Youth Dance England’s flagship event U.Dance 2012 took place on 13th-15th July 2012 at Southbank Centre, London, showcasing some of the best young dance groups from across the UK, and offering the wider public the opportunity to take part in free dance workshops with renowned professionals, watch dance films made by or featuring young people, and see dancers in rehearsals.
Read an account of the festival here.
View the full programme booklet below:
The event was made possible through YDE’s partnership with Southbank Centre, DU Dance in Northern Ireland, National Youth Dance Wales and YDance (Scottish Youth Dance); who for the first time organised selection platforms in their own nations linking to U.Dance.
The first-ever UK-wide youth dance company
In a major new development, U.Dance 2012 presented the first UK-wide youth dance company called the U.Dance Ensemble, with the internationally-acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter appointed as Artistic Director. The U.Dance Ensemble performed a new piece created especially by Shechter on the Opening ad Clsoing nights of the U.Dance 2012.
Plans are also underway for the Company to perform in Wales at the end August/early September this year.
A fresh look at dance through the lens
U.Dance Fresh Takes is the film strand of U.Dance 2012 programmed by young curators. It involved two screenings of dance films made by our featuring young people.
Fresh Takes is a South East Dance initiative delivered and co-produced with Youth Dance England for U.Dance 2012.
A conference on choreography by and with young people
Bringing learning and discussion to the heart of the U.Dance 2012 festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, professionals and young dance artists were invited to join in discussions and share ideas on the theme of choreography by and with young people.
Chris Thomson, Director of Creative Teaching and Learning at The Place and Linda Jasper, Director of Youth Dance England, led sessions centred around best practice in choreography, the importance for young people experiencing choreographic processes and the future of youth choreorgaphy.
Notes from the seminars will be posted on this website shortly.
In partnership with
U.Dance 2012 was made possible through a partnership between:
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Last updated: 17-07-2012