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London Aquatics Centre raises the Olympic diving pool floor to host inaugural dance competition

London Aquatics Centre raises the Olympic diving pool floor
The versatility of the London 2012 venues in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was demonstrated on Friday (27th November 2015), when 10 youth dance groups performed on the diving pool’s raised floor at the iconic London Aquatics Centre as part of the inaugural London Dance Championships.

This was the first time the 21x25 meter floor of the London 2012 diving pool had been raised for an event to take place. Normally used as the training pool for Olympic bronze medallist, Tom Daley, as well as public diving sessions, the five meter deep pool was transformed over a six hour period into a dance stage by raising the moveable floor and adding a sprung dance surface.  

Staged as part of UFest, the festival of culture for young people aged 14-25, the first London Dance Championships, produced in conjunction with Breakin’ Convention, the Barbican Centre, East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells, was won by East London dance crew, IMD Legion.  

Gregg Holland, General Manager at the London Aquatics Centre, said:   “Since we opened to the public in March 2014, the London Aquatics Centre has proved to be a very popular venue for, not just major aquatic and sport events, but, increasingly, as a venue for conferences, dinners and as a filming location. The venue is iconic and seeing an event take place on the raised diving pool floor really showcased the versatility of the venue for events.”

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