Academy’s return invite to major dance event

Academy of Dance, Chesterfield
Academy of Dance, Chesterfield

Talented students from Academy of Dance in Chesterfield have been chosen to take part in a major dance spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend, for the second year running.

They have been selected from hundreds around the country to take part in Dance Proms at the prestigious venue on Sunday.

The 24 dancers will join other dance acts and celebrity dancers on stage. Guest appearances will include Strictly Come Dancing’s Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova and Tom Chambers and Summer Strallent from hit West End musical Top Hat.

Rachel Littlewood, co-principal of the academy on Newbold Road, said: ‘The Academy of Dance, Chesterfield, is thrilled to be asked back to perform for a second time in Dance Proms. The girls are so excited to be dancing in such an amazing venue, once again bringing together the best of dance in the UK.”

Dance Proms was launched last year to find the UK and Ireland’s most talented dance students - in all dance genres, from ballet to ballroom, salsa to street dance and jive to jazz dance – and offer them a unique opportunity to perform on stage at one of the world’s most prestigious venues.

It is supported by many top names from the dance world: Dance Proms patrons include Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, Matt Flint, Chris Hollins, Len Goodman, Wayne Sleep OBE and the Royal Academy of Dance’s President Darcey Bussell CBE.

Darcey, president of the RAD and patron of Dance Proms says: ‘Dance Proms provides young dancers from all genres with the opportunity to dance in a truly inspirational setting and I am honoured to be a patron of the project. It is important that young dancers have as many opportunities as possible to experience performing in productions, so that they learn how to perfect their beautiful art form.’