Fresh 2014 (c) Brian Slater


Part of U.Dance 2014FRESH 2014 - part of U.Dance 2014
Showcasing the best youth dance in Yorkshire!

On Saturday 5 April, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance were buzzing with an astonishing range of youth dance companies. Over 200 dancers aged between 11 and 19 performed to over 700 people during the afternoon and evening.

Yorkshire Dance is pleased to announce that two of the companies performing at West Yorkshire Playhouse – Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Junior Youth Academy & Street Beat Elite – were selected by a panel of dance experts to represent Yorkshire at U.Dance, Youth Dance England’s four-day national festival, in Nottingham in June.


Phoenix Dance Theatre's Junior Youth AcademyPhoenix Dance Theatre’s Junior Youth Academy
The Equalizers
Choreographed by Tanya Richam-Odoi

Dancers: Hannah Bean, Lily Bedford, Lucy Booth, Nyasha Brodersen, Indira Dussoye, Beth Emmerson, Jake Gale, Fable Lacey, Daisy Morton, Samirah Sanneh, Lucy Simpson, Hannah Stead-Deegan, Ellie Thompson, John William-Watson, Taomara Wumbura

The group worked with the idea of soundwaves and frequencies affecting the body. How would the body react if hit by a ‘lullaby soundwave’? How would it differ to being hit by a ‘Led Zeppelin soundwave’? This high-intensity piece has a heavy beat/club vibe.  The music dictates the movement, with dancers often trying to stop sound entering the body in solos, duets, and quartets.

Street Beat Elite (c) Brian SlaterStreet Beat Elite
Busta Mix
Choreographed by Kim Oakley, Johnny Boyle, Thea Kelly, Jessica Whalley

Dancers: Mark Blakely, Megan Box, Bailey Cheadle, Kennedy Cousins, Taylor Cousins, Harvey Fields, Jake Fields, Kai Griggs, Kaitlan Kennison, Lois McKnight, Nathan Moyes, Harry Overton, Rebecca Porter, Ben Reilly, Kayleigh Rose, Lily Shrimpton, Sophie Smyth, Laura Thomas, Amy Warwick,  Jessica Whalley, Teyla Widdowson, Kian Wilson, Regan Wilson

Street Beat Elite have been performing as a crew for approximately 18 months. The Busta Mix they are performing at Fresh is a piece that draws inspiration from the music of Busta Rhymes.  The piece uses various urban dance styles including street dance, hip hop, breakdance, krumping and popping.

The piece is high energy and hard-hitting, full of tricks and stunts.


After a selection process by a panel of independent dance artists, Fresh 2014 featured 25 groups from across the region – some in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre, and some performing in the “Fresh Fringe” in Yorkshire Dance’s own The Loft and in the foyer of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Nine of these groups were selected to be entered into U.Dance, with two selected to represent the region in National U.Dance Festival in Nottingham in June.

The nine were:

RJC Youth Dance
NYD North Yorkshire Dance
Street Beat – Doncaster
Hull Youth Dance Company
North Lindsey Dancers
Phoenix Junior Youth Academy
Yorkshire Dance Youth
DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company
Momentum Dance Company


Find out how YOU could be involved with Youth Dance England…


Fresh 2013, the regional youth dance showcase was bigger and better than ever… 252 young people joined in with workshops and performances at Yorkshire Dance and the foyer of West Yorkshire Playhouse before the main showcase in WYP’s Quarry Theatre, with an audience of around 700 people.

Here’s a flavour of the day:

And here is Youth Dance England’s film of the highlights from U.Dance 2013, here in Leeds: