is a national programme run by One Dance UK, the national body for dance in the UK, formed by the
merger of Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK,
National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England. The organisation represents dancers at all levels of the dance industry,
and champions excellence in education, youth dance, dance of the
African diaspora, performance, health and well-being, management,
leadership and career development. The
aim of U.Dance is for every young person in England to be able to take part in at
least one dance performance every year. Whether within a school, or
across any other type of youth groups, all performances count.
part of the U.Dance framework, each regional team host a Performance
Platform, inviting youth groups from their region to perform together.
U.Dance NW 2016, took place at The Lowry in March and included an exciting workshop programme! Click here for more information about the day & who performed!
We also ran a #UDanceAnywhere photo and video competition throughout the day. Check out the enormous amount of photos and videos that got sent in here, sending the @northwestdance twitter feed crazy for 2 days!
year we received an abundance of extraordinary applications from a
variety of the regions Youth Dance Companies. Below is a list of all the youth dance companies that performed over the weekend:
Under 11's Pre-Show Performance - The Lowry Foundation Class
Eden Youth Dance Company
Commotions Boys Youth Dance Company
Dare2 Youth Dance Company
Winstanley College Youth Dance Company
Evolve Dance Company
D.O.P.E. Crew (Cheshire Dance)
AGGS Juniors Performance Group
Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company
Brewery Youth Dance Company (dance on screen)
Brewery Youth Dance Company
Ludus Youth Dance Company
Under 11's Pre-Show Performance - JumpAround
Cumbria Youth Dance Company
Homegrown Dance Theatre
Arden Dance Company
Preston Youth Dance Company
Formby High School Juniors
Eden Boyz Moves
NEW Dance Youth Dance Company
Commotions Girls Youth Dance Company
Congratulations and Thank you to everyone who applied and performed at U.Dance NorthWest 2016.
The standard of work was absolutely excellent – the platform displayed
the diverse ability and young creativity present within the North West
region and the energy and enthusiasm that was demonstrated throughout
the weekend was inspirational.
consistently have one of the highest numbers of applications to attend
the North West event and this reflects the huge amount of excellent
young people's dance that is happening in our region.
The NW festival also acts as the Selection Event for the Main Group Performance Strand of U.Dance 2016 (the National Festival) delivered by One Dance UK at The Lowry 8th-10th July 2016! We are so excited to have the national festival on our home turf.
After much deliberation we are delighted to announce that the groups going forward to the national event this year are:
Eden Youth Dance Company, Ludus Youth Dance Company and Preston Youth Dance Company.
hope you will join us in congratulating these three groups and wishing
them the best of luck for the national event here at The Lowry!
Full details of the National Festival U.Dance 2016 can be found here!
And you can buy your tickets here!
There are many ways to get involved in U.Dance 2016, aside from the main platform. Keep your eyes out, as these will be revealed soon! Also why not volunteer at U.Dance and be a part of the team on the ground making it all happen! Details of how to apply again will be out soon.
Please do not hesitate to contact the team at NorthWest Dance if you have any further questions regarding U.Dance 2016.
Telephone: 0161 876 2018
Address: NorthWest Dance, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
The NorthWest Dance Team!