A spectacular show of dancing from across seven decades will help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Leicestershire.
The Dance for the Queen show will bring together some of the best local dancers to perform on a stage in the city’s Jubilee Square on Wednesday 1 June.
The dancing will commence at 19.52 continue to 20.22 (7.52pm to 8.22pm) to mark the years of Her Majesty’s reign.
Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur, who is the Queen’s representative in Leicestershire, said: “I’m looking forward to watching some of the outstanding talent we have here in Leicestershire.
“It promises to be an entertaining evening full of singing, dancing and laughter as we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, marking 70 years service - and what a better way to kick off the four-day Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend than with an exceptional dance party.”
So many parts of the country have come up with great ways to honour the Queen and thank her for her incredible service over the past 70 years but this unique event will hopefully be one of the best.
Dancing through the decades will be a very special way to mark the Platinum Jubilee and thank Her Majesty on behalf of the 700,000 residents of Leicestershire.Person:County Council chairman councillor Dan Harrison
Lord Mayor of Leicester Deepak Bajaj said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee is a time to celebrate success and longevity and to reflect on the huge commitment the Queen has made in serving the country throughout her long reign.
“Dance for the Queen is our way of coming together as a community to share, celebrate and showcase the best of Leicester through dance and I cannot think of a more positive way to mark this occasion.”
Seven dance groups will perform choreographed dance routines to a medley of iconic music tracks from the seven decades of dance of The Queen’s reign.
The finale promises to be an explosion of movement and sound that’s guaranteed to get everybody singing along.
Shiamak Dance, Curve Young Company and University of Leicester Ballroom Dance are some of the performers.
At 6.30pm a variety show featuring a diverse mixture of musical talent including choirs, bands, singers and dancers from the wonderful mix of Leicester’s ethnic cultures will serve as a warmup to the main event.
There will be performances by the Leicester, Loughborough, and Broughton Astley Rock Choirs as well as the Enderby Brass Band and The Simpletones.
In the background of the performances will be pictures of Her Majesty's visits to Leicester and Leicestershire over the last 70 years, from her first in 1954 to her most recent visit in 2018.
The show will be hosted by BBC Radio Leicester and streamed live online. Leicester City and Leicestershire County Council’s, De Montfort University and Leicester University and Curve are all supporting the event.
To find out more information please visit the Dance for The Queen website.