Our training sets us apart, and is unlike anything else you'll find in the sector.
We hand select exciting, influential young choreographers, from the best vocational schools and professional dance companies to bring a flavour of their training to One Youth Dance.
We train our dancers as if they were on a full-time vocational course, and push them to their limits from day one. Our students achieve groundbreaking results through a rigorous training programme, combined with an open, supportive environment. We believe this approach creates an optimal learning environment, where boundaries can be pushed, and challenges embraced.
Our faculty specialise in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and commercial and these four styles form the foundation of our training programme. In addition, we offer workshops across genres with international guest artists throughout the year.
Our belief system is built on hard work, discipline and compassion. If you'd like to train with us, come prepared to sweat!
"The training that these young people receive is incredible, there’s no denying it, but it’s the safe, loving and supportive foundation of it all that makes it so special. They really are a family; the company is built on love"
- Hannah, Company Assistant 2015
We believe that performance experience is invaluable in preparation for a career in the arts.
We've danced at some of the UK's most iconic locations from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, have won the National Youth Dance Festival and perform before tens of thousands each year at Europe's biggest street festival Notting Hill Carnival.
With relationships across the industry we are continuously able to offer our dancers such opportunities, and have been featured across national print and television media.
In addition to these high profile performances, we produce two in-house events per year. These take place in a professional venue, with full lighting, sound and costume.
As with a professional dance company, our dancers are continuously working towards performance. We believe this creates, formidable, professional young performers ready to progress on at the highest level.
Every dancer we work with is assigned a mentor upon acceptance into the company. These mentors are members of our teaching faculty, and professional performers in their own right. They lead classes and rehearsals, watch sessions and make detailed observations on each dancers development. Each term dancers have a tutorial with their mentor, this is one-to-one time with the opportunity to talk through their progression, set goals and receive feedback.
For those looking to progress onto professional training mentors are able to provide expertise, support and guidance.
We have a wealth of experience supporting dancers onto vocational training, with a faultless success rate to date. Our graduates have gone on to train at some of the best schools in the world, and we are passionate about assisting each company members progression.
We value each dancer as an individual and believe that, combined with our unique training and performance programme, the mentoring scheme allows for unparalleled growth.
"I never thought I could dance like this at this age or have such amazing teachers until I went to college... thank you to everyone for being the most positive and uplifting people to be surrounded by"
- Ellie, 15