London’s Akademi Presents NAVADAL South Asian Dance Competition At U.Dance 2019

Akademi’s NAVADAL (Photo by Simon Richardson)

(London) – Akademi is partnering with One Dance UK, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Yuva Gati, the South Asian strand of the Centre for Advanced Training programme run by DanceXchange and Sampad, to present NAVADAL at the National Youth Dance Festival, U.Dance 2019. NAVADAL, meaning ‘new shoots’ in Hindi, gives young British exponents of South Asian dance an opportunity to be recognised at an early stage in their career and find pathways into the dance sector.

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 the Southbank Centre audience. The young dancers compete in three distinct categories: solo and group dances for ages 13 to18 and solo for 19 to 25.

The competition winners will then get an opportunity to perform on the Purcell Room stage in a special evening of dance curated by Vidya Patel, BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist, YUVA 2016 winner and star of Akademi’s The Troth. Alongside the winners will be four guest artists, chosen by Vidya as South Asian dance stars to watch:

Shree Savani (Bharatanatyam) – BBC Young Dancer 2019 finalist
Jaina Modasia (Kathak) – BBC Young Dancer 2017 participant
Pallavi Anand (Bharatanatyam) – YUVA 2016 winner
Shyam Dattani (Kathak) – BBC Young Dancer 2017 finalist.

Akademi’s NAVADAL (Photo by Simon Richardson)

NAVADAL takes place Saturday 20 July at the Southbank Centre plus Rising Stars, an evening of performance curated by Vidya Patel.

Akademi is also sponsoring a ‘Lifetime achievement in South Asian Dance‘ award at the One Dance UK 2019 Awards. The nominations are open until 31 July 24:00 GMT.

Event Information:

Saturday 20 July at 11am
NAVADAL 2019: National South Asian Youth Dance Festival
Part of U.Dance 2019
Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Saturday 20 July at 5.30pm
NAVADAL Rising Stars
Part of U.Dance 2019
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Box office: 020 3879 9555 /
Tickets: £5 (+£3 booking fee), concessions 25% off

About Akademi

Akademi is a progressive South Asian dance organisation, based in London. It aims to inspire audiences and change lives by creating and nurturing excellence in classical, contemporary, popular and participatory South Asian dance. Akademi’s programmes bring South Asian dance to mainstream attention, capturing the public’s imagination through inspiring storytelling and unique spectacle. It creates talent pathways for the next generation of dance artists, and takes South Asian dance to the heart of the community, creating life-affirming experiences for those who are disadvantaged, disengaged or isolated. 2019 sees Akademi marking its 40th anniversary with a series of celebratory events running from May 2019 to April 2020.

About U.Dance: National Youth Dance Festival

Each year the U.Dance national youth dance festival showcases a selection of the best dance groups from all over the country in a range of performances and gives the opportunity for hundreds of young people to take part in workshops and masterclasses with dance industry professionals, inspire each other with a love of dance and develop their understanding within the dance sector.

About One Dance UK

One Dance UK is the sector support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and diverse dance sector. It provides one clear voice to support all those working in the sector to achieve excellence in dance performance, education and management; advocates for the increased profile and importance of dance in all its diverse forms and settings; enhances dancers’ health, well-being and performance and Identify gaps, provides opportunities and improves conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed and seen.

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