Youth dance companies enjoy residencies with professional dance artists

2nd November 2017

Our three youth dance companies enjoyed residencies with acclaimed professional artists from some of the UK’s  leading dance companies over half term. All three groups brushed up their technique and learnt new choreography whilst preparing for their return to True Motion, the Lincolnshire county U.Dance platform.

Our hip hop group, redXco, worked with Rowen Hawkins of groundbreaking hip-hop dance theatre company ZooNation Dance Company. The redXco crew spent three days brushing up their techniques and learning new styles of choreography with ZooNation’s Rowen Hawkins. Rowen had the group learning classic 70’s hip hop moves such as the Bart Simpson, running man and cabbage patch, moving them through skills from different eras of hip hop. The new moves will be incorporated into the groups Tru Motion piece.


redXco with ZooNation’s Rowen Hawkins


Evolve, our contemporary group worked with Nic Sandiland of Flexor and Sandiland. The company is directed by award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and installation artist Nic Sandiland. They create live and digital installation work for theatre, galleries and many other spaces. Their work is immersive and challenges the audience when viewing dance on stage and on camera.

The Evolve dancers (pictured at the top of the page)  spent the three days creating their own dance and technology work taking inspiration from Flexer and Sandilands work ‘Weightless’. ‘Weightless’ questions the ‘weight’ of history, both personal and aesthetic. The Evolve dancers took inspiration from this by exploring questions such as what might it feel like to let go or take flight? The dancers also explored the element of the ‘selfie’ and experimented with how a live camera can give movement a new dimension through live performance. The work which Evolve Youth Dance Company develop from this residency will be used to submit their application to U.Dance 2018.  

Jumpstart, our all boys breakdance group, worked  with Sam Baxter of James Wilton Dance who have toured extensively both nationally and internationally, and  are renowned for their blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work. Sam gave the group a fantastic insight into how the company works.  It was a physically demanding three days but Jumpstart rose to the challenge. After an intense daily morning class, the group learnt repertoire, created solo and group material, and worked together to choreograph an original piece for True Motion 2018.

Sam inspired and challenged the boys with new ways of moving and pushed them to increase their stamina, strength and preconceptions about what they can achieve. Working together with Sam, the group have created an exciting, fast paced piece encompassing an electric fusion of breaking, contemporary and capoeira styles.

All the young dancers taking part in the residencies had an amazing time and learnt so much from each dance artist. A big thank you to all the professional dance artists, and well done to all the dancers who took part – good luck for U.Dance 2018!

Find out more about our Youth Dance Companies here.

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