1500 Children to Wow at U Dance Festival

March 5, 2019

Over 1,500 young people from primary schools across Cumbria will be wowing audiences at The Carnegie Theatre next Monday & Tuesday and again on 21st & 22nd March at The Sands Centre as part of U.Dance Cumbria – the county’s annual dance festival for children & young people.

U.Dance brings together pupils of all ages from primary, secondary and special schools in Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden to perform and celebrate their achievements in dance.

Following an amazing performance by secondary schools at Theatre by the Lake last month, the event now moves on to celebrate creativity in primary schools, when pupils get the unique opportunity to perform on a professional stage to a live audience.

Schools taking part at The Carnegie in Workington are: Grasslot, Gosforth, Fairfield, Bridekirk Dovenby, Kells Infant, Seascale, Ennerdale, Flimby, Frizington, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Ashfield Infant & Junior Schools, Bookwell, Dearham, Moor Row, St Begh’s, Ellenborough & Ewanrigg Infant, St Herbert’s, St Patrick’s and St Gregory & St Patricks.  So popular is the event in the west of the county that it has expanded to two nights this year.

On Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd March thirty six schools from Eden and Carlisle will similarly trip the light fantastic at The Sands Centre in Carlisle. They include newcomers to the event Wigton Infants, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School (Carlisle) and Castle Carrock School. 

U.Dance Co-ordinator Lynn Barnes says, “U.Dance Cumbria is such a brilliant celebration of achievement.  The children are always so excited to perform and they give their all on stage.  It’s testament to the popularity of this event that it is always over-subscribed.  We’re delighted to announce that we have secured a third night at The Sands Centre for 2020.”

(Image: St Michaels School Dalston)