On Saturday 12th March, Echo Echo held a public open day for the recruitment of ‘Making Moves’, a brand new Youth Dance Company led by myself, Janie Doherty, and my good friend and colleague, Zoe Ramsey.
We had six excited girls at the workshop and we had a great session with them, accompanied by the fabulous Mark O’Doherty of PORTS playing drums and sampling some 80’s funk. The girls all got to know each other, chatting away and learning new skills and choreography. Here are a few pics from the workshop!
Zoe and I were going to ‘Unanimous’ at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast the next weekend, a performance evening for all the Youth Companies in Northern Ireland to share their work, hosted by DUDance. Turns out all of the girls were up for coming with us! Horah! Off we went on the 212, pack lunches and smart phones in hand…
‘Unanimous’ was very inspiring and we watched what all the other Youth Companies had to offer, before dashing out and back for the 212 bus! It was a Sunday night and these girls had school in the morning! We all agreed we’d like to be performing there next year. We are now very inspired to start a new term of Youth dance classes after Easter – so big thanks to Mags, Louise, Sheena and all the DUDance team for inviting us all!
The new Making Moves term will begin on Saturday 9th April at 2pm-3.30pm and will run for 10 weeks. All new members are welcome to join and no experience is necessary! Just come along to Echo Echo Dance Studios with a willingness to learn with some other like-minded enthusiastic teenagers.
Janie Doherty, Echo Echo Ensemble Artist