National Youth Dance Company: A year like no other

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In 2020, the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) found new ways of working together on a project like no other. This is their story.

When the UK went into lockdown in March, NYDC was halfway through the process of creating new work with Guest Artistic Director Russell Maliphant. With activity brought to a sudden halt and the company’s upcoming residency, world premiere and national tour all cancelled, NYDC had to radically rethink how its 39 young dancers would complete their experience.

The company went online, delivering over 60 hours of Zoom sessions to stay connected. At the end of the summer, NYDC became the first dancers to return to Sadler's Wells since lockdown. Working in small socially distanced groups, they rehearsed and performed a new dance work to an intimate audience of friends and family, to complete their year.

This new documentary charts the highs, the lows and everything in between, as told by the rising stars of a new generation of dance.

This project was achieved following UK government guidelines in place at the time. Any people seen in close proximity to each other without face coverings were part of households or bubbles.

Creative team

A film by Ben Williams
Film Sound Design: Dana Fouras
Filming: Sarah Vaughan-Jones and Ben Williams

NYDC 2019-20 Guest Artistic Director and choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Sound Design: Dana Fouras
Lighting Design: Ryan Stafford
Costume Design: Stevie Stewart
Assistants to the choreographer: Edd Arnold, Grace Jabbari, Folu Odimayo

Company dancers

Mareih Belocura, Mathilde Anderson Mellor, Philippa Brewis, Lauryn Bryan, Harvey Burke-Hamilton, Amelia Clarke, Sonny Connor-Bell, Zac Crowe, Sonny Cwynarski, Sekou Diaby, Karim Dime, Steffi Fashokun, Maia Faulkner, Willow Fenner, Aaliyah Francis, Mia Grote, Mirabelle Haddon, Mark Halton, Charlotte Hoyle, Haydn Hull, Ethan Hurip, Dylan Jones, Hannah Joseph, Spike King, Lewis Logie, Faye McLoughlin, Chiara Moore, Elisabeth Mulenga, Jacob Phillips, Joshua Pilgrim, Eve Shorten, Kenan Smith, Millie Smith-Hashim, Tom Sutton, Wil Trash, Leo Udvarlaky, Meghan Warburton, Jack Ward, Renette Wesley

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