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For 2016, there wasn't any shortage of participatory opportunities. Highlights included #IDFB_ROBOT competition where young people up to the age of 24 applied to be in with the chance to take part on the Put Your Foot Down stage. 7 finalists took to the stage infront of the masses where there could be only 1 winner!

Put Your Foot Down was back for 2016 and reached impressive figures of 180 participants to crowds of over 5,000 people! Spiceal Street, Bullring was booming with dance and excitement as professional and community dance groups took mainstage.

People of the local community took centre stage as part of The Patrick Centre's production, Eclipse by Csaba Molnar and our Festival Hub highlight; In A Landscape by Kei Miyata. The successful 10 applicants had a 6 day residency which culminated in 2 performances. A fruitful experience of much fun and development to gain and little to lose!

IDFB was brought alive by Paint The Town Red's multitude of styles, introducing Swingamajig to kick off the festival with some incredible dance acts including hip hop icon, Spider Salah, Yukiko Masui & Corey Baker Dance presenting his outdoor show, Phone Box including the festival finale of Desi Grooves; showing the best of Bollywood and Bhangra at the IDFB Festival Hub.

In 2014 IDFB reached new audiences, bringing the best of dance to new venues, both indoors and out, from traditional performance spaces to squares, street corners and workplaces, building partnerships to be proud of along the way. There were multiple opportunities to get involved through work or school, in studios and open spaces, via competitive audition or simply whilst out shopping.

A highlight of IDFB's participatory programme was Birmingham Hippodrome's project to recruit and rehearse boys to form the community cast for Matthew Bourne's latest smash hit, Lord of The Flies. Over 400 boys auditioned to take part and the succesful 22 had the experience of their lives, working alongside the professional cast and performing on the Hippodrome stage before thousands. 

My Dance 2014 involved working with Dance4 in the East Midlands to present a Midlands-wide youth dance platform, the next generation of talent enjoyed a weekend of invaluable experiences, challenges and performance opportunities. Their imaginative work ranged from intimate contemporary duets and urban dance spectaculars to multi-performer integrated dance and Kathak fusion. 

International Resident Choreographer Corey Baker from New Zealand led a number of projects and became a familiar face throughout the festival month. Both performances of A Haka Day Out, and the comical solo piece Headphones provided an interactive and surprising experience for the audience involved. In 2008 hundreds of salsa fans took part in Salsa at Sunset in the city’s Mailbox complex, bring the festival to a close in style. In 2010 it was the turn of the over 9000 audience members at Put Your Foot Down! at the Bullring to learn some new hip-hop moves from the world famous Salah, whilst (In)visible Dancing engaged new people in dance across Birmingham and the region.

2012 built on this with performances and workshops in parks, our unique online and touring project Breathe The Beat and our most ambitious participatory project ever, Home, which engaged thousands of people in the creation of a new dance work, witnessed by over 25,000 spectators.

New to IDFB in 2014, Paint The Town Red incorporated and celebrated a variety of dance activity taking place all across the region, often in non-traditional venues, where people came together to pursue their passion for an astonishing range of dance styles. Opportunities to get involved included a Flamenco Weekend, Argentine Tango Weekend, International Capoeira Festival, Jazz Fusion workshops and Swingamajig Swing Dance Festival.

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