Brona’s Olympic dream to come true this year

Derry dancer and choreographer, Brona Jackson, second from right, pictured with the Foyle Follies after their successful show at the Millennium Forum, Brona choreographed the show.

Derry dancer and choreographer, Brona Jackson, second from right, pictured with the Foyle Follies after their successful show at the Millennium Forum, Brona choreographed the show.

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Derry dancer, Brona Jackson, has been selected to perform in London during the 2012 Olympics.

An arts olympiad has been organised to co-incide with the sports extravaganza and Ms. Jackson of Browning Drive is one of only two Northern Irish dancers to successfully audition for the innovative youth dance project in which Belfast dance company DU Dance is a partner organisation.

After final auditions at London’s Royal Opera House, Brona was among twenty dancers from across the UK selected by leading UK/Isreali dance practitioner, Hofesh Shechter to form U.Dance Ensemble.

The ensemble will gather for three residential rehearsal periods and, under Shechter’s direction, will form a highlight of Youth Dance England’s U.Dance 2012 Festival.

The piece will be performed at London’s Southbank Centre during the London 2012 Olympics.

Brona said: “I had to get through three auditions before I finally got the call a few weeks later telling me I was successful. To be honest the chance of working with someone of the like of Hofesh Shechter is so exciting. I just can’t wait it will be so exciting. His technique is so accessible and different I can’t wait to learn from him,”

Brona has choreographed a number of shows in Derry and regularly teaches dancers as far away as Dublin.

In winning her latest role, the University of Ulster final year dance student, has become an ambassador for Northern Irish dance.

Brona was originally a freestyle disco dancer, who studied politics at Queen’s University, before leaving to take a dance course at Belfast Metropolitan College ahead of her University of Ulster studies.

DU Dance’s artistic director Mags Byrne, believes that entry into Shechter’s fast-spinning orbit will represent an unforgettable experience for Brona.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Brona to join an ensemble directed by one of the world’s best choreographers and to perform on one of the world’s biggest stages, along with other talented young dancers from across the UK.

“I am excited for her and for the experiences she will bring back.”