Winners of NAVADAL 2017 announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of NAVADAL 2017:

Solo 11-16 winner – Joanne Rose Thomas, Student of Guru Priya Sundar

Solo 17-25 winner – Jaina Modasia, Student of Guru Sujata Banerjee

Group winners – Sanskriti, Students of Guru Pushkala Gopal

NAVADAL, meaning ‘new shoots’, is Akademi’s National South Asian Youth Dance Competition – an opportunity to see exciting new work from the rising stars of South Asian dance.

On Saturday 15 July, fourteen soloists and four groups, a total of 45 performers, took to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome to battle it out to win this prestigious competition. The winners of NAVADAL 2017 won fantastic prizes including trophies, One Dance UK membership and the opportunity to perform at Southbank Centre‘s Alchemy Festival 2018.

Congratulations to everyone who participated, it was an astounding day, and everybody demonstrated great skill, strength and dedication. A special note of appreciation must also go to the teachers, whose sterling work is evident and vital to the future of this brilliantly proactive sector.

Thank you also to our panel of five expert judges, our host Shane Shambhu and the staff of U.Dance 2017 and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Read more:

Meet the host and our five expert judges
Meet the age 11 – 16 soloists
Meet the age 17 – 25 soloists
Meet the dance groups

NAVADAL was run in partnership with One Dance UK, ISTD and Sampad Arts as part of U.Dance 2017.

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