Destinations

About Destinations

Applications for Destinations 2023 are now open and close on the 20th November.

Our national youth dance performance platform, Destinations is back for 2023 at Eden Court Inverness.

YDance has partnered with Eden Court, Inverness to offer youth dance groups and individuals from across Scotland the opportunity to showcase their own work to a live audience at one of the Highlands’ premiere performing arts venues.

Groups and individuals will have the opportunity to submit work not only made for theatre, but work made specifically for screen dance too!

From the applications, our panel will select groups and individuals to perform in a vibrant showcase of the best youth dance from across Scotland.

Destinations 2023 will take place on Saturday 18th February at Eden Court, Inverness.

Eligibility

To take part in the Destinations Indoor Performance Strand:

  • Dancers must be based in Scotland
  • Groups must not include more than 20 dancers
  • All dancers must be aged 11 – 21 (dancers with disabilities can be aged up to 25)
  • Your dance piece must be between 1 and 7 minutes long

To take part in the Destinations Screen Dance Strand:

  • Dancers must be based in Scotland
  • You must be aged 11 – 21 (dancers with disabilities can be aged up to 25)
  • Your dance piece must be between 1 and 7 minutes long
  • Screen dance pieces must have been specifically created to be viewed as a screen dance rather than being a live dance piece someone has filmed
  • You must adhere to music licensing requirements (see ‘Music’ below for further information)

Music

There are strict rules and legal requirements around music rights for dance. This ensures musicians and composers are credited and compensated appropriately for their work. This matter is taken very seriously and PRS can, and often does, take legal action where music has been used without permission, even in charity and educational settings.

Groups should not assume they can use any piece of music for free – the rights must be secured, and the rules vary depending on if your piece will be performed live or streamed online. YDance are unable to pay to secure rights to any music accompaniment to pieces and will not be able to stream any piece online if the rights are not secured.

See One Dance UK’s Digital Music Licensing Best Practice Guide >>>

If you are creating a piece of screen dance, options include:

  • Using royalty-free music. Various online libraries are available, with some options listed on the Streaming Youth Dance Online Music Licensing Best Practice via the link above
  • Using original music composed solely for the piece
  • Contacting the music publisher of the piece and accessing rights directly with them, and providing evidence of this with the application

What are the benefits of taking part in Destinations?

Destinations is a fantastic opportunity for young dancers to showcase their own work to a live audience at one of Scotland’s leading performing arts venues and gain valuable performance experience. The event also gives young people the chance to come together and meet other like-minded young dancers from across the country.

What costs are involved?

There is no charge to take part in Destinations, but groups will need to cover the cost of any travel, accommodation and/or food to attend the event.

When is the next Destinations?

Destinations 2023 will take place on Saturday 18th February 2023 at Eden Court, Inverness.

Applications for Destinations 2023 will open on the 29th August 2022.

Application process

Applications for Destinations should be made by group leaders or soloists by completing the form on our Apply Now page. If you or anyone in your group are under 16, you will require parent/guardian permission to apply. If selected, there must be a responsible adult over the age of 18 acting as group leader on the day of the performance who will be responsible for the health and safety of the dancers under 16. If you are applying for the Indoor Performance strand, please note you will also be required to submit footage of your piece. If you are applying for the Screen Dance strand, please supply your final film. This can be supplied in a number of ways:

  • Emailing an electronic file via WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive etc. to lauren@ydance.org. If you are submitting an entry for the Screen Dance strand, we must have the film supplied this way.
  • Placing a YouTube or Vimeo weblink in your application form. (Not applicable for Screen Dance submissions)

Once applications close, a number of groups/individuals and dance films will be selected to perform/be screened at Destinations. The selection panel will select dance pieces which will create a programme that:

  • Demonstrates excellence in performance
  • Presents excellent and engaging choreography
  • Shows dancers taking clear ownership of the choreography, which is appropriate for their age and experience
  • Demonstrates respect and consideration to all (demonstrated through the appropriateness of performance content)

Destinations U.Dance EXCLUSIVE!

YDance and industry body One Dance UK are working in partnership to offer groups and individuals from Scotland the chance to perform at U.Dance 2022 in Glasgow on 22nd – 24th July 2022. Selection of the groups and individuals will be made at Destinations. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for U.Dance. Please note that you and all of your dancers MUST be available for the specified dates. Selections will only be made from indoor performances and screen dance films:

UDance will be in July 2023 but they haven’t announced when and where yet.

How do I apply?

Applications for Destinations 2023 are now open click here.

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