YDance’s inclusive young dance company Horizons visit Granada as part of the Let’s Dance European Dance Project.   

Five young dancers from Scotland will fly to Granada, Spain, this week to take part in a week-long exchange programme as part of Let’s Dance Europe – a European community dance project offering young people and other artists in Germany, Netherlands, Scotland and Spain the opportunity to build their experience in community dance through a series of local exchange workshops.

The project is delivered by YDance with European partners Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales (Granada, Spain), DeLOOPERS (Bremen, Germany) and Keunstwurk (Leeuwarden, Netherlands), and aims to inspire new creative work through artistic co-production and engage new dance audiences across Europe. The exchange week is the culmination of the Let’s Dance Europe exchange programme.

YDance Horizons is an integrated young dance company for dancers with and without disabilities aged 14 to 25. The young dancers who will be taking part in the exchange are Agnese France, Julie Charalambidou, Jorgie Mills, Jemma Stein, and Kirsty Soutar.

Since summer 2016, choreographers and dance companies from all participating countries have been sharing and creating work based on the theme of “Migration”. Each choreographer (Kelly Shearer, Scotland; Trinidad Castillo and Carmen Vilches, Spain; Grietine Molenbuur, Netherlands; and Wilfried Van Poppel and Amaya Lubeit, Germany) has worked with an entire group using their own specific style and methodology to create work that will be featured in the final piece, Home Sweet Home, artistically led by Wilfried Van Poppel, which will be performed at the Teatro Alhambra, Granada, on Saturday 18th February.

Kelly Shearer, YDance Horizons Choreographer, said:

“YDance Horizons are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful exchange programme. All the artists and dancers from each country have come together with such overwhelming energy and creativity, making this a really enriching experience for all. I have been humbled by the hard work and openness of all of the participants so far and I am truly excited to experience the final piece and end product of this special project.”