Hampshire Youth Dance Company
2020/2021 Hampshire Youth Dance Company audition applications are now open!
We're looking for outstanding young dancers between 13 - 21yrs, who are driven, committed and passionate about dance to join HYDC.
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and genres of dance to apply.
As we continue to follow Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) instructions, the first stage of our auditions will take place remotely, please read our audition guidelines below.
HYDC Remote Audition Guidelines
Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year HYDC auditions are taking place online. We are asking all applicants to audition remotely, to take part in a live class, in addition to submitting some short videos in response to a creative task and the live class.
Our current HYDC dancers have tried and tested the process for us and have spent the last two months continuing their weekly training with us online via Zoom. We have even held our very first virtual choreographic project and created two short films together!
Final date for video application submissions:
Tuesday 14th July
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July
Sunday 26th July
Please fill in ALL sections of this form as fully as possible. You will also need to take part in the live class on Zoom and submit your audition videos by email. Please see below for detailed instructions as to how to do this.
Stage One, Part A
For the first part of the audition you will take part in a live class via Zoom. This will be a contemporary technique class lead by HYDC Rehearsal Director Tory East. Tory has adapted class content to suit the small spaces that we may be dancing in at home, with the same level of challenge and pace that we would normally have in the dance studio. The class will really give you a taster of how HYDC have continued their training at home.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Download and set up Zoom. This is a free app and is suitable for use on laptops/computers/iPads and mobile phones. (HYDC dancers find that a laptop or iPad works slightly better due to the larger screen size.)
2. The day before the audition you will receive a Zoom link and a meeting password via email.
3. 15 minutes before the audition is due to start, simply click on the link which will take you to the Zoom class. Enter the password and you will then find yourself in the virtual waiting room .
4. When we see your name in the waiting room we will admit you into the class and Tory will welcome you!
5. Class begins!
Stage 2 – Part B - Filming at home
Tory will take some time to guide you through this stage towards the end of the online class, so you will have a chance to ask questions if anything is unclear.
1. Technical Phrase
Tory will teach you a technical phrase during the live class. We would like you to film yourself performing this phrase at home and send it to us. (HYDC dancers have to remember lots of different choreography and will often film themselves during rehearsals so they can rehearse at home)
2. Creative Task
In order to assess your creative skills and ability to respond to instruction Tory will set and demonstrate a creative task at the end of the live class. We would then like you to complete the task and film yourself. (Creative tasks are an important part of many choreographic processes and all HYDC dancers contribute and complete creative tasks, both in and out of the studio). This video should be no more than two minutes in length.
3. Tell us about yourself
Film a short introduction of yourself, including your name, age and why you would like to join HYDC - you can even include an interesting fact about yourself if you like. This video should be no more than two minutes in length.
- Your footage can either be recorded in three sections or one continuous stream, it’s up to you.
- We are not expecting high-quality footage - it can be recorded on a mobile phone.
- When you film, try to make sure that we can see your whole body and that you are not too far away from the camera. We are not worried about what’s in the background, just make sure you have space and we can see all of you!
Uploading your videos
We would like you to upload your videos to YouTube using an unlisted setting. This means that only the people you send the link to can actually watch your videos and you are in control of who can see them.
Here’s how to upload:
1. Create a YouTube account (if you use a Gmail account for emails you will already have one, you will just need to sign in). Go to YouTube, click on ‘Create Account’ in the top right-hand corner. Enter the required information and follow the steps.
2. Click ‘Upload’ in the top right-hand corner and upload your file.
3. In the Title section put your name/HYDC audition and either Creative Task/About me/Phrase. If you are sending it all as one continuous video, use the title 'HYDC Audition’.
4. In the privacy section, select ‘Unlisted (anyone with the link can see my video)'. Click save, then copy the link and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many videos available online that demonstrate the steps. Here are a couple that we have found helpful!
Zoom class checklist
- Make sure the space you are planning to dance in is as clear as possible
- Set up your device and screen so we can clearly see your whole body on the screen as much as possible
- Make sure that you won’t be interrupted by family members or pets coming in and out of your space, so you can focus on dancing
- Have a water bottle in the room ready
- Make sure you present yourself as you would do in the studio, appropriate dance clothing, (nothing too baggy) no jewellery, long hair tied back.
We will contact you in the week following the audition to let you know if you have been recalled and provide more information on how the recall will take place.
We would like to take this time to reassure you that we completely understand that space to dance might be restricted at home. Perhaps you haven’t taken part in any online dance activity during this time or you might feel a bit overwhelmed by an online audition process. We have taken all this into consideration and tried to create a process that reflects our normal HYDC auditions and hopefully is as much fun as it is challenging!
We are in this together and we are here to support you in continuing to dance.