NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES TRAILBLAZING IN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG DANCE TALENT IN WALES
National Dance Company Wales marks another milestone in its commitment to the development of the future of Welsh dance talent this August with an ambitious, new Summer Dance Course; providing an unprecedented professional development opportunity for aspiring young welsh dancers.
Taking place at the Company’s home, the Dance House at Wales Millennium Centre from 4-8 August, the week long course has been crafted to offer an intensive and rigorous artist- development opportunity for young dancers aged 16-21 years in full time professional training, or intending to audition for training imminently.
Following a competitive application process, 20 young dancers (12 from Cardiff and surrounding areas, with the remainder from across England) have been accepted onto the course; redeveloped to offer participants deeper level engagement into the process of creating and performing work, as well as physical and mental maintenance involved in the world of the professional dancer.
The course marks an expansion in NDCWales commitment to the development and nurturing of dance talent in Wales, offering its resources at the Dance House to provide an unprecedented opportunity for young people to experience and benefit from direct access to the Company’s resources and professional dancers. The course fully conveys NDCWales’ commitment to developing and enhancing the future of dance in Wales, as well as Wales’ standing on the future international dance scene.
Course leader and current member of the Company’s Interim Artistic Team Lee Johnston said "For these participants to be able to immerse themselves in a professional dance environment, learning directly from all the company dancers and interacting with them in their daily work is a rare and valuable experience - this year's Summer Dance Course, in its new format, signals our passion and commitment to sharing the joy and value of dance, and inspiring the next generation of welsh dance artists”
National Dance Company Wales has supported and shaped the careers of many dancers now working and performing professionally throughout the UK and internationally. Previous Summer Dance and Associates (NDCWales’ young dance development programme which provides regular year round mentoring for young aspiring dancers aged XX-XX) include Liam Riddick, dancer for Richard Alston Dance Company who was recently nominated for 2013 Critics Circle National Dance Awards in Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) category; Matthew Robinson, dancer and rehearsal director for Scottish Dance Theatre; and closer to home, local Cardiff girl, Natalie Corne who joined NDCWales in 2012 following training at Central School of Ballet, and dancing for Ballet de L’Opera National du Rhin.
Featuring a daily class led by Natalie, the course offers a demanding in-depth overview and study of the world of professional contemporary dance, working on some of NDCWales’ most choreographically challenging and complex pieces, as well as providing access to all nine of the Company’s professional dancers delivered through classes, specific individually led sessions, Q&A’s and rare access to Company rehearsals.