Young dancers to take centre stage at Royal Albert Hall
The most talented young dancers from around the world have been selected to show off their skills at the Royal Albert Hall on 2nd November in Dance Proms, the annual international youth dance showcase. Dance students from 22 schools from as far afield as Spain, Malta and Israel will be performing pieces of original choreography on stage, in front of an audience of dance lovers and celebrity patrons, including Darcey Bussell CBE.
The twenty-four dance acts come from all dance genres, from Ballet to hip-hop, cheerdance to jazz and even Tahitian national dance. Over 400 young dancers will share the stage with a variety of celebrity guest acts including Matthew Golding and Akane Takada from The Royal Ballet dancing a pas de deux from Don Quixote.
To qualify for Dance Proms 2014, dance teachers submitted a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre, and performed as a solo, couple, trio or group. Entries were submitted online by video and selected by a panel including artistic directors and senior examiners from the world of dance. An online public vote took place during June to choose the final act to join the Dance Proms Company. Over 2440 votes were cast and the winning school was Stenhouse School of Dance from Falkirk with a dance called ‘Get Up’.
Dance Proms was established to celebrate dance in all its forms and the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers. The spectacular annual event is attended by dance critics, talent scouts and dozens of top names from the dance world. Patrons include
Darcey Bussell CBE, Anton Du Beke, Matt Flint, Len Goodman, Chris Hollins, Arlene Phillips CBE, Lukas McFarlane, Lisa Riley, Angela Rippon OBE, Wayne Sleep OBE, Kimberly Wyatt and Strictly’s Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer.
Dance Proms is managed by three of the UK’s leading dance organisations: the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), together with Britain’s most iconic venue, the Royal Albert Hall.
Darcey Bussell CBE, President of the RAD and a Patron of Dance Proms said: “Dance Proms is an important event because it promotes and champions the very best young dance talent. It also reflects the pure enjoyment that is gained by dancing, especially in groups. Every year I am amazed at the young dancers who wow us with their skill, creativity and extraordinary talent. These dancers are the future of dance – many will become the stars and role models of tomorrow. To dance on the iconic Royal Albert Hall stage is an experience the dancers will never forget and I wish them all the best of luck!”
Christopher Nourse, Dance Proms Project Manager, said:
“Once again, the response from schools across the UK and overseas has been fantastic and as in previous years, the selection panel was faced with having to create from a wide variety of acts of different genres a balanced programme which reflects the quality, range, style and diversity of the IDTA, ISTD and RAD’s work. The end result will be a gala performance on 2 November which I know will be hugely enjoyable not just for families and friends but for the wider dance public too.”