Company Boom dancers selected to perform at prestigious U.Dance festival

Talented young dancers from Warrington Collegiate are preparing to raise a little anarchy when they perform at the Lowry Theatre next month as part of regional dance festival, U.Dance NW.

The college’s dance company – Company Boom – is one of 22 groups selected to perform at the festival at the end of March.

More than 100 applications were submitted, with Company Boom one of just three colleges shortlisted for the event.

Their piece focuses on the punk revolution and the rights of women during that period.

Sindy Richardson, Curriculum Leader for Creative & Performing Arts, described it as an “incredible opportunity” for the students.

She said: “I’m incredibly proud of all of our dancers. To be selected from over 100 applicants is an amazing achievement. Performing as part of the U.Dance festival is a great opportunity for Company Boom and shows the high expectation and industry standards that we work to at Warrington Collegiate.”

The two-day festival encourages young people’s dance groups from across the region to come together and share their work with each other on a professional stage.

Two groups from the regional event will be selected for U.Dance’s national tour, which involves an all-expenses paid residential in London where dancers have the opportunity to work with professional choreographers.

Cadie-Anne Dutton, one member of Company Boom said she believes the group have what it takes to go all the way.

“I’m so excited to go to U.Dance and experience the competition and meet other people and dance companies that will be in the same position as us. I worked with last year’s dancers who competed at U.Dance. They were really strong and motivated and to be where they were now is brilliant.

“I definitely think we have got a really good chance of being selected for the national tour. It would be an amazing opportunity for us all if we could.”

As well as performing on stage at the Lowry, Company Boom will also take part in a variety of workshops with some of the UK’s most exciting choreographers.