I am many things: a unique celebration of local dance talent

Date published: 19 May 2019

This year Can't Dance Can, in partnership with Oulder Hill Community School, presents ‘I am many things’ exploring what identity, community and culture means to each and everyone one of us.

These inspirations will be used to create over 20 dance pieces with over 350 performers all to be performed at Gracie Fields Theatre over two shows.


I am many things: celebration of local dance talent


Now in its fifteenth year, the annual showcase has provided hundreds of Rochdale residents an opportunity to perform, take part in and watch a unique celebration of local dance talent.

Dance performer Francis, age 70, who has been attending spiral dance classes for over three years, says: “Performing is scary but it is exciting as well. It's nice working as a group in the rehearsals. When it’s all over you always want to do it again.''


I am many things: celebration of local dance talent


Artistic Director, Romina Thornton says: “We were overwhelmed by the success of last year's showcase. 

“We had a record number of groups and participants taking part.

“We weren't sure if we could top that, but we've decided to go one bigger and better by holding a 2-day event. 

“It's a tall order for such a small organisation but there's a clear need for a community dance showcase and the team at Can't Dance Can strives for everyone to have the opportunity to dance on a professional stage and ensure they all have the very best experience. 

“We've managed to create such a supportive environment amongst the performers and audience. 

“This year we have groups performing from as far as Eccles and Hyde. 

“We've built up a fantastic reputation and already have plans in place to build the showcase year on year. 

“I'm really looking forward to seeing the groups’ creations.”


I am many things: celebration of local dance talent


I am many things - A community Dance Showcase is presented by Can't Dance Can in partnership with Oulder Hill Community School at Gracie Fields Theatre on Friday 14 June and Saturday 15 June.

Information about the show and tickets can be found here:

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