DARE2 Youth Dance Company

2012/13

DARE2 Youth Dance Company on tour
A pilot project to teat and explorethe need for a flagship youth dance company for Cumbria

This partnership project with Arts Council, Aim Higher and Cumbria County Council piloted the need for a gifted and talented audition based youth dance company for Cumbria.  As the only county in the region with no flagship company we wanted to teat and explore a programme for a G & T group of young dancers to represent the county at regional events.   Out of 78 auditionees 14 were selected for a year long programme of weekly technique classes, weekend projects with visiting choreogrpahers to make new work and performances both locally and across the region - The Lowry, Manchester in January,  Dukes Theatre, Lancaster in May and Kendal Arts Centre in July.  In addition, the YDC achieved Bronze Arts Award and were invited to bespoke visits to Edge Hill UNiversity and Liverpool John Moore's University where they took workshops with lecturers and were accompanied by current students on a Campus tour.  Parents were also invited to the University visits and were able to talk practically with lecturers and students about living costs and workload.  Two of the YDC were later selected for places at each University and sucessfully completed their courses there.

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