Heterogenity with U.Dance on #WordyMonday

Dance United peforming City Stories for U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Dance United peforming City Stories for U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

Artistry Youth Dance performing No Woman No Cry in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Artistry Youth Dance performing No Woman No Cry in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

Magpie Dance Youth Group performing Flowers No More in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Magpie Dance Youth Group performing Flowers No More in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

One Youth Dance performing Amaguk in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

One Youth Dance performing Amaguk in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

Goop! performing Dali's Nightmare in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Goop! performing Dali’s Nightmare in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

Cando2 performing Shrink'd Shrunk in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Cando2 performing Shrink’d Shrunk in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

AD1 Juniors  performing Return of the Mockingjay in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

AD1 Juniors performing Return of the Mockingjay in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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.

Lotus Youth Dance  performing Click in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

Lotus Youth Dance performing Click in U.Dance London at Trinity Laban, (c) Carole Edrich 2014

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!