performance & dance

U.Dance: Navadal Competiton

Part of Summer

The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase in front of a panel of judges – and you.

The young dancers compete in four distinct categories: solo and group dances for ages 13 – 18 and 19 – 25.

The winners of the competition have the chance to perform in the NAVADAL Rising Stars showcase following this event.

NAVADAL, meaning ‘new shoots’ in Hindi, is Akademi’s biennial national South Asian youth dance competition, presented in partnership with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yuva Gati.

NAVADAL forms a key part of Akademi’s work in developing professional pathways into the wider dance sector. Numerous participants have had the opportunity to progress into Akademi’s artist development programmes and productions.

Part of U.Dance 2019, the national annual youth dance festival.

Dates & times

20 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 240 mins
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    • Sat 20 July 2019
      • 11:00 am


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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Following this event, see competition winners perform at NAVADAL Rising Stars, specially curated by YUVA 2016 winner and BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist Vidya Patel. NAVADAL competition winners are joined by four exceptionally talented dancers from Patel’s peer group at this event at 5.30pm in Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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