Déda and Trinity Warriors Launch Dance Partnership
Derby-based regional dance house Déda and award-winning urban dance group Trinity Warriors have joined forces to expand the range of dance opportunities for young people.
Under the 12-month partnership agreement, Trinity Warriors is now based at Déda in Chapel Street for training sessions and performances, with business, marketing and performance technical support from the organisation.
The group’s directors Paco Box and Leon Heywood will also work with young dancers at Déda including the Fuse performance group and the BA Dance Degree students who are based at the venue.
Trinity Warriors has grown from strength to strength since it reached the final of Sky Television’s ‘Got to Dance’ in 2011.
The Trinity Warriors Academy now has more than 60 members aged 5 to 26 and continues to win national and international competitions. The latest was the United Dance Organisation’s world competition in Glasgow this summer when Trinity Warriors competed against dance groups across the globe and returned to Derby with 15 trophies for individual and group performances.
Leon Haywood explained: “We are now the biggest name in urban dance in the East Midlands so it is a perfect fit to be based at Déda which is the regional dance house.
“Having started here many years ago, it is like coming home and the expanded studio facilities at the venue will enable us to grow our Academy even further.
“Having a central location with great facilities for both dancers and their families has already attracted ten new members and there is a great deal of interest from young people of all ages in our open sessions which are held here for those who just want to learn this style of dance.”
Paco Box continued: “We plan to stage live shows in the performance space here throughout the year and are grateful for the business and technical support that Déda will be providing.
“We are also excited about the opportunities to work with the young people here to share our urban dance expertise and to introduce the Trinity Warriors Academy members to other genres such as contemporary dance.”
Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb added: “We are delighted to be working so closely with Trinity Warriors.
“As an organisation we are committed to broadening the opportunities for the whole local community to be involved in a wide range of dance styles and it is exciting to be working with Trinity Warriors who are renowned for the quality and creativity of their work.
“Young dancers need a broad spectrum of skills nowadays so the expertise that Trinity Warriors will bring to the Déda Youth Academy performance groups and the University of Derby BA Honours Dance Degree students who are based here will be particularly beneficial to their future careers.”