Fresh 2014 (c) Brian Slater


FRESH 2015 - part of U.Dance 2015

Showcasing the best youth dance in Yorkshire!

On Saturday 25 April, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance will host a night full of talent and inspiring dance from across Yorkshire. If you wish to be a part of this exciting event you will need to complete an application. Application forms will be available in September 2014.


FRESH 2014
part of U.Dance 2014

On Saturday 5 April 2014, 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.

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


U.Dance 2014

Phoenix Dance Theatre Junior Youth Academy and Street Beat Elite were selected to perform at U.Dance 2014 in Nottingham

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.


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