Chance for young choreographers to get involved with project

Dancer Lily Price

Dancer Lily Price

First published in News

BUDDING choreographers can apply to take part in a project which will see them work with dance professionals to create a new piece of dance for performance.

DanceFest are looking for young people who choreographer any style of dance, from contemporary to street, from Bollywood to salsa, for its project Creates.

The selected choreographers will then each create and develop their dance.

They will have a mentor who is a professional dance artist and will advise them and help to build their piece and increase their choreographic skills.

The final performances will form part of the Circuit youth dance performance in Herefordshire in March, and Big Dance Week in Worcestershire in July.

Clare Wood, youth dance coordinator for Dancefest, said Creates was a great opportunity for anyone looking to pursue a career in dance or who was studying dance at school or college.

Miss Wood said: “It’s a great opportunity for young choreographers to have their work performed in a theatre.

"Past participants have gone on to take part in Young Creatives, a national choreographic programme and the quality of the work created over the years has been incredible. ”

Creates, which can also be used to help gain an Arts Award, began four years ago and has launched the work of lots of emerging choreographers and dancers, many of whom are now in professional dance training.

Rob Ferguson, a previous Creates participant who is now training for a dance degree at Trinity Laban said, “Having your own choreography performed on stage in prestigious theatres is an amazing feeling that normally youth dancers do not experience.

"Creates is a brilliant project, is a lot of fun, and I would fully encourage people to have a go.”

Applicants should come up with an idea for a dance of no longer than five minutes long. It can be a solo, duet, or a group dance.

The proposals should be sent to Clare Wood at clare@dancefest.co.uk by Friday, January 31.

To find out more about Creates and Dancefest, visit www.dancefest.co.uk or ring 01905 611199.

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