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Book now – Hothouse Level 1 – SPARK

Booking is now open for Hothouse Level 1 - SPARK, a FREE choreographic training programme for ages 14 – 21 run by YDance in partnership with Scottish Ballet and regional partners Dance Base, Scottish...

YCreate autumn term dates announced

We're delighted to announce the autumn term of YCreate, our fun, creative dance classes for ages 1 - 8 will start on Saturday 7 September. For the last 30 years, YDance has been developing high-quality...

Apply now – Horizons Recruitment Day

We are holding a recruitment day for new dancers to be part of our 2019/2020 Horizons Integrated Youth Dance Company. Horizons is our FREE Glasgow based integrated youth dance company for dancers aged 12 to 19,...

Book now – FREE summer courses in North Ayrshire

We have some great summer courses available in North Ayrshire this summer as part of our Take the Lead project and the best news of all is they are completely FREE! Take the Lead Explore/Bronze...

NYDCS to perform in Australia

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...

Scottish youth dance groups to perform at U.Dance

Two youth dance groups from Scotland will travel to London this July to perform at the famous Southbank Centre as part of the U.Dance youth dance festival. Fusion Youth Dance Company from Citymoves Dance Agency...

Book now – YCreate Summer Week

As part of YCreate, YDance’s fun and creative dance classes for children, we are running a 5-day summer programme in Glasgow. YCreate Summer Week sessions are designed to develop your child’s co-ordination, creativity and confidence through...

NYDCS release teaser trailer ahead of Dundee Rep performance

The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland (NYDCS) have released the teaser trailer of their 2019 piece For Those Who Wait ahead of their performance at SDT Fresh Edit at Dundee Rep, Dundee on...

YCreate spring term dates announced

We're delighted to announce the spring term of YCreate, our fun, creative dance classes for ages 1 - 8 will start on Saturday 4 May. For the last 30 years, YDance has been developing high-quality...

National Youth Dance Company of Scotland to visit Marseille for French collaboration

The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland (NYDCS) - the flagship contemporary dance company for Scotland’s exceptional young dancers - will visit Marseille, France at the end of this month to take part in...

Choreographers announced for Project Y 2019

Four acclaimed choreographers have been announced for the Project Y Performance Course 2019. Over four weeks, Tony Adigun, Christine Devaney, Rosie Kay, and Thomas Small will work with some of the UK's best young contemporary dancers to...

Destinations 2019 line-up announced

13 youth dance groups from across the country have been selected to perform alongside the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland at a spectacular celebration of young dance talent. Destinations is a vibrant annual showcase...

YDance wins at One Dance UK Awards 2018

YDance is celebrating its 30th birthday in style by winning a prestigious UK dance award.  Since its inception in 1988 (as Scottish Youth Dance Festival),  YDance has worked with 630,000 young people all over Scotland, performed...

Take the Lead Celebration Day

Our Take the Lead Celebration Day took place on Saturday 8 December at Greenwood Academy. The day celebrated the achievements and hard work of the young people who attend our weekly dance sessions in Garnock...

YDance launches YCreate

For the last 30 years, YDance has been developing high-quality dance opportunities for children and young people across Scotland, in a range of settings and communities, to enable children to reach their full potential...

Celebrate 30 years of YDance

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) turns 30 years old this year and we are throwing a birthday party to celebrate. Join us at 7.30pm on Thursday 29th November at The Courtyard, WEST On The Green, Glasgow...

YDance short-listed in the One Dance UK Awards 2018

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) - the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland – has been short-listed in the Inspirational Work in Education category in the One Dance UK Awards 2018. The...

Give Us A ‘Y’

Give us a ‘Y’! Why? Because it’s our birthday! YDance is 30 years old this year and as part of our birthday celebrations we want you to give us your best, most creative ‘Y’. Take a...

Momentum Celebration Day

Our Momentum Celebration Day took place on Friday 5th October 2018, marking the end of our year-long Momentum Project. We spent the day at St Andrew's High School in Coatbridge, running fun and inspiring dance sessions...

YDance short-listed for the Herald Society Awards 2018

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) has been short-listed in the Young People’s Project of the Year category at the Herald Society Awards 2018. The awards are organised by Newsquest Scotland and highlight achievement in the public...

YDance to share education success story in New York City conference

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) - the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland – has been selected to share one of its educational success stories with an international audience. Anna Kenrick, Artistic...

Tell Us Who We Are – Tickets on sale

National Youth Performing Arts Companies of Scotland present Tell Us Who We Are by Gary McNair Directed by Mary McCluskey Choreographed by Anna Kenrick Music by Claire McCue Tue 7 - Thu 9 August, 2018 Performance times vary The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow Tickets...

Generation Dance Festival – Tickets On Sale

Generation Dance Festival comprises four works (including two world premieres) performed by dancers across generations from throughout Scotland. This diverse programme of work is a Glasgow exclusive and forms part of Festival 2018, the cultural programme...

Choreographers announced for Project Y 2018

Four acclaimed choreographers have been announced for the Project Y Performance Course 2018. Over four weeks, Richard Chappell, James Cousins, Anna Kenrick, and Sophie Laplane will work with some of the UK's best young contemporary dancers...

YDance’s Caroline scoops National Youth Work Award

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) Dance Development Officer, Caroline Burnside scooped the Time to Shine Arts and Creativity Award at the National Youth Work Awards this month. The award ceremony, organised by YouthLink Scotland and held...

Young dancers selected for Granada dance exchange

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) have selected 14 young dancers from across its different projects to take part in a week-long exchange later this month in Granada, Spain. The group of dancers, all aged 13 to...

Destinations 2018 line-up announced

14 youth dance groups from across the country have been selected to perform alongside the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland at a spectacular celebration of young dance talent. YDance Routes Destinations is a vibrant...

YDance launches Momentum

This month, YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) launches Momentum, a brand-new, year-long project aimed at increasing physical activity and improving the health and wellbeing of around 400 inactive young women and girls in two areas...

Meet the members of NYDCS 2017/2018

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) today announces the new members of the 2018 National Youth Dance Company of Scotland - the flagship contemporary dance company for Scotland’s exceptional young dancers. After a rigorous audition process which...

Choreographers announced for Connections 2017

YDance have today announced the three choreographers who will work with the dancers at the YDance Routes Connections Weekend 2017. Bawren Tavaziva, Ian West and Renaud Wiser have all been confirmed for the dance development...

YDance launch new dance and disability project

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) in partnership with Indepen-dance, has launched a new two-year dance and disability project, Moving Forwards.   The project aims to provide regular dance activity for disabled young people aged 12 to...

NYDCS’s Indian Adventure

12 of Scotland’s best young contemporary dancers jetted off to India last month to perform at the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata. The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland battled intense heat and monsoon rain to...

Scotland’s Dancing – What’s Your Move? Dance Conference

A new dance conference for Scotland’s school teachers, dancers, dance artists and students is launched today by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) – the national dance organisation for young...

NYDCS invited to perform in India

12 of Scotland’s best young contemporary dancers will travel to India this August to perform at the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata. Established in 2011 by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), the National Youth Dance Company...

Renfrewshire primary school pupils showcase their dance skills

Pupils from eight primary schools across Renfrewshire performed to a packed house at Johnstone Town Hall last Thursday to show their support for Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid as part of the YDance...

Let’s Dance Exhibition Launch

On Friday 31st March, YDance launched it's Let's Dance Exhibition at Tramway, Glasgow. The exhibition - a celebration of the Let's Dance European project - runs until Sunday 9th April 2017, and showcases photos...

Destinations 2017 Performance Line-Up Revealed

14 youth dance groups from across the country selected to perform alongside the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland at Destinations 2017.  YDance Routes Destinations is an annual showcase of the best youth dance companies...

Young dancers from Scotland dazzle London crowds at Glasgow 2018 launch event

Five young dancers from Scotland took to the stage in front of some of the UK’s top sports journalists at a recent lunch event for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships at Altitude London. YDance, the...

Minister for Public Health and Sport gets Active with YDance

Aileen Campbell visits Duncanrig Secondary School to see the benefits of the YDance Active project.    Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, visited Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride on Friday to witness...

Horizons visit Granada as part of Let’s Dance

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...

YDance launches Shake It Up in Primary Schools

YDance project, Shake It Up, aims to raise attainment for over 2000 Primary school children from 12 schools in four areas of deprivation over a four year programme.    YDance will receive £298,000 from the...

YDance launches project as part of Paisley2021 bid

YDance project Look Up, Look Under, Look Out gets underway in eight primary schools in Renfrewshire The 12-week project aims to develop children’s creative dance skills and engage their imagination to enable them to explore...

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