Dancing Town boogies back into Barnsley this August; George Sampson headlines

Britain’s Got Talent winner will host masterclass , West End stars will also appear complemented by free workshops, Northern Soul, 90s and 80s nights

Get on your dancing shoes, Barnsley, because Dancing Town is back in Mandela Gardens this August.

George Sampson – winner of Britain’s Got Talent and star of Street Dance 2 – will host workshops crowds as part of the 10 day dance extravaganza, back for its second instalment after launching last year.

Sampson – famous for his Britain’s Got Talent winning ‘Singing in the Rain’ breakdance routine and subsequent acting career - will join local dance schools, Barnsley Premier Leisure, dance tutors and West End stars in the Mandela Gardens marquee between Friday 9 and Sunday 18 August.

Alongside George’s street dance workshops, free sessions hosted by industry professionals will focus on ballroom, swing, cheerleading and contemporary styles of dance plus much more.

In the evenings, a night of Northern Soul will once again be hosted on the Mandela Gardens dance floor alongside an 80s night and 90s chart night.

Those events will be complemented by two performance evenings, where local dance schools will showcase their dancing skills in front of hundreds of people.

The event will culminate on Sunday 18 August with Strictly Sunday and a Salsa Social, where event-goers will be able to learn to dance like their favourite TV dancers and get their Latin on with professional instructors.

Supporting venues include Library @ the Lightbox, which will also host workshops as part of the festival while events will also take place in Barnsley Market’s atrium.

George Sampson said: “I can’t wait to take part in Dancing Town. I heard great things about last year’s event and it will be brilliant to get involved this time around. Dancing has always been my passion and events like this promote the positives of dance to people of all ages and abilities.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Barnsley and having a dance with them.”

Dancing Town – presented by Kaleidoscope, Barnsley Council’s events arm in association with Love Barnsley Town Centre – is Barnsley town centre’s flagship event.

It is a legacy event of Our Dancing Town, the BBC 2 documentary aired in 2017 that brought together the community to dance in the streets of Barnsley town centre.

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, attracting crowds from across the borough.

It will return on Friday 9 August and run until Sunday 18 August. The full event programme is available on Love Barnsley Town Centre on Facebook and the official event page. View our programme of events or follow the hashtag #DancingBarnsley.

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