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Hampshire Youth Dance Company

Performance image of HYDC by Paul Carter

Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC) has a well-established reputation for the high quality of its work and the opportunities it offers talented dancers. Many past members have gone on to pursue full-time dance training and to embark on dance careers.

The company works in contemporary dance and rehearses weekly and during October and February half-terms in Eastleigh, where it is supported with rehearsal space by The Point.

Hannily Bendell of Replica Dance is the company’s new rehearsal director.

The company has worked with a diverse range of professional choreographers including: Yael Flexer, Leon Baugh, Ben Wright, Jonathon Lunn, .Keira Martin and Bawren Tavaziva. This year they are working with exciting Hampshire-based Joli Vyann, who bring dance and circus skills together in an exciting fusion. The piece created will form part of a special event in Petersfield to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. This project has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Hampshire County Council.

In 2004 the company took part in Innervations a ground-breaking collaboration with a neuroscientist supported by the Wellcome Trust.

In 2010 they took part in an exciting project with the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton as part of the VitaliSE regional tour.

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