U.Dance NW 2013

       Chorley & District Boys
     Brewery Youth Dance
Resonance (Pendleton College)

Images: Brian Slater
U.Dance NW 2013 - what a weekend!!

NorthWestDance at The Lowry hosted the U.Dance NW Regional Young Peoples Dance Festival on Sat 26th and Sun 27th January 2013

24 exciting North West youth dance groups were chosen by a panel of regional dance professionals and young people to perform over this two day festival!

U.Dance NW aims to offer the young people taking part much more than a performance opportunity. The groups selected take part in a full day of exciting workshops and technical rehearsals. This year the groups experienced workshops in Contemporary with Peter Grist, West African dance with Jokeh Sillah and Improvisation and Musicality with Jess Murray! The young people also got the opportunity to perform on The Lowrys Quays Stage which this season will see the likes of Russell Maliphant  and The Lowry's Dance Artists in Residence, Company Chameleon!

All the young people demonstrated exceptional effort and enthusiasm over the weekend as well as delivering two fantastic, high quality evenings of youth dance performances. The day was supported by a group of our excellent youth dance ambassadors, who were absolute professionals and did us proud with their enthusiasm throughout.

The full list of groups that performed at U.Dance NW this year are: 


Blackburn With Darwen Senior Youth Dance Company – Blackburn, Lancashire

Brewery Youth Dance Company – Kendal, Cumbria

Chorley and District Boys Dance Company – Chorley, Lancashire

Chaos Dance (St Marys College) Wallasey Village, Merseyside

Cumbria Youth Dance Company – Cumbria

Darwen Vale Youth Group (Darwen Vale High School) – Darwen, Lancashire

D.O.P.E: CD Crew (Cheshire Dance) – Cheshire

Eleven (Formby High School) – Formby, Merseyside

Hard 2 Beat – Cockermouth, Cumbria

Homegrown Youth Dance Company – Cheshire

Pixel Youth (Burnley College) Burnley, Lancashire

Resonance Youth Dance Company (Pendleton College) – Salford, Greater Manchester

Shockout (Shockout Academy, Studio 25) – Manchester, Greater Manchester

St Michael’s C of E High School Dance Academy – Chorley, Lancashire


4Front Dance Company (Edgehill University) – Edgehill, Lancashire

AGGS (Altrincham Girls Grammar School) - Altrincham, Cheshire

Commotions: Salford’s Youth Dance Company – Salford, Greater Manchester

Dare Youth Dance Company – Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

Hillstart Dance Company (Edgehill University) – Edgehill, Lancashire

Ignition Dance Company (Knutsford Academy) – Knutsford, Cheshire

Liverpool Empire Youth Dance Company – Liverpool, Merseyside

Ludus Youth Dance Company – Lancashire

St Marys College Dance Academy – Blackburn, Lancashire

The Dance Company @ RHS (Rainhill High School) – St Helens, Merseyside

The event was attended by a number of YDE's National Youth Dance Ambassadors (NYDAs) who reviewed the national platforms. Click here to read the reviews of U.Dance NW.

U.Dance 2013

The North West platform was also the selection event for the National Platform U.Dance 2013.

Click here to find out more about the event and the groups that were selected.