Brona to take Southbank by storm

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Derry dancer Brona Jackson will join a select group of talented young dance enthusiasts from DU Dance, Northern Ireland’s foremost dance development company, to perform at the prestigious Pre-Olympic Dance Festival in London’s Southbank this weekend.

Brona, who came through a rigorous audition process before being invited to join the U.Dance Ensemble under the direction of world famous Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, joins 29 other dancers from the North.

One hundred and twenty youth dance groups competed for a place at the national festival, which will take place between July 13-15 and will include three evening performances at Southbank Centre in London, showcasing some of the best talent in the country.

The festival will also feature the première of the U.Dance Ensemble, the first youth dance company with dancers from Britain and Northern Ireland.

Arlene Phillips, OBE, patron of the festival managing partner Youth Dance England (YDE), will be opening the festival this Friday, July 13.

Speaking of this unique opportunity, local dancer Brona Jackson said: “It has given me great insight into the choreographic process and to the infrastructure of youth dance in Great Britain.”

One of DU Dance’s core funders, Gilly Campbell, Drama and Dance Officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “Congratulations to all those selected to take part in the Pre-Olympic Dance Festival and what is set to be an inspirational programme of events.

“This is a chance for some of Northern Ireland’s most promising young dancers to showcase their talents as part of an international line-up.”