On Saturday 15th July, Princesshay Square came alive with music, dance and laughter with Dancing in the Streets Festival, hosted and organised by Mandi Cox of Vibes Dance Company.
The day was jam packed full of dance, with people and kids of all ages. All dancing to raise money for Children's Hospice South West and to have the opportunity to showcase their talent to our city.
Onlookers were encouraged to join in with Swagga Fit and Zumba with Mandi and FitSteps with Linda. While between workshops there were outstanding performances from children and adults, it gave such diversity and schools and crews from all over East Devon came along and brought with them their love of dance.
Performers included DanSci Dance Studio's Street Stars, East Devon Dance Academy, Freestyle Fever, Urban Flow, Strut your Stuff, Booiaka and Vibes very own MJC Choreography.
While between sets the dancers and crowds had the opportunity to listen to local talented musician Luke Blaber with his chilled acoustic tones.
"It was a fantastic day, and i am blown away by the talent. There was something for everyone, from our crazy Swagga Fit where literally anyone can join in and do what you like, to the talented and perfected routines from the local dance schools.
People from the crowds joined in too, and the finale was the icing on the cake, when everyone joined in from the whole day and performed Galway Girl.
"I am very proud of what I have achieved, DITS started way back in 2010, and now i organise it on my own. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. I wanted my dancers and other local dance schools to have the opportunity to take to the streets and showcase what they can do, let the people of our city see it and to burst our city into life, while raising money in the process. i think it is wonderful what we have achieved and I hope that it will be something we can do every year that will grow and be something people come to see. Massive thanks to Princesshay, CHSW and everyone that took part on the day, and especially my family, friends and dancers who without them none of this would happen." Mandi Cox
You can find out more about Vibes Dance Company and everyone who took part on the day below.
A BIT ABOUT WHO TOOK PART
11AM SWAGGA FIT
Created by Mandi J Cox host and event organiser of Dancing in the Streets. Swagga Fit is the head line act, with free workshops throughout the day at 11.00, 12.00, 12.30 and 2.40.
Enjoy this crazy all dancing all singing class. Inspired by famous music videos and dance crazes this class will have you up dancing like no one is watching and partying like it is a Saturday night.
Classes are held in Exeter and Exmouth and are drop in for anyone who loves a good boogie!
11.25 FREESTYLE FEVER
Freestyle Fever will be showcasing their fabulous talent. 15 minutes of pure amazement. Check them out.....
We are a freestyle dance school based in devon and run weekly classes in Exmouth and Torquay for ages 2+.
I teach a variety of freestyle disco, slow lyrical, street and rock'n'roll. We attend competitions all over the country during the year.
Dance for fun, learn a new skill or compete on the competition circuit whichever suits you have fun doing it.
11.40 LUKE BLABER- LIVE MUSIC
Local musician Luke Blaber performs his own take on a variety of indie, rock, punk and folk covers from across the decades. His husky voice and energetic guitar provides a unique sound that promises not to disappoint.
Luke will be performing at 11.40, 12.50 and 2.15
Contact Luke for booking on 07784 735425
12.20 DANSCI DANCE STUDIO
12.25 STRUT YOUR STUFF
Strut your Stuff are back this year. A fabulous performance from high energy beauties. Want to try this....
It's easy. Embrace the workout warrior within and dance yourself into shape! Get the confidence to Strut Your Stuff! Learn to dance within a supportive, friendly environment.
Your body was made to move contact Mai-Lin Hagiwara
1.10 ZUMBA WITH MANDI
Come and join Mandi for this Latin inspired dance fitness class that took the world by storm.
A free workshop to shake ya shimmy to some of the best Zumba tunes in Mandi's Class. Don't forget to donate to our fabulous charity though! X
Zumba classes run every Monday at The Maynard School, Denmark Road, 6pm and is a drop in class so just turn up.
(From Monday 17th July to August 21st classes will be at St Peters School, Quarry Lane due to major works on the gym.
1.30 URBAN FLOW
Urbanflow crew have been training together since September 2016. You can be certain of an entertaining performance showing their worth.
URBANFLOW is an authentic streetdance company teaching age 6years - 100. Fun classes teaching a range of styles under the umbrella term of streetdance. Such as, house, breaking, hip hop, locking. We pride ourselves on authenticity and friendly respect,love and peace.
Urbanflows ethos.. Where the only attitude accepted is in your dance!
Find us on Facebook too.
1.35 & 2.35 EAST DEVON DANCE ACADEMY
EDDA will be performing and showcasing their amazing talent at DITS this year...
Weekly classes held in Sidmouth, Honiton, West Hill and Colyford -
Ballet, Tap , Modern, Commercial Jazz, Contemporary and AcroDance.
* Qualified teachers
* Working towards accredited examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance.
* 35 years of excellence
Check out the link for more info how you can join and be part of this amazing Academy.
1.45 FITSTEPS WITH LINDA MITCHELL
Hi, I am Linda, teaching FitSteps across Exeter.
FitSteps is the dance fitness workout based on Ballroom and Latin dances, but without the need for partners. FitSteps is suitable for all ages and fitness ability, as we dance/work to our own level. We burn calories, tone our bodies, laugh, make friends and escape for the hour we are dancing. If you want to dance and get fit as if you are on 'Strictly', come to a FitSteps class.
Mobile: 07952884708 Facebook: FitSteps with Linda in Exeter
Or click on the link below to email Linda.
2.05 BOOIAKA DEMO- PIXIE PRICE
Pixie has been a dancer and fitness instructor for over 20 years.
In January upon moving to Exter she bought with her Booiaka. A Hip-hop inspired dance workout taught through high repitions of steps.
Booiaka is not about being the best dancer, Its about feeling the music and having fun. Its the way you move!
Pixies Booiaka class is currently at Riverside Leisure Centre at 7-8pm Fridays and is open to non members.
MJC Choreography perform for you a fusion of freestyle, street and commercial dance.
Classes for adults in Exeter and Exmouth, this dance class is a spin off from Swagga Fit. After the success of Swagga Fit Mandi decided that a class for adults where they could learn more complex routines was needed. It has been such a hit classes are now in Exmouth too, and the two classes come together to give you a Music Video style routine mixing it up!
Anyone can join this unique class, it runs every half term with a new routine and the opportunity to perform.
FLASHMOB EVERYONE GALWAY GIRL
Grand finale is Ed Sheeran Galway Girl!
All the performers and public and absolutely anyone and everyone will be taking part and performing this as the grand finale. We want this to be the biggest year ever!
Learn the routine here.
Being performed at Exeter Princesshay Sat 15th July at 3pm.
Excuse the craziness Haha... we are a little nuts! 🤣 bring something to wear or props to do with irish or street dance.
Come and join the fun,
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)
Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991. It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families
There are now three hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm in Bristol (opened 2007) and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011)
CHSW is the only dedicated children’s hospice service in the South West. It costs over £9million to run the 3 hospice sites each year and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions
CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care - all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
The services are free for families. To find out more about our work, visit