Dorset Youth Dance Launches New 7-11s Class

Dorset Youth Dance (DYD), managed by charitable organisation Activate Performing Arts, launches a new creative contemporary dance class for 7-11 year olds.

DYD brings young dancers the chance to create, excel and perform in a Spring – Summer ’18 term of contemporary dance classes, based in Dorchester.

Dorset Youth Dance has been providing training and performing opportunities for the young people of Dorset since 2007, through previous iterations of its youth dance company (formally Fish Tank and then Portrait). DYD re-branded and re-launched its youth dance, now Dorset Youth Dance Company, in September 2016 and has gone from strength to strength over the past 19 months.

DYD classes are led by Artistic Director Claire Benson, a former member of Motionhouse Dance Theatre amongst many other roles. The ethos of all DYD classes is to create a fun, safe and supportive environment for young people to develop, learn and grow in creative contemporary dance technique.

One of the Company dancers commented, “The reason I like this class so much is because it really pushes me and everyone else to the limit of our ability, it also is a great way to get fit and flexible, which is very good for the body and it helps to make good friends too.”

DYD relies on funding from local authorities, trusts and patrons to be able to deliver its classes and outreach programme and has received additional support to start the new 7-11s class. Michaela Shaw, Producer (specialising in Youth Dance and Diversity) at Activate Performing Arts said, “We are thrilled that DYD are able to launch this new class, thanks to funding from West Dorset District Council. The continued support from the council allows DYD to further develop the progression pathways in contemporary dance, providing high quality dance experiences and relevant guidance for young people aged 7-25.”

Furthermore, DYD will also be offering a contemporary technique class that will combine the Feeder Class and Company dancers (usually 2 seperate classes), giving them the chance to improve their core technique and work as a more cohesive group over the 10 week term. This session will also be open to dancers, aged 12-25, who have not been involved with DYD.

Term details:

Sunday 13th May – Sunday 15th July 2018, inclusive

NEW 7-11s Class 10am-11am

DYD Technique Class (12-25 yrs olds) 11:15am-1:15pm

Activity Studio 2, The Thomas Hardye School (Queen's Ave, Dorchester DT1 2ET)

Cost: 7-11s £50 per term, DYD Technique Class £80 per term; limited bursaries available. Contact the DYD project manager, Samantha Gillingham, for further information and to book your space -

Email: or Phone: 01305 260954

Written by SammyG
Published on 26th April 2018