News: Three young Londoners selected for YDE Young Creatives

Friday 16 December 2011 by Hannah Dye

Declan Whitaker, Young Creative 2011.

Jamie Neale, 19 years old, Maud-Helene Treille, 18 years old and Marcelino Sambe, also aged 18 have been selected from over 50 young people from across England to take part in Young Creatives 2012, a national training programme for budding choreographers organised by Youth Dance England in partnership with the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet School.

Young Creatives offers participants two training residencies at the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet School where they will boost their choreographic skills as well as their understanding of rehearsal processes, stage production requirements and even choosing the right costume. Successful candidates will also receive one-to-one mentoring from a professional choreographer, and will showcase their work at a public performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House in May 2012.

Jamie Neale studies at Rambert and Maud-Helene Treille and Marcelino Sambe are both students at The Royal Ballet School. The three successfull applicants took part in a selection event in November algonside 53 other young hopefuls and just 12 were offered a place on the programme after performing choreographic tasks before a panel of professionals including choreographers Wayne Sables and Kate Flatt, and YDE Director Linda Jasper. Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, was also present on both days during which he observed the applicants and asked them questions about their choreographic process.

Jamie expressed his excitement: “I’m over-joyed! I feel very fortunate to have been selected, it’s amazing. I think Young Creatives is a really good platform because it gives you the opportunity to think about different ideas and try things out and even if they don’t work you try things and you learn. It’s also an opportunity to break out of my own style and try other things out, working and sharing ideas with others and learning from them, it’s such a great experience and it brings you so much knowledge, plus it’s great to put YDE on your CV!”

The three London Young Creatives will meet the other successful aplicants again in January for a Skill Boosting Weekend where they will train to improve their choreographic skills. They will also be introduced to their mentor who will help them during their creation period to help develop and refine their new work in preparation for the premiere performance in May.

We will keep you updated on Jamie, Maud-Helene and Marcelino’s process. Watch this space.

Find out more:
Young Creatives 2011
Young Creatives: www.yde.org.uk/youngcreatives
Royal Opera House: www.roh.org.uk
Youth Dance England: www.yde.org.uk
Royal Ballet School: www.royal-ballet-school.org.uk

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