The company holds auditions each Summer term to find 20 dancers for the following years sessions. The current company dancers must all re-audition to confirm their place. Discretionary auditions can be held for dancers interested in the company at other times of the year, dependent on the company’s rehearsal schedule.
The audition consists of a 2 hour contemporary based class including warm-up, technique, learning repertoire and creative exercises.
To apply for the auditions dancers must:
be aged 12-21
live, work or study in or near Berkshire
be available for Saturday rehearsals during term time and a half term residencies in February and October
have at least 2 years contemporary experience or related dance training
The audition costs £10 and an application form must be completed and returned to the company before the audition to confirm your place.
If you would like an application form or have any questions about the company, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BCDCY are auditioning for new dancers to join the company from September 2018. Auditions will take place on Sunday 24th June from 1-3pm at South Hill Park, Bracknell and are open to all dancers aged 12-21 with some experience of contemporary dance alongside at least 2 years dance training in any other style.
Auditions cost £10 and are by application only. Email email@example.com for an application form.
BCDCY are back in the studio on Sunday to start a 7 weekend residency with James Wilton Dance and will create a curtain raiser to be performed alongside their production of ‘Leviathan’ at South Hill Park on Wednesday 8th November.
James Wilton is known for his exceptionally physical choreographic style and will be a great challenge for the young dancers.
BCDCY are looking for new dancers to join the company in September 2017.
If you are aged 13-21 and looking to take your dance training to the next level before entering full time dance training then grab an audition form today and come along and meet the professionals that the company work with regularly.
The audition will consist of a 2 hour contemporary class looking at technique, floor work, partner work and group creative work. We are not looking for the polished dancer but rather dancers with the raw passion and willingness to learn from the professionals.
If you would like to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org and return your audition form before 21st May. No applications accepted on the day.
BCDCY are just a few weeks away from performing 4 new works created especially for the festival showcasing a diverse range of dance styles. Carmine de Amicis and Harriet Waghorn from EDIFICE Dance Theatre have created a work about restriction and freedom, Lauren Wilson from Joss Arnott Dance has created a work about musicality and power. Jordan James Bridge from Michael Clark Company and Tavaziva has created a work about split personalities and Artistic Director of BCDCY, Lena Dee, has created a work about immortality and lost love. Check out www.southhillpark.org.uk/lift-off for the full festival programme and links to book tickets.
BCDCY were back in the studio last week with Resident Choreographer, Luke Brown. The company have been working on a curtain raiser for Luke’s upcoming show that will be performed at South Hill Park on 13th September.
The company will also be working with dance artists Lauren Wilson from Joss Arnott Dance and Carmine de Amicis/Harriet Waghorn from Edifice Dance over the coming term. Both companies will be creating pieces on BCDCY to be performed in next Spring’s Lift Off Dance Festival.
Jordan Bridge from Tavaziva Dance will also be creating a piece on the company for the festival as well as leading rehearsals.
Congratulations to all 4 Berkshire County Dance Company Youth members who took part in the Berkshire Young Dance Artist of the Year Competition in March. All 4 company dancers, and students from Brakenhale School, were finalists in the competition and each walked away with a prize.
Jaime Leishman took home the Judges Choice Award, Tyler Jones won the Runner up Choreography category and Jade Ackuaku won the Contemporary/Lyrical solo category. Freya Harris won the Choreography category and went on to be crowned Berkshire Young Dance Artist of the Year with her piece ‘Dystopia’.
All of the performers gave fantastic performances and worked so hard in their tech rehearsals to make the piece a great success. Keep an eye on these dancers. They will go far in the dance world!
Images from Freya Harris’ ‘Dystopia’ – the winning dance.
During the February half term, BCDCY worked with the very talented performer and choreographer Jordan James Bridge to create a new work to be showcased at the Lift Off Dance Festival on 19th March. The piece features 7 of the company’s dancers and looks at ‘electricity’ as a starting point.
Born in Manchester, Jordan was introduced to dance at the age of 14. After his completion of BTEC & A Level Dance, Jordan furthered his training at London Contemporary Dance School where he graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Contemporary Dance. Jordan has performed works by Alexander Whitley, Kerry Nicholls, Tony Adigun, Richard Alston, Delphine Gaborite, Jenna Lee & Hubert Essakow to name but a few. Upon graduating, Jordan joined Alexander Whitley Dance Company where he performed nationally and internationally for the company. As a versatile performer, he has also had the opportunity to work with director Glenn Ball for the SKY ONE Got To Dance advert & intro episode in 2014 in which he was the voguing male. Jordan is currently with Tavaziva Dance Company and has been recently looking to develop his own choreographic voice.
BCDCY will be working again with Jordan in the future and very much looking forward to their performance this Spring.
BCDCY are back in the studio getting ready for 4 performances this Spring. The company have been working with Lauren Wilson from Joss Arnott Dance who has created a fantastic highly virtuoso piece for the group which will be performed on 19th March at Lift Off Festival.
Jordan James Bridge from Tavaziva will also be creating a new work on the company combining his strong performance style with a combination of street, contemporary and so much more. This will also be performed on 19th March.
Lena Dee, the company’s Artistic Director, has created a homage to the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen that will be performed on 16th April.
2Faced Dance Company will be creating a curtain raiser on the company to be performed on 19th April at South Hill Park.
And Luke Brown, Company Resident Choreographer, will be creating another collaboration between BCDCY and Brakenhale School to make a curtain raiser for Pitch., the emerging choreographers platform taking place on 4th May as part of Lift Off Dance Festival.
Make sure to book your tickets now to see all these fabulous new works.