Capezio are very proud to sponsor the series of events “Can You Dance”, organised by Professional Dancers and Choreographers Matt Flint and Tom Shilcock. In today’s blog post, we catch up with the CYD? hosts on what the events are about and why you should definitely attend.
Matt Flint (@mattjflint)
Matt is a London based Choreographer, Dancer, Presenter, Teacher, Judge and Winner of BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance. He’s appeared in no less than 10 West End shows and spent the last 10 years teaching at most of London’s top Performing Arts Colleges including Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre and Arts Educational. Matt is also the Creative Director of Happy Feet Productions.
Tom Shilcock (@tomshilcock)
Tom is one of the top dancers in the UK. He trained professionally at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts before being featured on Season 2 of BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance and dancing with some of the biggest artists out there including Rihanna, Jessie J, Marcus Collins and many more. He’s also been choreographing for many high profile sporting clubs after his recent success with the Leicester Tigers.
Hi guys, tell us about Can You Dance and where the idea came from.
The idea for CYD? came about when we were both on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. We love teaching and saw it as a way of bringing a great dance opportunity to different counties. CYD? means dancers don’t have to travel to London to work with some of the best in the industry.
What can dancers expect to get out of these events?
THE most important factor in being a successful dancer is versatility!! CYD? is about showcasing yourself in your favorite genre and then taking classes in different genres - learning and expanding your dance knowledge. We pride ourselves on bringing in tutors who are current in the industry and have their finger on the pulse.
Tell us more about your event in Norwich.
We are at the Sportspark, UEA on Sunday 19th May! The day will run between 10am and 6pm with competitions and Masterclasses running all day. The dance exhibition is FREE to enter and will have everything from dancewear, accessories, colleges, costume suppliers, agencies and photographers.
That sounds great! Can you give us 5 reasons why it’s the event not to miss this year?
1. It’s THE biggest dance event to hit Norwich, Nottingham and Leeds.
2. The winner of Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’ - Lukas McFarlane will be taking Masterclasses and meeting the dancers.
3. The winners of the Senior Competition get to perform at a theatre in London’s West End.
4. Leading dance brand Capezio is sponsoring the event and are exhibiting.
5. It’s a chance to meet like-minded dancers and industry experts.
You’ve already organised a CYD? event before – in Nottingham. What was it like?
When we piloted the event last year, it was a massive success. The Midlands did us proud. There was a great turnout and some great talent. We were really impressed by how much diversity there was in the Competition.
What kind of feedback did you receive from dancers there?
The feedback on the day and post event was fantastic! The dancers were saying that what they had learnt in one day was quite unbelievable. Many of them were saying they would go back to their dance school and explore some different styles... Job done!
Fantastic! How can dancers register to the Norwich event?
Dancers can register at www.can-you-dance.co.uk. Payment is via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account you can email email@example.com for alternative payment. Remember you don’t have to compete; Silver Entry Tickets allow you to take the Masterclasses, watch the Competition & browse the Exhibition.
What are your plans with CYD? for the rest of the year?
After CYD? Norwich, we are heading off to Nottingham, then Leeds! Our aim is to discover all the hidden talent around the UK.
Capezio look forward to following you on the road.
You can follow Can You Dance? on Twitter at @CanYouDance_uk