U.DANCE South West 2016: Bath
Youth Dance England annually host a national festival, drawing together some of the best youth dance work from across the country. This creates an opportunity for hundreds of youth dancers to come together to share, participate in fun workshops and perform on a high-profile stage.
Bath Dance and Edge Arts, the University of Bath in association with Pavilion Dance South West were proud to host the South West Regional Platform on Saturday, 12 March 2016, at The Edge, University of Bath. Youth dance groups from across the region were selected to participate in workshops supported by ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora) and performed in front of a live audience.
Groups included: Resonance Youth Dance company (Basingstoke), Matravers School (Wiltshire), Street Factory (Plymouth), BaNES Youth Dance Company (Bath), Surge Youth Dance company, Bristol School of Grammar, ADAPT Youth Dance Company (Plymouth), Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Wheelfever Projects (Plymouth), Somerset Youth Dance Company, Kinesis (Bristol), Swindon dance Academy: URBAN, Rise Youth Dance Company (Bristol), New Swindon College and Overground Fusion (Hampshire).
Over 190 young people created an exciting evening of youth dance performances that explored a range of themes from the depths of urban dance, to the unveiling of human nature and issues relevant to the world we live in today, such as the effects of the Syrian war. Two of these groups were selected to present the South West and perform as part of the national festival at the Lowry from 8-10th July 2016.
Supported by Arts Council England and BaNES Council, this project was a partnership between Bath Dance, Edge Arts, University of Bath, Youth Dance England and Pavilion Dance South West in association with ADAD.