Bounceback (13-19 years)
Tutor: MSDC Dance Company (Megan Smith and Danni Chell)
Bounceback is an audition only dance company for young people aged 13-19 who wish to further their dance skills. The class will develop strong dancers though contemporary technique, creative explorations and performance opportunities. It is ideal for dancers who are interested in pursuing a career in dance. If you’re interested in auditioning for the company please email [email protected].
Spring 2023 Term 2*: 1st Mar - 29th Mar (5 weeks - £37.50)
* Due to a performance that takes place on the 24th March, we are currently not taking new members until after the performance. If you are interested in booking, please contact [email protected].
Bounceback is a mixed performance company with added emphasis on creativity and technique.
Health & Wellbeing Benefits of Dance:
- Full aerobic exercise
- Improves stamina
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Improved general and psychological wellbeing
Danni, is a freelance dance artist based in the East Midlands and co-artistic director of Derbyshire based collective MSDC Dance. She began her contemporary dance training through the Déda Youth Academy where she discovered her love for contemporary dance and choreography and then continued to train with The University of Derby and Déda in a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance. As a professional freelance dance artist, she has worked as a choreographer, performer and teacher delivering dance with a range of different groups. She loves the creative side to dance and is happiest when making and shaping movement and choreography.
Megan's early training began at The Rollo Academy of Performing Arts in Nottingham, which provided her with a strong technical and performative foundation. She then continued her training graduating from the University of Derby and Déda's BA(hons) Dance Degree with a First Class Honours, going on to secure an internship with Adaire to Dance. Her style unifies her love for contemporary dance, acrobatics and intricate partnering. Megan currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist and Teacher, who also leads Déda's youth dance company. She is developing her own contemporary dance company, MSDC Dance as an Associate Artist for Déda.
What Is Bounceback?
Bounceback is our audition only performance company for young people from the age of 13-19 years. Placing equal emphasis on creativity and technique, the class focuses on contemporary dance techniques and devices used to create choreography.
Co-led by dance artists Megan Smith and Daniel Longhurst, Bounceback work towards performance opportunities at local, regional and national level (see FAQ: Performance Opportunities). It is an excellent starting point for young people who are considering studying dance at college or university and are interested in pursuing dance as a career.
Do I need experience?
No, we are proud to offer classes that are accessible to those from both a dance and non-dance background. Once enrolled, we ask for a termly commitment so that our tutors have the time to build your technique and ability. Prior to this, you do not need to have any previous experience.
Our Youth Dance and Circus Company and Bounceback are the only companies that require an audition before enrolment. These are open auditions so, although some dance experience may aid your audition, you do not need to have any dance experience beforehand and we welcome everyone, regardless of background or experience, to apply.
Our auditions for these companies happen annually. Please contact Isobel Davis, our Dance Development and Learning Coordinator, for further information at [email protected].
What do I need to prepare for auditions?
Our open auditions do not require you to prepare anything in advance. For information about a specific audition, please contact Isobel Davis, our Dance Development and Learning Coordinator, at [email protected].
Our general audition process involves taking part in a contemporary class and learning repertoire as part of a large group. You will perform the repertoire in small groups, never solo. In addition, you will have a creative task to respond to but, again, this will be as part of a group. We do not ask you to perform solo or prepare anything in advance.
Why do we run these classes as courses?
As our tutor’s focus on building technique and ability, we do ask that you make the commitment to attend. Payment is therefore required, in advance, either half-termly or termly.
What does a typical lesson involve?
Each company class offers a balance between learning technique and exploring creative exercises. Tutors use this to build a strong foundation for developing performance and choreographic skills.
What styles of dance are covered?
Contemporary dance is the focus of all of our Youth Performance Companies and Creative Dance classes. Our tutors use their experience and expertise to offer a broad range of Contemporary Dance techniques throughout their teaching. On occasion, performance opportunities can lead to classes exploring other styles. However, contemporary dance remains the sole focus of these classes.
What kind of music is used?
Our classes use a broad variety of music to suit exercises and compliment exploration of practice. This also develops musicality and knowledge of a wide range of styles.
What performance opportunities are there?
All of our Youth Performance Companies work toward performance opportunities at local, regional and national level. This includes entering national platforms, including U.Dance, and exploring development opportunities, including the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme. In addition, our Dance Development and Learning team regularly source further performance opportunities.
Do I need to perform?
Our Youth Performance Companies (Jump, Bounceback, Incompany and Youth Dance and Circus) work toward performance opportunities so performing is a requirement.
When will I be able to join following the audition process?
Once you have successfully auditioned, and offered a place in the company, you will be given the relevant term dates to join. If you aren't successful in the audition process, please don't be discouraged. We will always highlight classes and alternate courses to consider which will strengthen your technique and support your auditions in future.