The Point, Eastleigh isn’t the only one remembering two decades of brilliant contribution to the arts this year; with Hampshire Youth Dance Company also busy celebrating its 20th year.
Hampshire Youth Dance Company was formed in 1996 to engage, teach, and support the next generation of dancing talent. With a focus on contemporary dance techniques, the company has worked with hundreds of local young people aged 14-21 in its 20 years of practice. Each year HYDC works with guest choreographers to create original new works which then tour through spring and summer to venues around the region.
In its 20th year, the company has selected 20 young dancers to celebrate the last two decades of exceptional dance training and performance. Led by Tory East - a teacher with extensive training who has worked with companies including Retina Dance Company and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre - HYDC has toured work to venues including the Mayflower Theatre, The Hub Theatre and The Olive Theatre Bedales.
Most recently, the company has worked with members of acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company past and present to commission Gypsy Mixture. The piece has been remixed from a classic Alston-choreographed work which will be a curtain raiser on Friday 18th March at The Point, beginning an evening of dance created especially for the intimate setting of the Eastleigh venue, performed by Richard Alston Dance Company.
HYDC will tour Gypsy Mixture, with venues and dates listed below:
Origins Platform, Bournemouth on 28th February 2016
Bedales School, Petersfield on Sunday 6th March 2016
Southwest U. Dance, Bath on Saturday 12th March 2016
Richard Alston, The Point on Friday 18th March 2016
Lift off Festival, Bracknell on Saturday 19th March 2016
Dance Africa Project, Portsmouth on Sunday 27th March 2016
Many of the Hampshire Youth Dance Company alumni have gone on to train in contemporary dance full-time at Conservatoire’s for Dance and university. This year, to further celebrate the company’s birthday, past and present members will come together for a sharing of work in July and the 20 young dancers will also perform at the annual Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival in June. Beyond the many performances they have during summer, the collective of dancers will also join The Point in its birthday celebrations, performing in Alice.
HYDC is now part of The Point, too! This is an exciting year for both as not only do they share a birthday, but together they celebrate a history of continuing support alongside New Dimensions in Dance through an array of festivities and events.