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Get Active: Parkour experts bring urban jumping to Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:09 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:15 19 August 2015

Free-running is coming to Dagenham at the Heath Park Estate (Pic by Andy Day)

Free-running is coming to Dagenham at the Heath Park Estate (Pic by Andy Day)

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Free-running set to fire, percussion and song would normally be considered a problem if seen in Heath Park Estate.

Attendees will learn Parkour in a variety of urban settings (Pic by R.M Sanchez-Camus)Attendees will learn Parkour in a variety of urban settings (Pic by R.M Sanchez-Camus)

But on September 19, an extravaganza combining parkour with performance art will bring free running to the borough.

Creative Barking and Dagenham has commissioned circus skills expert Marcelo Sanchez-Camus to promote parkour’s free-running and jumping using everyday objects in classes at Stansgate Road’s Heath Park Art Spark.

Marcelo, who will work with trainer Yao Gogoly, believes he can help bring people together.

“We said to residents: ‘Let’s create something together,’” said Marcelo, 39. “There’s a lot of young people here already jumping on things so I thought: ‘let’s bring in a trainer and do this properly.’”

Marcelo will team up with Parkour Generations to host lessons for Dagenham jumpers from August 6.

The lessons will also act as rehearsals for the show, with a venue still to be confirmed.

“It’s all about creating art you can get involved in,” he said. “Parkour takes energy and focuses it – it makes you put it into something positive.”

Parkour practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible, using just their bodies to reach their destination.

Marcelo says Yao will channel the raw talent of unsupervised enthusiasts into disciplined displays of fitness.

“What’s dangerous is doing parkour without knowing what you’re doing – but Parkour Generations are leading specialists,” he said. “And you don’t have to be sporty or physically fit to join in – it’s about creating balance and learning how to carry your weight.”

Free training sessions for people aged 17 and over will begin on August 6 from 5.30pm-6.30pm.

Trainees must register with Marcelo by calling 07835 384 402.


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