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Manchester Dance Competition 2016

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27th February, 9AM-7.30PM
@  Manchester Central Convention complex

Manchester's fifth annual dance competition is rapidly approaching and we are so excited. 


23 univerisities from around the country have signed up their talented dancers to represent them and compete at the biggest Northern dance competition, held here in Manchester. 


Friends and family of competitors are invited to join us for this exciting day of dance, and for the official social afterwards at Revolution, Fallowfield.


It's a day not to be missed.


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Our prestigious judges

** All 6 of our judges will judge our wildcard section **


Venetia Deane

After qualifying as a dance teacher, Venetia travelled the country in Summer seasons and pantomimes and at 18, signed her first Overseas Equity contract, and began her adventures to each corner of the globe. 
After many years abroad, Venetia returned back to her routes in Bury and became sought after as an adjudicator at various schools and competitions. Working as a singer and actress, Venetia now travels around the country entertaining at functions and festivals.

Alice Dignan

Alice started dancing at the age of 3, where she attended Cartwell Theatre School in Altrincham. She trained in a range of disciplines within both the IDTA and RAD syllabuses. She has a strong backrgound in Tap, having worked closely with the IDTA Tap community on their most recent syllabus. She also completed her Pre Associate Tap teaching exam before leaving Cardwell at the age of 16.
Alice won a Dance and Drama award to train at the Hammond school, Chester, where she completed a three year course in Professional Musical Theatre, graduating in 2011.
Since her graduation, she has had a number of Professional contracts, in various areas of the industry, including: multiple singer/ dancer/ Swing contracts for voyages on Discovery cruises, while, on dry land, she has also branched into acting and modelling. 

Sophie Robinson

Sophie started training at the age of 3 at Cardwell Theatre school in Altrincham, where she studied all different styles of dance.

She continued her professional training at Phil Winstons Theatre Works in Blackpool where she studied a vocational course in Dance and Musical Theatre. Since graduating she has worked as a singer and dancer for Warner Leisure Hotels.
Sophie is now a full time teacher at Cardwell Theatre School and has gained many qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association, including Gymnastics diploma, Associate Freestyle and Tap. Licentiate, Modern and Theatre Craft and she is now a Fellow of the Ballet Faculty.


Rachael Isherwood

Rachael trained at the Birmingham Royal ballet and the Hammond, Chester before living in Germany for 5 years and performing in musicals such as Dirty Dancing and Spamalot.
Film credits include Marvels Captain America and several Bollywood films. Rachael is still performing professionally and enjoys occasional teaching.

Aeron Lloyd-Booth 

Aeron has been performing since a young age with his debut being in one of the world's most loved "McDonald's' adverts. Aeron took the world of acting by storm, he later appeared in programmes such as 'Coronation Street', 'Heartbeat' and commercials for 'The OXO family', 'Walkers crisps' and many more.
Aeron then went to train in Musical Theatre at 'Bury College' and then moved on to 'Phil Winston's Theatre Works' and later finished his training with the 'Young Americans' in Los Angeles, USA. 
Aeron has then gone on to backing dance for pop sensation 'Inaya Day' and many other artists on programmes such as 'Top of the Pops' and 'CD UK'. He has worked with artists such as: Katherine Ellis, Amanda Wilson, 'Bucks Fizz', Rachel Stevens, S club 7, Gareth Gates and many more.

Charlie Downs

Charlie is an Essex student currently studying for a BA HONS in Professional and Commerical dance at Shockout Arts in Manchester on a 3-year course.
She has already completed a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Peforming Arts. She has been dancing since the age of 7 and has been working professionally for a couple of years now. 
Her credits include events such as Move it, the opening of Queen Elizabeth's olympic park, Tina Turner tribute show, Skepta's music video, Bars and Melody's music video and many others.

Order of the day

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Come along and support your university at a fun filled day of dance.


Spectator/Spectator and Social tickets will be available on the door from 7:45am at Manchester Central. 

Spectator ticket - £5
Spectator + Social tickets - £8 

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Not sure how to find Manchester Central convention complex? Click here

Official Competition Social 

YOU are invited to the official #UoMDanceComp16 after party in the heart of Fallowfield!!

After a busy day of competitive dance, come along to Revolution Fallowfiled to let your hair down, eat, drink and party the night away! 

One HUGE party with dancers from 23 UK universities! 


8-10pm: PRIVATE PARTY for Dancers & Spectators only

T-SHIRT SOCIAL - this means your compeition t-shirt is your entry, so please wear it to the social!
(Spectators, your wristband will be your entry)

- Tasty Revolution Food will be provided on arrivial including: classic burgers, cheese burgers, bean burgers, chicken wraps, halloumi wraps, fries, onion rings & salad


10pm onwards: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- £1 entry

- Two of Revolution Fallowfield's best DJ's will take to the decks to provide quality chart/RnB/dance tunes across the two floors of the building!

- Official photographers will be about to catch your best moves on the dance floor!

- 2-4-1 drinks deals ALL night 




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