A male dance group from Derby’s Déda, one of the UK’s leading dance centres, has won a place in the regional finals of a national youth dance competition.
Liquid dance group will be representing the county in the Midlands stage of U.Dance competition, a national performance framework for young people’s dance led by Youth Dance England, which will be held at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday, April 20.
The ten-strong Liquid dance group is made up of young male dancers aged ten to 17, who train as part of Déda’s youth academy programme at the studios in Chapel Street.
They won the Interface 13 county competition held recently at Derby Theatre – performing their original contemporary dance piece Contained – depicting a world threatened by a deadly disease and fighting to overcome it, which was choreographed by Déda’s dance artist Chris Caffery.
The judging panel, made up of local and regional dance professionals, chose Liquid as the competition winners from a line up of 17 school and youth groups from across the county to go through to the Midlands’ final at the ‘My Dance’ festival in Nottingham.
Liquid will perform alongside ten other groups from across the region in the hope of clinching one of two coveted places to go through to the national final this summer in London.
Last year, Déda’s Bounceback gifted and talented dance company won the regional and national competitions with extracts from The Rite of Spring – part of the Cultural Olympiad and Liquid are hoping to emulate that success.
Dance artist Chris Caffrey said: “The boys have worked extremely hard on this very dramatic and acrobatic piece and thoroughly deserve their success at Interface 13.
“We will be rehearsing and making further changes to the piece in the coming weeks in preparation for My Dance at Nottingham and I am confident that they will put on a great performance for the judges and audience.”