Project Y Performance Course

Project Y Evolution 2023 

Project Y Evolution is an aspirational and ambitious performance programme that allows young dancers aged 16 – 25 an insight into professional life as a dancer in a performing company.   

Over two weeks during the summer of 2023, dancers will take part in daily technique classes and work with highly respected choreographers to create new dance pieces for a performance that will premiere at the internationally acclaimed Tramway in Glasgow as part of a larger YDance performance showcase.   

 
New for 2023 is a mixture of dance styles. As a dancer, you need to be multi skilled and adaptable so this year Taylor Han, a Scottish choreographer based in Glasgow will be creating a contemporary piece and Divine Tasinda, founder of Three60 dance company based in Glasgow, will create a commercial, hip hop fusion piece. 

Project Y Evolution is for dancers aged 16-25yrs who want to:  

  • work with dancers who have similar passions and aspirations to theirs 
  • build confidence in themselves and their dance abilities  
  • gain invaluable experience of what it’s like to create, rehearse, perform and work like a professional dancer  
  • gain experience of the creation process and work with choreographers who have different processes, styles and movement techniques  
  • gain experience of the technical rehearsal and performance process in a major Scottish theatre  
  • develop and strengthen their dance technique and creative and performance skills  
  • experience being part of a dance company, creating, rehearsing, and performing with other likeminded and talented dancers from across Scotland, the UK and further afield   
  • return to school or college after summer with improved ability, confidence, skills, and knowledge  

 

What’s Involved – Project Y Evolution   

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July and Monday 10th – Thursday 13th July 2023 – Clyde College, Glasgow  

  • Morning technique class in contemporary and hip hop  
  • Choreographic development workshops  
  • Creation of 2 new pieces for premier performance  

Friday 14th July – Tramway, Glasgow  

  • Technical and dress rehearsals  

Saturday 15th July 2023 – Tramway, Glasgow  

  • Premier performance of 2 new pieces on the main stage as part of the Project Y Evolution showcase alongside the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Horizons Glasgow Dance company and pieces from the Hothouse young choreographers programme.

Eligibility  

To take part in Project Y Evolution, you must:  

  • Be aged between 16 and 25 on the first day of the course (3rd July 2023) 
  • Be able to commit to all rehearsal and performance dates  

You DO NOT need to be Scottish or living in Scotland, and you DO NOT need to be in full-time training to take part in Project Y Evolution. Please note that professional dancers are not eligible to take part. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact YDance on 0141 552 7712 or email info@ydance.org 

Find out more 

In March 2023, the YDance team will be offering Project Y Evolution masterclasses in colleges and with local youth dance companies. If you would like one at your school, college or youth dance group email lauren@ydance.org. 

Alternatively, come to our online session on 23rd March 2023 6-8pm – email lauren@ydance.org 

In the masterclasses you will get to meet Taylor and Divine, try out some movement and tasks and find out what Project Y Evolution is all about! 

What past participants say  

“Project Y was instrumental in me deciding to take dance seriously as a career and make the necessary steps to allow me to do that, immersing me in the professional world of a dance company.”  

“Project Y ultimately led me to join the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, which gave me the courage and confidence to audition for The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. It’s safe to say both Project Y and NYDCS helped me gain the place on the BA course by teaching me the maturity level and workload it takes to be a professional dancer.”   

“I have made efforts to continue connections with many of the choreographers we worked with. For example, after meeting them at Project Y, I joined Errol White and Theo Clinkard for work experience.”  

“I feel Project Y has changed the way I move and, most importantly, has changed my mindset. Now I love contemporary dance. Before Project Y, I was always too nervous to get up and move individually. Now I absolutely love being able to create my own movement!”  

“It has helped me be more confident in my dancing and my working/performing abilities, to believe in myself and prove that it is possible to make dancing my living.”  

Course Costs  

Thanks to funding from the Leverhulme Trust the course fee for Project Y Evolution 2023 is just £200.  

If you are offered a place on Project Y Evolution, YDance will provide a fundraising kit with helpful information and tips, including names of trusts or local authorities who might be able to provide you with financial help towards your fees. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded YDance a small discretionary bursary fund to assist those most in need. However, participants must explore all other avenues before applying for this fund.  

How to apply  

Applications for Project Y Evolution will open on the 16th January 2023 and close on the 9th of April 23. Click here for the application form.

The audition will be on Wednesday 19th April from 5.30-8.30pm at Huntershill Sports Hub, 35 Auchinairn Road, Glasgow, G64 1RU

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Funders

The Project Y Performance Course is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Leverhulme Trust

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