Young Creatives

Young Creatives

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

If you’re between the ages of 15-19, or up to 25 for young people with disabilities, and are interested in choreography, then this programme is for you. As part of the Young Creatives programme, you will be offered the chance to explore, develop, and share your creative talent. Not only will you have the chance to attend online workshops with a selection of industry professionals who are experts in their fields, but you will also have the opportunity to create a dance work specifically for the camera with other young choreographers, guided by Lead Mentor Sarah Dowling.

Whatever your preferred style of dance is, we will be able to accommodate your needs. Previous experience is not essential, we just want you to bring your passion and enthusiasm for dance and choreography!

Young Creatives Showcase 2021

Watch the work of the 2020-21 Young Creatives at the Young Choreographers Showcase, part of U.Dance National Youth Dance Festival 2021.

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Interested in applying?

Applications will open in early Autumn for Young Creatives 2021-22.

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What is Young Creatives?

Young Creatives is a national programme managed by One Dance UK. As part of the programme, young choreographers will benefit from the opportunity to attend online workshops with industry professionals with the end goal of creating a final dance work. The programme includes sessions on the creative process with professional choreographers and design-specific workshops on the use of costume and lighting with technical teams from iconic British companies/organisations. The young choreographers will also work with Lead Mentor Sarah Dowling who will support them as a collective to create a dance work, from the initial idea through to a finished product. To close the programme, the work will be showcased during Summer 2021.

“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

“Being on the Young Creatives programme has helped me grow as an artist and aspiring choreographer. I have always been interested in movement and so I wanted to choreo-graph a piece that reflects my creativity and culture. I am grateful that I have even been provided the help from my mentor. I learnt that the work you put into something is re-flected in the result.”

Cholwe, Young Creative Participant 2019/20

Young Creatives 2021 Programme Sponsor