D-Fuse Dance Platform showcases breadth of local talent in Hampshire

On Saturday 19th March The Point, in association with New Dimensions in Dance, hosted the annual D-Fuse Dance Platform.

D-Fuse is an opportunity for different community dance companies and groups in the county of Hampshire to come together in one space and showcase their individual work and choreography in a professional context. With 13 companies invited and more than 10 performers, the platform exhibits local dancing talent across an array of styles, from contemporary to urban, and a wide range of ages formed part of the day between 5-80 years old.

"The New Dimensions in Dance programme gives us the opportunity to share and extend dance experiences for everyone in Hampshire. Alongside the extensive community and dance work The Point is doing here in the Borough we are striving for high quality, accessible dance county wide - offering The Point as a centre for excellence and a home for the local dance community." - Agent for Dance Inclusion, Aurore Parkin.

This was the second instalment of the event, which celebrates inclusion in dance across Hampshire. D-Fuse works to showcase the sheer breadth of emerging talents within the community with performers of all ages, experience and dance styles. Local dance companies who participated in the day include: street/tap Jane MacKinnon Dance company's Diversion, Bollywood group Bodyrox,contemporary dance Sg troop led by the renowned Stopgap Dance Company and Norwood School performing a piece choreographed by The Point’s Dance Intern Sam Gilroy.

Richard Alston Dance Company was at the venue for a two-night run on Thursday 17th – Friday 18th April, joined by special guest dancer Vidya Patel. Vidya was a BBC Young Dancer grand finalist in 2015 and is currently touring with the esteemed company to dance in new piece An Italian in Madrid, set to Scarlatti’s sonatas. While in Eastleigh the dancer also taught a Kathak workshop. This saw 21 participants get to grips with the basics of the Kathak Indian dance form, followed by a Q&A with the emerging dance artist.