MoveUP Showcase 2022

Delivered by TeesDance, in partnership with Darlington Hippodrome, MoveUP is a 6-month programme for young dancers to learn how to become a choreographer and make their own dance piece for stage.

This year, eleven young people aged 12 – 19 were successfully selected to develop their creative, choreographic skills to showcase their creations on Darlington Hippodrome’s main stage.

We invite you to come and experience the region’s upcoming young choreographers by seeing their creations at MoveUP Showcase, a mixed bill of short works highlighting their talent.  

This inaugural event will showcase this year’s MoveUP cohort and their newest dance creations on Darlington Hippodrome’s main stage. 

MoveUP Showcase promises to be a celebration of the exceptional young creatives from across Tees Valley.

Click here to view the MoveUP 2022 Showcase Programme

MoveUP Showcase

Date: Sunday 5 June 2022

Time: 7.30PM – 8.30PM

Location: Darlington Hippodrome

Price: £4

MoveUP 2022 Cohort

Annabel has always loved dancing and is currently at college studying maths, applied science and psychology. MoveUP has given Annabel the opportunity to create her own choreography and she is very excited to perform it to a live audience.

Aoife dances at SB Ballet and Dance Studios, training weekly in ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz as well as competing in local dance competitions as both a soloist and with her teammates. Aoife loves dance and has always loved to perform, however, MoveUP has allowed her to develop her passion for creating, giving her the opportunity to work on her choreography skills. MoveUP has taught her so much and she has loved every second of it!

Ava fell in love with dance from the first day she did a dance class. Her main style is contemporary dance which she has been doing for over a year and enjoys how expressive it is. Contemporary dance allows her to dance with emotion and passion and communicate how she’s feeling.

Charlie moved to the UK in 2020 from the Netherlands where she took part in professional dance education prior to Covid-19. Charlie has experienced a variety of dance styles including Modern, Contemporary, Street and more. MoveUP has given her the opportunity to develop her dance and choreographic skills even more.

Chloe attends The Loft Studios and is very excited to be leaving Stockton this September to go to a performing arts college in Brighton. Chloe loves to choreograph and uses contemporary dance to make her work.

Eleanor began performing over two years ago when she joined Spotlight Performing Arts and Ad-Lib Saltburn.  Since then, her passion for dance has grown as I specialised in Musical Theatre, Jazz and Commercial as well as being focused on developing her choreographic skills.  She applied to MoveUp because she wanted to expand her choreographic skills to progress into being a professional choreographer or dance teacher in the future. Eleanor’s biggest inspirations are The Rockettes and Bob Fosse.

Erika has danced from a young age, and for the past four years has attended Red Hall Dance Company. Erika has worked with many companies in the North East, taking part in several workshops and loves being creative. Choreography to Erika is spontaneous bursts of imagination in her bedroom making movement freely. MoveUP 2022 Showcase will be the first time she has made her own work that will be performed in front of others.

Dance is the longest love of Hannah’s life and she could not imagine her life without it. Over many years Hannah has attended numerous different dance classes from Ballet to Commercial. For around three years, Hannah was a competitive cheer dancer and competed in many different competitions. Her favourite style of dance is a combination of Contemporary and Lyrical, this is because they have no restrictions allowing her to make unique movement vocabulary. She will be using these styles for her solo in MoveUP Showcase 2022.

Nicole has been dancing for the past eight years and attends Darlington Hippodrome’s Youth Dance. After leaving school in 2020, Nicole secured an apprenticeship in marketing. Nicole applied for MoveUP 2022 programme to challenge herself not only in choreography but how to do marketing in the arts & culture sector. Nicole has been helping to manage the TeesDance social media accounts as well as promotional materials.

MoveUP is a FREE six-month programme dedicated to developing young dancers' choreographic skills.

Delivered by TeesDance, in partnership with Darlington Hippodrome, MoveUP is a 6-month programme for young dancers to learn how to become a choreographer and make their own dance piece for stage.

This unique opportunity gives young people aged 14 to 19, or up to 25 with disabilities, the chance to develop their creative, choreographic skills and showcase their creation on Darlington Hippodrome’s main stage.

The programme welcomes applicants from young people living in the Tees Valley, working in any dance style. We are looking for creative potential and passion so please do not worry if you have no/minimal experience. We want young dancers who want to develop their skills and experience as a choreographer and are interested in creating new work.

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