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20th December 2017

Hull College aims to help Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture go out with a bang, and you can get involved too!

The ‘Make Me Smile Dance Celebration', in association with Hull UK City of Culture, is a celebration of dance and music from our city that will allow anyone from any walk of life to let loose and dance to celebrate all that 2017 meant to them.

And at 2pm on New Years Eve, as part of Hull2017’s end of year event, it is hoped the song will be played across the city, so everyone in Hull can dance together in celebration.
Choreographed by Hull College Higher Education Dance Students, currently studying for their Dance Degree, the dance aims to promote the health and well-being benefits that both music and dance can offer to all ages through the sharing of a dance to be performed across the city (and possibly the world!).

The dance is set to a special charity single version of the Steve Harley hit ‘Make Me Smile’, recorded in just 24 hours by Hull College Music students past and present. The single was personally endorsed by Steve Harley himself who has given the college full rights to use and release the song, and was officially released as part of Humber Street Sesh 2017.

Students and tutors from Hull College will be visiting Community Centres, Schools, Village Halls and Offices, to get people learning the moves and spreading the word, teaching the moves to their families, friends and colleagues.

The dance will also be shared on social media for anyone to access and to learn.

Lucy Francis, Recruitment and Progression Manager said, “Hull College has enjoyed such a wonderful year during Hull’s run as City of Culture. Our Performing Arts, Music and Dance students have all benefited by being involved in many incredible projects throughout the year and we really wanted the chance to celebrate this.”

“As a Bid Angel, the college has also played a major role in Hull2017 since the very beginning, so we thought it fitting that we help to close the year with everyone.”

“And what better way than to get everyone dancing!”

Mark Pearce, Dance tutor said, “We wanted to make this a dance that everyone can get involved with and the students have choreographed a great piece that is simple and easy to learn. “

“The main point is to have fun and join together. We really want to show the benefits of dancing and to showcase the amazing work and talents of our students at the same time.”

“We also want everyone to film and upload their celebration dance to the Make Me Smile event page, so there is a record of a special moment in time when all of us were united through dance in order to celebrate all that 2017 has brought to our city.”

Watch the video below to learn the dance and make sure you have that date and time marked in your diaries!

While you are learning the dance, check out the official video to the Make Me Smile charity single.