The Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), the national governing body for dance fitness, was named winner of the ‘Sport England Community Partnership of the Year’ award at this year’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame and Awards Evening.

The annual awards ceremony took place on Thursday 8th October at the Underglobe on London’s Southbank and celebrated the contribution made by volunteers, coaches, participants, officials and partner organisations.

As winner of the Community Partnership of the Year, EMDP was recognised for their great work introducing the London Youth Games Dance Competition in March 2015, which saw 15 London boroughs compete. The inaugural event took place at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and featured Warren Russell, member of Britain’s Got Talent’s dance troupe, Diversity, as a guest judge.

As the national governing body for dance fitness, EMDP continues to support the London Youth Games and plans to embed dance activity in schools, focusing on key stage 4 pupils as well as continuing to engage London boroughs in the upcoming London Youth Games Dance Competition. To date, 27 London boroughs have already signed up to take part in next year’s event, which takes place on 3rd February 2016.

Emma Forward, Chief Operating Officer of EMDP, says: 'We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with London Youth Games and celebrate the amazing work young dancers have been doing in London. Receiving the award was a fantastic achievement and we look forward to building on our success in the coming year.'