See us at Manchester Day

Dance Manchester & Walk the Plank have collaborated on ‘Hey Presto!’ a special community dance intervention in this year’s Manchester Day parade.

After leading the parade in 2015 & performing last year at Great Northern Square, we return with 6 youth & adult community dance groups taking part from across Greater Manchester. This will be an opportunity for the dance leaders to gain experience of parade work, choreographed by the brilliant Jeanefer Jean-Charles.

Hey Presto! promises to add another layer of magic to the predominantly people-powered parade. Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a highly reputed choreographer & mass movement director of stadium & large scale events, including being the Mass Movement Coordinator on all four London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. The choreography captures this year’s Abracadabra genre perfectly with a blend of fun, inclusiveness and high-energy performance.

This year the theme is all about MAGIC! An abundance of magical moves have been choreographed and groups taking part in the parade are working really hard to create something extra special to share with the people of Manchester as the community come together to celebrate all that is great about this wonderful city. 

“It is such a pleasure to be back working on the Manchester Day parade for the third year running, with Dance Manchester and Walk the Plank. Wishing everyone involved good luck.” – Jeanefer Jean-Charles

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Don’t miss it

See the parade on Sunday 18th June

Parade Schedule:

1.00pm: Parade starts at Liverpool Road, off Deansgate
1.15pm: Arrive at Albert Square
1.30pm: Arrive at Deansgate
1.45pm: Arrive at Exchange Square
2.20pm: Parade finishes in Exchange Square with finale

What is Manchester Day?
Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities. Last year over 60,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and watched the parade as it snaked its way through the city centre. Over 2,000 people participated in Manchester Day 2016, including 100 Manchester charities, community groups and companies who transformed the city centre into an amazing party!
Who is Jeanefer Jean-Charles?
Jeanefer is a Mass Movement Director, Choreographer and Creative Consultant with over 20 years’ experience of devising, creating, facilitating and directing dance and movement for performance.
Jeanefer’s credits include: London 2012 Olympics, The Queen’s Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, the First World Record Breaking Big Dance in Trafalgar Square for the Mayor of London, Big Dance & the BBC.
Created by Manchester People. Commissioned by Manchester City Council. Produced by Walk The Plank.