Déda Youth Performance Group Bounceback at U.Dance 2015

Katherine & Alice Blog about their time at

U.Dance 2015

Youth Dance England in partnership with Plymouth Dance presented U.Dance 2015, the national festival that celebrates and showcases the very best youth dance work from across the country. Our youth performance companies, Bounceback & Derbyshire Youth Dance Company, won the opportunity to perform at this spectacular event. 

Katherine Wilkins (Dance Development and Learning Coordinator)

The excitement for you U.Dance starts in September as Déda’s youth companies start the beginning process of developing their pieces. However, this year two of the youth companies -Bounceback and Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (DYDC) - chose the New Dimensions strand, which involved creating a 15min piece and going through a different audition process.

Wednesday 22nd July had been eagerly awaited and by 10.30am we were all on the bus ready to make out way down to Plymouth. After a smooth journey, we found our rooms and began getting ourselves ready for the 1940s evening.

All the girls and Josh looked fabulous! It was great seeing so many groups making an effort to dress up! Once we were seated we were greeted with a dance down the aisle by Sail Dance Company and then dinner was served. The evening continued with a Jive workshop and live band, and a couple of hundred participants.

The next day was jam-packed with dance workshops, seminars and careers panels. The young people came back buzzing from their workshop. They could choose from, Dirty Dancing, ballet, National Youth Dance Company, Urban and loads more. They said how even though they had never done some of the styles they had tried, the teachers were great at breaking it down and they were able to get to grips with it really fast.

Each evening all the groups headed to Theatre Royal Plymouth to watch work from all over the country. The atmosphere in the audience was so encouraging and supportive of all the groups - a name would appear introducing the next act and the audience would whistle and cheer with excitement.

The young people got to experience working with top professionals and perform in some unusual places. They worked with James Wilton and made ‘A Dance In A Day’ which was performed in the aquarium to members of the public.

U.Dance is a great opportunity for young people to really experience dance in a professional and enjoyable setting. 

The standard of dance and delivery is extremely high throughout the week and each group that takes the stage did their region proud.

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company and Bounceback couldn’t have made us prouder. 

Alice Vale (Dance Artist & Group Leader)

Our time at Udance was fab! It was great for Bounceback to have the opportunity to meet and dance with fellow young dancers. Each day they learnt a new skill and learnt new ways to engage with dance.

The day of the performance was most memorable to me. The slick running of the tech runs and the excited atmosphere all added to a wonderful experience. It was also an emotional time for Bounceback as many members are leaving us to go into higher education and this was their last performance. As they emotionally depicted WW1 and produced a performance of their lifetime, I sat side of stage and felt so proud.

Well done to everyone and here is to the future. 



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