Every summer for the last 13 years, YDance has been offering talented young dancers aged 16 – 25 the chance to develop their skills and experience what it’s like to be part of a professional touring dance company with the Project Y Performance Course.

Due to the restrictions implemented following the outbreak of COVID-19, YDance adapted Project Y to an online format. The 24 young dancers who were selected at auditions back in March took part in two weeks of online workshops with choreographers Anna Kenrick, Emma Jayne Park, Jessie Roberts-Smith, and Sandrine Monin. Workshops focused on technique, improvisation, masterclasses and Q&A sessions with the choreographers, as well as costume and lighting design workshops.

Over the two weeks, Project Y dancers Melissa, Hope and Allan kept video diaries to share their experiences of Project Y 2020…