It’s show time: The Space opens its doors for dance celebration

After nearly two years of studio closures, travel restrictions and limited performance opportunities, young dancers from across Scotland came together to perform at Dundee and Angus College’s Dance Festival on Saturday 19 March.

The festival, organised by college staff and students and held at The Space Studios and Theatre, included coaching workshops and provided a performance platform for youth and student dancers from all over the country.

Dundee and Angus College’s BA (Hons) Dance degree students joined 50 fellow dancers from Lothian Youth Dance Company, Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange, Fusion Youth Dance Company and Glasgow Clyde College.

The audience enjoyed a choreographed piece of work from each group of dancers that had been prepared specifically for the event. Dancers from Dundee and Angus College’s Scottish School of Contemporary Dance performed two dynamic pieces choreographed by lecturers, Steven Martin and Daniel Aing.

Winifred Jamieson, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Performing Arts at Dundee and Angus College, said: “We were delighted to welcome young dancers from across Scotland to The Space this weekend. Being part of this festival was a hugely beneficial opportunity for our dance students. They met and networked with the wider dance community, helped out on the day as liaison staff, and had a platform to perform – something that is especially pertinent after multiple lockdowns and online learning. Performing and supporting each other in front of a live audience is something all the students really enjoyed.