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Harlequin partners with RAD Pop Up Events programme

The success of the Pop-Up Dance idea at the time of the Genèe last September demonstrated the feasibility of the concept and has prompted the RAD to organise more performance opportunities for members this summer.

The basic idea is simple and one which belies the organisation that goes on in the background – RAD organise the venue, Harlequin lay a sprung floor, dancers turn up and perform, while the general public watch.

Announcing the partnership commitment by Harlequin Floors that has made this new series of events possible, marketing manager, Mark Rasmussen explained:, “The public venues arranged by RAD are not dance studios or stages that enjoy the benefit of sprung dance floors. RAD is instead taking dance to the public at railway stations and in other public areas where we bring in and set up a portable sprung floor. This is essential for the safety of dancers to ensure they do not have to perform on hard, unyielding surfaces. The Harlequin Liberty floor we install comprises a number of modular sprung panels which latch together to form a continuous floor that can be reconfigured to suit the different spaces.”

The venues announced are:

  • Friday 8 July at Broadgate Circle, City of London (next to Liverpool Street Station).
  • Saturday 23 July at Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London.
  • Saturday 22 October at King’s Cross Station, London.

RAD director of fundraising and development Matthew Cunningham said: “We’re excited to be bringing dance back to the streets of London in partnership with Harlequin Floors. Not only is this a unique performance opportunity for many young dancers, we hope we’ll also surprise and delight a few unsuspecting audiences along the way.”

Mark concluded: “Our partnership with RAD dates back more than 25 years. It has developed over the years through a shared interest in the success, well-being and general welfare of dancers.”

12th April 2016

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