Warrington Collegiate dancers selected to perform at U.Dance festival

Students from Warrington Collegiate will be flying the flag for the town when they take part in a regional dance festival in Salford this term.

The College’s dance company – Company Boom – is one of 22 groups set to perform at the U. Dance NW festival at the Lowry in March.

Michael Smith, Head of Creative and Digital Industries said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and shows the standards that we push them to. The high expectation and industry standard of our team has really supported the learners on this journey.”

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

Dance students at Warrington Collegiate are extremely excited for the event.

Hannah Pinnington said: “I’m so excited to show everyone what we have been working so hard on to choreograph and I’m looking forward to see who we will be competing with.”

Leah Croft said: “It’s so exciting that we have been specifically selected to compete. None of us expected it and I am really looking forward to performing at the Lowry and hopefully in London too.”

And Jess Scotson said: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to know that all of our company’s hard work has paid off. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of our competition when we compete and so proud of us all for qualifying.”

U.Dance NW acts as the regional selection event for the National Festival U.Dance, which takes place each summer in a different city across the country.

As well as performing at the Lowry on Sunday 13th March, Company Boom will also take part in a variety of workshops with some of the UK’s most exciting choreographers.

Rachael Nelson, Lecturer in Creative Performing Arts at Warrington Collegiate, said: “We have worked incredibly hard and have been selected among the best youth dance companies from around the North West. The competition is tough and the students are now training harder in the hope of qualifying for the National performance.”