More than 120 young dancers aged ten to 19 are all members of performance groups which have been working on new choreography with resident artist Alice Vale and Chris Caffrey.
The groups taking part in Future Light performances are: Jump, a group for young people aged 10 to 13 focusing on developing creativity; Liquid, an all-male company which uses digital technology alongside choreography; InCompany for girls aged 13 to 19; Fuse Crew which develops street dance, break dance and hip hop dance styles; and the award-winning Bounceback, an audition-based company for those interested in following a career in dance.
They will perform a wide range of dance styles from contemporary to street at the two shows at 3pm and 7pm.
Future Light is the first stage of the annual U.Dance national competition framework. The performances at Déda will be videoed and submitted to a judging panel which select the best dance performances from schools and dance companies throughout Derbyshire. These will then come together for the annual Interface performance at Derby Theatre in March.
Top performances from that show will then go through to the Midlands finals to be held at Curve in Leicester. Déda’s Bounceback company won the Midlands finals in 2012 and went on to perform at the national competition in London.
Déda Dance Development Manager Clare Limb said: “Future Light is not only the first stage of the national competition framework but also a wonderful opportunity for our young dancers of all ages to get a real taste of what it is like to perform on stage in a professionally produced show to a public audience.
“We have some incredible talent at Déda where the focus is on developing their own creativity in a number of dance genres rather than constricting them to an examination timetable. This expression of movement is what makes this annual performance so very special.
“Many of the dancers joined us from an early age through our youth programmes and have developed with us into the academy performance groups.”