Rugby League Cares Challenge Cup Final performance

14 Aug 2014

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Challenge Cup Final, 23rd August, Wembley Stadium.

Phoenix Dance Theatre is is delighted to be working in partnership with Rugby League Cares as part of the Legacy Programme. We have commissioned De-Napoli Clarke to work with Sharon Watson to create a nine minute performance piece to music composed specifically for the event. This choreography will be taught by our Dance Practitioners in seven of the professional clubs charitable Foundations during the summer period. A total of 280 young people (aged 11 and over) will then be brought together for a mass rehearsal before taking the piece to be performed live at the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on August 23rd.

The RFL’s charity, Rugby League Cares, has secured a grant from the Arts Council to help continue the highly successful dance programmes created for last year’s Rugby League World Cup. The grant will allow professional dancers, choreographers and artists to engage with Rugby League communities to encourage people to get involved with dance.

The dance programme will work alongside First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championships clubs and offers a broader programme of dance to give young people the opportunity to perform at their club on matchdays.

The two-year dance project aims to establish dance academies at Rugby League club foundations where they do not currently exist and to improve the established dance academies by driving partnerships between the foundations and professional dance organisations.

Around 280 children from foundations at Hull Kingston Rovers, Leigh Centurions, Wigan Warriors, Featherstone Rovers, St Helens and Warrington Wolves will take to the pitch to perform at Wembley on Saturday 23rd August – in what will be just the start of many events aided by the awarding of the grant.

Sharon Watson comments:

 “Phoenix Dance Theatre is thrilled to be working with the RFL because it extends our reach and opportunities to engage with new audiences. We are keen to build on the legacy left behind by the World Cup and we now have a fantastic opportunity to get everyone dancing and give the fans a chance to perform on match days. It is a great way to connect with the Rugby League community”