The Guildhall Trust's Dance Competition for Schools and Colleges to return in 2021

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The Guildhall Trust has opened registration for schools and colleges to express their interest to compete in Dance Live 2021! at Portsmouth Guildhall.

The competition, which was a new event for 2020, invites young people between the ages of 7-18 to take to the stage and perform creative dance routines that are choreographed to the backdrop of a giant digital screen, embracing the digital world and changing face of modern performance.

With a focus on raising aspirations and developing off-stage, technical skills as well as providing the opportunity for many to perform on stage for the first time, Dance Live! takes participants on a journey before their live performances are constructively judged by industry professionals with cash prizes and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences to be won.

The Dance Live! journey sees skill development workshops offered to participants before pupils go on to produce graphics for the big screen to accompany their performance and a 2-minute introduction video to their piece, with up to 20 roles available for off-stage crew.

In 2020, 39 schools featuring over 2,000 young people from across the south took part in the Heats before the Final was played out virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event received glowing feedback from all involved and it is intended that next year’s event will build on its inaugural success, engaging even more schools and pupils:

“We have had the best day ever! Not because of the placings but because of the friendly supportive and relaxed atmosphere, super well organised and all about the children having the best experience”
Durrington High School

“An amaaaazing first Dance Live!!! So wonderful to have such an experienced judge who knows what he is looking for! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, well organised and the children had a fantastic time. Loved the LED screen!!!!!
Solent Junior School

“Thank you so much for an amazing day. You have put so much hard work into the event and it was a huge success. Parents, children and staff all commented what a relaxed atmosphere it was and how the whole day including the evening performance ran smoothly. You made it all about the children and them having an amazing day. The LED screen was amazing”.
The Federation of Nettlestone and Newchurch Primary Schools

To express their interest to compete in the 2021 event, teachers are asked to read the Information Pack and complete the form that is available online at: before 5pm, Friday 18th September. After this date a final decision to proceed will be made based on the Government guidelines regarding social distancing available at that point.

Learning and Participation Manager for The Guildhall Trust, Hayley Reay, said, “Dance Live! forms a core part of the Charitable Trust’s ‘Get Involved’ programme of activities and skills development for all ages. The response to Dance Live! in 2020 was phenomenal and we were amazed by the quality and imagination of the performances. We have been humbled by some of the feedback received and how this experience has transformed young people’s lives through growth in their confidence and new friendships formed, that we sincerely hope that the event can go ahead in 2021.

Schools and colleges, particularly those that may be new to the event, are welcomed to contact for more information at or 023 9387 0193.

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