Hampshire Youth Dance Company is dedicated to providing pre-professional training and performance experience of the highest quality for aspiring young dancers across the region, aged 13-21 years. The 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.
Through demanding technique classes, explorative creative sessions, opportunity to perform and work with professional choreographers and an advance training programme, HYDC takes aspiring young dancers to the next level of their training. The company perform across the country and are given the opportunity to work with leading industry professionals, offering passionate and committed young dancers a way to experience professionalism and establish connections in the broader dance community. Previous members have been offered places at Rambert School, The Place, Laban, Northern Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, Bird College, Tring Park School for Performing Arts.
Weekly rehearsals take place at The Point on Fridays from 5.30 to 8.30pm during term time.
HYDC train in contemporary dance along side this, company members are provided with ballet and Safe Barre sessions 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.
5.30pm - 6.30pm Ballet for the contemporary dancer (fixed time)
6.30pm - 7.15pm Contemporary technique class
7.15pm – 8.30pm Choreographic development, creation of performance work and company tour preparation and rehearsals
Each year, The Point commissions a well-known dance company or choreographer to create a work on HYDC during an intensive rehearsal period in February half-term, ahead of their tour. Previous companies include: Jasmin Vardimon Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Ceyda Tanc and Joss Arnett Dance.
Work is also created with rehearsal director Tory East who choreographs work which also forms part of the company’s touring repertoire. The company perform at a variety of regional venues and platforms including in their home theatre at The Point, Eastleigh. In both 2016 and 2017, HYDC were selected to represent the South West Region at the three day National U.Dance festival.
HYDC also have a partnership with Rambert School. This gives company members the opportunity to gain insight into training at conservatoire level. The company work with two emerging choreographers from the school as part of the Rambert School Commission project during the Easter holidays. This work is performed in the Rambert School Graduate Showcase at The Point.
Dancers from all backgrounds, dance styles and dance experience levels are encouraged to apply. We look for passion, potential, and determination amongst our company members. We encourage our dancers to arrive with an open mind, a desire to achieve and a readiness to work.
Dancers do not need previous experience in Ballet to join the company; this is offered to support their Contemporary training.
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 as well as Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC). Holding a PGCE, she also works as a 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 for Youth Dance England. Tory is also an approved GCSE set phrase trainer as well as a regular guest teacher for The Place, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, Greenwich Dance Agency, the University of Winchester and is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester. Tory became an Animateur for Rambert Dance Company in 2015.
Videography: Aaron Hart
If you have any further questions about Hampshire Youth Dance Company or the application process, please do contact us at The.Point@eastleigh.gov.uk or on 023 8065 2333.
HYDC is supported by Hampshire County Council’s New Dimensions in Dance programme.
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