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Image: Balbir Singh Dance Company’s Synchronised by Maya de Almeida Araujo 

The town of Billingham in the Tees Valley will play host to eight magical days of dance, theatre and storytelling from Saturday 13th until Saturday 20th August at Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance. Dancers from eight countries will gather in a variety of locations to inspire, captivate and entertain.

Of particular note will be the premiere of Interrupted Souls by the Eliot Smith Company, a highly talented professional contemporary dance ensemble based in the North East. You’ll also be able to see the talents of BBC Young Dancer 2015 Winner, Connor Scott, and Vidya Patel, winner in the South Asian Dance Category. Make sure you also head to the Forum Swimming Pool to see the North East premiere of aqua-dance spectacular Sychronised by Balbir Singh Dance Company. Commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Games, this unique dance experience includes 10 swimmers, 10 dancers and live orchestral music. Enjoy a world of dance with a diverse range of traditional and contemporary programming from Russia, Chile, Egypt, Martinique, Mexico, North Cyprus and South Korea.

If you’re keen to join in, there will be exclusive drop-in sessions, dance masterclasses, the legendary Uncle BIFF’s Children’s Club, daily International Youth Dance workshops and a number of other projects.

The opening and closing ceremony take place at the Festival Arena in the town centre with a parade through the streets to kick things off and a fireworks display to see it all out with a bang.

Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance takes place in various venues from Saturday 13th until Sunday 20th August.

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