Dance4 would like to congratulate Next Door Dance Youth Company on being selected to attend U.Dance 2019 national youth dance festival which will happen at South Bank Centre, London on the 20 and 21 July 2019.

The group have worked on thier piece, The Chain since September and performed the work at Episodes, the Nottinghamshire county U.Dance event in March at Lakeside Arts, and at the Inspire Showcase event in Mansfield. The youth dance company, which consists of over 20 dancers, based their work on BBC Radio 6’s continuous playlist of tracks which started with the iconic song, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

The group are led by Nottingham based choreographers Jennifer Manderson and Hayley Corah and rehearse at Dance4’s iC4C. Next Door Dance Youth Company provides a mid-week class and performance company for Nottinghamshire based dancers who attend the East Midlands Centre for Advanced Training as well as other young dancers who want to work creatively to pursue contemporary dance.

Following the six county U.Dance events in the East Midlands, Next Door Dance Youth Company were selected from a shortlist of 12 groups to attend U.Dance 2019. With over 75 groups appling to take part in the U.Dance events across the East Midlanads region this year, the company have succeeded in a fantastic achievement to be chosen to represent the region nationally.

Next Door Dance Youth Company will get the opportunity to perform thier piece at South Bank Centre and take part in workshops, discussions and watch other dance companies perform from around the United Kingdom during U.Dance 2019. The line up for the festival performances includes youth dance companies from schools, youth dance groups and private dance schools including:

Next Door Dance Company, East Midlands

Colchester Sixth Form, East Region

iDance Studios, London

Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, London

TIN Arts, North East

Dance Syndrome, North West

Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy, West Midlands

Street Beat Elite, Yorkshire

Hampshire Youth Dance Company, South West

Ceyda Tanc Dance Company, South East

ISTD dance groups including LiveLove Dance, Del Toro School of Dance, Mayhew School of Dance, Highgate Ballet School Choreographers Collective, Drishti Dance, Srishti Yuva Culture, LeeAnne Dobbie Dancers,

Groups from Scotland including FusionYDance, National Youth Dance Company Scotland

and London Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban and London Centre for Advanced Training at The Place.

Dance4 sends best wishes to all groups participating at the festival and hopes Next Door Youth Dance Company have a fantastic time.

Photography by Mathew Cawrey.