Hampshire Youth Dance Company is an audition-based company, training Hampshire’s elite young dancers. HYDC meet every Friday night, 6-8pm in the dance studio at The Point, Eastleigh. Regular sessions consist of a demanding technique class, improvisation and choreographic tasks alongside rehearsals for upcoming performances. With access to an advanced training programme, performances across the country and the opportunity to work with leading industry professionals, HYDC offers passionate and committed young dancers a way to establish connections in the broader dance community. This company is great for anyone wishing to further their dance training, with previous members now at schools such as Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary, Trinity Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre and Bird College. Through contemporary dance, company members will develop the necessary performance skills and audition technique, ready for the next steps in their dance career.
Each year, The Point commissions a well-known dance company to create a work on HYDC, ahead of their tour. Previous companies include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.
Rehearsal Director Tory East also choreographs a work which is put forward to U.Dance, the youth national dance festival. In both 2016 and 2017, HYDC were successful in being selected to attend the three day national festival in July alongside 19 other companies.
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.
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HYDC is supported by Hampshire County Council’s New Dimensions in Dance programme.