National Youth Dance Company has continued to work digitally with its new 2020/2021 cohort throughout the pandemic. NYDC, as the country’s flagship company for young dancers, has completed its second fully digital residency for the 2020/2021 cohort, led by Guest Artistic Director Alesandra Seutin.
NYDC has responded to the challenges by embarking on virtual taster workshops, Q&As, live online workshops and digital sessions to ensure that residencies were able to continue for the 2020/2021 cohort. The cohort continues to work together with Alesandra Seutin and her team of artists from Vocab Dance on two further residencies, before embarking on a short UK tour this summer, including a performance at London's Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 24 July.
The cohort of 29 is made up of 21 dancers recruited virtually in November 2020, who joined eight returning dancers from last year’s cohort. The group is made up of 19 female and 10 male dancers from over 20 different towns and cities across the country. The NYDC company age range is 16-18, or up to the age of 24 for deaf or disabled dancers, and this year’s company members span the full age range.