Over the past couple of months Niamh Bryson, Youth & Community Dance Intern, and Sarah Lyon, Youth & Community Dance Director, travelled to Scunthorpe, Hull and Barnsley in search for new and exciting work for FRESH 2017.

They attended four sub-regional platforms which acted as smaller scale FRESH performances. The aim of these platforms is to increase the number of groups engaging with Fresh from further afield than West Yorkshire. The platforms proved a huge success, bringing groups together through workshops and social media activities during the day, celebrating each group’s involvement in Dance bringing together different styles and ages.

This year we received over 50 applications for FRESH and achieved the best regional split amongst the groups that have been selected; contemporary, street, Hip Hop, Irish and Tap dance is being represented at this year’s FRESH across the fringe and Main Stage performances.

The programme is as follows:

FRESH Main Stage
West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7.30pm
Box Office 0113 213 7700
or book online here

LWHS Dancers
Streetkingz Elite
Phoenix Youth Academy Seniors
Me2 Inclusive Youth Dance Company
Mechanics Performing Arts
DAZL Senior Youth Dance Company
McKeown Irish Dance Academy
Shahck Out Youth Dance
High Storrs Dance Company
Hull Dance Youth Company

Yorkshire Dance, 5.30

Metamorphosis Youth Dance Company
CAPA Juniors
The Space Dance Studio
East Riding Youth Dance County Company
Street Beat Elite
Dance United Performance Company
WATH Comprehensive Break Company
Hype Dance Academy Tap

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LGBT 50 © Leo Francis

Yorkshire Dance at LGBT 50

by aprilskipp on March 7, 2017

We’re very excited to be off to Hull as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, celebrating 50 years since the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

As part of LGBT 50, a week-long programme of LGBT+ events taking place from 22 to 29 July in partnership with Pride in Hull, we’re contributing to the lively Duckie Summer Tea Party in Queen Victoria Square, to which everyone’s invited for a thrilling afternoon of dance, surprise performances, tea, cake and much more.

The party features Into The Light, a specially commissioned Yorkshire Dance production by choreographer Gary Clarke, featuring a 50-strong cast for the 50th anniversary – 42 non-professional performers from among Hull and the East Riding’s LGBT+ community and its friends will work alongside 8 professional dancers.

Gary and TC Howard will be in Hull a lot between now and the performance in July, to meet with members of the LGBT+ community to hear of their stories and share ideas. There will be a number of ways people can get involved, through simply turning up for a chat, volunteering, dipping their toes in with a taster workshop or signing up for the final performance.

If you’re one of those people who might be interested in taking part, let us know by e-mailing kirstyredhead@yorkshiredance.com and we’ll send you details of when and where you can join in.

Find out more about LGBT 50 here.

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