DanceSyndrome selected for U.Dance North West online festival


Members of the DanceSyndrome DS Collective performance team were thrilled to be announced as one of the groups selected to be part of the U.Dance North West online festival.


David Corr, Ellie Bamber and Jessica Reid all took part in a video performance of “Blind Reaction”, supported by Dance Artist David Darcy.


Filmed over three hours, Blind Reaction is an experiment that explored and recorded the three dancers’ individual responses to multiple stimuli – all whilst blindfolded. Introducing the blindfold challenged them to think differently about their movement responses and not be informed by the other dancers.


The team had a wonderful experience while making the film and you can watch the outtakes video here:



The full piece will be shown as part of the U.Dance North West festival on 24th/25th April.


Presented by One Dance UK, the U.Dance Festival is a national celebration of dance for young people aged 11 to 19 or under 25 for dancers with disabilities. Their aim is to open dance up for everyone, showcasing the variety and diversity of dance styles and genres. Groups selected from U.Dance Regional Platforms are invited to experience a summer celebration of dance. During this unique event, groups perform on the biggest stages, take part in workshops with leading dance professionals and are offered inspiring dance careers information.


In the North West, the Regional Platform is delivered by Ludus Dance, North West Dance and The Lowry. The North West festival will take place online on 24th & 25th April with performances, workshops and career Q&As. An independent panel will meet to review and celebrate all the applications. They will select the pieces that showcase North West youth dance to be shared at the national festival. The groups will have the opportunity to represent the North West at the One Dance UK National celebration in July.


The 2021 festival isn’t the first time that DanceSyndrome has been involved in the U.Dance festival. In 2019, David Corr and Jessica Reid were excited to be chosen to represent the North West at the national festival. They travelled to London, supported by DanceSyndrome Lead Artist Sophie Tickle and Dance Artist David Darcy. This video documents their incredible experience at the festival:


Things may be different this year as a result of Covid restrictions, but we are sure it will still be an amazing experience and we wish our team the best of luck in this year’s festival!


More information about the North West Festival can be found on the Ludas Dance website. Or check out #UDanceNW21 on social media!


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