On Saturday 26 March, over 250 young people aged between 11 and 19, representing twenty youth dance companies from across Yorkshire, performed to full houses at Doncaster’s CAST in Fresh 2016.

Fresh is an annual showcase of youth dance organised by Yorkshire Dance, the Leeds-based dance development agency for the region.

An independent panel of judges was in attendance to decide which two companies would be selected to perform at U.Dance 2016, a national festival of youth dance which takes place in a different city every year.

Momentum Dance, based at Wakefield’s CAPA College, and Leeds-based Phoenix Youth Academy will join youth dance companies chosen at other regional showcases across the UK for U.Dance 2016 at Salford’s The Lowry this July.

Momentum Dance’s Under My Skin takes them to U.Dance for the eighth time. The company, renowned for its energy, athleticism and attack, use the piece to explore the highs and lows of relationships through flowing and fluid group work combined with beautiful partner work.

Phoenix Youth Academy (c) Brian SlaterPhoenix Youth Academy won their place at U.Dance with Underworld, a breathtaking performance in which the 18 young dancers move like a single living entity.

The U.Dance festival will take place over three nights, bringing together the best youth dance companies from across the country, including the National Youth Dance Company.

The selected groups will have the chance to take part in workshops across a range of styles with leading artists in the industry.

Sarah Lyon, Yorkshire Dance’s Youth & Community Dance Manager, who organised Fresh 2016, says, “We’re delighted that Momentum and Phoenix are going to represent Yorkshire at U.Dance, and we send them both our congratulations and best wishes for their performances in Salford in July.”

“But we also congratulate all the other companies that performed at Fresh. It’s far more than a competition – it’s a real celebration of the amazing talent and hard work of youth dance companies and their teachers across Yorkshire. This region should be very proud indeed of its young people’s achievements in dance.”

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Callum Holt (c) Yorkshire DanceAt the beginning of 2016, Yorkshire Dance appointed Callum Holt as our new Artistic Programmes Assistant.

Callum – who has an MA in Critical & Cultural Theory (English Studies) from University of Leeds – has been supporting Creative Producer Kirsty Redhead, and providing project management, coordination and administration support for our artistic programme.

He has taken a leading role in the management of artists’ residencies and sharings of their works-in-progress, in the running of our Collective Membership for artists, and in the planning of our first major individual giving campaign, Spirit of Juncture, to be launched later in the spring, for which he’s currently planning a fundraising open mic event.

He’s also contributed a huge amount to the planning and delivery of our Friday Firsts performance programme for 2016.

We are delighted to have been able to extend his time with us, originally planned to finish in April, until the end of November.

This means that Callum will be able to play a significant role in the management of Juncture, our festival of contemporary dance curated by Gillie Kleiman, at the end of October, and we’re very pleased that we – and the festival – will benefit from his remarkable talent, energy and commitment.

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Yorkshire Dance celebrates the Rotherham Boys Project

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