People – old and young – visitors and residents from across the Fylde Coast flocked to Cleveleys Plaza on Saturday to take part in a free dance workshop with international, globally-renowned dance crew ILL Abilities, the day after taking the crowd by storm opening the stage at Lytham Festival for Kylie Minogue.
Their visit to the UK was all thanks to the Access Fylde Coast project, which aims to boost tourism and break down the barrier of disability.
On Friday night, they opened the stage for Kylie Minogue had the crowd at Lytham Festival right behind them as they wowed with their athletic hip-hop street dance and had the audience of more than 5,000 people chanting “No Excuses, No Limits”.
The differently-abled dancers, who hail from across the world, took their time out to teach some dance moves and inspire others to have “no limits” at a workshop in Cleveleys’ Plaza on Saturday afternoon – and they did just that!
“Out of all the dance groups I have seen – these are definitely the best.”
Amélie, nine, said: “It was totally amazing. They are awesome dancers and they were so encouraging that I was not even afraid to do a solo when we took it in turns at the end.”I’ve never done street dance before, but now I want to. “
House of Wingz, a Blackpool-based street dance group, also came with some of their talented dancers to the event.
One young dancer added: “Out of all the dance groups I have seen – these are definitely the best.”
Another youngster added: “It’s just incredible that their moves, we can’t even do and they have a disadvantage and they’re not holding back, they’re just trying as hard as they can to achieve more.”
On Thursday, the talented ILL-Abilities BBoys gave a short performance at Blackpool’s Tower Circus and then showed-off more moves at the top of the tower.
Rachel Ryan, PR and Communications officer for Access Fylde Coast, said: “They were a huge hit with the crowd at Lytham Festival and they have continued to inspire again on Saturday. “We hope that through this project, barriers for disabled people are broken down and that attitudes to disability across the Fylde Coast continue to get better and better, so that everyone gets a warm welcome.”