Young Creatives

Young Creatives


Young Creative Nina by Dani Bower Photography

We are launching a search to find the choreographers of the future!

Young Creatives is aimed at participants aged 16-20, however if you are over 20 and feel you would benefit from participating in this programme, then we’d love to hear from you.  As part of the Young Creatives programme, you will be offered the chance to explore, develop and share your creative ideas and talent. Not only will you have the chance to learn from amazing industry professionals who are experts in their fields during year 1 of the programme, but (on successful completion of Year 1) you will also have the opportunity to continue into Year 2, during which you will receive high-quality mentoring to help you create your own live dance work or dance film. Whatever your preferred style of dance is, we want to work with you. Previous experience is not essential, we just want you to bring your passion and enthusiasm for dance and choreography!

Young Creatives Showcase 2022

Watch the work of the 2021-22 Young Creatives at the Young Choreographers Showcase here.

 

Applications have now closed for this year and will re-open in Autumn 2023.

What is Young Creatives?

Young Creatives is a national programme managed by One Dance UK. As part of the programme, in Year 1young choreographers will benefit from the opportunity to attend online workshops with industry professionals to explore many different choreographic methods, processes and ideas. Each Young Creative will be encouraged to develop their choreographic skill set with the support Year 1 Creative Lead Rhian Robbins. Following successful completion of Year 1, Young Creatives will then be invited to continue into Year 2 where they will create their own independent dance work, either as a live performance or film. During Year 2, participants receive high-quality and personalised mentoring from a professional choreographer, leading to their final dance piece being showcased at a professional venue! Previous Young Creatives showcases have taken place at Rambert, Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre London!

   
Young Creative Ashur by Dani Bower Photography            Young Creative Tassia by Dani Bower Photography

 

“For me, Young Creatives gets to the heart of the matter. It gives young people the time and space to explore their own ideas and I find their openness and creativity inspiring.”

Sir Richard Alston, Champion of U.Dance and Young Creatives

“Taking part in Young Creatives in 2013 gave me the resources to develop my first independent creation outside of an institution and high quality mentoring to support my explorations. It was a brilliant time where I received the encouragement to challenge myself and be vocal about my choreographic decisions in an environment around young like minded artists. The diverse and enriching experience of Young Creatives was the single most pivotal experience of my dance training and lay the building blocks for my future career as a choreographer.”

Richard Chappell, Young Creatives Alumnus,
International Choreographer and Director, Richard Chappell Dance

 “Taking part in Young Creatives in 2013 gave me the resources to develop my first independent creation outside of an institution and high-quality mentoring to support my explorations. It was a brilliant time where I received the encouragement to challenge myself and be vocal about my choreographic decisions in an environment around young like-minded artists. The diverse and enriching experience of Young Creatives was the single most pivotal experience of my dance training and lay the building blocks for my future career as a choreographer.”

Jasmine Ainley-Kaur, Young Creatives 2022

 “The experience I’ve had on the Young Creatives programme 2020-22 has been incredible. It not only gave me a platform to showcase my choreography, but also gave me the opportunity to meet, collaborate with and share feedback with like-minded people. I’m grateful for the regular support of a mentor throughout the creative/rehearsal process, who provided me with a range of techniques to help shape my vision for the piece and to guide the dancers through it. As well as this, we discussed the importance of communicating in a collaborative yet authoritative manner in a leadership role, always questioning what could be interpreted by the piece and in being boldly decisive with what we choose to leave on the stage. I can’t recommend applying for this programme enough!”

Nina Grindley, Year 2 Young Creatives 2022

 

Young Creatives 2021/2022 Programme Sponsor