The culmination of our ‘Dance Whispers’ collaboration with National Youth Dance Company and Wayne Sables Project took place on Sunday 12 July with a sold-out matinee and evening performance at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre.
The project, which brought together nine regional youth dance groups from Leeds, Easingwold, Hull, Doncaster, Rotherham, Hedon, Scunthorpe and Bradford, enabled young people to take inspiration from Sidi Larbi Chekaoui’s Frame[d] as performed by National Youth Dance Company, and choreograph a new work on their youth dance group.
The project, which also enabled a programme of regional exchanges to take place across Yorkshire, captured the creativity and passion of a new generation of dance artists. All young people were given the opportunity to perform on-stage as part of ‘Dance Whispers’ and watch the National Youth Dance Company which brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation on Sunday evening.
Young choreographer Katy Hewison commented “I am so grateful for the opportunity and so thankful that the project has spread dance and its opportunities in Yorkshire to so many young people…I have gained experience, skills, confidence, inspiration and passion and have grown through this project.”
‘Dance Whispers’ is a collaboration between Yorkshire Dance, Wayne Sables Project and National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells. ‘Dance Whispers’ groups include: Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), Hull Youth Dance Company, Curve Youth Dance, Lyn Wilson and Heather Shephardson School of Dance, Rebuzz (Rotherham Boys), Doncaster Youth Dance Company, Street Beat and Dance United Yorkshire.
“Dance Whispers has demonstrated a new way to inspire and connect young people regionally with a national project. It has been a real pleasure to see our nine young choreographers grow and develop over the last few months. It was fascinating to see the echoes of ‘Frame[d]’ translated through their choreography and once again reminded me how much young talent we have in the region. I hope this is the start of many projects such as this, which place curiosity and creativity at their heart.”
Youth and Community Dance Director, Hannah Robertshaw