Dorset Youth Dance Company Classes

Dorset Youth Dance (DYD) launched Dorset Youth Dance Company classes (previously Portrait) in September 2016 and is 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, DYD members have the opportunity to work as part of a professional, 3-tiered youth dance company and work with inspiring and renowned former Motionhouse dance artist and youth dance leader Claire Benson. 

What to expect

DYD Company 1 members are aged 7-11 and can expect to learn contemporary dance through creative exercises, preparing the young people for the more technical training of Company 2 Class.

10am-11am, Dance Studio, The Bay Theatre, Weymouth


DYD Company 2 members are aged 12-25 and can expect to be supported and nurtured through creative and technical contemporary training to become a more confident performer, ready for the next stage.

11:15am-12:45pm, Dance Studio, The Bay Theatre, Weymouth


DYD Company 3 members are aged 12-25 and can expect to be challenged at an advanced level, demonstrating professionalism in performance in preparation for further stages of dance training.

12:45pm-2:45pm, Dance Studio, The Bay Theatre, Weymouth

Both Company 2 and Company 3 members will experience performance opportunities at regional youth dance platforms, work with leading national dance artists and develop their portfolio suitable for today’s performing arts industry.

How to apply  

For further information please contact Project Manager, Sammy, at: or tel: 01305 260 954

Spaces are available between October - December 2018, in Companies 1 & 2. If you wish to try out DYD classes this term, please contact Sammy as above. The term will end with performances in a Christmas Show, including other community dance groups from across the county.


Company 1: £ 5/class or £50/term

Company 2: £7.50/class or £75/term (termly payment required after 1st term)

Company 3: £100/term

DYD are pleased to be able to offer a small number of bursaries and are happy to arrange payment by installments.

Age suitability: 
Schedule info: 
Every Sunday

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