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Appeal for memories of Wolverhampton dancing days
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The project is linked to London 2012

A group of young people in the Black Country wants help putting together an exhibition based on memories of dancing and dance halls in Wolverhampton.

The city's Central Youth Theatre is behind the exhibition which will be shown at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

It is all part of their wider "Everybody Dance Now" project which will also include a youth theatre festival in August.

They are appealing for people to get in touch with photos of their dancing days.

Olympics link

The project is all tied in with the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where people are being encouraged to get creative as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

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The exhibition will be at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Members of the Central Youth Theatre have spent the last few months meeting dozens of local people and hearing their dance memories from the 1930s through to the 1970s.

Twenty-year-old Joseph Twilley, who is involved with the exhibition, said: "Speaking to local people has shown us just how important these dance halls were to people.

"They were where you socialised, met your friends and fell in love.

"We've had some amazing stories from people from all eras and all the young people who have been involved so far have told me how much more connected they feel to the history of the city," Joseph added.

Photo search

The theatre group is now on the search for photos of dance halls and dancing in Wolverhampton between the 1920s and 1970s.

Joseph said: "We've really struggled to find any documentary pictures, particularly of the dance halls.

"We need people to search through their old photos and get nostalgic."

They're asking if anyone has any suitable images of their dancing days, whether it is the halls, the outfits, or the dancing itself, to contact Central Youth Theatre director Jane Ward at twwajane@aol.com or on 01902 572091.

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