News: Camden Schools Dance Festival at The Place

Monday 22 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Camden Schools Dance Festiva 2016 at The Place, Parliament Hill School
Photo: Joanna Zlotorzycka

In an atmosphere of excitement and energy, eighteen local schools and one youth group demonstrated their dance moves at the seventh annual Camden Schools Dance Festival.

The event featured 375 young people aged 11-18 from Camden and was hosted at The Place. The pupils’ performances were the culmination of months of working with professional dance artists using South Asian, contemporary, folk and street dance styles to create an eclectic mix of dance representing the rich culture of the borough.

The Festival was funded by London Sport and delivered by Camden Dance Development Group, which includes Akademi, B-Better, English Folk Dance & Song Society, icandance, London Borough of Camden, The Place and The Surma Centre.

All proceeds from the performances were donated to the Iris Tomlinson Fund which is a means tested bursary enabling young dancers from Camden borough to engage, access and benefit from the wealth of high-quality dance activity held at The Place.

Councillor Larraine Revah, Mayor of Camden, ‘It was a real pleasure to attend the Camden Schools Dance Festival to see the talented performances by Camden’s schools. Congratulations to our dance partners Akademi, Bbetter, The Place, EDSS, icandance, The Surma Centre and our Camden teachers who always work so hard to make this annual event such a success each year, and lastly thanks to The Place for hosting the event.’

Maria Ryan, Children & Youth Dance Manager at The Place said of the event, ‘The standard of performance was high and reflects the huge amount of work put in. It was wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the physical, social and emotional benefits of taking part in dance. The smiles on their faces as they come into the theatre says it all.’

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