Preview: YDance – Cross Over
The future of Scottish dance comes to Tramway
For budding young dancers in Scotland, YDance’s summer training camp, Project Y, has long been a great way to up your game. But what about the rest of the year? Loth to see talent head back home once it’s over, YDance’s artistic director Anna Kenrick launched the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland four years ago.
Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength, and will be the headline company at Cross Over, a new showcase of contemporary dance, performed by final year dance students.
‘Originally we only took applications to join the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland from dancers who had gone through Project Y,’ explains Kenrick. ‘But last year I opened it up to the whole of Scotland. We had 60 young dancers at the auditions this year, and I should have chosen 12 of them; but I took 13 because I couldn’t resist.’
That lucky 13 will be joined at Tramway by students from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, and Anniesland, Reid Kerr and Telford Colleges, as part of Dance International Glasgow (DIG). ‘My aim was to bring together the next generation of dancers,’ says Kenrick, who programmed Cross Over. ‘There’s a gap in the market in terms of young emerging dancers and choreographers having a space to perform their work, especially in venues like Tramway. It’s an exciting programme of dance, and the only thing of its kind on the DIG programme.’
Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 6 Jun