Yorkshire Dance t-shirts (c) Antony Dunn

Youth & Community

Welcome to youth and community at Yorkshire Dance!

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 SlaterWhat 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 the Rotherham Boys Project in South Yorkshire which provides grass roots dance activity for boys aged 11-19 years. We deliver an annual youth dance showcase, Fresh, for the last three years at West Yorkshire Playhouse, enabling over 200 young people from across Yorkshire to perform, participate in workshops and share their work.

Supporting regional artists is a priority and we provide a range of professional development opportunities such as KickStart in 2012/2013 and 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 youth 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.

OYO 2014 – This is a cultural exchange project with a group of young dancers from Namibiya who will be creating a piece of issue-based dance alongside young people from Yorkshire to perform as part of LeTour.

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.

U.Dance 2013 – We worked in partnership with Youth Dance England to support the delivery of the National U.Dance Festival in Leeds during July 2013.

Who we are

The Youth and Community team is led by Hannah Robertshaw, Youth and Community Dance Director, supported by Sarah Lyon, Youth and Community Co-ordinator. Our Youth and Community Intern for 2014/15 is Lisa Clayton.