Northern Exchange 2016
Creating stronger connections between Youth Dance Groups across the North
The Children and Young People’s Dance Network North is running Northern Exchange a youth dance project running across all 3 regions (North East, North West and Yorkshire).
The aim of the project is to nurture young choreographers, create stronger connections between youth dance groups across the north and offer professional development opportunities for youth group leaders. By the end of the project the young people and youth leaders will understand best practice in youth authored work and advocate young people as artists
Nine youth dance groups were selected from 14 applications to take part in Northern Exchange. They have been invited to a Northern Exchange Day at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the only dance conservatoire in the North, for an intensive day of sharing work, dance conversations, classes and choreographic workshops. They will meet the other youth dance groups taking part and by the end of the day placed into one of 3 groups alongside youth dance groups from each of the other regions.
Over the next 3 months, each group will be given a small project budget and travel allowance to decide and plan their own exchange project for the 2 other youth dance groups to take part in. They will take it in turns to travel to each other’s towns and cities and by the end of the project they will have travelled to each region that makes up the North, made some new friends, learned new choreographic skills, created and shared new work and have a better understanding of what youth authored work is.