Young dancers take a step to stardom

YDance is bringing some of the best young Scottish dancers together, including Keiran Shannon from Girvan and Amy Stevenson from Alloway, to take part in the eighth year of Project Y – a performance programme that encourages and inspires dancers to reach for their dreams.

This highly successful project, which starts on Monday 8 July 2013, offers dancers aged 12 to 21 the chance to develop their skills and for the upper age group (16 to 21) the opportunity to be part of a dance company that tours to venues across Scotland.

Past Project Y participants have gone on to study dance full time and become professional dance artists with one particular alumni, Emma Houston, being part of Boadicea - the first and only female dance crew to reach the finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance.

Approximately 80 young people are taking part in Project Y 2013 – Kieran Shannon, Amy Stevenson and twenty one other dancers, in the four week Performance Course based in Glasgow, the Glasgow Foundation Course and the remaining young people in the Livingston and Aberdeen Courses.

The Performance Course dancers are working with Anna Kenrick (YDance Artistic Director) and renowned guest choreographers Joan Clevillé, Diana Loosmore and Filip Van Huffel to create an inspiring new programme of dance works which will be toured to the following venues: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow Wednesday 31 July, 7.30pm; Howden Park Centre, Livingston Thursday 1 August, 7.30pm; Macrobert, Stirling Friday 1 August, 7.30pm and Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Saturday 2 August, 7.30pm.

The Foundation Course dancers are working with Laura Smith (YDance Development Officer) and other members of the YDance team.

They will create a new dance work to open the Project Y performance nearest their course – Glasgow course dancers open the show at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Livingston course opens the Howden Park Centre performance and the Aberdeen course dancers will appear at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival date.

Tickets are now on sale direct from the tour venues full details of which can be found on www.ydance.org. Project Y was created in 2006 to give young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and experience what it is like to be a professional dancer.