The packed out Winding Wheel audience were blown away by 17 amazing performances involving 9 Secondary schools at our Secondary U.Dance Platform.
It was the 11th staging of the platform and a real opportunity to celebrate the work of the talented young dancers. U.Dance is a programme run by Youth Dance England which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them. We were pleased to hold another U.Dance event in Chesterfield and announce that a number of the night’s performances will be put forward for an U.Dance Award.
Nine schools and two local dance companies took part in the festival that was held at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.
The dance festival was opened by Brookfield Community School with their performance entitled ‘An Essence of Ailey.’ Their excellent performance was a great opening for the event. Netherthorpe School came out next with the upbeat performance ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, which drew a great applause from the audience.
A beautiful performance from Hasland Hall Community School named ‘Human Nature’ showed the choreography styles using Rosas Danst Rosas as an inspiration. Anthony Gell School were up next with their performance titled ‘Mechanism’. Despite admitting to being nervous, the girls displayed a great routine.
An exciting rendition of the ‘Lady Marmalade’, Netherthorpe School performed the ‘Moulin Rouge’. Introducing chairs as part of their performance, it was a nice variation to the evening which really got the audience cheering. Springwell Community College performed the beautiful routine ‘Infra’ which explored the city life beneath the city. It told the story of different couples and was wonderfully put together.
The first performance from Outwood Academy Newbold ‘If It Ain’t Love’ was an energetic piece which seemed to be a hit with the audience. Lady Manners School’s abstract performance ‘Guernica’ was one of so many highlights in the first half of the platform.
Finishing the first half with a fabulous performance from the Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (Déda). Déda is the only dedicated Dance House in the East Midlands and champions dance locally, regionally and nationally. Their group performance, entitled ‘’Walk On By’, highlighted the characters of each of the dancers and really looked to tell the story of a mix of individuals and their characteristics during their everyday lifestyles. Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda, said: “I thought our performers were excellent and brought a new dimension to the evening, showing progression routes for young people in the Chesterfield district and beyond.”
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. Always a popular group, their modern performance drew one of the biggest cheers from the audience.
Netherthorpe School returned for the second performance with a lyrical jazz routine to the acapella version of ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’. An abstract performance from Brookfield Community School followed next with ‘A Lady through Picassos Eyes’. The dancers manipulated their movements to convey the abstract nature of Picasso’s work. Their passion and dedication for dance really stood out during this performance.
Representing Parkside Community School was Kim who performed the only solo of the evening. A beautiful piece entitled ‘Tears’, really showcased Kim’s talent as a dancer.
Brookfield Community School put on an energetic performance in their display entitled ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’. Coming off the stage, the dancers said: “We had such a good time. This is definitely one of my favourites”. A duet from St Marys Catholic High School performed ‘A Friend Amongst the Trees’, showcasing the girls’ talented skills. Out of breath the girls said: “We really enjoyed it. It was the best it’d gone so far so we’re really happy.”
A final performance from Anthony Gell School ‘Fosse’ drew the evening to a close. A wonderful Jazz piece beautiful demonstrated by the girls drew a large applause from the audience.
Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield SSP, said: “Tonight was a fantastic celebration of dance and the impact dance has on the lives of young people.”
Once everyone had showcased their dances, all the performers returned to the stage for the grand finale, taking the much deserved applause from the crowd. Well done to everyone that took part and made the event such a success.
Full selection of the events photos and videos can be found below.
Anthony Gell – Mechanism – video
Anthony Gell – Fosse – video
Lady Manners – Guernica – video
Hasland Hall – Human Nature – video
Outwood Academy Newbold – If It Aint Love – video
Parkside – Tears – video
Springwell – Infra – video
St Marys – A Friend Amongst The Trees – video
Netherthorpe – The Nicest Kids in Town – video
Netherthorpe – Moulin Rouge – video
Netherthorpe – KS3 AND 4 Jazz – video
Brookfield – An Essence Of Ailey – video
Brookfield – A Lady Through Picasso’s Eyes – video
Brookfield – It’s A Hard Knock Life
Derbyshire Youth Dance Company – Walk On By – video
Crystal Cheer and Dance – Fun. – video