The Point’s Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC) celebrates its 20th birthday this year with 20 exceptional young dancers. As the company prepares for auditions to welcome a new wave of artists Oscar Li, a member of the company, has been selected to join the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC).
NYDC is led by Sadler’s Wells and features 30 of the best young dancers aged 16-18 years old from around the country. The company came to The Point earlier in the year for an experience day and following this Oscar was selected to audition. Out of 300 auditioned only 30 were selected and The Point and Hampshire Youth Dance Company are delighted for Oscar with his success in joining the prestigious company.
HYDC Company Rehearsal Director Tory East said,
“This is an incredible achievement for Oscar. NYDC has a high profile, bringing together some of the best young dancers from across the country; and places are not given lightly. Oscar will have the opportunity to take his training to the next level. I am incredibly proud of Oscar and the outstanding achievements of all our HYDC dancers this year. I cannot wait to see what happens next!”
Some of the dancers at NYDC are already embarking on full-time dance training and many go on to study dance in higher education following their time with the coveted company. During their year with the company, selected members will learn, create and perform bold and original performance works at Sadler’s Wells’ 1,500 seat auditorium and at world-class venues.
With inimitable performance opportunities and career guidance, NYDC is a fantastic platform for young dancers wanting to pursue a professional career in the discipline. Oscar and other recently selected members will work with a number of choreographers from the sector throughout their time with the company, and Damien Jalet will lead the company as Artistic Director.
Hampshire Youth Dance Company has had a fantastic 20th year, having been one of only two companies to represent the region at the National U.Dance Platform. 296 groups applied for this year’s platform which was staged at The Lowry, with only 19 across the country being selected. The company’s birthday celebrations also included being photographed by the UK’s leading dance photographer Chris Nash.
HYDC continues to support and inspire young dancers, and The Point is dedicated to the development of talented artists in all stages of their career. Many HYDC dancers go onto to pursue full time dance training; this year four members have been awarded places at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre and Millennium Performing Arts.