South East Dance shortlist for U.Dance Lift Off Dance Festival 2018
U. Dance 2018, the national annual youth dance festival will be taking place at Snape Maltings in Suffolk this year and South East Dance have been busy managing the call-out for submissions by youth and school groups across the south east region. In partnership with South Hill Park in Berkshire, we’ll be holding the regional heats on April 22nd, which will feature as part of their annual Lift Off Dance Festival. From those shortlisted, the winning group will then go on to join other regional qualifiers to attend U.Dance 2018, a showcase of the nation’s rising young talent where participants will attend classes, workshops, careers sessions and social activities during a three and half day residential.
As ever, the calibre of dance pieces we’ve received, both in terms of choreographic artistry and technical skill, has been spectacular. Groups from across Kent, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Berkshire, representing a diversity of cultural dance styles and featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers aged between 11 – 19 years old, display a maturity and conceptual sophistication beyond their years.
A taste of those we’re looking forward to seeing at Lift Off include Drishti Dance, a ten member 11 – 15 year old company who weave classical Indian Kathak with contemporary dance in their mesmerizing piece ‘Rhythm Incessant’, and Young Anjali; a five piece 13 – 19 year old youth group whose learning disabilities bring an utterly unique energy to their piece ‘Doors’ which investigates the spaces between spaces, particularly those within the soul.