ORB Youth Dance Co.
ORB Youth Dance Co. is a thriving, semi-professional performance company that is dedicated to delivering physically demanding, high-quality contemporary-based dance training and performance opportunities for young aspiring dance artists across Hampshire at our home The Point, Eastleigh.
At ORB Youth Dance Co., we value individuality and young artistic voices, all whilst honing contemporary dance techniques and performance skills. ORB company dancers are immersed in exciting creative and choreographic processes, as we develop three new works, which will be toured throughout the year.
ORB provides our young artists the opportunity to work with industry professionals, from across a variety of different art forms and practices.
Training and Opportunities
ORB Youth Dance Co. is under the nurturing and supportive direction of professional dance artist, choreographer, teacher, and mentor Luke Brown, who brings a wealth of experience from 10 years of developing young talent.
Luke is the Artistic Director of Luke Brown Dance a contemporary dance-theatre company based in Southampton and Rehearsal Director for mapdance. Professional highlights have seen Luke work with the Ballet Boyz Dancers Course, Candoco, English National Ballet Dance Journey’s programme, Rambert Summer School, Centre for Advanced Training schemes at The Place, Trinity Laban, Dance East and Swindon Dance. As a performer Luke has performed and toured with critically acclaimed companies such as Frantic Assembly, English National Opera, Ben Wright’s Bgroup and Lila Dance, Junk Ensemble and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre to name but a few!
The company provides a safe and supportive environment for dancers to explore their creativity as well as the necessary skill set to progress onto further education experiences within the arts. ORB alumni have progressed onto higher education training in dance at world renowned conservatoires and universities such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert, The Place, Laban, London Studio Centre, Chichester University, Winchester University and Falmouth University amongst others.
ORB sessions take place every Monday from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Autumn Term 2023
Monday 11th September - 4th December
Cost: Joining ORB Youth Dance Co. is priced at £90 per term.
ORB Youth Dance Co. is built on several core values which help build our supportive and encouraging environment.
- Everyone deserves a safe space to learn where everyone feels valued and welcomed
- To supportively nurture and celebrate individuality
- We can help to ignite young and fearless artistic creative voices
- We provide a professional level approach to contemporary dance training and performance
- We offer a co-collaborative environment where all young artists choreographic voices are heard, championed and showcased
- ORB and the entire creative team are friendly, welcoming and accepting of all people
- We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly youth dance touring company
ORB was a massive developmental opportunity for me before entering vocational training. It allowed me the safe space to make new connections through fellow dancers, choreographers, and institutions. As a young man it gave me confidence to express and discover and identity through movement which was not always possible outside of the studio - George Burton. Alumni of Northern School of Contemporary Dance and current company dancer for Verve.
They say that friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and ORB is a true family. We are creative together, support each other and laugh together. I am proud to have been a part of ORB from the start and for all the training and development it has given me. Being part of ORB is what has inspired me to make dance my future career and it all started when I first met Luke in 2015 – Jonah Wigley. Currently training at The Place
ORB is like my second family, creating amazing bonds that will last a lifetime. ORB allows you to express your emotions through beautiful dance pieces whilst encouraging you to develop your strengths and technique - Toby Newell. Currently training at the University of Chichester
I have been a part of ORB for 5 years and it is the reason I am pursuing a career as a choreographer. It has allowed me to develop both my technique and discipline as a dancer and a collaborative artist. ORB encourages individuality and allows me to express ideas and emotions through dance which I didn’t know I could - Jon Rodd. Currently training at The Place