Dancers to get pulses racing at Alnwick event

Young dance talent from across the county will make their first performances in a nationwide contest in Alnwick next week.

Pulse is the name given to a North East youth dance initiative, led by Newcastle’s Dance City, which encourages youth dance groups to perform at an event, set up by their local hub.

And this year, Alnwick Playhouse is the venue for the Northumberland event.

The other four hubs represent Newcastle and Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham, North and South Tyneside and Tees Valley.

The Alnwick event takes place next Thursday from 7.30pm and eight different dance groups will be performing: Alnwick Youth Dance, Alnwick Development Group, Junior Funk from Cramlington Learning Village, Morpeth KEVI Youth Dance, Queen’s Hall Youth Dance, Wooler, Youth Dance Tynedale and Youth Dance Tynedale Boys.

For the first time, two adults groups have been invited to join in, to show young people that it is possible to keep dancing all your life: Just Jhoom and Carole Moseley’s Adult Tap group.

Some groups, who have been meeting for a few years and are well-established, have put themselves forward for selection to represent Northumberland at a North East-wide performance, to be held at Dance City on Saturday, April 20. Two groups from each of the five dance hubs will be selected to perform.

Pulse is linked to Youth Dance England’s U.Dance programme – a national initiative, where one group from each of the nine English regions is selected by judges to represent the area.

At the performance in April, one group will be selected to represent the North East at the U.Dance event in July.

Three judges will attend all five dance hub performances around the North East and will select two groups from each hub to represent their area at Dance City. Cheryl Day is a judge at all five and at the Northumberland performance, the additional two judges are Joanne Burns and Tim Rubidge.