Careers in Dance

Every one of us is on a journey. Wherever you are on yours, we’ll do our best to help.

Dorset Youth Dance supports young people to follow their passion. If you wish to pursue a career in dance, we can offer advice and support.

DYD Company members take part in advanced training that prepares them for Higher Education and the performing arts industry.

Advance your training:

CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) Schemes provide access to world-class dance training opportunities for young people aged between 11 – 17 years. The training programme(s) are suitable for dancers with talent, passion and commitment to pursue dance. The South West programmes are hosted in Swindon & Exeter and training takes place at the weekends. More information can be found by vising the Swindon Dance website.

The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) creates and performs innovative and influential dance, bringing together the brightest talent from across England to work intensively with Sadler’s Wells’ renowned Associate Artists and visiting companies. The company has established a reputation for challenging, high quality work and produces dancers that are open-minded, curious and brave.

Opportunities, services & resources for young dancers:

One Dance UK is the sector support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and diverse dance sector. They provide services, information and opportunities relating to dance, for a range of dance communities including children and young people.

Opportunities, services & resources for those creating a career in dance:

People Dancing, the foundation for community dance, is the development and membership organisation for community and participatory dance, driving forward inclusion and excellence through professional development, resources & safeguarding services, specialist programmes & networks. It supports a UK-wide network of members – dance artists, practitioners and organisations – who make great dance happen in all its diversity.

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