NATION DANCE; World Championships Join Scots Festival on Centre Stage
Byline: STEVE HENDRY
Scotland has been chosen to host one of the biggest street–dance events in the world. That seems only fitting because Go Dance 13 is about to take to the stage at the Theatre Royal.
The Scottish dance festival brings together the best of community dance from across the country for a week–long celebration of every form of movement from hip–hop to ballet, contemporary to jazz.
Now in its sixth year, and hosted by resident compere Alan McHugh, Go Dance 13 boasts 1200 dancers from 45 dance groups. They include established performers such as Scottish Ballet Youth Collective, Indepen–dance and Urbaniks Street Skool, performing alongside dance schools and community groups, with new work being showcased by emerging companies Subject D and Stewart Kennedy Dance.
This year also sees the introduction of Go Dance @ College, with an evening dedicated to Scotland's top dance colleges. Alison Cowan, manager of creative learning at the King's Theatre and Theatre Royal, said: "Go Dance as a project has been going since 2008.
"We have a creative learning department, which widens access and puts together a range of activities to connect with schools and the community.
"There was a real diversity of dance and what we could bring was a platform, so they could perform their work in a large–scale setting.
"We run it over five nights. They can be groups from mainstream schools, dancing schools, colleges, vocational dance training or community groups.
"It is across all ages, from children right up to dancers who are well into their 70s as part of an over 60s group. It also covers all dance styles.
"It becomes very much a bringing together to celebrate dance in all of its forms.
"We have ballet companies, contemporary dance, community groups, streets dance companies, cheerleaders – a broad range across ages and dance styles that come together to present work.
"Since we launched in 2008, it has become a wonderful, exciting celebration of dance.
"It really does generate an interest across the dance community."
Glasgow was this week named as the venue for the United Dance Organisation World Street Dance Championships for the next three years. …