Another chance to dance, please

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From: Mark Gamsu

Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University

Sheffield Telegraph (July 21) had a self-congratulatory letter from Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, reminding us that the Liberal Democrat group when in power commissioned the Sheffield Food Festival.

I’m not going to knock a clearly popular celebration of food and drink. However, it is also worth noting that Coun Mohammed and his colleagues also cancelled the much cheaper Chance to Dance Festival.

Only the previous year Coun Roger Davision, who was then Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said in the The Star: “Chance to Dance is one of Sheffield’s best-loved festivals – people of all ages can watch and join in with spectacular dance performances, free of charge all day long.”

I agree with you, Roger. Chance to Dance was a powerful celebration of popular culture, bringing the city centre to life with hundreds of local people trying out dance, from jive to bhangra. So could we have it back, please?