Four youth dance companies under the umbrella of Derby-based regional dance house Déda have earned coveted places in the National Youth Dance Festival – U.Dance 14 - to be held next month in Nottingham.
Derbyshire Youth Dance Company, based at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield and South Asian youth dance company Javvani, based at Déda, will both be part of the festival's national competitions.
Meanwhile Déda's Liquid male dance group and youth performance company Bounceback have been invited to perform at the festival in recognition of the high standard of their work.
Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was set up two years ago by Déda, Chesterfield Borough Council and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) to develop aspiring young dancers in the north of the county.
Having won a place at the at the Midlands U.Dance festival in Birmingham last month, they will represent the region at U.Dance 14.
They will join South Asian youth dance company Javvani, run by Déda and fellow Derby-based arts company Surtal Arts, who will compete in the first ever national South Asian dance competition as part of the festival.
Liquid and Bounceback have both been given a guest pass straight to U.Dance 14 - performing as part of the festival's fringe programme throughout the city centre - after giving a superb performance at the county event at Buxton Opera House in March.
Déda's Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb said: "We are delighted with the success of our youth dance companies who will now be performing at the prestigious National Youth Dance Festival.
"I am particularly pleased that the groups show the diversity of the work that we do alongside our partners in the city and county and the breadth of opportunities that are available for young dancers in this area.
"All three groups have very different styles and membership.
"Derbyshire Youth Dance Company and Bounceback are both auditioned group for young people looking for a platform to progress their careers as professional dancers.
"Javvani has members aged 13 and above and specialise in traditional and contemporary South Asian dance.
"And Liquid is our all male group who take their inspiration from a range of contemporary dance styles from breaking to urban.
"We have a good track record at national level with Bounceback winning the competition two years ago and I hope that Derbyshire Youth Dance Company and Javvani will gain equal recognition this year."
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.
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