Yorkshire Dance Fresh 2015

Yorkshire Dance Fresh 2015

Yorkshire Dance Fresh 2015
February 2015


Youth dance companies from across Yorkshire to star at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce the names of 27 youth dance companies selected from every corner of Yorkshire to take part in

Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance

its stunning annual showcase, Fresh 2015.

Yorkshire Dance Fresh 2015 will feature performances by over 200 young dancers, aged 11-19, at West Yorkshire Playhouse, in the Quarry Theatre and in the foyer, and at Yorkshire Dance on Saturday 25 April 2015.

50 applications were received for this celebration of the region’s young dance talent, and
it took an experienced panel of independent judges over a day to make the final selection from a fantastically talented range of youth dance companies.

Performing at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre from 7.30pm will be:
DAZL Male Youth Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre Senior, Yorkshire Dance Youth, Atmosphere Youth Dance Company, Yorkshire Young Dancers – Centre For Advanced Training (All from Leeds), Dance United Yorkshire Performance Company (Bradford), The Kingsmill Fitness Express (Beverley), 412 Dance Theatre (Castleford), North Lindsey Dancers (Scunthorpe), North Yorkshire Dance (Pool in Wharfedale), Rodillian, Momentum (Wakefield)

Performing at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s foyer from 6pm-7pm will be:
Junior Frood, RJC Youth Dance Company, Me2 (Leeds), St Wilfred Dance Company (Pontefract), Street Kingz (Barnsley), SAA-uk Youth Dancers, Scooch Contemporary Dance Company (Scunthorpe)

And performing at Yorkshire Dance from 4.45pm – 6pm will be:
DAZL Youth Company, Yorkshire Dance Street Crew (Leeds), REBUZZ, NLSPA (Rotherham) 412 Dance Theatre (Castleford), Fresh Energy (Doncaster), Hull Dance Youth Company (Hull), St John Fisher Dance Company (Harrogate)

Fresh 2015 is part of U.Dance, Youth Dance England’s main vehicle to support and champion the great work that goes on around the country that results in performance opportunities for children and young people. A panel of judges will select two groups to represent Yorkshire at U.Dance 2015, Youth Dance England’s flagship event, staged this year at various venues around Plymouth in June.

Hannah Robertshaw, Youth & Community Dance Director at Yorkshire Dance, says of Fresh 2015, “Fresh is a unique event which brings together some of the most exciting young dancers from across Yorkshire. Both the Fresh Fringe and the mainstage performances demonstrate the immense talent of young people across the region and offer an opportunity for young people to connect, celebrate and showcase their work. The event is connected to Youth Dance England’s U.Dance Festival and a panel of industry professionals will be selecting two Yorkshire groups for the National U.Dance Festival in Plymouth. For Yorkshire Dance, FRESH, is one of the highlights of our year.”

The performances at Yorkshire Dance and in the foyer of West Yorkshire Playhouse are free, and you don’t need a ticket to attend.

Tickets for the performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre are available now from West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Box Office 0113 213 7700
Book securely online www.wyp.org.uk

For more information, photos and to arrange interviews, please contact
Sophie Inkster, Marketing and Development Intern
0113 243 9867



Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance champions the development of dance in Yorkshire. We do so by raising standards, increasing knowledge and understanding and fostering creativity and innovation.

We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance that is rooted in their creativity, in their lives and in their communities, with the power to transform and inspire.

We create opportunities for emerging and established artists and practitioners to research, create and present new contemporary work on the small scale, and in communities, developing their skills, expertise and networks.

We create opportunities for people to experience dance by working with partners in local authorities and the arts, in health and in sport, building a region-wide infrastructure for dance development.


U.Dance is a programme which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them, whilst raising awareness of the wonderful events that take place right across the country. The framework aims to provide dance performance opportunities for every child and young person in England.

Youth Dance England

Youth Dance England is the national organisation that champions dance with and by children and young people. We believe that dance changes and enriches young people’s lives. We strive for every child and young person across England to have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of high quality dance, working with partners to increase access, raise standards and improve progression routes in dance. As a strategic delivery organisation, YDE delivers high profile national programmes reaching over 450,000 young people and their teachers/leaders between 2008 and 2014.

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