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Emerging young choreographers and dancers in Created by Dancefest

  • Date: 22 February 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Molly Roberts, I am Ethan

Molly Roberts, I am Ethan. Credit: Jacqui Elliot-Williams

Around 120 young dancers will be taking part in Created, a performance presented by Dancefest, the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on Sunday 3 March.

Created is a platform for young people who have taken part in the Creates programme, a project which provides emerging young choreographers with the opportunity to make a new dance piece, with mentoring and support from dance professionals, culminating in a performance. Creates is part of Elevator, the youth dance network for Herefordshire and Worcestershire developed by Dancefest to provide children and young people with information about classes and workshops, performance opportunities and dance progression routes. The programme is now in its fourth year and continues to grow and develop with participants aged between 14 and 21 from across the region.

As part of last year’s Dancefest Creates programme, a choreographic project for 14-21 year olds run by Dancefest, 16 year old Molly Roberts choreographed a piece entitled I am Ethan. The dance was inspired by her personal relationship with her younger brother, Ethan, who is autistic and has learning disabilities. Molly expresses, through movement and signing, a mixture of emotions, highlighting frustration, happiness, sorrow and confusion. Molly performed this piece at the Royal Opera House, London, in December 2012 after being selected as the only soloist performer at the National Dance Teachers Association conference, Making it Happen. She has also been selected by YDE Young Creatives to be part of a project which culminates in another performance at the Royal Opera House in May this year.

Rachael Alexander, Coordinator of the Creates programme for Dancefest says, “We have some truly talented young people working on pieces for Created this year. Some of these will go on to train professionally and may become the dancers and choreographers of the future. This is a great opportunity for young dancers to come together, enjoy and appreciate a varied and creative programme of work and also to perform in a theatre.”

Tickets for Created are £7 (£5 concessions) and are available from Worcester Live box office on 01905 611427, or by clicking here

To find out more about opportunities for young dancers and choreographers click here.