A fun “doorstep dance” initiative that began as a way to cheer up locked-down residents during the pandemic is back, and now bigger and better than ever. Hull dance duo Tamar & Jo have returned with a brand new set of dances to delight audiences on their doorsteps, their performances being completely free of charge. From now until Sunday, September 5, Hull residents can book Tamar & Jo to perform five-minute dances on their doorsteps, choosing from a “menu” of new routines. Read more: All the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities confirmed so far from Bake Off star to McFly’s Tom Fletcher The project was designed by Tamar Draper and Jo Ashbridge to lift spirits during the coronavirus outbreak; now, thanks to funding from Hull City Council and Arts Council England, the performers can continue to put smiles on faces across the city as normality returns. Jo, who grew up on Orchard Park Estate before studying dance at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “It is hugely important to us that there are no barriers to people enjoying the dances, whoever they are, whatever their background.” To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here
A fun ‘doorstep dance’ initiative began as a way to cheer up locked-down residents during the pandemic
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With no price tag for Hull bookings, Tamar & Jo are looking to reach every area of the city. In summer 2020, Tamar & Jo reached over 400 people live and 5,000 online with their varied menu of dances, and during the Christmas period delivered 70 dances in three weeks in their traffic stopping, light-up dresses. The warm and joyous response from audiences prompted them to plan a bigger, better version for 2021, and the funding they have received has enabled them to work with some exciting collaborators, including leading choreographer Lea Anderson MBE. Jo said: “Lea Anderson has been a huge inspiration to us. She has been the most exciting, innovative choreographer in the UK for almost 40 years and working with her has helped us to raise our game, as well as bringing something very special to the menu.” When booking, audiences can choose from three dances, each with its own distinctive theme, performance style, costume and music. Sync or Swim is a funny dance-theatre piece that follows two synchronised swimmers as they enjoy a day out at the seaside, while Everybody In Place takes the audience back to the 90s with a loud rave-inspired performance with a stylish twist. The third piece on the menu is weird and wonderful Lea Anderson duet “Always”, featuring song as well as dance.
Designed to make you smile, a doorstep dance from performers Tamar & Jo
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Bookings are free of charge for Hull residents via Eventbrite and for bookings outside of the Hull area and event bookings please call Tamar & Jo on 07712 446145 or 07736 287666. Tamar & Jo was first established in 2018 with the performers’ work blending contemporary dance with other performance styles, providing artistic yet accessible, “fun and fabulously costumed” entertainment. The dance company has enjoyed support from Arts Council England, Absolutely Cultured, Yorkshire Dance, Heads Up festival, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull City Arts, Hull Dance, Back To Ours, and Hull City Healthcare Partnership.