Destinations gets YDance's 2015 Routes Programme underway

YDance Destinations 2015

With their annual Destinations showcase set to take place at Stirling's Macrobert Theatre on 21 February, we asked YDance - the national dance organisation for young people in Scotland - to tell us more about the event and how plans for their wider Routes programme are shaping up for 2015.

Tell us more about Destinations?

Destinations is an annual, national performance platform event which forms part of the YDance Routes programme. Applications are open to youth dance groups from across Scotland with dancers aged 12-21 and groups are asked to submit a piece of current work in any style of dance, no longer than 7 minutes in length and including up to a maximum of 15 dancers.

This year we received an overwhelming response to our call for applications and we have a broad range of dance styles featured in the showcase including Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Breakin, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Street.

YDance Destinations 2015

How does the event fit within the wider YDance Routes project activity?

Routes is a national, multi-strand dance programme which provides opportunities for existing youth dance groups to learn and share new skills, to showcase their work, for new groups to be established and for youth dance leaders to develop their skills.

In addition to the Destinations showcase there are four other strands of activity which make up the programme:

Connections

Connections is an annual 3 day event for around 200 young dancers aged 12-21 from across Scotland. Held in October or November each year, participants from across Scotland come together with their peers to experience a variety of taster workshops in different dance styles, work intensively with established choreographers to develop technique and create new work. Groups also have the opportunity to share work, giving everyone the chance to see what other groups from across Scotland are currently doing.

Connections 2014 took place from 24-26 October at Edinburgh College (Granton Campus) and over 200 young dancers and their leaders were given the opportunity to experience taster and creative sessions with dance professionals. Applications for Connections 2015 will open in August this year.

Growing

Growing is a training and development programme designed to provide support for new and existing leaders of youth dance groups in Scotland.

Start-Up

Start-Up is a new strand of the YDance Routes project, which provides training for youth dance leaders within the Routes network to enable them to offer Arts Award accreditation to young people engaged in dance activity in their local area.

Catalyst

The Catalyst project will work to identify and target three local authority areas in Scotland where there is currently a lack of youth dance provision for 12-18 year olds. Working in partnership with the Local Authority, Youth Arts or Dance Hubs, YDance will offer a series of up to 15 taster sessions to a wide range of young people.

Following this, YDance will set up and run a youth dance group in each area for a period of 12 weeks before handing the running of the group over to the identified leader from the local area.

These new youth dance companies formed during the project will be encouraged to feed into the other strands of the full YDance Routes programme.

More info

Tickets to this year's Destination showcase can be purchased from the Macrobert box office. For more information on YDance and the Routes programme visit their website.

The Connections, Growing, Start Up and Catalyst elements of YDance Routes are all funded through Cashback for Creativity. Destinations is supported through Time to Shine, Scotland's National Youth Arts Strategy.

This article was published on 17 Feb 2015