The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) kicks off its 10th anniversary tour at The Lowry in Salford on 15 April, followed by Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 3 June and a UK tour.
NYDC, the country’s flagship company for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells will then visit DanceEast, Ipswich on Saturday 8 July, The House, Plymouth on Saturday 15 July, De Montfort University, Leicester on Tuesday 18 July, and Northern Stage, Newcastle as part of U.Dance on Sunday 23 July.
The company’s new work, Novacene, is choreographed by Guest Artistic Director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor CBE.
During the dancers’ time with NYDC, they are offered a unique insight into the dance profession, living and working closely together as a company, alongside NYDC staff and the artistic team. The year-long experience within the company provides members with the necessary skills and techniques to find career opportunities and raise aspirations, self-esteem and confidence. The dancers are mentored during four intensive residencies in school holidays to create and rehearse the new piece. The 2022/23 residencies are in Ipswich, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester. With 35 dancers, aged between 16 and 24 years old, hailing from 19 towns, cities and villages across England it’s a nationwide company.
Over the last 10 years NYDC has worked with over 6000 young people through workshops and projects across the country. 313 young people have joined the company, creating 10 full length dance productions by internationally renowned choreographers including Alesandra Seutin, Russell Maliphant, Botis Seva, Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet, Michael Keegan Dolan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan & Jasmin Vardimon.