East London Youth Dance Company


East London Youth Dance Company, Physical Justice, 2016. photo: Alex Rumford

If you are aged 13 – 17 you can join East London Youth Dance Company for a free dance technique class every Saturday morning from 10 – 11.30am. Register your interest here.

East London Dance and University of East London (UEL) have teamed up to support the creation of an East London Youth Dance Company.

East London Youth Dance Company (ELYDC) supports the artists of the future; bringing together the best young dancers from all across east London aged 14-18. The company meet at UEL’s state-of-the-art new dance studios for weekly training sessions that encompass technique development, performance skills and choreography.

In addition to 4 1/2 hours training and rehearsal per week ELYDC members create new work with the Artist Team for performance at a range of high profile events, including the East London Dance Weekenders and UEL events such as Collide. They will have the opportunity to train with and learn from the best local, national and international artists working with East London Dance and our partners through masterclasses and projects and will receive bespoke mentoring and advice and guidance about progression routes to training and employment, with access to employability seminars.

We are thrilled to have dance artist Sara Dos Santos as Artistic Director of the Company  – check out her work here!

In 2016 East London Youth Dance Company performed at the following events:

U.Dance London Platform: Sunday 13 March 2016
Physical Justice: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April 2016
Loo Devine Memorial: Friday 22 April 2016 (private event)
Collide Festival: Wednesday 11 May 2016

“East London Dance is delighted to be teaming up with University of East London to launch a brand new East London Youth Dance Company to nurture and celebrate the incredible talent we have here. The appointment of Sara dos Santos as Lead Artist will bring a unique style and ethos to the company - and the array of opportunities on offer to the company over the coming year will really establish the new group as a flagship youth company for east London.”

Polly Risbridger, Director, East London Dance

"When I got offered a place in East London Youth Dance Company I was ecstatic. I was so excited to be amongst others who shared the same passion as me and was willing to work hard to achieve that passion and go further. Every session I push myself to achieve the company goals; and it has been a lot of fun.
I love ELYDC and I count myself very lucky to be involved. What I want to gain from the company is having a better knowledge in Contemporary/Urban styles. I want to keep disciplining myself mentally and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. ELYDC has allowed me to achieve this. Along with striving to reach my goals, I have made the best of friends and I couldn't be happier."

Tafote Akerejola, ELYDC member



Location University of East London

PartnersUniversity of East London

An East London Dance and University of East London partnership project supported by Sportivate


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