#Danceanywhere – The Lowry needs you!

We want to get people dancing anywhere and everywhere this spring. Special Exhibitions Manager Kate Farrell talks about our upcoming competition for the galleries.

Our latest exhibition to be featured on the Promenade Gallery sees a newly curated selection of dance film, from national and international companies and artists; the exhibition aims to take dance off the stage and instead celebrates work created specifically for the camera.

Included within the exhibition will be a selection of ‘Dance Anywhere’ photographs – and this is where we need you – take a picture of yourself dancing in a location you wouldn’t expect, and you could be a part of the exhibition. So far we have seen people taking their pointe shoes out of the studio and into supermarkets, under railway arches and other public locations to put on their best performance for passers-by and spread their passion for dance.

We’ve received some fantastic entries so far that are adventurous and artistically very strong, they are all brilliant, but here are some that caught my eye:

I love the dancer on pointe on top of a fence post and blending in with the tree in the background.
The image of the dancer on pointe on top of a fence post, blending in with the tree in the background is really impressive; the dance anywhere concept has been pushed to the limit with the risk involved in balancing on the narrow pillar, while the background and costume have been taken into account too, to create an image which is artistically strong.
The jumping ballerina rebelling against the 'keep clear' sign
I love the jumping ballerina rebelling against the ‘keep clear’ sign, subverting the original meaning of the message to clever effect
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The photograph taken in Salford Quays at dusk is beautiful. The lines of the dancer mirror the surrounding buildings and structures, and the light at this time of day creates a dramatic backdrop
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I like the symmetry in the photograph taken in the supermarket, with the dancer heading off in the direction of doughnuts. Proving you can dance and shop anywhere on pointe

The best photographs will form a display of their own within the exhibition which will feature critically acclaimed films from New York City Ballet, the Balletboyz, Siobhan Davies and more  – find out more about the exhibition.

We’ve had some brilliant entries so far but are still looking for more – so please get dancing and get snapping!

Take a look at the entries so far to get inspiration!

To enter post your picture to Twitter or Instagram using the #danceanywhere and mentioning @The_Lowry.

Deadline for entries is Wed 19 February and the winners will be selected by myself and some of The Lowry Youth Dance Ambassadors.

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