Youth Companies' Projects
During half terms, Youth Company dancers are offered opportunities to further extend their dance experience by working with guest choreographers:
- Choreographic masterclasses led by former Step into Dance Artistic Director Sue Goodman. Some of the work they created contributed to their Silver Arts Award and was performed at the Spring Sharings 2017.
- Contemporary choreographer and creative dance artist Sarah Blanc created two pieces for the Inclusive Company; the first was performed at Step LIVE! 2016 at Sadler's Wells and the second at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Step into Dance’s 10 year anniversary celebration at Step LIVE! 2017. Thanks to a partnership with World Heart Beat Music Academy, Sarah Blanc collaborated with Jazz composer Julian Joseph to create the latter dance piece with an original score.
- Choreographer and movement director Jessica Williams worked with Contemporary Company dancers to create a piece that was performed at Step LIVE! 2017.
- Robbie O’Reilly, Artistic Director of the London Studio Centre Jazz Dance Company, worked with Jazz Company dancers in 2016.
In May 2015, eight teachers, who come from the worlds of contemporary dance, breaking and hip hop came together at the Royal Academy of Dance to work intensively with choreographer James Wilton on a piece that was showcased at Step LIVE! 2015 at Sadler's Wells.
Inclusive Dance Project
In May 2015, contemporary choreographer and artistic director of Barrowland Ballet Natasha Gilmore worked with a group of SEN students and their Step into Dance teachers to create a piece that was showcased at Step LIVE! 2015 at Sadler's Wells. This project has developed into our first Inclusive Company, which now rehearses weekly at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Photo: © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Inclusive Dance Project 2015