We are delighted to announce our very special guest Regional Panel for Origins2022 (U.Dance South West)!

Jenna, Olivia, Jazz (our Regional Panel), Pippa & Laura (our National Panel) cannot wait to meet everyone and see the live screen pieces performed by our gifted South West young dancers. These dance specialists will be with us for the big day on Sunday 13th March, when the youth dance companies perform in our Ocean Theatre.

The panelists will be giving reflections feedback on the performance pieces; also sharing their stories, journeys and career advice. They will be providing their insights into the professional dance world, championing the talents of our brilliant young dancers and their youth dance leaders, choreographers.

Jenna Hubbard

Jenna first started dance when she was 5, but only really found her passion for it as a teenager when she discovered choreography and creativity.

She was convinced that she was destined to be a nurse, but after fainting on all 3 of her work experience placements, she thought perhaps a career in the arts was more likely! After many gap years to rethink her plans, Jenna studied a degree in Dance and Professional Practice at Coventry University and fell in love with dance producing, teaching and performing. Jenna worked as a performer for Spiltmilk Dance alongside community dance teaching and lecturing in the Midlands, before moving to the South West to work at Arts University Bournemouth. Jenna is now a Senior Lecturer in Dance and loves working creatively with her students as they begin their careers. Jenna is thrilled to be part of the U.Dance panel for 2022 and can’t wait to see the creativity and youth voice that performance platforms like this champion so excellently. 

Olivia Girling

Olivia has had a passion for dance for over 14 years, initially training in disco freestyle before finding herself at home with street dance.

She has both danced and taught with local teams and also not-for-profit community groups and competed at a national level. She always loved to dance in her spare time (and always will) because of the way it allows her to express herself through movement, connect with others and embody music. Some of her favourite dance memories include the friendships she has made, the music she has danced to and the feeling of training and working hard both in a team and solo.  She is really looking forward to seeing the Origins performances and how other young people across the South West communicate through their movement and choreography.

Jazz Gritt

Jazz Gritt started his dance training as a part of Pavilion Dance’s first youth dance company ‘Evolve’, finding his thirst for dance, he soon joined SHAKE. Since 2012 Jazz has achieved a FDA in Dance at Creative Academy specialising in Jazz and Commercial techniques, trained further on the Ballet Boyz Dancers Course and gained a BPA in Contemporary dance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Jazz then completed his MA in urban influences within Contemporary dance. Finding his passion for creating opportunities, he has worked as Education Officer and Dancer for 2Faced Dance Company, as well as Company Manager and Dancer for Brink Dance Company. Continuing with the aim of creating and delivering unique and inspiring opportunities, Jazz enjoys working with those aspiring to enter the dance industry or who simply, love to dance!



We’re so excited for Origins 2022. We can’t wait to show everyone what we have been up to the past few months and welcome some of the very best young dancers from the region back to our venue!

Best wishes, PDSW Team

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