Artistry Youth Dance performed at the recent Cally Festival at the 'Bus Stop Dance Floor', hosted by the Urdang Academy and Sadler's Wells Theatre. The Caledonian Road event featured music, dance, art, and creative workshops, bringing the community together for an enjoyable day of live performances.
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The dancers were invited to perform at the Finals weekend of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, Europe's' largest annual youth sport event. This exciting dance festival showcased an array of talented youth dance companies from across London. Artistry Youth Dance were delighted to have been a part of such a brilliant event. The dancers performed their uptempo jazz dance piece, 'Spirit', which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. A wonderful opportunity for the dancers to have been involved in.
On Saturday 28 June, 2014, the dancers performed at Canary Wharf as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF). This fantastic event showcased the best of youth dance from across the Capital. The rain held off (just!) to enable the dancers to perform their contemporary/jazz piece, 'No Woman No Cry'. They also took part in high energy dance workshop (led by myself!) to learn the moves for a top secret Big Dance event taking place in London very soon!
We also had the chance to watch professional ballet company, Ballet Black, perform as part of the GDIF. They performed a beautiful excerpt from Two of a Kind, choreographed by Christopher Marney. A wonderful chance to see them perform again. Overall, a great day was had by all!
By Chanelle (company dancer)
AYD were delighted to have been selected as one of the eight regional finalists for U.Dance 2014! We had an amazing, fun-filled day. The day began with a tech rehearsal on stage and we were introduced to all the staff that would be assisting us throughout the day. Everyone there was very helpful and excited. Following on from our tech run on stage, we had a rehearsal and made our last minute tweaks to the routine that we would be performing later on that day.
After lunch we had an insightful careers lecture on different pathways we take when considering a profession in the dance world. We then had a workshop with two very talented dancers from, the stage production of, Lord of the flies. It was very different from the type of workshops we have done before but it was very enjoyable as we participated with another dance group. Thereafter we had a dress rehearsal and got to watch the other group’s performances. All of the group's dances were fantastic and the atmosphere during the dress rehearsal was enchanting as everyone praised and congratulated one another after each performance.
Later on that evening we had our final performance and all our hard work had paid off, we received an enormous round of applause when taking our bow.
On Sunday 27th April, the dancers took part in U.Dance London, an incredible showcase of some of the best youth dance companies from across London. A fantastic photo gallery from the event has been published on londondance.com. All photos are by the talented Carole Edrich and you can have a look at them here.
Artistry Youth Dance has been selected as a regional finalist for 'U.Dance', a national youth dance festival organised by Youth Dance England, Sadler's Wells and Trinity Laban. We've been mentioned in this article by London Dance (alongside the other finalists) regarding our selection in this fantastic event! Very exciting!