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Dancers Selected To Represent Barry At U.Dance National Dance Festival


Talented young dancers from Motion Control Dance in Barry have been selected from hundreds of entries to be showcased at the U.Dance National Festival 2021, One Dance UK’s youth dance festival in July.

The Local Motion Dance Company are the only disability dance group in the Vale of Glamorgan and will form part of the programme which involves the biggest names in dance, including Darcey Bussell DBE, Karen Hauer, Sir Matthew Bourne and Joanne Clifton.

The Local Motion Dance Company was established in 2008 and the dancers range from 17years upwards. The group meets once a week at the MCD studio based in the YMCA, Barry. Over the past decade, they have performed at various Local and Regional events, and they were the first disability dance group to compete at Encore UK.

Following a regional selection process in the spring, just 40 youth dance groups nationwide have been programmed to represent their home region at the U.Dance National Festival 2021. Presented by One Dance UK, the UK body for dance, these digitally streamed national showcases show the creativity and diversity of the nation’s young dancers. Local Motion Dance Company were one of the 4 dance groups to represent Wales in this prestigious dance showcase.

U.Dance 2021 offers every young person the chance to dance this summer. The festival will be three days of digital dance masterclasses, industry information panels and dance showcases. Taking place 16-18 July entirely online, the event is open to all dancers aged 11-19, or up to 25 with a disability.

Darcey Bussell DBE, Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Hauer and former champion Joanne Clifton, star choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, West End leading lady Miriam Teak-Lee and Royal Ballet star Marcelino Sambe are confirmed in the line-up for U.Dance National Festival 2021.


Upon hearing of their selection, the tutor Sam Griffiths commented:

We are excited for the rest of the UK to see how talented our Local Motion Dance Company are and their dedication to continue to dance online during a tough year.”

International dance star Karen Hauer, Strictly Come Dancing professional, who will be leading some free dance masterclasses at U.Dance 2021, said:

“It’s so important to continue to inspire our young people. I am always excited to see the next generation of dancers’ passion and determination to continue to learn and do what they love. Dance offers a wide range of opportunities and U.Dance is a special celebration of our art form - I can’t wait to see you there.”

There are 30 sessions across the three festival days 16-18 July, and all young dancers are invited to ‘pick and mix’ sessions in their favourite styles, and try something new. Participants will learn from the country’s top dance companies, which include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco, and from professionals who work with The Royal Ballet, The Greatest Dancer, Six the Musical, Hamilton, The Lion King, leading dance scientists and many more.

For more information on the festival email and for more information about dance classes with Motion Control Dance, email

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