Supporting BBC Young Dancer 2019’s Finalists
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DCD works in partnership with many of the UK’s leading brands and organisations - we are proud to count the BBC as one of these prestigious collaborations, working together as part of the BBC Young Dancer series.
3rd April 2019
DCD works in partnership with many of the UK’s leading brands and organisations within and outside of the dance industry. We are proud to count the BBC as one of these prestigious collaborations, working together as part of the BBC Young Dancer series.
Since 2015 DCD has provided confidential, bespoke career transition support to the finalists of this exciting competition, and we continue this work with the 2019 cohort of finalists.
“The [DCD] session was hugely beneficial and rewarding for everyone involved. What it highlighted for me was the need for young dancers to have guidance and support in dealing with being thrown into the limelight at such a young age, managing the pressures of turning professional and coping with the emotional strains involved with being a performer…” Previous BBC Young Dancer finalist
The competition celebrates and showcases the exceptional talent of young South Asian, Contemporary, Ballet and Street Dance dancers in the UK.
Through a bespoke programme of high-quality and meaningful support, including individual coaching sessions and group workshops, DCD is working to help equip the finalists to help them in their dance careers and beyond.
We are also delighted that this year’s mentors include several DCD supported dancers mentoring the finalists, including Mbulelo Ndabeni, Avatăra Ayuso, Urja Desai Thakore, Begońa Cao, Iain Mackay, Bethany Kingsley-Garner and judges Seeta Patel, Ben Wright, Zenaida Yanowsky, as well as David Bintley, Director of DCD Partner Company Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Work began in March in Manchester, where DCD delivered workshops to each group of category finalists. We we look forward to the workshops planned for the upcoming year, covering areas such as career navigation, resilience, self-esteem as well as networking and handling social media. The finalists will have the opportunity to share their experiences of taking part in the competition and also hear first hand from established artists and former competition finalists.
Make sure to catch BBC Young Dancer 2019 on BBC Four from 19 April: www.bbc.co.uk/youngdancer
Hanna is DCD's Communications Officer.