Choreographers selected for Scottish Ballet mentorship scheme led by by Kerry Nicholls

20 Dec 2015

YDance, Scotland’s national dance organisation for children and young people has announced two choreographers have been selected for a prestigious choreographic mentorship scheme with Scottish Ballet.

Sara Kemal, YDance Dance Development Officer and Samuel Burkett, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland member, are two of five to have been selected for a fully funded place on the Anserinae Choreographic Mentorship Scheme led by internationally renowned mentor, choreographer, performer and teacher Kerry Nicholls. Both were successful for having articulated a real commitment to creating new choreographic work in Scotland and will begin the mentorship scheme in the New Year.

Between February and May 2016 both will undergo a bespoke mentorship tailored to meet their individual needs and level of experience. With ongoing mentorship with Kerry Nicholls they will each choreograph a new dance work inspired by Scottish Ballet’s spring production of Swan Lake.
Sara Kemal has received a fully funded place at Level 2 of the mentorship scheme for choreographers with up to four years professional experience.

Sara Kemal, Dance Development Officer for YDance said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Kerry because she has so much experience and I’m interested to see how that will feed into my own choreographic work. I’m looking forward to being challenged and creating new work inspired by Scottish Ballet’s Swan Lake.

Along with ongoing support they will also experience a one-week choreographic intensive with Kerry Nicholls and a follow-up weekend of masterclasses.

Samuel Burkett, a dancer in YDance’s flagship contemporary dance company the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, has been accepted at Level 3 of the scheme for final year dance/choreography students and recent graduates.

Samuel Burkett, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland member said: “When I saw the opportunity to explore choreography I jumped at the chance. I think this mentorship will really help me to have a stronger choreographic voice, and simply being offered the opportunity has boosted my confidence. I’m so excited to create the work.”

The mentorship scheme will end in May 2016 with an exclusive performance of the work created by each participant at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.