BARROW dancer Emily Worrall is returning to the region to put on a show.

The 22-year-old is aiming for a career as a professional dancer and will be part of a show at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal at the beginning of next month.

Emily, a former pupil at Furness Academy, admits that she didn’t start dancing seriously until she was about 15, but is now hoping to make it her profession.

“I was born in Barrow and I still live there,” said Emily. “I have been dancing in carnivals since I was about 11.

“I started dancing more seriously at about 15, which is quite late. I knew I wanted to do it seriously.”

She attended the Deemon Performance Academy in Barrow, and spent a year in Liverpool at Lipa, the performing arts school to do a foundation degree.

Emily then went to Newcastle to study for a degree, and is currently at Emergence studying a full time postgraduate course.

Emergence is the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford, and are described as ‘a cohort of 12 contemporary dance stars in the making’.

“It is run as if it was a professional company,” said Emily. “We don’t get paid for it, but we tour like a professional company would tour, and we get all the skills.”

Emergence will put on a show at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Friday, March 5. They will perform in Harrogate the next night, and then in Sale and London later in the month.

“It is going to be really nice to perform in Kendal. It will be the first time my friends will have seen me performing since I was about 16,” said Emily.

“There will be 12 of us in the company including myself. We have been doing 10 venues throughout the year.”

At the Arts Centre they will perform two new works plus a reimagining of one of Joss Arnott’s acclaimed productions.

Wubkje Kuindersma presents Fuel, a work inspired by the energy of this young, vital company whilst James Wilton’s physical feast An Event, asks how we feel in that moment between everything being fine and everything falling to pieces.

Joss Arnott completes the bill with When Worlds Collide, his exhilarating, technical masterclass featuring an original, cinematic music score and stunning lighting.

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