The U.Dance 2015 National Festival will be hosted in Plymouth over four days, and with the collaboration between Youth Dance England and Plymouth Dance, it is sure to be a spectacular event. Aspiring professional dancers will have the opportunity to take part in dance workshops, choreography training, mentoring and social events and take to the stage to showcase their work.
What can you see at U.DANCE this year?
Over the four festival days, you can see dance performances by various groups from dance academies in venues across the city in styles including contemporary, hip hop, folk dance, and dance for disabled persons.
Make your way to key locations across Plymouth including Theatre Royal Plymouth, National Marine Aquarium, Barbican Theatre Plymouth and Plymouth University to catch the performances from the inspirational young dancers taking part.
The big performance - The MASS DANCE
If you can't make it to see the performances during the week, don't worry.
The festival leaves the best to last with the Mass Dance performance on Saturday 25th July on the Plymouth Piazza for everyone to see. Over 200 young people will take the the outdoor stage in the centre of the city to perform a dance routine they have been learning from across the country, ready for this final public performance.
The routine for this collaborative performance has been choreographed by four YDE National Young Dance Ambassadors in partnership with Jules Laville from the Barbican Theatre Plymouth. The routine was then recorded and sent to all performers for the Mass Dance so they could practise individually over the last few months and then come together in Plymouth for a show-stopping performance with other dancers.
It is FREE to watch with two performances starting at 12:45pm and 1:15pm
Support the talent of inspiring young dancers this week and make your way to evening performances throughout the festival, learn the story behind the dance routines and you may just see a rising star in the making.