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Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival

Carolyn Lappin, Executive Director of YDance

YDance's Carolyn Lappin reports on the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival.

The first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival kicked off in style with a Welcome Ceilidh at The Briggait, YDance’s home base.  Most of the groups made it on time, with a few late arrivals coming from further afield. They were met at the door by a bagpiper and a demonstration of Scottish Highland dancing and welcomed to Scotland, Glasgow and the Festival by our Artistic Director Anna Kenrick and Glasgow City Council’s Baillie Margo Clark. The dancers then tried out some traditional Scottish dances and with live music from Coila; it was a fantastic evening all round.

Thursday morning saw the official start of the Festival with the groups spread out between the three Festival venues. The workshop programme was rolled out across the Anniesland Campus of Glasgow’s Clyde College and The Dance School of Scotland and the groups performing on the Festival opening night headed off to Tramway to rehearse. At the end of a hectic day all groups enjoyed dinner in the Hidden Gardens – relishing the sunshine! With curtain up at 7.30pm the buzz backstage was electric and when RDC Youth took to the stage, it was the start of three fantastic evenings of dance performances rightfully greeted by a standing ovation at the end of each night.

Days 2 and 3 followed in a similar way with every group spending a day at each venue and a new selection of groups wowing audiences at Tramway every night. Khronos brought the curtain down on Friday night and National Youth Dance Wales on Saturday with performances by our very own National Youth Dance Company of Scotland a personal highlight. All in all it was fantastic event and we’re already in talks with groups from Australia exploring the possibility of a 2018 Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Australia.