Following their time with BCDCY, we are proud to track the progress of our dancers as they make their way in to the world of professional dance:
PATRICK LAVERY, graduated BCDCY in July 2015 (Winchester University)
Patrick is a strong character dancer and brings a huge amount of emotion to his performance and is a keen choreographer.
“Being a member of BCDCY was definitely one of the best things that could have happened. I really loved working with a bunch of people who had the same passion as I did and learning from such amazing artists including Luke Brown and Tavaziva really strengthened my love for dance and my passion for creating and performing. I don’t think I could have been the artist that I am today if it weren’t for all the things that I learnt from the company I am grateful for the two years that I spent being their.”
EVONNEE BENTLEY-HOLDER, graduated BCDCY in July 2014 (Doreen Bird College and National Youth Dance Company)
Evonnee is a powerful performer with great presence in any dance piece. She is a fantastic Ambassador for dance and always was immersed in the world of dance whether it be as dancer, teacher or choreographer. She took on the lead role in “The Flood” created on her by the company’s Artistic Director, Lena Dee. Evonnee successfully auditioned for the National Youth Dance Company during her time with BCDCY and had the central role in a piece created by Akram Khan for the company.
MELISSA JACKSON-SANKEY, graduated BCDCY in July 2013 (Roehampton University/Northern School of Contemporary Dance)
Mel is a strong physical performer with great stage presence, which lead to the central role in “Voodoo” being created on her by the company’s Artistic Director, Lena Dee. Mel successfully auditioned for a dance course at Roehampton University and now after completion of her first year, she has successfully auditioned for full time training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Mel says of her time with BCDCY:
“I joined BCDCY after my secondary school teacher encouraged me to pursue a future in dance. As contemporary dance was new to me, I felt welcomed and encourage to explore my ideas with guidance from experienced teachers. BCDCY provided me with regular technique classes that helped me progress and gain confidence in my ability. We were given the opportunity to work with many different choreographers which was an amazing experience! We performed curtain raisers and in local dance events, which meant plenty of performing experience.This opened doors for us at an early age and give us an insight into the professional world of Dance and performance. BCDCY gave me the confidence I needed to audition for schools I wished to continue to develop as a dancer and individual. I would like to say a massive thank you to Lena for supporting me and believing in me and I would recommend BCDCY to any aspiring young dancers.”
NATASHA CHARLWOOD, graduated from BCDCY in July 2013 (Northern School of Contemporary Dance/London Studio Centre)
Natasha is a quirky and uniquely engaging dancer with strong performer skills and had specific central parts created for her in “Nothing But The Truth” by Tim Casson and “The Need”, created by Luke Brown, ZoieLogic/80collective. She graduated in 2013 taking a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
ZOE MOODY, graduated BCDCY in July 2012 (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Zoe is a strong technical and theatrical performer which lead to a central part being created for her in “Nothing But The Truth”, choreographed on the company by Tim Casson, Jasmin Vardimon Company. Zoe says of her time with BCDCY:
“BCDCY was the best thing that every happened to me in terms of my dancing journey. It filled the missing link between after school classes and professional training. We were given opportunities to work with amazing people and highly acclaimed choreographers; it gave me my first insight into the contemporary dance world, the creativity, the possibilities and the drive you need to succeed and once I’d had my first taste, there was never any looking back. I was hooked on Contemporary Dance and Choreography and it was all down to BCDCY. Going to BCDCY was the best decision I ever made. The amount I learnt was huge and without it I don’t think I would have had the confidence to even walk into the audition rooms at Laban. The pace was fast, the expectations were high, there was always something to look forward to, our creative input was valued and we were put in an environment where we could all achieve our full potential. I made some amazing friends and gained some brilliant experiences, it was the highlight of my week. It was like being in a massive dancing family, definitely the most fun you can have on a Sunday afternoon.”