on Sunday 27 March, the project sampad dance dub, will see the gallery filled with over 100 people who will be filmed dancing to a lively track.

The short film, created in just one take, will be available on YouTube and shown at various screenings and public events in the West Midlands.

sampad is looking for participants from the local area aged 12 and over, of any ability in any dance style, whether you are new to dance or have been dancing for years. You can join in as an individual or a group (max 5 per group), and need to be available from 11am-3pm on the day.

Piali Ray, director of sampad said: ‘We’re really excited to be bringing sampad dance dub to Walsall – this is a brand new project, so you have the chance to be part of something that has never been done before!

The idea for the film is inspired by the popular ‘Lip-dub’ films on YouTube, where people line a building and mime to a popular song. We’re applying this to dance, to get lots of people moving and trying something different. In three and half minutes we want to create a mosaic of movement, vibrancy and colours around the gallery, with lots of different people and different styles.

‘So whether you’re into Bollywood, salsa or street dance, or have never danced before, if you would like to have a go, we want to hear from you!’

To apply for a place in sampad dance dub, send your name(s) and age(s) to Kavita Walia at or call 0121 446 3260 by Monday 7 March.

sampad dance dub is part of Arts Nation West Midlands.

Arts Nation is a national initiative funded by Arts Council England, looking at innovative ways of engaging arts audiences. Projects will be taking place across the country between October 2010 and September 2011 and will focus on developing best practice for arts organisations looking to provide a first step into the arts for audiences. Case studies and legacy materials will be collated and shared with the sector via the Arts Council England website (

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