Hundreds of secondary school dancers perform at the Winding Wheel

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Audiences packed out the Chesterfield theatre to watch the tenth annual performance of the Secondary U.Dance Platform.

Nine schools and two dance companies took part in the festival that was held at the Winding Wheel run by Youth Dance England which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them.

Some of the performances from Wednesday, December 2 will be put forward for a U.Dance Award.

The dance festival was opened by Brookfield Community School with their performance entitled ‘Empty Frame, Moving Pictures.’ Last year Brookfield were nominated for a U.Dance Award for their performance.

Jasmine Bradshaw, of Hasland Hall Community School, on Broomfield Avenue, did a solo piece ‘The Lonely.’

She said: “I really enjoyed it. I like dancing on my own because there’s more open space to move into.

“Tonight’s been really good and a great experience. I’ve not been here before but it’s an experience everyone should try.”

Outwood Academy, Newbold, were one of two productions about bullying, the second came from Springwell Community College.

Anthony Gell School put in an energetic performance in their display entitled ‘Chance’.

The dancers said: “We have a really good dance teacher who choreographs things really well. We’ve enjoyed it so much.”

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (Déda), who is the only dedicated Dance House in the East Midlands and champions locally, regionally and nationally.

Clare Limb, head of dance development and learning at Déda, said: “The event was incredibly successful and great to be part of.

“It is a real highlight of my year.

“I thought our performers were excellent and brought a new dimension to the evening, showing progression routes for young people in the Chesterfield district and beyond.”

Further performances followed from Anthony Gell, St. Mary’s, Outwood Academy and Lady Manners.

Once everyone had showcased their dances, all the performers returned to the stage for the grand finale