Déda Launches Search For Young Dance Stars

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company

A Chesterfield-based youth contemporary dance company is holding auditions next month to give talented local youngsters the chance to develop their performance skills.

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was launched last year by Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs leading dance centres, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Winding Wheel theatre where it is based and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).

The first group of 11 young dancers aged 11 to 18 have been training with choreographers including lead artist Jennifer Manderson and Déda's artist in residence Alice Vale who lives in Matlock.

The group have also performed a number of times in the past year including at Interface 13 at Derby Theatre in March – the county finals of  the national U.Dance competition framework; at the Winding Wheel Ballroom as part of Chesterfield Arts Festival in May and members were also involved in the Chatsworth Luminaire performances in October – the creation of Déda's outdoor performance company Déda Producing.

Some of the dancers have embraced the opportunities through DYDC - progressing onto university or to further develop their skills with the Dance 4 National Centre for Advanced Training scheme based in Nottingham.

And now DYDC is looking to expand its numbers with several performance opportunities in the pipeline in the coming year including performing at U.Dance county competition next spring at the Buxton Opera House.

Auditions for new members will be held at the Winding Wheel Ballroom in Chesterfield on Wednesday December 4 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Clare Limb, Dance Development Manager at Déda explained:

"The Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was originally set up as a pilot to be part of the national dance development programme with progression routes and opportunities for the young people into the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training in Nottingham.

"Our youth academy programme based at Déda in Derby is well established and we were keen to replicate these opportunities for young people in the north of the county.

"The calibre of the DYDC's work has been incredible and has given many of the young dancers opportunities that they would not otherwise have had to perform and train further with top choreographers.

"We look forward to meeting new young dancers at the auditions and hopefully giving many of them the same opportunities to perform and develop their talents."

Anthony Radford, Arts and Venues Manager for Chesterfield Borough Council added:

"Derbyshire Youth Dance Company is already creating amazing opportunities for talented young dancers from this area and opening many more doors for them to further develop their talents and progress onto vocational training in dance.

"The dance company is also greatly benefiting from the improvements that have been made at the Winding Wheel both in the auditorium, stage and backstage areas as well as the main hall which will allow for more activities and studio performances."

For more information about Derbyshire Youth Dance Company and to register for the audition, please contact Clare Limb, Tel: 01332 370911 or email c.limb@deda.uk.com.

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Note to Editors

Déda
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

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