Raw energy on display at dance event

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A new generation of inspiring dancers will bring their talent to the stage in Lancaster this May.

They will be taking part in the fifth annual Lancashire Youth Dance Festival, staged at The Dukes in Lancaster on May 17and 18.

The event will give hundreds of the region’s most talented young dancers the opportunity to perform in a professional venue.

The two-day festival, presented by Ludus Dance of King Street, Lancaster and the Dukes, will see the city become the county’s dance capital for young people for the weekend.

Among this year’s festival workshops will be one led by Debbie Milner’s all-male company Edge FWD with their unique style of physical theatre.

Audiences will get to see two evenings of exciting new dance performances on Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18 at 7.30pm.

Dance groups aged 11 to 19 from Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester have been selected to showcase their routines over the two evenings.

All groups will work with freelance dance artist Helen Gould to create a finale which is sure to have the ‘wow’ factor.

Ludus Dance artistic producer Hannah Robertshaw said: “Watching talented young dancers is so exciting.

“It’s raw energy and commitment and the unleashed potential of future brilliance.

“Their work is fresh, experimental and shows great personality.

“The Lancashire Youth Dance Festival never fails to be an inspiring event.”

Organisations taking part in this year’s festival from Lancaster are the Ludus Youth Dance Company, Luducrious Street Crew, Beaumont Dance Company, Jennifer’s Dancers, Stanley’s Youth Dance and Yorkie Boys.

Dance schools from Preston, Blackpool, Ormskirk, Chorley, Burnley, Blackburn, Manchester, Milnthorpe and Kendal will also be represented.

To book tickets priced £8/£6 concessions, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org