The weekend of 20 and 21 July was U.Dance 2019, national youth dance festival led by One Dance UK at South Bank Centre, London.

Youth dance groups from around the country came together over the two days to experience workshops, share films and present their performance work in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Representing the East Midlands, Next Door Dance Youth Company performed as part of a mixed bill on Sunday evening. The performances ranged from Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Contemporary, Dance Theatre and Street Dance.

Other programmes presented at the festival include the Young Creatives programme which shared work created by young choreographers who had taken part in a mentored programme. The mentored support included Martha Fish and Ruby Wolk from the Royal Opera House and Rosie Jeffery and Julia Fitzelle from Rambert. Young Creative, Angus Simpson from Northamptonshire created work for this programme, presenting a solo he had created on his brother, Lewis.

A selection of dance films were also shown at the British Film Institute presenting U.Dance on Screen. Next Door Dance’s work The Grandest of Stages featuring Next Door Dance Youth Company was shown alongside twelve others films that were celebrated at the festival.

We would like to congratulate all of the young people, leaders and professionals that took part and would like to thank all the supporters that helped Next Door Dance Youth Company in their progression to the festival and look forward to supporting another youth dance group to progress to U.Dance 2020 which will be held in Glasgow.