Girvan dancer performs with Project Y

Kieran Shannon during his rehearsals.
Kieran Shannon during his rehearsals.

A dancer from Girvan is currently taking part in a prestigious dance training course in Glasgow.

Kieran Shannon was selected to take part in a course run by YDance which is Scotland’s national youth dance organisation.

Kieran started his three week training course on Monday 14 July and will remain with the course until Saturday 2 August.

During that time Kieran will be training with top choreographers and touring the country with Project Y, which is an annual residency opportunity for talented young dancers who are between the ages of 16-21.

Kieran was one of 22 people chosen from 44 applications from across Scotland and he is getting the chance to help create new danceworks that will be performed in venues across Scotland at the end of this month.

He is rehearsing 9-5, Monday-Friday and the course offers an insight into the life of a dancer working in a professional touring company.

YDance Artistic Director and Project Y Choreographer, Anna Kenrick said: “Project Y is a unique opportunity in Scotland offering young people the chance to see what it’s like to tour in a professional dance company.

“We treat them like the young adults they are and they’re expected to work hard and give their full commitment. It’s a tremendous opportunity for young dancers to work with a number of excellent choreographers, and develop their own technique.

“Many return year after year and find it opens doors to future prospects as a dancer.”

Now in its ninth year, Project Y 2014 welcomes guest choreographers Colin Connor (Canada) and Lina Limosani (Australia) who will join resident choreographer and YDance Artistic Director Anna Kenrick.

The company have three weeks to create and perfect three new dance pieces to be showcased to audiences around Scotland at the end of this month.

The 2014 Project Y tour kicks off at Platform, Glasgow on Thurday 31 July. Tickets are available from the venue.