Heterogenity with U.Dance on #WordyMonday
I’m cheating this week, having selected the #WordyMonday word ‘heterogenity’ to illustrate with an image of each of the youth dance organisations that were at U.Dance London this weekend. It was a fantastic event and, along with everyone else involved, I’m on tenterhooks to hear who qualified.
I was lucky enough to be invited to take photos at this event by Kamara of Artistry Youth Dance and I was happy to do so. That gave me the idea of writing about the event for LondonDance.com, so you’ll see more about it (and these photos again) there, once we know who has qualified.
Selecting two qualifying groups from such an impressive and richly diverse range of accomplished dancers as this will be a very hard task indeed. Hopefully I’ll get to write another piece about what criteria the judges used this weekend, and how our London troupes fare in Nottingham.
Meanwhile I loved the way that the kids cheered and supported the other dancers during the dress rehearsals, as well as the huge outpouring of support that each group’s supporters gave their own groups and others in the evening show.
Some time between the dress rehearsal and the evening show I managed to loose my notebook. It doesn’t just have notes in for what I want to write about now, but also ideas for other articles, contact details, draft features and more. I asked everyone I could fund, we searched the auditorium, I asked one of the organisers to contact each dance group to see if it has been inadvertently tidied up into someone’s bag.. all to no avail.
I had given up on finding it, and had resigned myself to the consequent loss, which would have been huge. Then, at the end of the night I mentioned it to one of the Artistry Youth Dance group in passing. She disappeared and came back with it! It felt as if someone had lifted a piano from my shoulders.
I hope to be able to keep you informed of what all the different groups are doing in the future. They’re all well worth watching and are, I’m sure, destined for wondeful things. Meanwhile, look out for my piece on LondonDance.com and I’ll let you know if I get other features commissioned for anywhere else.
Props to Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Trinity Laban, Greenwich Dance and all the lovely volunteers for a fantastic day. Here’s to many more!