Flash dance at SuperDance!

To a packed house, the twelve dance acts participating in the annual Youth Service dance competition SuperDance demonstrated the range and variety of dance styles popular in youth clubs across the island. There was ballet, hiphop, contemporary dance, tap, jazz and musical theatre, with a touch of acrobatics and gymnastics thrown in.

“The competition is open to young dancers aged 8 – 18 and encourages budding choreographers to get creative and devise original dances to music of their own choice.” said Head of Youth Arts Fiona Helleur.  There was a wonderful variety of dance and music styles showing  us exactly how  high a standard  young people can reach when set a challenge like this. There were solos, duos and ensemble numbers performed with enthusiasm and I was glad I was not one of the judges.”

 The prize trophies were warded by age group to Heidi and Oliver Rae  from St John’s in the Junior section for their ‘Hold My Hand’,  Sam Baxter and Alicia Schofield  from Peel for ‘Lay Me Down’  in  the Youth Section and Port Erin Senior Beth Brown was awarded the trophy for ‘Gone too Soon’.  The criteria given to the judges was to select a dance they would most like see again. All participants got medals and entertainment during the judging was provided by the Youth Art Centre Rock Choir and an enthralling devised piece of contemporary drama directed by Colette Hughes.

“This competition is  fun and friendly and open to all comers” continued Fiona. ” It is a very popular format and we want to build on this success to show young people that they can be creative and really show the world what they can achieve. Having seen the standard tonight, I can’t wait for next year.”