Signatures Youth Dance Trail

Posted at 9:05 am on 20th July, 2016

Signatures Youth Dance Trail

Flixton Girls School (FGS) students represented Trafford at the national UDance 2016 Festival at The Lowry in a special edition “sited performance” trail . Seven groups from colleges, schools and dance companies from across the North West provided a trail of performances using spaces around The Lowry rather than the usual “staged” production.

In the year that Tim Peake walked in space and Manchester is the European City of Science, Greater Manchester based choreographer Bridget Fiske was commissioned by Dance Manchester and the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub of The University of Manchester to make dance motifs/tools; in response to cutting edge contemporary science about how the stars are formed and ‘our star’, the Sun.

Bridget responded to expert knowledge provided by leading astrophysicists, Dr Helen Mason and Dr Rowan Smith; with additional support from Professor Philippa Browning. Each group taking part in Signatures Youth Dance Trail learned their motifs, worked with the tools and added their own creativity to make sited performances which communicated this grativating story.

Our students - Breanna Bradshaw, Megan Holt, Olivia Isherwood, Megan Carr, Annie Green-Smith, Evie Pickering, Amy Donelon, Lia Norton, Molly McIver, Rebecca Campling, Tyana Reid and Abbie Sullivan - explored the idea of star formation through its use of key ideas that have come out of the research.

Mrs Ashurst, Leader of Innovation and Progress for Participate faculty and Dance Teacher supported our students with their choreographed performance. She says: ‘It was a great experience to be performing in such an unusual space and in such a creative atmosphere with so many talented young dancers. The girls were a credit to themselves and the school and have continued the heritage of outstanding youth dance that Trafford can be proud of’. 

Lia Norton a Y9 pupil said that ‘I really enjoyed performing in an unusual space using different dance movements. It was a great opportunity!’