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Young performers wow sell-out crowd at Chesterfield Secondary U.Dance platform

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It was the 10th time the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership have staged the platform and a fantastic opportunity for young people to perform and celebrate dance at the Winding Wheel Theatre.

There were outstanding performances throughout the night of 2nd December by school dance groups from: Brookfield Community School, Hasland Hall Community School, Netherthorpe School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Springwell Community College, St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Anthony Gell School, Lady Manners School and Tupton Hall School.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield SSP, said: “Tonight was a fantastic celebration of dance and how dance can support the growth of young people. Already looking forward to next year!”

Dancers of all secondary school ages impressed the crowd with performances that encompassed a variety of styles and themes. One of three performances from Brookfield Community School, entitled ‘Lest We Forget’, was dedicated to the British Legion and took on an emotional, World War Two theme. Another from the Springwell Community College GCSE dance class, carried an anti-bullying message.

Jasmine Bradshaw, of Hasland Hall, put on a fantastic solo-display entitled 'The Lonely.' She said: "I really enjoyed it. I like dancing on my own because there's more open space to move into. Tonight's been really good and a great experience. I've not been here before but it's an experience everyone should try."

There were also guest performances from the Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (Déda) and Crystal Cheer and Dance.

Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda, said: “The event was incredibly successful and we are delighted to be involved with this event. A real highlight of my year. I thought our performers were excellent and brought a new dimension to the evening, showing progression routes for young."

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and an excellent showpiece event highlighting a great number of talented young dancers from the area. As the standard grows year on year, we are already looking forward to 2016’s performances.


Notes to Editors:

For further information contact:

Mark Tournier

JPG images are available here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/chesterfieldsspphotos/4J0956

Chesterfield School Sport Partnership

Founded in 2004, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership is an organisation passionate about changing the lives of young people through sport, physical activity and educational interventions.

Our mission is simple: To ensure that young people in Chesterfield enjoy their experience of Physical Education and sport, are supported to fulfill their potential and are motivated to choose a healthy active lifestyle.


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 are pleased to hold another U.Dance event in Chesterfield and announce that a number of this year’s performances will be put forward for a U.Dance Award.