Current classes

Dorset Youth Dance (DYD) company members meet at Martinstown Village Hall on Sundays during term time.

Each class has a friendly and inviting atmosphere whilst fostering a level of professionalism expected at most dance schools. DYD Company is a county-wide youth dance company, managed by Activate, 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.

DYD Juniors
Ages 7-11
10am – 11am, Sundays during term time
YMCA, Dorchester Sawmills Lane, Weymouth Avenue, DT1 2RZ
Term fees: £50

Learn more about contemporary dance through fun, creative exercises.

DYD Seniors & Company
Ages 12-18 years
11am – 12.30pm, combined with the Company dancers at present, Sundays during term time
YMCA, Dorchester
Term fees: £75

Focusing in on contemporary techniques, these classes are more technical and will develop performance techniques.

DYD Company (invite only)
Ages 14-19 years
11am-12:30pm, combined with Seniors at present, Sundays during term time
YMCA, Sawmills, Dorchester
Term fees: £75 (£100 for 2 hours when rehearsing for performance opportunities)

Developing contemporary techniques, Company classes are an advanced level training for those looking to pursue dance professionally or at a higher level. Outside of the summer term, DYD Company have additional rehearsal time after 12:30pm when working towards a performance opportunity.

Current Term Dates
Sunday 21st January 2024 – Sunday 24th March 2024 inclusive (excluding 11th February Half Term).

Next Term Dates
Sunday 21st April 2024 – Sunday 7th July 2024 inclusive (excluding 26th May and 2nd June for Half Term). We love to welcome new dancers to DYD, with Juniors always open throughout the term for new starters. Please email for full term information and to and to book your space.

Open audition for Seniors & Company dancers happen a couple of times a year. Attend a class with current Seniors & Company dancers and experience DYD to see if it’s a good fit. Dancers will then be invited to join the Seniors or Company classes. Please email for further information and to book your audition place.

Additional cost information
The first class for new starters is free. DYD offer a limited number of bursaries and/or payment in instalments available to make classes accessible. At the heart of what we do is a belief that the performing arts should be accessible for all – no matter what your experience or background.

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For the Spring-Summer term between April – July, our Seniors and Company classes always merge in order for both groups to strengthen technique and work together.

Interested in giving DYD classes a go? Please email Sammy at for more information and to register your interest.

Interested in giving DYD classes a go?

Auditions taking place in January 2024

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