The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland (NYDCS)the flagship contemporary dance company for Scotland’s exceptional young dancers – will spend two weeks in Melbourne, Australia next month to take part in a collaboration and performance with Origins Dance Company, as well as perform at the Australian Youth Dance Festival.

Launched in 2012 by YDance, the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland work with YDance Artistic Director, Anna Kenrick to develop their technical, creative and performance skills through a series of creation intensive weekends to create a new piece of contemporary dance each year. The company also have the opportunity to travel at home and abroad to work creatively with other dance companies and perform.

The company, all aged between 16 and 21, will spend their first week in Melbourne collaborating with Origins Dance Company creating new piece, Borderline which will be performed as part of a triple bill at Transit Dance on Saturday 6 July. NYDCS will also perform their own piece of work For Those Who Wait, choreographed by Anna Kenrick.

The second week will see the company take part in the Australian Youth Dance Festival which brings together youth dancers and their leaders from Australia and around the world for five days of creativity.

Titled REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (rpm), the festival will thrive on creation and collaboration. Dancers will dance, think, make and talk dance together through daily sessions in contemporary dance, choreography, repertory and improvisation. Running alongside the youth dancer’s sessions is a 2.5-day Think Tank programme for dance leaders, educators, professional and emerging artists with an interest in youth dance/arts practice. NYDCS will round off their participation in the festival by performing For Those Who Wait on Thursday 11 July at Melbourne’s famous Meat Market.

Carolyn Lappin, YDance Executive Director said:

“YDance and the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland have built lasting relationships with youth dance organisations in Australia – partnerships which began during our Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow in 2014. We are delighted that NYDCS has been invited to be part of the Australian Youth Dance Festival and that young contemporary dancers from Scotland will be able to work with their peers from different parts of the world.”