Mentoring & Work Placements

Mentoring & Work Placements

Mentoring and Work Placements

YDance is committed to supporting young people and the next generation of teaching dance artists in Scotland to develop their skills and teaching practice. We understand that self-development is critical and happens through a range of experiences which allow for shadowing, questioning and reflection.  

To ensure young artists have a rich training in dance methodologies that can be used in high-quality dance experiences in a range of educational and community settings, YDance offers two strands of work:  

Mentoring Opportunities 

Through the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland each dancer takes part in a mentoring programme with the Artistic Director, Anna Kenrick . This programme allows the dancers to develop goals for their development over the year, allowing time for thinking and reflecting on their development as dancers and creators for the future. 

YDance is part of the Federation of Scottish Theatres mentoring programme. Anna Kenrick, Artistic Director is a trained mentor and coach, and through this programme takes on two mentees a year. This is yearly programme, allowing for 10 mentor sessions and applications are made through the FST website. 

Find out more about the FST mentoring programme >>>

Work Placements 

YDance is committed to supporting and working in partnership with the colleges and universities in Scotland. YDance can offer a range of work placements which allow students to develop their teaching practice, confidence and reflection skills. Currently we offer work placements in partnership with PASS College in Edinburgh and The Space, Dundee and Angus College in Dundee. 

If you are interested in a work placement for your students with YDance or want to look at workshops and courses we can deliver for your students, please get in contact with Linzi McLagan, Head of Education at 

If you are a young person aged 14 plus and would like to discuss a work placement please contact Kelly Shearer, Head of Participation at

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