Introducing RISE Performance Group 2017/2018

Introducing RISE Performance Group 2017/2018

RISE Performance group are for the members of the company 16 and over who want to receive more advanced training or workshops and get to perform at national events like Udance!

Performance Group have to work really hard to push themselves and are role models for younger members of the company!

This year we have loads of new faces so we spoke to this years members - old and new - about what it's like to be in this elite group of RISE! Meet RISE PGroup veterans Alex, Jenna & Cato and newbies Zerya, Sophie & Silas.



What do you like most about Performance Group?


Alex: The thing I like the most about performance group is the contrasting pieces we create each year, it's never the same! That gives me a really wide scope of dance training in different styles.

Jenna: What I like most about performance group is the way it pushes your technique and how much it has helped me to improve as a dancer.

Cato: What I like most about performance group is how much better it has made everyone at dancing and the strengthened the relationships we have as a group.



What has been your favourite performance with the group?

Alex: my favourite performance with the group was Kenjo at the UDance nationals in 2015, the theatre was huge and it was so exciting to share the stage with other youth talent.

Jenna: My favourite performance with the group was the beep beep section (I can't remember what it's called lol!) I loved the style of the dance and really enjoyed performing it at REACH!

Cato: My favourite performance was Sam's, from TrashDollys piece, 'Creed of Youth', because it was such an interesting concept of movement that I’d never experienced before.

Would you recommend this group to anyone and why?

Alex: I would recommend this group to anyone who wants to pursue a career in dance as it pushes technical ability as well as creativity and versatility.

Jenna: I would definitely recommend performance group to anyone who is more serious about dance and wants to widen there dance training to more styles.

Cato: I would recommend to anyone who wants to push their fitness and skills as a dancer in a fun and prolific way.

Are you excited to be in Performance Group?


Sophie: Im really excited! I looked forward to being able to be in it all of last year.

Zerya: I'm very excited to be in Pgroup.

Silas: I am so excited! It is that extra step up that I've been waiting for!

How has it been so far?

Zerya: It’s been challenging and enjoyable.

Sophie: So far, I've enjoyed the change from normal RISE rehearsals and it has made me much more motivated.


Silas: It has pushed me even though we've only had a few weeks, I've noticed the small things improve already.

What are you most excited about for performance group this year?

Zerya: I'm excited about pushing myself and being a part of the elite group of RISE, as well as new experiences; mainly Udance.

Sophie:  I'm most excited about all the new oppotunities and me developing as a dancer.

Silas: I'm probably most excited for Udance as I've seen my sisters go off for their weekends away many a year and I've never been!

Welcome Back RISE!

Welcome Back RISE!

RISE is back!

Our last year has been hugely successful! We sold out our two REACH performances at the Trinity Centre, collaborated and performed Rights to Move with Creative Youth Network and participated in the National Udance festival!

This is our 10th Anniversary and we are looking forward to a year full of hard work and fun!

We have many new members this year, so we asked them how they are getting on…


What made you want to audition?

Greta: For me personally, I’d heard about RISE in January and thought about auditioning but then forgot about it. Then in august I spoke to Alex (RISE Member) and Delilah (Former RISE Member) and they said that I should audition and that it would be so much fun, so in the end, I auditioned and was so nervous but it was worth it!

Lucy: I was very impressed with a performance I saw, straight away I wanted to be a part of it!


How are you finding it so far?

Sarah: So far, I'm finding it challenging but I'm really enjoying the feeling of getting fitter, better and learning new things.

What are you most excited about this year? 

Sarah: The most exciting thing about being accepted is knowing you're a part of a new thing, like looking forward to everything we're going to learn and get better at.

Greta: I’m most excited for learning new styles and developing my dance further. I love the idea of meeting new people. For me, when I got the text saying I had been accepted, it boosted my confidence about my capabilities as a dancer.

Photo Credit: Shadiamond Alcott

Photo Credit: Shadiamond Alcott