A film made by Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC) has been shortlisted for screening at a national event.
Connection Point, which was created at the start of lockdown, will be screened this Sunday 19th July at 7.30pm as part of U.Dance Digital, a showcase of some of the best youth dance from across the country.
The film was created during online rehearsals with the dancers responding to creative tasks and their sharing thoughts about lockdown. The dancers’ own families contributed to the filming.
Based at The Point in Eastleigh, HYDC provides pre-professional training and performance experience of the highest quality for aspiring young dancers across the region, aged between 13 and 19 years-old.
HYDC dancers are also taking part in a series of online masterclasses, careers talks and watch parties over the U.Dance weekend, presented by One Dance UK 2020.
Tory East, HYDC’s rehearsal director, said: “Since the start of lockdown, HYDC have been continuing their training from home. As a company we wanted to find a way we could still create work, dance and find a sense of ‘togetherness’ even though we’re apart, and this film is the result of that of the desire and the dancers’ determination to find a new way of working.
“The U. Dance Digital platform offers the opportunity for HYDC to showcase their work beyond staged performances, be inspired and celebrate the diversity and talent of young dancers from across the country. It is a real privilege to be selected and I am really proud of what they have continued to achieve.”
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HYDC’s year-long training is supported by the Linbury Trust. The Company follows a carefully designed programme to develop aspiring young dancers' technique, creative and performance skills as well as audition preparation and support for those wishing to pursue dance and the arts further.
HYDC members train in contemporary dance and members are also provided with ballet sessions and complementary disciplines such as yoga for dancers and body conditioning as the foundation of all dance styles. Ballet supports their technical development and sessions are delivered with the contemporary dance body in mind. In addition, supplementary techniques such as improvisation, yoga and body conditioning are also integrated into the training programme.
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