Preview: Go Dance and DanceFest
A duo of dance festivals showcasing youth groups and community companies
The Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal stages in Edinburgh and Glasgow regularly play host to some of the finest dancers in the world. But once a year it's time for a takeover, when youth groups, dance schools and community companies get their chance to shine.
Go Dance at the Theatre Royal has been running for ten years. Over five nights, almost 50 groups from across Scotland prove it's not just the professionals who can entertain, amuse and move an audience through dance. Carefully curated to get a wide spread geographically, across dance genres and ages, the shows are always over-subscribed by would-be participants, proving that Scotland has a healthy community dance sector.
Meanwhile, at the Festival Theatre, DanceFest has also been gathering momentum. From 2012 to 2015, DanceQuest encouraged and supported over 400 children to take part in dance for the first time, and gave local young people access to live performances. The legacy of DanceQuest lives on in DanceFest, the now annual showcase of youth dance companies from all across Scotland. As well as dancers from Edinburgh schools, the show will also feature groups from Scottish Ballet's Youth Collective, Lothian Youth Dance Company, young breakers from The State, Indian dance from Dance Ihayami, integrated companies Horizons and Indepen-dance, and many more.
If previous shows are anything to go by, both DanceFest and Go Dance will warm the heart, stimulate the mind and inspire hope in the future of Scottish dance.
DanceFest takes place at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 17 Jan; Go Dance takes place at Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 31 Jan–Sat 4 Feb.