Yorkshire Dance t-shirts (c) Antony Dunn

Youth & Community

Our Aim

Our aim is to support the delivery of dance across the region, connecting people through our sub-regional dance hubs and contributing to a thriving dance scene in Yorkshire.

Fresh 2014 - Yorkshire Dance Youth - Biome (c) Brian Slater

What we do

We deliver a range of projects and programmes in our building such as Yorkshire Dance Youth, our youth dance company for young people aged 11-19 years, and Leaps and Bounds, a regular dance session for adults with a learning disability.

We deliver regional projects such as We Danced,  in Parsons Cross, Sheffield as well as our annual youth dance showcase, Fresh, which enables over 200 young people from across Yorkshire to perform to audiences of over 600.

Supporting regional artists is a priority and we provide a range of professional development opportunities Dance Transports in 2014/2015. In addition we offer internships, placements and volunteering opportunities.

In partnership with the Regional Dance Development Network (RDDN), we deliver an annual regional dance conference, which supports our vision to inspire and invigorate those delivering dance across the region.

We work extensively with our sub-regional dance hubs in South Yorkshire, South Bank (North and North East Lincolnshire), Hull and East Riding and York and North Yorkshire. We support the hubs in developing project work to meet the aspirations of those delivering dance in their region.

Bodies on the Beach (c) Yorkshire DanceExamples of our work

Big Dance 2014 – Bodies on the Beach is a sited community dance piece taking place on Bridlington beach in East Yorkshire with over 150 participants.

Juncture Youth Dance Fringe – This gave young people an opportunity to blog, document and share their views on professional work, presented as part of the Juncture Festival 2014. In addition to this, we delivered a sited dance for camera project titled Dancing with your Neighbours which took place on the streets of Seacroft and Richmond Hill in East Leeds.