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Get your dancing shoes on with The Ragroof Players’ ‘Happy Feet’ at Canterbury festival

The second wave of The Ragroof Players’ Happy Feet – “a hundred years of dance crazes in a hundred minutes” show is coming to audiences Canterbury on the 15th October.

The Ragroof Players began the first of six free Happy Feet performances in front of the bandstand in Dreamland, Margate in August, the performance marked the beginning of a tour aimed at uniting communities through the special power of dance and music.


The show is now being taken to other outdoor venues in Dover, Folkestone and Canterbury. Comprised of different dance styles, the programme spans 100 years of dance history, revisiting everything from the Charleston to the Cha-Cha slide.

Happy Feet marks the latest in a series of dances led by The Ragroof Players which focus on reaching and attracting harder to reach audiences. The company has previously performed a different version of Happy Feet in Margate at Dreamland’s roller disco, drawing in a crowd of around 400 people, effectively uniting the community of Kent across different genders, ethnicities, sexualities, ages and dance backgrounds. Working with communities in their own settings, the community interest company (CIC) is able to engage with audiences who may not normally see dance as a tool for social inclusion and collaboration.

Commenting on the celebratory nature of the shows, Matthew Blacklock, Director of The Ragroof Players said: “When we work with people, if they have a sense of involvement in the show, they feel invested in this and take ownership of its success. It gives the opportunity of the wider audience that attend to support the wider community.”

Funding for the show has come from The Big Lottery ‘People’s Project’s Awards’. Through social media campaigns and ITV news appearances, The Ragroof Players won over the hearts and minds of the general public, making them one of the select few companies to receive the much sought after funding.

To take part in this year’s immersive dance-a-thon, simply head along to your nearest participating venue and join the party. All dance levels are welcome. For more information on all things Ragroof, please visit the website:

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