National Youth Dance Performance Line-up Revealed

5 Mar 2019


13 youth dance groups from across the country were selected to perform alongside the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland at a spectacular celebration of young dance talent.

YDance Destinations is a vibrant annual showcase of the best youth dance companies from across Scotland. The event, this year was held at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling on Saturday 2 March, brings together national youth dance talent in an exciting evening of diverse performances.

The 13 groups that took part were carefully selected by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) – the award-winning national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland – through an application process after the company was inundated with submissions from talented groups. Those chosen come from as far away as the Highlands, Skye and Aberdeen.

Meara O’Donnell-Webb, Dance Development Manager of selected group SkyeDance from the Isle of Skye said:

“Being selected for YDance Destinations offers a great opportunity for our dancers to gain insight into the world of dance and observe how young people their age are dancing, as living on an island can be quite isolating. The event ignites inspiration and motivation in these young people.”

YDance has also partnered with industry body One Dance UK to offer two groups from Scotland the chance to perform at U.Dance 2019 in London on 20 – 21 July, 2019. Selection of the two Scottish groups will be made at the Destinations performance.

The final groups selected to perform at Destinations 2019 are:

Central Scotland Ballet School – Falkirk

Danscentre – Aberdeen

Fusion Youth Dance Company – Aberdeen

Horizons – Glasgow

Ihayami Youth Collective – Edinburgh

Indepen-dance Young 1’z – Glasgow

Leeanne Dobbie Dance – Glasgow

Macrobert Youth Dance Company – Stirling

Monument Dance Centre – Stirling

Plan B Young Company – Highlands

Scottish Dance Theatre Chamber Company – Dundee

SkyeDance Youth Company – Skye

Vivace Theatre School – Glasgow

Audiences were entertained by the programme at Destinations, which also included the premiere of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland’s new piece for 2019, For Those Who Wait, choreographed by Anna Kenrick, YDance Artistic Director.

Now, NYDCS will travel to Glasgow’s twin city Marseille in France for a collaboration with dance company Groupe Grenade, thanks to funding from Glasgow City Council Twinning Office. The company will travel to Melbourne, Australia in July to perform in an International showcase event and take part in the Australian Youth Dance Festival and cultural exchange with Origins Dance Company.