Step up and dance in Tyneside

Peter Lathan

The Customs House in South Shields is inviting groups of young dancers to take part in Step Up and Dance, the 10th annual community dance festival for groups from North and South Tyneside which will take place in the theatre on 6 February 2018. There are ten spots available in the festival.

Step Up and Dance is part of Pulse, a regional dance festival managed by Dance City in Newcastle, which in its turn is part of the national youth dance festival U Dance.

The other partners in Pulse are Arts Centre Washington, Tin Arts in Durham, ARC Stockton and Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham and each one holds its own local festival. Two groups from each venue, ten in all, will perform at the regional Pulse event at Dance City on March 17, 2018. One group will then be chosen to represent the region in Suffolk in July 2018.

Dancers of all ages and abilities in any form of dance are welcome to apply to take part in Step Up and Dance 2018. Groups should contain no more than 20 people and performances should be up to seven minutes long, with an emphasis on new and original choreography set to an interesting soundtrack.

“It is a great opportunity for local people to dance on a professional stage and share their work with friends and family, other dancers and the wider community,” said Daniel Clifford, learning and participation offer at The Customs House.

“It doesn’t matter if it is two kids who have got together and want to do a bit of breakdance or if it is a dance school. Step Up and Dance 2018 is about showing off what North and South Tyneside has to offer in dance.”

The deadline for applications is Sunday 26 November. For more information, contact Daniel on (0191) 427 8193 or e-mail