Hampshire Youth Dance Company
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Hampshire Youth Dance Company is a year-long training and performance opportunity for Hampshire’s talented young dancers aged 13-21 years. Supported by The Linbury Trust, the company follows a carefully designed programme to develop aspiring young dancers'  technique, creative and performance skills.

Through demanding technique classes, regular and explorative creative sessions, and an advance training programme, HYDC takes aspiring young dancers to the next level of their career. 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 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 and Bird College.

Weekly rehearsals take place at The Point on Fridays from 5.30 to 8.30pm during term time.

Course content

HYDC train in contemporary dance, but take weekly ballet sessions to support their technical development. Ballet sessions occur for one hour each week and are targeted to develop their skills as contemporary dancers, and are offered as the foundations of all dance styles. They are delivered with the contemporary dance body in mind

Example schedule

5.30pm - 6.30pm Ballet for the contemporary dancer (fixed time)
6.30pm - 7.15pm Contemporary technique class
7.15pm - 7.45pm Creative session
7.45pm - 8.30pm Rehearsals for upcoming performances

*N.B 6.30pm - 8.30pm is an example timetable of the contemporary hours; this will change week to week depending on upcoming projects.

Each year, The Point commissions a well-known dance company 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 and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Rehearsal director Tory East choreographs a work which is put forward to U.Dance. In both 2016 and 2017, HYDC were successful in being selected to attend the three day national festival in July alongside 19 other youth dance companies.

HYDC also have the opportunity to work with two emerging choreographers from Rambert School as part of the Rambert School Commission project during the Easter holidays. This work is performed alongside the Rambert School third year student’s show.

Applicant Information

Dancers from all backgrounds, dance styles and dance experience levels are encouraged to apply. We look for passion, potential and purpose 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.


The audition process includes a two-hour workshop session, where applicants will take part in a contemporary technique class, improvisation and creative tasks. Please note that ballet will not be included in the audition. Dancers do not need to prepare anything in advance for this day.


Tory East

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 and the University of Winchester. 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 by email cherry.lambert@eastleigh.gov.uk or 023 8062 7804.


HYDC is supported by Hampshire County Council’s New Dimensions in Dance programme.


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