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YDance seeks applications

Posted on August 13, 2019

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is searching for talented dancers aged between 16 and 21 to join the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland – the flagship contemporary dance company for Scotland’s exceptional young dancers.

Launched in 2012 by YDance, the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, the company works with artistic director Anna Kenrick to develop their technical, creative and performance skills through a series of creation intensive weekends.

Applications are now open for the 2019–2020 company to dancers who are from, or live in Scotland between September 2019 and August 2020. YDance is looking for driven and dedicated candidates who want to develop as dancers and who can commit to all rehearsal and performance dates laid out in the guidelines on the YDance website.

Members will have the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally at a number of high-profile events and festivals. Previous performances have included: the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Melbourne, Australia; Apex Rising at Sadler’s Wells in London; the Dance Bridges Festival in India; the Danspunt Festival in Belgium; an exchange with Yellow Wheel Dance Company in Australia; Generation Dance Festival in Glasgow; Dance International Glasgow (DIG Festival) at Tramway; Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival; Merchant City Festival in Glasgow; and U.Dance Festival in London, Nottingham, Salford, Birmingham and Leeds.

Anyone interested in applying should visit ydance.org and complete the application form. Auditions will take place on September 7 in Glasgow from 12.30pm to 5.30pm. The deadline for applications is September 1.

Pictured: National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. Photograph: Paul Watt Photography/YDance. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, is out now as an ebook and available on Amazon, with the paperback following on August 22.

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