Young Creatives 2017

Young Creatives 2017


We’re pleased to announce that the six young people selected as our Young Creatives for 2017 are:

Bethan Leadbeater (17) from the East Region

Brogan McKelvey (20) from South West Region

Jemma Stein (19) from Scotland

Katy Wren (17) from South East Region

Mersaidies Sterren (18) from West Midlands

Shania Selvendran (16) from South East Region

These young choreographers will take part in two intensive weekends of practical workshops, discussions and performance opportunities to explore their own ideas and practice as a choreographer. They will each have a mentor who will support them as they progress their ideas and develop a dance with their friends in their own school or college. At the end of the project all six dance pieces will be presented at an informal sharing to fellow participants, family, mentors and project partners.

Young Creatives is an annual project run in partnership with the Royal Opera House and Rambert. In 2017 we are also supported by Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells.


Overview of Young Creatives 2016

Following a full-on and fun-packed selection day at the Royal Opera House, eight young people from across England were selected as our Young Creatives for 2016, they were:

Freya Brown (East region)

Photo: Rachel Nash

Young Creatives 2016 participants at the Royal Opera House.                                    (Photo: Rachel Nash)

Imogen Gray (South West)

Zakarius Harry (London)

Molly Holmes (West Midlands)

Jane Pearson (East region)

Matthew Rawcliffe (North West)

Paige Rayson (West Midlands)

Ellen Welch (South West)

These choreographers attended two Skill Boosting Weekends to enhance their choreographic skills and knowledge and presented their own dance pieces on Sunday 20 March at Rambert. The two performances took place in the beautiful Marie Rambert Studio, with opportunities for each of the choreographers to share insights into their work during a Q&A with renowned choreographer Richard Alston, who is both Chair of Youth Dance England and devotee of the Young Creatives programme.

Young Creatives 2016 was supported by Arts Council England, the Royal Opera House, Rambert and the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD).