A dance group has been selected from hundreds of dance acts from around the UK to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance School from Harrow will join 24 other dance acts to appear at the first ever Dance Proms, a major national dance festival on 13th November.
The wining piece, a Bharatanatyam dance, was choreographed by Nina Rajarani MBE with music composed by Y Yadavan.
This piece stands out for its complex rhythmic cross-patterns set in interesting spatial arrangements by Nina, combined with a melodious composition created and sung by Yadavan himself.
Dance Proms, organised by the UK’s leading dance organisations: the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD); and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in association with the Royal Albert Hall, Britain’s most iconic venue; celebrates dance in all its forms and the unique relationship between students and their dance teachers.
The initiative covers all dance genres from ballet to ballroom, salsa to street dance, and jive to jazz dance.
Teachers and students from each of the participating dance organisations were invited to enter a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre. The pieces could be performed as a solo, couple, trio or group performance.
Entries, which were submitted online by video, were judged by a panel including Artistic Directors and senior examiners from all three organisations who selected a shortlist of 24 dance acts to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 13th November 2011. An online public vote took place in June to decide the final (25th) act to join the shortlist.
Christopher Nourse, Dance Proms Project Manager said, "We have a fantastic line-up of acts from all over the UK for Dance Proms and with a diverse range of genres from tap and ballet to ballroom and South Asian dance, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on 13th November.
Thousands of people participated in our online vote, which is a great indication of the tremendous enthusiasm and support for Dance Proms.
This is the first time that these three organisations have collaborated in such a way, so it should create a unique experience for all involved and we are delighted that we are able to showcase emerging talent from our young dancers in such a fantastic setting".
Chris Hollins, Dance Proms Patron said: "Having been through the Strictly Ballroom process myself, I not only have absolute respect for teachers, dancers and dance students - I know how exhilarating, rewarding and exciting a performance can be; throw in the Royal Albert Hall and you really do have a once in a lifetime opportunity!".
Throughout the months leading up to the gala performance, entrants will be able to collaborate virtually – chat, share ideas and learn from one another – through a unique interactive online resource made available by WebPlay, an arts education charity that combines technology with performing arts. Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall is open to the public and tickets are now on sale through the Royal Albert Hall Box Office and website – www.royalalberthall.com. For further information please visit www.danceproms.co.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org