Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC) works mostly in contemporary dance, although sometimes we have guest choreographers who combine contemporary with other dance styles such as South Asian, Irish or African. Each year guest choreographers work with the company to create new dance work. Last year HYDC worked with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and more recently Richard Alston. The company's work is toured mostly in the spring and summer and has previously included performances at: The Mayflower, The Point, The Oliver Theatre Bedales, The Hub Theatre, Southampton and New Forest Arts to name a few.
HYDC where one of 19 groups selected from across the country to perform at The Lowry and take part in U.dance 2016, the nations annual youth dance festival, following a record number of 296 applications.
Being part of HYDC will give you a taster of Dance training and working within a Dance Company, many of our young dancers have gone on to pursue full time training at the Conservatoire's for Dance and at University.
The current company of 20 will perform at a number of platforms and performances, including at Eastleigh Unwrapped, Winchester and Hothouse Excellence Platform.
The company is led by its rehearsal director, Tory East who leads the regular weekly sessions on Friday evenings in the Dance Studio here at The Point. These consist of warm up, contemporary technique, choreography and performance skills.
2nd & 9th September 5pm - 8pm
Tory East trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a 1st Class BA Honors degree. During her training Tory performed in works by Kerry Nicholls, Henri Oguiku, Richard Alston, Jiri Kylian and a reworking of Jeremy James ‘My Big Pants’. In 2006 she toured nationally and internationally with the Postgraduate Company Edge in work choreographed by Trisha Brown, Siobhan Davies and Sue MacLennan. Tory was a member of Retina Dance Company from 2006 -2009, under the artistic direction of Filip Van Huffel. Tory also co-directed and choreographed for Retina Youth Company and RAUW, Retina's site specific performance event for the community. She has also worked with Victoria Fox for Underground7 Dance Theatre, Zoielogic Dance Theatre and Jam Jar Dance Theatre. She has taught on the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at DanceEast, Northern Contemporary Dance School Summer Intensives and for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Tory is currently the Rehearsal Director of ‘Scatter’ the adult performance company of The Place and Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC). Holding a PGCE, she also works as Dance Specialist working with several schools and colleges across Hampshire. Her company 'Overground Fusion' and HYDC have represented the South East and South West regions at U Dance –Youth Dance England. Tory is also an approved GCSE set phrase trainer as well as a regular guest teacher for The Place, London Studio Centre, Greenwich Dance Agency and the University of Winchester. Tory became an Animateur for Rambert Dance Company in 2015.
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HYDC is supported by Hampshire County Council’s New Dimensions in Dance programme.