News: London Dance Championships at Ufest

Tuesday 13 October 2015 by Clare Evans

The London Dance Championships, a new open dance competition for the young people of London, will take place on Friday 27 November as part of UFest, the capital’s largest ever youth-led cultural festival . The London Dance Championships will take over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing London’s most exciting contemporary youth dance groups together with some of London’s leading dance organisations, including the Barbican Centre, Breakin’ Convention, East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells. Groups will gather in the jaw-dropping setting of the London Aquatics Centre to battle it out for £3,500 worth of prizes.

Just a few of those taking part include Sadler’s Wells & New Adventures Lord of the Flies Legacy dancers, The Garde (Avant Garde Dance) on behalf of East London Dance and B-Girl Terra and B-Girl Eddie of Soul Mavericks Crew on behalf of Breakin’ Covention. The Drum Works group from the Barbican Centre will also be performing.

Over a three hour dance extravaganza, 16 youth dance groups (aged between 14-25) will compete through a series of competitive heats, alternated with performances by partner dance organisations, with the winner of each one decided by a ‘clapometer’, which measures the volume of the audience response- the most democratic way to decide a winner.

Groups who would like to put themselves forward to take part can register online at www.ufestldn.com. A jury comprising of a representative from each of partner organisations (the Barbican Centre, Breakin’ Convention, East London Dance, Sadler’s Wells) and a member of the UFest street team will decide which groups go through to perform on the night

Polly Risbridger, Director, East London Dance, said “East London Dance is delighted to be a partner on the very first London Dance Championships. With a 28 year history of discovering and championing talented young dancers, choreographers and producers from East London, we really value these kind of events to help celebrate and reveal the incredible talent here – both on stage and behind the scenes. The commitment to placing young people in the driving seat to organize the festival is very close to our heart and we can’t wait to see a youth take over of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: “We are excited to be taking part in UFest by supporting the London Dance Championship and presenting work at the festival. The future of dance is in the hands of the young talent of today and I very much look forward to seeing the performances by the competing dance groups on 27 November.”

Tickets to the UFest and the London Dance Championships are priced at £10, and can be purchased at: www.ufestldn.com

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