The packed out Winding Wheel audience were blown away by 17 amazing performances on Tuesday 28th November.
It was the 12th staging of the platform and a real opportunity to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity or the young dancers. UDance is a programme run by One Dance England which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them.
Over 120 young people took part in the dance platform from 6 secondary school and a community Dance organisation, in the magnificent Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield.
The dance festival was opened by Netherthorpe School with their KS3 Pom Team performance. Their excellent and energetic performance was a great opening for the event. Outstanding performances from Brookfield Community School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Springwell Community College and St Mary’s Catholic High School filled the first half of the event with excitement and really showed their dedication and hard work into these routines.
After a short break, it was local company Crystal Cheer and Dance to open up the second half of the evening with a mash up of different street dance pieces.
An excellent display of talent from all the secondary schools during the second half, including a beautiful duet performance from St Marys Catholic High School.
A final solo performance from Netherthorpe School ‘Goodbyes’ drew the evening to a close. A wonderful contemporary piece beautifully demonstrated by a GCSE student drew a large applause from the audience. All the performers returned to the stage for the grand finale, taking the much deserved applause from the crowd.
Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning for Derbyshire Youth Dance Company said: “Dance is a cultural entitlement for all young people. These young people are the future of dance in and out of school, young choreographers in their own right. I encourage them to run their own clubs, make their own dancers and find ways of performing them.”
Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Maureen Davenport described how proud she was adding, “I’m particularly pleased to see so many schools are taking part, almost every secondary school in the borough has been involved and it’s brilliant.”
Well done to everyone that took part and made the event such a success.
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Brookfield Community School
Hasland Hall Community School
Outwood Academy Newbold
Springwell Community College
St Marys Catholic High School
Crystal Cheer and Dance
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