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Best young movers and shakers head to Brighton for Global Dance Competition

The Dance World Cup 2013 is taking place in Brighton & Hove at Brighton Dome from 1-6 July. It is the first time a mainland UK destination has been chosen to host the event which is designed to bring young performers from around the globe together through the language of dance.

The event is expected bring economic benefit in excess of £2.5 million to the city. A record-breaking 3,000 competitors from over 24 countries have already registered to take part in the event, which last year attracted 2,000 participants to Austria.

Entrants aged from 3-25 years will compete in an array of dance genres including ballet, national, modern, jazz, show dance, tap, song and dance, street and hip hop. Each year over 18,000 dancers take part in a series of heats in their own countries to qualify for a place in the final competition which is seen as the pièce de résistance for the best children and youth dancers in the world.

An opening ceremony led by the Brighton & Hove mayor, will see competitors, with their national flags and mascots, dressed in national costume, gathered on the lawn of the Royal Pavilion on 1 July at 3.45 pm. A gala performance to showcase the competition winners will take place at Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Saturday 6 July 2013.

The VisitBrighton Convention Bureau has acted as conduit for the event, providing support to the organisers, facilitating accommodation bookings and arranging Greeters to welcome people to the city. All event participants will be given city maps and a VisitBrighton 'Delegate Deals' card which offers a range of discounts at stores and restaurants across the city.

UK Dance World Cup organiser, Jo Arnett, says: "Brighton is the perfect place for the competition's first foray to the UK. The city's vibrancy and diversity is in-keeping with the ethos of the competition and I'm sure the young people will enjoy exploring the great assortment of entertainment and activities on offer during their visit."

Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton Convention Bureau manager adds: "We're very happy to be hosting this important event and look forward to giving all participants a warm welcome. As producer of England's leading mixed-arts celebration, the Brighton Festival, the Dome is an ideal choice of venue for showcasing the talents and dedication of these young performers."

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