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About Dorset Youth Dance

Dorset Youth Dance (DYD) is a county-wide youth dance company offering high quality dance experiences for young people who have a real passion and enthusiasm for dance and want to take that extra leap in training.

Focusing on contemporary dance, the company offers classes at three levels.

Junior members (aged 7-11) can expect to learn contemporary dance through creative exercises, preparing the young people for the more technical training of the Company 2 class.

Senior members (aged 12-18) can expect to be supported and nurtured through creative and technical contemporary training to become a more confident performer, ready for the next stage.

Company members (aged 14-25) can expect to be challenged at an advanced level, demonstrating professionalism in performance in preparation for further stages of dance training. Company is by invite only.

The young dancers are lucky to be led by inspiring and renowned former Motionhouse dance artist and youth dance leader, Claire Benson. Claire graduated from The London Studio Centre with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 2001. After living and working as a freelance dancer and teacher, Claire then joined the internationally acclaimed dance company, Motionhouse, in 2008. She spent the next seven years touring the globe performing and teaching for the company. In 2012 she established Motionhouse Youth and in the role of Lead Artist – Creative Projects and Participation, went on to develop the company’s extensive outreach and community dance programme. Claire moved to Dorset and began her role with DYD in 2016, she now also leads Pavilion Dance’s adult dance company ‘Co-Evo’ and is a part of Arts University Bournemouth’s Dance Degree team.

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