Chance to dance in South Tyneside Festival parade

South Tyneside Summer Festival Parade 2014.
South Tyneside Summer Festival Parade 2014.

Dancers are being given the chance to appear in one of the borough’s biggest events.

South Tyneside Council and designer Paul Shriek are searching for 16 young dancers to perform in this year’s summer festival parade.

Dancers at last year's parade.

Dancers at last year's parade.

Open auditions are being held at the Customs House, South Shields, at 10am on Sunday, June 14.

Anyone aged 13 or above and living within the South Tyneside, Sunderland and Washington areas are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will work alongside internationally renowned choreographer, Phil Williams, to prepare for the festival’s spectacular Alice in Wonderland-themed Summer Parade, which takes to the streets of South Shields on Saturday, July 4.

There they’ll be tasked with accompanying the Queen of Hearts, portrayed by acclaimed singer Jayne McKenzie, and joining her on stage at Bents Park, where she’ll perform a host of classic Kylie tracks.

This is a great opportunity for aspiring and experienced dancers to showcase their talents and be a part of one of the North East’s biggest ever events.

Paul Shriek

The South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade, which is celebrating 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland, is expected to involve more than 2,000 people, including community groups, musicians and costumed characters.

Paul, artistic director for the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade, said: “This is a great opportunity for aspiring and experienced dancers to showcase their talents and be a part of one of the North East’s biggest ever events.

“They’ll also receive expert tuition from Phil Williams, who is highly respected in the international dance world, so it will be an amazing learning experience as well as a lot of fun.”

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade is going to be a feast for the senses and we are thrilled that so many members of the community are already taking part.

Paul Shriek.

Paul Shriek.

“This open audition is an ideal opportunity for more dancers to get involved and to take their chance to shine on the iconic Bents Park stage.” Those auditioning to be one of the Queen of Hearts backing dancers must commit to rehearsals in the early evening during June and be available all day on Saturday, July 4 to take part.