The judging panel of Fresh 2012, our showcase of youth dance companies from across the Yorkshire region, are delighted to announce the result of their deliberations. Nine groups performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, on Sat 17 Mar, competing for a performance slot at Youth Dance England’s U.Dance 2012, a three day event at The Southbank Centre, London, this July.
And the winners are…
Momentum’s piece, Identity is an abstract contemporary dance that explores the notion of ‘identity’ as an individual and as part of a community. It explores our own individuality and idiosyncracies – what make us unique? Juxtaposed with this is the exploration of community identity – what relationships exists? How do we influence one another? Solidarity, friendships, love, a sense of unity.
Momentum Youth Dance provides professional Contemporary, Urban and Ballet training, choreography and performance experience for dancers aged 14+ from across the Yorkshire region. Identity is the first performance by this cohort of Momentum dancers.
Youth Dance England’s Sara Reed, one of the independent judges, commented, “As always, at these events, it was very hard to make decisions and I have been hugely impressed by the continuing rise of standards in youth dance performances across the country in recent years and Saturday’s performances were no exception.”
Kirsty Redhead, Yorkshire Dance’s representative on the judging panel, added, “We’d all like to extend our congratulations to Eddie Copp, Keith Luke Gillott and the dancers of Momentum. Their performance was outstanding, and though the competition was very fierce indeed – and the judges really had their work cut out – Momentum are very worthy winners.”