On 3 March Viva la Dance! becomes the latest addition to Canary Wharf’s top-quality programme of public events.

Part social night out, part learning experience, it explores the array of dance styles originating from Latin America, set under the stars in Canary Wharf’s spectacular glass-covered venue, East Wintergarden.

Dancing is one of the hippest activities around, drawing on the success of television shows Strictly Come Dancing, Got to Dance, Dancing on Ice and So You Think You Can Dance. Canary Wharf Arts & Events has created its own unique social dance evening, enticing active dancers, avid watchers or simply those ready to try something new.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc said: “Viva la Dance! gives everybody the opportunity to have fun, learn a new dance style or expand their existing dancing abilities. All levels of dancers are welcome so if you love live music and have a passion for Latin life then this is the night for you.”

The evening includes tutoring from Doni Fierro and Liz Bayley, professional dance team and leading London dance instructors, allowing dancers to learn and practice amazing Salsa moves in a friendly and lively atmosphere. A live Salsa band will keep things moving throughout, and a selection of delicious themed food platters and drinks are available.

A free glass of bubbly on arrival will ensure Viva la Dance! gets feet tapping and hips swaying to Latin beats.

Event information:
Thursday 3 March 2011
East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
Tickets:     £8.50
By phone:    Ticketweb – 0844 847 2268 (24 hrs)    Booking fee applies
Online:    Ticketweb – www.ticketweb.co.uk    Booking fee applies
In person:     Tickets available on the door subject to availability.

About Doni Fierro and Liz Bayley

Doni Fierro and Liz Bayley are a London based professional dance duo with over 24 years combined experience. They have danced together as a professional show dance team for eight years and are well known partner-dance instructors specialising in the hugely popular social dance styles of Salsa and Argentine Tango.

Dancing professionally since the age of 15, Fierro has worked all over the world and was a member of ‘The Latin Jazz Dancers’, performing in North, Central and Latin America, including five years consecutively in the original ‘World Salsa Congress’. He has danced on television in Venezuela with famous Latin American artists Ricky Martin and Shakira, and is well known in Canary Wharf, teaching a highly popular Zumba class at the Reebok Sports Club.

Bayley trained in classical ballet and modern jazz for 16 years and has also lived and performed in Portugal, Italy and Spain with various companies. Also trained in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango, she spent a year in Paris dancing at the famous Moulin Rouge.

About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.

Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers are found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow. CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

www.mycanarywharf.com www.canarywharf.com For further information, please contact: Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411