Budding young dancers from Kensington and Chelsea shimmied their way to success during Dance Showdown, one of London’s biggest youth dance events organised by Epic CIC, a borough youth-service provider.

The event saw more than 210 young people compete and perform alongside established youth dance companies and guest artists such as Pineapple Performing Arts School, PDK, Crew 42 and Perspectrum.

“I’ve been dancing for 9 years straight and I’ve never had such an
amazing experience dancing with my group, we always fight to the
end” Eddi Goma, St Charles 6th Form College

The dancers taking part were competing for the opportunity to further develop their skills through classes and workshops with leading dance companies through scholarships and awards.

The big winners on the night were:

  • Junior Category Award – Bousfield Primary School, who won a master class with Impact Dance Academy
  • Senior Category Award – St Charles Sixth Form College (SCDC), who won tickets to attend the English National Ballet’s Le Cosaire at the London Coliseum
  • Community Category Award – Portobello Dance, who won a day at Pineapple Performing Arts School
  • Individual Category Winners – Georgina Mendy (Chelsea Theatre), Delina Medhame (Gheez Rite), Liliana Pedro (St Mary’s Primary School) and Liwa Watuta (SCDC) all won the opportunity to attend the Pineapple Performing Arts Summer School in Street Dance.
  • Other Winners on the night included Alessandra Whelan, Jaden Moore, Delia Diaw and Georgina Mendy who will attend the summer schools of Amplified Arts Academy, Sylvia Young Theatre School and ZooNation.
  • Special Award was also given to the Golborne Centre – Gap Transition Group, who won a day with a Pineapple Performing Arts School tutor, courtesy of guest judge, Maggie Paterson, director of Pineapple Performing Arts School.

“It has given me the opportunity to experience how it would feel and
be like to perform on a proper stage” Georgina Mendy, Chelsea Theatre

So, congratulations to everyone who took part and wowed the crowds at Cadogan Hall! For more information on Epic CIC and the range of fantastic activities, services and events they hold around Kensington and Chelsea do visit their website (www.epiccic.org.uk)