MOVE IT is the biggest dance event in the UK with over 25,000 performers celebrating all forms of dance and performing arts. This year, MOVE IT takes place from 16–18 March spanning across three days at ExCel London. The event brings together professionals, educators, dance enthusiasts and iconic performers showcasing their talents to thousands of spectators. Urban style dance group Explosive from Leeds City College have gone to watch MOVE IT every year as part of their extracurricular activities however, this time they’ll be performing on the main stage themselves.
The main stage is usually reserved for the professionals from the performance industry. Dance teacher, Sammie Rutter put Explosive forward because she believes they can take centre stage and share the spotlight with celebrity status performers. Explosive dedicated their half term to practising and perfecting their Megamix choreography. The choreography was collaboratively created by dance teacher Sammie and her students, “Explosive want to get out there and show what they can do. We mostly do urban, hip hop, African and break dancing because it’s what we love. We wanted to create something fun and light-hearted. These students are the last 90s babies so we’ve chosen the music to celebrate that era.”
“I’m really excited about MOVE IT because it’s my first time going and it’s such a huge opportunity. I’m looking forward to performing in front of all the universities and colleges that are going.” BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre student, Tanisha Butterfield.
The dance group is open to students from different years across the college who all get to work and learn from each other. “I’ve been dancing for nine years and want to study dance at Kingston College. It’s the adrenaline before going on stage, I just love that feeling.” Laura Higgins, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance.
“Everyone supports each other, we’re like a family.”
Explosive have done numerous captivating performances, from flash mobs at Leeds Trinity shopping centre to Leeds carnival and performing at the Breakin’ Convention at the Lowry in Salford Manchester to name a few.
Our students will be sharing the main stage with big names in dance and performing arts including Jelli Studios. “You get to see live dancers and universities like Addict and Shockout. MOVE IT is so versatile and you get to appreciate each style. I enjoy studying physical theatre at Leeds City College because I get to better my acting, singing and circus skills. We exercise every morning and get so many results out of it because we can do more.” Lauryn Silverwood, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Physical Theatre.
Also performing on the day will be Addict Dance Academy, Aston Merrygold/ Base Dance Studios, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, E4 Underrated – Stage School and many more. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance student, Tristen Boylan said, “I get to perform in front of thousands of people! I’m really looking forward to seeing what other people have created and I’m curious to see what they can do. I’ve been dancing for six years and want to be a backing dancer. I’m also looking forward to studying at Addict University in September.”