YDance Dance Artist, Aimee Friel has been named as a finalist for the Rising Star Award (Dance Teaching) at the One Dance UK Awards 2019.

The One Dance UK Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of professionals and practitioners working in dance. This exciting annual event is an opportunity for people in the dance community to get together, celebrate, acknowledge and reward those who have made an impact over the last 12 months on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape.

Aimee began her career with YDance in 2018 when she secured a year-long traineeship funded by the Year of Young People 2018 Creative Traineeship Programme. The traineeship offered a young emerging dance practitioner a unique opportunity to develop their skills through mentoring by experienced YDance staff and working on a wide range of participatory dance projects for children and young people.

Aimee was mentored by YDance Artistic Director Anna Kenrick and involved in planning and delivering participatory dance sessions with a member of the core staff team. Aimee was then encouraged and supported to take more responsibility and develop her own role within YDance. Aimee is now a permanent member of the YDance team mainly working across our Participation strand of work. She teaches a range of young people, some of which include: young offenders at HMYOI Polmont, young parents and their babies, and primary/secondary school pupils. She also teaches our weekly YCreate classes in Glasgow’s Southside.

The One Dance UK Awards ceremony will take pace on Saturday 9th November at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester.