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DanceEast hosts National festival in Ipswich

African dance workshop led by Uchenna Dance Credit: Brian Slater, Courtesy of One Dance UK

Dance groups from across the country have gathered in Ipswich as the town hosts the National Youth Dance Festival.

Almost 300 groups competed in the regional heats to take part. 12 were chosen, including Boys United from Ipswich.

The U Dance festival showcases a selection of dance groups from all over the country. A range of activities are being put on throughout the weekend including workshops and career talks. The dance groups will also be performing routines they’ve been putting together for the last 6 months.

A workshop in the National Youth Dance Festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming One Dance UK, colleagues and participants from across the UK to Ipswich this summer. The U.Dance events offer the opportunity for young dancers to celebrate their achievements together through a festival full of passion, energy and ambition. We look forward to welcoming everyone and ensuring that their time spent in Ipswich is truly memorable.”

– Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.