University students gear up for Collide Festival in Stratford
13:32 30 April 2014
Talented dance students from the University of East London’s Arts and Digital School will be performing at this year’s Collide Festival next Friday at Stratford Circus.
The Collide Festival, which is called Crosswords for Creativity this year, is UEL’s annual, student-run festival designed to showcase east London’s thriving urban dance scene.
Founded in 2010, the festival is back for the fourth year with Dance and Urban Practice students showing a variety of dance techniques from ‘Popping and Locking Battles’ set to a live DJ. The main evening event will be packed with high energy dance performances from university students who will be performing alongside special guest acts including Plague, PPL, Crew 42 and Fred ‘Realness’ Folks –a UK funk styles specialist.
Angel Doyle, a 2nd year BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice degree student said: “It is important to emphasise how the cultural and historical roots of urban dance contributed to underground styles. This connection is in danger of being forgotten now that urban forms are becoming more mainstream.”
Created in 2007, the Dance: Urban Practice degree is part of the Centre for the Performing Arts Development at UEL.
Sheila Preston, Head of Performing Arts at UEL, said: “The BA Dance: Urban Practice is a popular, highly successful, flagship course recognised and emulated by institutions across the country. This unique course is one of six programmes in Performing Arts based at University Square, Stratford. I am very proud to be part of such innovative work brought about via exciting fusions between dance forms and their histories.”
To book tickets go to stratford-circus.com or call 0844 357 2625.