Two of Déda's Youth Performance Companies have won coveted places in a top level national dance festival in Plymouth this summer.
Bounceback is a group of 16 young dancers who rehearse at Déda in Chapel Street, while Derbyshire Youth Dance Company is a group of 14 young people from North Derbyshire who are based in Chesterfield.
Both were among 20 youth dance groups from across the UK who performed original 15-minute choreographic pieces at the prestigious Clore Ballroom at London's South Bank Centre, in front of members of the public, the other competing groups and a judging panel of dance professionals.
It was announced today that the Derbyshire groups are among the final selection of six groups who will perform at U.Dance 2015, which will be held in Plymouth in July (22-25).
The annual event celebrates and showcases the very best youth dance work from across the country, led by Youth Dance England.
The Derbyshire groups will perform at the festival alongside the National Youth Dance Companies of England and Wales. They will also have the unique opportunity to work with nationally renowned artists, inspiring them to develop their own dance skills and introduce them to new creative ideas.
In addition, Déda Youth Performance Company, Incompany has been selected for the Regional U.Dance Selection event, My Dance, at Nottingham Playhouse on April 11.
Clare Limb, Déda's Head of Dance Development and Learning said: "We are over the moon that both of our auditioned youth dance companies have made it to the prestigious U.Dance 2015 festival and that Incompany will be performing at the regional event in Nottingham.
"Bounceback and DYDC performed in the New Dimensions programme of the national competition framework which is the top level of youth dance in the country.
"The feedback from the judges in London was incredible, recognising an experimental approach to choreography and performance which pushes the boundaries of youth dance.
"This is therefore a fantastic acknowledgement of the high standard of choreography and teaching through the Déda Academy programme and a reflection of just how hard our young dancers have worked to achieve a place at the national festival."
Bounceback and Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (DYDC) are Déda's auditioned youth performance groups for young dancers who are looking towards future careers in dance.
Bounceback has won a host of awards over the years with several members going onto the National Youth Dance Company, conservatoire training and recently on to Déda's own specialist BA Dance degree with the University of Derby to further develop their skills.
Their piece for the U.Dance framework is entitled 'Heroes', depicting the journey of soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War.
Choreographer Alice Vale explained: "This is a challenging topic with the movement created from photos and memories of those who fought in the conflict. It is particularly interesting as most of the cast are females but are representing men."
Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (DYDC) was set up two years ago by Déda, Chesterfield Borough Council and Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) to develop aspiring young dancers in the north of the county.
Their piece, entitled 'Here We Are, Now', is an exploration of human nature and is improvised at each performance.
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Notes 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, three 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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