News: National Youth Dance Company announced

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Rehearsals for Sadler's Wells Connect production 'Compass'. Photo: Gigi Giannella

Sadler’s Wells has been selected to form the new National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). It will receive £400,000 annually for three years to run the company, with equal amounts coming from the Department of Education and Arts Council England.

The company will provide 90 talented 16 -19 year old performers with new intensive training and performance opportunities led by world-leading choreographers. It will also offer talented young people from all backgrounds the chance to develop the high level performance skills needed for a professional career in dance.

Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive said:

I am thrilled that Sadler’s Wells has been selected to form the new National Youth Dance Company. This is an important step in putting dance on an equal footing with other art forms in education terms, and in supporting future generations of performers.
Nurturing dance and choreographic talent at key stages is a prime focus at Sadler’s Wells. Through NYDC we will offer a bespoke, holistic programme supporting the physical, artistic and personal development of talented young dancers at a critical age of 16-19 years, over a three year period. Our relationship with world class artists and companies offers the young NYDC dancers exposure to an extremely rich and diverse spectrum of artistic experience, alongside access to world class facilities, expertise across in-house resources, our partnerships within the dance sector, and extensive experience of delivering projects for young people, of the highest quality. We look forward to announcing our detailed plans for the programme in due course.”

The NYDC is expected to become a flagship national company for dance and young people, working with the rest of the dance sector to promote opportunities for young people to access dance across all of its forms.

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