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Local youth dance company selected for prestigious summer festival

Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC) has been chosen to represent the South West region at national youth dance festival U.Dance 2022.

The company, based at The Point Eastleigh, is dedicated to providing pre-professional training and performance experience of the highest quality for aspiring young dancers aged 13-21 years.

After two years online due to COVID, July’s U.Dance 2022 sees the festival return to performances in person in Birmingham. HYDC, which has been selected for the festival from hundreds of other entries, will present Before It's Too Late, a piece which was choreographed by the company in collaboration with their Rehearsal Director Tory East.

U.Dance will also give HYDC the opportunity to perform alongside other youth dance groups, take part in workshops and learn about a range of dance careers.

The Point is owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “The Point is widely recognised as a centre of excellence for dance development, and for providing talented young dancers with a springboard for their careers.

“That is underlined by HYDC being given this accolade. They deserve our warmest congratulations and we’re delighted they will be representing The Point on the national stage.” 

Hampshire Youth Dance Company’s Rehearsal Director Tory East said: “HYDC are so proud to have been selected and we look forward to performing Before It’s Too Late, which aims to highlight the need for all of us to consider our part in tackling climate change for future generations and our planet.

“We believe the South West offers unique, diverse and inspiring dance opportunities for all and we are excited and honoured to represent the incredible talent and strength of young dancers from across the region.”   

Want to join this amazing company? Apply now to audition (applications close 1 July). Auditions will take place on Saturday 18 June, 10am-12pm and Sunday 3 July, 10am-12pm.
Spend An Evening with HYDC on 26 July.

Image credit: Savannah Brown 

Contact

The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DE
Email: thepoint@eastleigh.gov.uk
Phone: 023 8065 2333