20th Sep, 2018

Schools at Dancefest

Rob George 14th Apr, 2018

DANCERS from schools across Worcester and Malvern were among 200 aged 11 to 21 who took part in two evenings of dance led by local dance organisation, Dancefest, and hosted by HOW College in Worcester and Hereford College of Arts.

With dance styles ranging from contemporary to street and ballroom to samba, there were performances by youth companies, schools, colleges and dance schools.

Students from Christopher Whitehead Language College, Worcester Sixth Form College, Dancefest’s Worcester Dancemakers, and Worcester DFY The Chase School in Malvern were among those taking to the stage.

Clare Wood, who leads Dancefest’s youth dance projects, said: “These performances were a wonderful opportunity for young people to see each other perform and be inspired by each other.

“Younger dancers could see progression routes, as there was such a wide range of ages, all the way up to degree level.

“There was a real mix of work from schools, colleges, youth groups and dance schools.

“It was also an opportunity for teachers to see each other’s work and share ideas, and a rare opportunity for young dancers to come together.”

Gillian Hipp, Course Leader BA (Hons) Performing Arts at Hereford College of Arts, said: “Dancefest’s annual Circuit is important to dance students in the region. The event gives all the dancers involved a chance to share their performance work, created in many hours of rehearsals.”

Dancefest supports young people to get into dance, helping develop skills and providing opportunities to perform and collaborate.

Visit www.dancefest.co.uk for more about Dancefest.

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