Project Y

To support a professional summer school and a national tour for Scotlands talented young dancers. To support emerging choreographers to create new work for a national tour.

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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Project Y is the flagship young performance company established by YDance in 2006. Presenting 4 new choreographic works, the company, drawn from the best young dancers in the country, will tour Scotland again in 2009, 2010, 2011! Each year, YDance holds auditions all over Scotland, up to 25 company members are then chosen to participate in an intensive four-week programme of workshops, classes, and rehearsals leading to the creation of new contemporary dance pieces. In the first three years of its operation the company has already worked with established choreographers such as Andy Howitt, Thomas Small and Felipe van Huffel and Duncan McFarlane, as well as supporting emerging choreographers to produce their first nationally toured work. Project Y has established a reputation as a high quality performance company which sets the benchmark for excellence in youth dance in Scotland. Why the project is needed Project Y is the only national summer school of its kind in Scotland – offering Scotland’s young dance talent the opportunity to simulate a professional dance company; bridging the gap between local dance schools and professional dance training. Project Y has grown considerably in its first 3 years; this is mostly due to the demand for a summer course that develops young talent with such impact. The benchmark in quality of the project has raised each year, instigating more interest and optimism amongst young dancers in Scotland. In order to keep the course fees to a minimum, YDance draws from in-kind support from YDance staff and appeals to appropriate funds for their financial support. Grants made to Project Y will enhance the experience for participants, offering a unique opportunity to develop dance styles and confidence whilst working with Europe’s emerging and established choreographers. The following items need funding support: Guest Choreographers Fees Travel Expenses Additional Specialist tutors Fees Composer Fees Rehearsal Accompanist Production Manager Fees Residential Staff costs Auditions expenses Venue Hire Costume design / making fee Set & Costume Costume maintenance costs Lighting Design / Hires Transport Marketing (incl. reception) Video / evaluation Administration / Overheads