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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
You are The Future of Dance

There are plenty of ways to express yourself. Some prefer the direct approach, and talk about their feelings openly, while others need to explore their emotions through more creative outlets. Introverts or shy people might like painting; it can be a private experience that you can choose to keep to yourself, or share with others when you're ready. But if you are buzzing with energy, then dancing is a dynamic way to release everything at once.

But dancing isn't just about wild movement; it is in fact a highly skilled profession that requires a lot of self-control, physical fitness, and unwavering dedication. Only those with a true passion for dance make it professionally. Just like any athlete you have to continually push the boundaries of your abilities, test your skills, and never give up. It can be so easy to relax into a standard regime and become content with where you are, but if you want to reach the top, the best way to keep motivated and challenge yourself is to enter competitions.

Dance Challenge is an international showcase dance contest founded in 2005. It aims to change lives by empowering young dancers 5-25. The competition allows any dance style from solo performers, group acts (between two and twenty-five members), and dance schools.

Both the auditions and finals take place on the 21st July 2013 at Logan Hall in London. It costs 40 for a solo dancer to register, 75 for a duo, and increase incrementally from there. There are four age categories: 5-11, 12-17, 18-25, and mixed, with performance being two-three minutes long. The auditions are between 12pm-4pm, with the finalists going on to perform a live audience between 5pm-7.30pm. You will be judged by the best of the best, including Matt Lapinskas from Dancing on Ice, So You Think You Can Dance star, Ryan Jenkins, Zoe Birkett, one of the first contestants on Pop Idol, Ombrascura's Matt Walker, and The Voice contestant, Toni Warne. They'll be looking for creative choreography, innovation, musicality, and enthusiasm.

If you love dance, but are not a dancer, then you can book tickets to see the finals.
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Why? Put your dancing skills to the test
When: 21st July, 12pm-7.30pm
Phone: 44 (0) 845 5390014
Where: Logan Hall
Cost: 40 solo, plus more for groups, 17 chaperone
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