Under the directorship of Peter Coenen, this flagship Youth Dance Company (14-20 years) is comprised of exceptionally talented young dancers. Dancers are auditioned from schools and youth groups from across the county at our studios in Halifax, West Yorkshire to represent the very best of youth dance performance across the North of England.
Members of the Vivid Dance are auditioned annually (early November) applicants should contact 01422 248000 for further details and an application form.
This vibrant company create work and rehearse weekly (Saturday afternoon's), working alongside Vivid Dance Director, Peter Coenen and guest choreographers. There are also more intensive rehearsals when the company works with visiting choreographers and on the lead up to performance periods, these sessions usually run for about 5 days and take place in EASTER school holidays, weekends and/or half term breaks (as required).
Vivid Dance (Performances)
Vivid Dance features talented young dancers aged 14-20 years from across the North of England. Participants receive high quality dance training and the opportunity to work with professional choreographers. Vivid Dance performs to audiences across the region. The Company provides technical training, creative and performance opportunities for approximately 20 'gifted and talented' young dancers.
Vivid Dance (Styles)
The Company will provide its artist members dance training classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, street and hip-hop styles. Choreographic works are varied, and adaptability to the different styles is at the forefront of the Company's artistic ethos. Today's professional dancer is versatile and eager to experience new styles of choreography and creative opportunities, at the Dance Mill we encourage all our young dancers to experience the fullest range of styles made available to them, in order to fully prepare them for their own potential career!
Vivid Dance (Access)
Vivid Dance is committed to widening access to dance through our education and audience development programme. Through Dance Mill Outreach we provide a year-round programme of creative and stimulating dance activities throughout Yorkshire. We also deliver workshops, projects and residencies to schools, community groups and dance agencies. We aim to share these opportunities with people regardless of age, ability, gender, social or cultural background.
On occasion our dance education specialists draw on existing repertoire from a range of UK companies to allow participants to explore specific elements of dance performance. Workshops are all tailor-made to suit your specific needs and are suitable for Primary, Secondary and through to Further Education. Workshops offer an insight into choreographic styles, whilst allowing participants to build on their own dance skills. Older participants may explore choreographic structures or gain a greater insight into the staging of a piece, including the interaction between movement and elements such as costume and set design. All our workshops include a vigorous, exciting warm-up and creative elements to further stimulate participants' imaginations. Teachers are provided with a detailed information pack to facilitate further project work and extend the impact of individual workshops.