Japan

Japan

Tram Journeys in Blackpool By Fuji TV, the Japanese broadcaster/terrestrial.
Yes Brian and I were on Japanese TV the documentary programme aimed to feature tram journeys in Blackpool. It also features some attractions that Blackpool city offers.

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to be asked by Mari Kamada if we could be filmed by their company for their weekly holiday documentary which features a different town/country that have trams each week..

So myself and Brian were filmed in November 2015 walking along the Blackpool Promenade, riding a tram and teaching at JLC Dance Ltd.

As you can see it was a cold evening but lots of fun we had a stroll down the promenade, and the lights were on, Brian did all the talking and I just nodded and agreed if I remember correctly

Brazil

Brazilian Artist At Tate

Its was September may be even august 1995 and I was excited to be asked to get involved in this great project with renowned Brazilian Artist Valeska Soares

Swirl – by Valeska Soares at Tate Liverpool “A large mirrored ballroom, illuminated by sparkling chandeliers and activated by the confident and coordinated movement of dancers”.

The project lasted quite a few months and started initially travelling around my home town “Liverpool” with Valeska and my dance partner for the project Mr Keith Jones, lecturing and dancing to promote the Tate’s Biennial exhibition and Valenska’s Instillation SWIRL. After which we had 5 months of Keith and myself and some pupils from the school dancing in the fabulous Ballroom, Valenska has created with in the Tate. The climax was  a series of dance workshops.

I remember how it was exciting meeting Valeska and working in the Tate and how very interesting watching the instillation being installed. I love working with Keith though 4 hours of Rumba to the “look of love” can make you a little brain dead by the end. And I’m sure I trod on his toes on more then one occasion.

We had a brilliant day filming for the Tim Marlow art show on Channel 5 If my memory serves me right, and another day a class of local children came and did their school work while we dance around them

I’m sure fun will be had by all I know I loving the experience.

 Valeska Soares

Valeska Soares was born in Belo Horizonte Brazil. in 1957,  Having taken a Bachelor of Architecture at Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janiero, in 1987, she completed a postgraduate diploma in the History of Art and Architecture from the Pontificia Universidade Católica three years later. She presented her first solo exhibition in 1991 at Rio’s Espao Cultural Sérig Porto and was awarded a Coordenao de Aperfeioamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) fellowship from Brazil’s Ministry of Education.

She moved to New York in 1992, and became a Doctor of Arts Candidate at the New York University School of Education and had her first New York solo exhibition at the Information Gallery there, She is now a renowned Artist and has worked all over the world.

Picture Me and Keith

Sanya -China

Sanya

Blackpool was twinned with Sanya China in September 2016 and a delegation from Sanya Xindi International Standard Latin Dance Art Centre’s visited Blackpool firstly in May 2017, and again this year, during the 2017 visit we had a meeting and the teachers of the school booked me to Coach them.

 

As a thank you I received a beautiful present of a scarf made in Sanya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was introduced to Sanya Xindi International Standard Latin Dance Art Centre’s and hopefully will be travelling to Sanya in a few years.

Sanya Xindi International Standard Latin Dance Art Centre’s

 

Blackpool twinned with Sanya China (September 2016)

https://www.liveblackpool.info/about/whats-happening/blackpool-sister-city-with-sanya-in-china

 

 

Where is Sanya?

It is  6,065 miles from Sanya to Blackpool

 

Sanya is on the Southern coast of the Island of Hainan It is renowned for its tropical climate and has emerged as one of China’s popular tourist destinations.

Blackpool is on the west cost of the UK  It rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England.

 

 

Sanya enjoys nearly 300 days of sunlight every year, which is the longest in China, and thus dubbed “the Sun City.”

Blackpool has, like all of the UK, a temperate maritime climate Thus the same cool summer, frequent overcast skies, and small annual temperature range is typical.

 

 

Sanya has a population of around 685,000 inhabitants living in an area of 740 square miles.

Blackpool has a population of around 142,065 inhabitants living in an area of 13.4 square miles.

 

 

Sanya is home to the largest gold and jade Buddha statue, Nan Shan “Gold and Jade Bodhisattva Guanyin”, in the world.

Blackpool is home to the world’s largest mirror ball situated on the promenade of Blackpool’s South Shore