Thank you to our Creativity Unlocked Judges for these messages of encouragement during the third UK lockdown!

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“Since March, dancers, students, choreographers and dance teachers have had to pivot to work in some incredibly challenging situations. Most artistic people thrive on finding ways to be creative. This competition affords young people an opportunity to use their skills with a purpose. I’m happy to be a judge alongside this esteemed panel of judges and to provide hope and joy to the young people participating” — Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre School & Judge of the Ballet category

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“One of my favourite things about dance is sharing our own unique physical perspectives — and while we might not be able to do that so easily in person, virtual sharing allows for even more diversity in what we are able to see and celebrate. I’m super excited to judge this competition!” — Alexzandra Sarmiento, Hamilton Dance Captain & Judge of the Jazz category

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“This competition not only encourages participants to be creative with their choreography, but also with their choice of music. Seldom are we given an original piece of music to choreograph to, so to have the choice of six is a very unique opportunity. The competition also encourages a great level of creativity, and I’m intrigued to see the individual submissions!” — Liam Francis, Rambert Principal & Judge of the Contemporary category

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“The purpose of this competition is to help young dancers with their mental health during these tough times. If I can help to contribute even in a small way, then that is brilliant!” — Tommy Franzen, Strictly Come Dancing choreographer & Judge of the Commercial category

“Rhythm is within us all, and Tap dancing enables you to embody those rhythms, ultimately turning your body into a percussion instrument. Tap dancing is the most incredible way of communicating and connecting with an audience, and it's something I've absolutely been passionate about since the age of seven. I'm so excited to judge the Tap section and I look forward to seeing what all of the incredible talent can come up with.” — Steven McRae, Royal Ballet Principal & Judge of the Tap category

Creativity Unlocked is open to all non-professional dancers from around the world; you do not have to be a bbodance member to enter. Entries close on 28 February.

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Photos © Gregory Heisler / Alexzandra Sarmiento / Rick Guest for The Guardian / Tommy Franzen / Royal Opera House / Rick Guest / Nikolay Krusser