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Something to Say 2017
Hexham Summer School 24-28 July 2017

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Easter Intensive 2017 with Anthony Lo-Giudice

Intermediate, Advanced and Foundation students have an exciting opportunity to take part in a 4 day intensive workshop with Anthony Lo-Giudice (Artistic Director Lo-Giudice Dance). Each day starts with a technique class, followed by creative workshops to create a performance piece that will open the show for Edge Dance Company at the Queen’s Hall in May 2017. The week culminates with a sharing in the theatre at QEHS.

YDT present work in Hexham’s Spook Night 2016

Choreographers Pippa Wild and Michael Heatley worked with YDT’s performance groups to Ascend and Elevate to create a site specific piece that was inspired by the Dance of Death wooden panels at Hexham’s Abbey. The performance at the opening of Spook Night flagged up the presence of the 700 year-old artwork in the Abbey which is of national importance.

As ever, the quality of the dancing was superb and I felt it added real drama to the start of the events. The interpretation was spine tingling and I think the audience can’t help but have been affected by the work which combined a light touch and humour with some very profound moments. The music choice was genius and the make-up and costumes very effective. The professionalism of the dancers couldn’t be faulted and their characterisation was excellent throughout the dance which, I imagine, is more challenging in an open-air, informal community setting like the bandstand on Spook Night! Toni Bush, Education Officer, Hexham Abbey

Youth Dance Tynedale attend U.Dance 2016

July 19 youth dance groups from across the country took part in U.Dance 2016; the nation’s annual youth dance festival, following a record number of 296 applicants being received. Youth Dance Tynedale’s work ‘Requiem of Youth’ by choreographer Anthony Lo-Giudice was selected to represent the North East and was performed on Saturday 9 July at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. YDT’s advanced group were in Salford from 8 to 10 July as the venues became a hotbed for the country’s most exciting young dance talent. Over 500 young dancers gathered to showcase and develop their skills in a packed three-day programme that included workshops and career talks led by artists currently working in the industry. Particular highlights were watching the National Youth Dance Company of England perform and making a dance film in a day with Wayne Sables.

This weekend away in Manchester has been potentially life changing as it has shown me that a career in dance is something that I want to pursue. The city of Salford was buzzing with dance energy wherever we went as the national dance community came together to celebrate. Performing in the Lowry in front of the largest audience that we have performed to was amazing. I have grown as a person and the last 4 years in YDT have been unreal and I wouldn’t change any of it. The highlight of my YDT life has been meeting new people and making friends who share the same passion from across the country. William, YDT Advanced

My highlight of the U Dance festival 2016 was performing on the Lowry stage with my friends and company members who I have spent 2 years developing my contemporary dance technique with. I’ve learnt that nothing is impossible with good friends, ambition and a strong work ethic. My favourite memory of YDT is performing in the end of year show at Queen’s Hall Arts. I hope to be part of U Dance 2017 as a volunteer and youth dance ambassador. Georgia, YDT Advanced

Coming off the Lowry stage on Saturday night was a very surreal moment for me and for the other people in YDT. I remember hearing about YDT in high school and always feeling curious to join. Miss Morgan has played a huge part in my wish to pursue a career in performing arts. I am so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had as young performers in YDT and I will always remember my four years in this amazing company – they have gone too fast. Thomas, YDT Advanced

YDT presents ‘Dance Edits’ July 2016

YDT students took part in the annual show at Queen’s Hall Arts Hexham 1-2 July 2016. The evening included a diverse range of challenging and original contemporary dance works that were inspired by a wide range of stimuli.

YDT selected for U Dance Salford 2016

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Requiem of Youth by Anthony Lo-Guidice has been selected to represent the North East in U Dance 2016 after YDT advanced students successfully competed in the Northumberland sub regional event at Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham and the Pulse regional final at Dance City, Newcastle in April.

The piece was beautifully executed with maturity. The dancers had strong focus, projection and clear intentions. The contact work was of a professional standard and the dancers supported each other beautifully. Overall this is a very powerful piece, with talented dancers who move with conviction and maturity. Pulse final judging panel 2016

YDT attend U Dance Plymouth July 2015

YDT selected for New Dimensions strand of U Dance February 2015

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The Great Dictator by Anthony Lo-Giudice has been selected as one of the youth dance pieces from the UK to be performed in the New Dimensions strand of U Dance 2015. The work is a response to recent events in Paris and explores themes of freedom of speech and the strength of unity. New Dimensions was launched in 2013 to push the boundaries and challenge pre-conceived ideas about youth dance work by providing a platform to showcase exceptionally high quality performances. YDT were one of the groups selected to represent the North East in U Dance Leeds 2012 and this was a valuable and inspiring experience for everyone involved.

The group will attend a 4 day national youth dance festival in Plymouth 22-25 July, staying in Plymouth University’s student accommodation. YDT will perform ‘The Great Dictator’ at the Theatre Royal and will watch another 2 main stage performances. This incredible participatory programme also includes technique classes, workshops and dance experiences led by outstanding dance teachers, choreographers and artists in the industry. The event will culminate in a mass outdoor dance for hundreds of young people involved in the festival. This is a chance for YDT to meet, network and socialise with other young dancers from all over the UK.

Four groups from across the UK were chosen for New Dimensions from the 20 that performed in the selection day at the Southbank Centre in London on Saturday 28 March. This is a fantastic achievement for all the young dancers involved and recognition of the challenging work that that Anthony has created for the group.

Each youth dance group was judged on demonstrating excellence in both choreographic & performance standards, evidence of a challenging approach to choreography and the ability to develop and sustain a choreographic idea.

‘A very dramatic and emotional performance was created through effective use of movement, sound, props and words. The audience was swept along with the emotion created through building momentum with action and music. The movement material was excellent and the dancers took risks and demonstrated good trust between them. This was a big subject to tackle: a task not always executed as well as with this group. The idea was extremely well explored and delivered. The choice of words and sound gave a very effective background to the work and helped create a very dramatic effect.’ U Dance - New Dimensions judging panel 2015

‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ July 2015
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Down the Rabbit Hole is Youth Dance Tynedale’s first full length contemporary dance work performed by a cast of local dancers aged 8 – 18. The piece has been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and choreographed by YDT’s team of professional artists. Step into this fantasy world and go on a journey with Alice as she meets familiar characters including the Cheshire cat, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. This classic story will be brought to life by YDT’s talented young cast in this original and dynamic interpretation.

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U Dance 2013
La Bombilla de Luz (translated in Spanish as ‘The Light Bulb’) by Anthony Lo-Giudice was selected to represent the North East in the Pulse regional final at Dance City. The choreography explores ideas based around Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and the symbolism he used to define the destructive forces of power and war. Students in YDT advanced attended U Dance, a 4 day national youth dance festival in venues across Leeds and performed the work at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

This was a terrific piece which was very imaginative, dynamically paced and very respectful to the theme. The movement content offered lots of drama and risk taking with well-judged lifts and jumps. The use of space, repetition and contrast in movements were all very clear and used exceptionally well throughout the piece. The use of music, costume and lighting were all really effective and added to the performance. The technicality and professionalism from the dancers was exceptional throughout the piece which captivated the audience’s attention.

Pulse Judging Panel



Youth Dance Tynedale has been a strong addition to national U.Dance festivals and has presented exciting work, showing both the talent and imagination of their dancers. Claire Somerville, Head of Children and Young People’s Dance, One Dance UK

I remember auditioning for YDT in year 9 after Miss Morgan’s assembly. I was so nervous for the audition but ecstatic when I got in. Being part of YDT has been inspiring from start to finish. Joining has really made me realise how much I want to pursue dance as a career and has helped and supported me too. I have so many fab memories with everyone that I’ll never forget.  Neema, YDT Advanced

After watching their older sister dance with YDT the girls wanted to join too. They extremely enjoy dancing in the shows and being part of the company and making new friendships. The pieces they have been in have been inspiring to them and they always look forward to their next performance. Peggy Verkooyen Newton

YDT wasn’t just a pathway to developing skills in contemporary dance but a fantastic and inspiring opportunity to develop personal management skills, build strong friendships and gain confidence as a person. We worked with excellent choreographers who challenged us and we were always encouraged to perform to our best and express our personalities through movement. Maria Vincentelli

Every time I watch Sian dance I marvel ‘how did that happen?’ How can someone who has never danced before year 9 be so confident and artistic on stage?  She loves what YDT has given her; the range of choreographers that she has worked with, the opportunities to perform, and what the group have achieved.  But mostly she loves the fun that she has working (and they do work hard) with a group of young people who are all passionate about dance. Sian said that she can relate to Billy Elliot when he explains what he feels when he dances…. Electricity... and that’s also how we feel when we watch them.  As for Sian… one of her top 5 moments in life was performing with YDT at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. YDT has certainly brought that electricity in her life. Thank you. Kathie Keady


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