We started The Curious Dance Company two years ago with the specific aim of building a strong youth dance company that would create original dance works to perform in both competitive stage dance festivals and non-competitive youth dance showcases around the North West.
There are not many youth dance companies that aim to work in both types of dance performance settings and we have worked hard to develop pieces that bridge both worlds whilst also being, what we feel to be, interesting and innovative youth dance pieces that challenge and celebrate our young dancers.
We hit a very steep learning curve in our first year of festivals. There are different etiquette and conventions that need to be observed and in initial competitive festivals we were picked up on areas like how we bowed and exited stage and we outshone by companies with years of competitive experience. We have learned our lessons fast. One area we have really focused on developing is our dancer’s stage presence and versatile performance abilities.
We are now on our second year of festivals and have developed so much as a company. We recently performed at the Lancaster Stage Dance Festival and looked like a strong more experienced dance company and had success with Charlie Nayler winning his contemporary solo section.
A week later we travelled to Nelson to perform in their stage dance festival. last year we placed third with a contemporary piece, our first placing. This year we came first in the contemporary group section with ‘Creep’ and placed second in the cabaret group section with ‘Kaleidoscope’. ‘Creep’ also won the trophy for the highest marking piece across the entire festival with a massive 89 marks. To top it all off Scot Chaplow was awarded the Boys Dance trophy and Charlie Nayler received the adjudicators Scholarship Award. A very successful day and a huge confidence builder for us as a company.
Next Weekend we perform ‘Creep’ at a non-competitive dance festival ‘BIGUPNorth’ at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster and it will be very interesting to see the work along side other youth dance companies from around the North West.
We are only still just beginning our Curious dance journey, loving every moment and growing with every step.