A CHOREOGRAPHER gave a warm welcome to Pride headliner Christina Aguilera by performing the hit song ‘Dirrty’ across town.
Andrea Walker, founder of Brighton-based 201 Dance Company, gathered a team of dancers and took to the streets to perform a street dance routine at well-known Brighton landmarks including The Lanes, Old Steine and the Strand, to the track of to perform in 2002.
The tribute is the third of its kind for Pride, with Kylie Minogue joined for a cameo in 2019 as she prepared to headline the festival in Preston Park.
Andrea said: “When Christina Aguilera was announced to headline Brighton and Hove Pride I knew I wanted to do something special at 201.
“We engaged the entire community and brought on board the best dancers we knew, truly on a mission to live our best life in a dance video that celebrates queerness, love and also their incredible careers.
Christina was exciting enough headlining Pride, but next month also marks the 20th anniversary of Dirrty. I knew there was no choice when it came to which song we were going to dance to.”
She also said she was delighted to welcome Pride back to the city after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andrea said: “In the past these Pride dance videos have brought the entire Brighton dance community together.
“It’s been disheartening not being able to create one over the last few years, so we really wanted to pull out all the stops with this one.
“You could feel that the energy in the rehearsal room was electric from the start. I hope the excitement comes across – we absolutely loved making this year’s video.”
The final scene of the video features over 60 dancers from the city’s dance community.
“Pride is all about inclusion, so I really wanted the final moments in the video to have dancers from different backgrounds, styles and abilities,” Andrea said.
201 Dance Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe later this month with a new show, SAD BOOK, inspired by an award-winning novel by Michael Rosen.
Christina Aguilera will perform on the main stage at Pride festival in Preston Park tomorrow night.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20602072.dance-troupe-perform-christina-aguilera-track-ahead-brighton-pride/?ref=rss Dance troupe perform Christina Aguilera track ahead of Brighton Pride