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Dance For Japan – A Success!

Dance For Japan was a 12-hour danceathon held at The Central School of Ballet in support of the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.


Copyright Diana Patient

“Like everyone who woke up on Friday 11th March to the news of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, I was dumbstruck, seeing all the destruction and loss.” Said Julia Davies the lady behind Dance For Japan. “I hurried off to ballet class, worrying about my Japanese friends and their families, and I was desperate to find a way to help.”

And so became Dance For Japan.


Wayne Sleep takes the warmup bright and early. Copyright Diana Patient

Professionals all pulled together to show their support. The likes of Wayne Sleep took classes whilst others, such as Ballet Black, gave stunning performances.

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Ballet Black‘s beautiful performance. Copyright Diana Patient


Ballet Black‘s beautiful performance. Copyright Diana Patient

Ballet Black‘s beautiful performance. Copyright Diana Patient

The wide variety of classes and performances were full all day: a great success!


Zumba class. Copyright Diana Patient

Contemporary Performance. Copyright Diana Patient.

There was a wonderful raffle with generous prizes including pointe shoes signed by principals of the Royal Ballet and a year’s free membership to Danceworks.


T-shirts and Skirts by Designed By Alice. Copyright Diana Patient

There were t-shirts on sale and Limited edition Designed By Alice skirts were sold with proceeds going towards helping Japan.

Raffle prizes!

“The dancers from Japan play such a prominent part in the dance world so it made the news even harder and it was why a dance event seemed so relevant” Said Alice owner of Designed By Alice and a professional dancer who made skirts and danced on the day.

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Performance. Copyright Diana Patient.

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Ballet class. Copyright Diana Patient.

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Performance. Copyright Diana Patient.

I am in awe at the immense and selfless amount of work that went into this wonderful fund-raising event. The day raised over £5500 and counting (check out Julia’s just giving page to see the figure so far or donate to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal).

It was such a pleasure and honour to be asked to photograph such beautiful dancers and people for such a good cause.


Warmup class. Copyright Diana Patient.

Thank you.

Thinking of you Japan.


Ballet class. Copyright Diana Patient.

You can find the photographs here. If you would like to order prints email me the number/s (i.e DLP-1234), size and amount. All pricing is detailed on the set on Flickr.

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