National youth dance organisation seeks talented young contemporary dancers

23 Jan 2018

Project Y. Image: Paul Watt Photography/YDance

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) – the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland – is seeking talented contemporary dancers aged 16 to 21 for the dance training programme, the Project Y Performance Course.

Project Y is the only intensive dance training programme in the UK offering young dancers the experience of creating, rehearsing and performing as part of a touring contemporary dance company.

Spending four weeks during the summer as a member of the Project Y Company, dancers will work with four choreographers to create and rehearse four new dance works before performing in venues across Scotland in the annual Project Y Tour.

Dancers in the Project Y Company are involved at the heart of the creative process and gain invaluable experience of what it’s like to rehearse and perform as a professional dancer.

Taylor Han, a 21-year-old dancer from Dundee and past participant of the Project Y course said:

“Project Y helps a lot with training and development. It makes you a more versatile performer and really lets your creative skills flourish through working with the different choreographers. Contemporary dance training can sometimes lack the practice of working as a company and I think Project Y really prepares us for going into that after our training.”

Anna Kenrick, YDance Artistic Director said:

“Project Y is a unique project unlike any other in the UK as it gives young dancers an opportunity to create and perform new pieces of contemporary dance over an intensive period. Dancers can dramatically change physically, mentally and creatively over the four weeks as each dancer has the chance to work with three very experienced, contemporary choreographers in their unique style. They are fully immersed in the creative and rehearsal process before performing the pieces on some of Scotland’s finest stages.”

The Project Y Performance Course 2018 will run for four weeks starting on Monday 2 July. The first three weeks will be based in Glasgow to create and rehearse with the choreographers. On the fourth week, the company will tour and perform in venues across Scotland.

Applications are now open. Anyone interested in applying should visit the YDance website  for more information. Applications close on Friday 2 March 2018.

The Project Y Performance Course is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.