DANCING IN THE STREET AT THE PRINTWORKS
WHEN the shows Strictly Come
Dancing and Dancing on Ice hit the UK TV screens, dancing saw a
surge in popularity and a new craze for dance classes has taken the
UK by storm.
To put all these new found skills to the test, The Printworks will
be hosting the biggest dance competition in the North West this
summer – Dancing in the Street. A heat will take place each
week showcasing a different style of dance, culminating in a
glittering grand final dance off with a top celebrity judge.
Contestants will have to submit a short video clip of themselves in
action as an audition. This can be uploaded onto the specially
created Facebook page,
http://www.tinyurl.com/63pge8 Entries can also be
email or posted to Dancing In The
Street, Brazen House, 27 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AJ.
The audition clips will be judged and the top 8 entries in each
category will be invited to the Printworks to perform two dances in
a live heat in the Pumpyard. The heat schedule will take place as
* 21 June 2008 – Swing, including jazz and rock n roll
* 29 June 2008 – Street
dance, including hip hop, breakdancing and popping
* 5 July 2008 –
Contemporary, including modern, tap, ballet, ballroom, Latin
* 12 July 2008 – Disco,
Katie Hare Printworks spokesperson says:- “We look forward to
receiving auditions from as many different styles of dancing as
We would like this competition to truly reflect the range
of talent in the North West, from old to young, from ballet to breakdance,
tap to the tango, swing to street dance and foxtrot to freestyle. With this range of talent on display it will also be a
great day out for all the family.”
almost 1,500 years behind Germany on solar panels
UK has made such little progress in 'greening' the nation's
housing stock that, at the current rate, it will take almost 1,500
years to catch up with the number of domestic solar panels installed
in Germany; the National Housing Federation has warned. Derek
Long, head of North region at the Federation, says at the present
rate of domestic installation of three megawatts per year, it will
not be until the year 3452 that the UK matches Germany's present
capacity of 3,800 megawatts.
In 2007, the UK installed just 270 domestic solar panel systems,
whereas Germany installed 130,000. At the current rate, it will also
take the UK 46 years to catch up with Germany's wind power capacity.
Derek Long says the introduction of alternative building methods is
being held back by the Government's lack of commitment to the
greener homes agenda. He says that supply chains of sustainable
materials in the UK are 'patchy and expensive'.
The Federation believes the main problem is that while ministers are
compelling housing associations to build to tough, environmental
standards, private developers, who build around 75% of new homes,
are not obliged to build above minimum building standards. The
Government has said it will not ask private house builders to begin
cutting carbon emissions until 2010.
Derek Long said:- "Until private developers are compelled to
build homes to higher energy efficiency standards, the green
technology industry will effectively remain on standby." He
added:- "The Government is seriously hindering the sustainable
In Germany, the green technology industry is so substantial that
250,000 people are employed in solar energy alone. In the UK, the
comparative figure is just 25,000. As a result of the bigger scale
in Germany, solar panels there are half the price.
The Federation warned that because of its twin-track approach, the
Government could miss its 2016 target to ensure that all newly built
homes are zero carbon - as private developers are now so far behind
in the use of green building materials, such as solar panels, ground
source heat pumps and wind turbines that they will find it difficult
to catch up.
Derek Long said:- "Without a renewed commitment to sustainable
housing, there is a very real danger the Government will miss its
own target of making all new homes zero carbon by 2016.
simply not enough political will or progress in the industry at
present to indicate otherwise."
He added that because the Government had failed to get tough with
private developers, and compel them to slash emissions at the same
rate as housing associations, 8.5m tonnes of carbon; the equivalent
of 11m passenger flights across the Atlantic; will needlessly be
emitted into the environment by the 300,000 new homes due to be
built by private developers over the next 2 years.