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Connections workshops announced

YDance today announce the range of workshops available to dancers taking part in the YDance Routes Connections Weekend from 27th to the 29th October, 2017.

For the first time, participants are able to choose their own route to create an exciting dance journey over the three days. The Friday will be taster sessions for all. For the Saturday and Sunday dancers will choose which of two routes they would like to follow:

The Blue Route – The Choreographic Pathway – Work intensively with one of the three fabulous choreographers to experience their choreographic style and create a short piece. This year’s choreographers are Bawren Tavaziva, Ian West and Renaud Wiser.

The Red Route – The Taster Trail – Take part in back-to-back fun dance classes in many different styles. Have a go at swing, contemporary, Hip Hop, to name a few!

Whether choosing the Blue or Red Route at this year’s Connections, our Friday tasters for all have something for everyone!

Friday Tasters:

Commercial with Yasmin Doak – High energy, fun class working on dance styles that are current in the industry right now!

Ultimate 90’s Remix with Kelly Shearer (YDance)  – Everybodddy…the 90s are back, alright! A high energy class inspired by our favourite Girlbands and Boybands of the 90s – get ready to learn some funky moves to some classic tunes!

Contemporary Repertoire with the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance – This session will explore current repertoire where you will engage in technical challenges and be invited to bring your own creative contributions.

PASS Rep with Hannah Mason – Learn repertoire from the finale of Performing Arts Studio Scotland’s end of year production Cross Currents 17 with one of the shows choreographers.

Musical Theatre with Lynne Bustard – A fun Musical Theatre workshop exploring style, technique and performance skills within the Musical Theatre genre.

The fundamentals of Classical Ballet and Repertoire with Megan Peasgood – During this session you will learn the basics of ballet technique as well as getting a taste of some repertoire from The Nutcracker where we will work on our own artistry as a dancer.


The following workshops are available for dancers who choose The Red Route – Taster Trail at this year’s Connections:

Saturday and Sunday – The Red Route:

Rambert workshop with Stephen Quildan (Rambert) – Join Rambert dancer Stephen Quildan for a fun, high-energy workshop offering a chance to learn Rambert’s Samba-fuelled party piece A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili. The workshop will include; a contemporary technique class, an opportunity to learn actual Rambert repertoire and creative tasks.

Contemporary with Giulia Montalbano (Fuora Dance) – Giulia Montalbano (Artistic Director of Fuora Dance Project) will guide you to research the pure physicality and the mechanism of how the body moves in certain ways while dancing, using existing habits and helping them to be transformed in a new and fresh approach for your personal research in movements.

Bollywood Experience with Caroline Burnside (YDance) – Bollywood (meaning Bombay/Hollywood) fuses different dance styles from India’s many classical styles  to elements of jazz, hip hop or Latin. This will be a fun, upbeat and vibrant session.

Contemporary with Steven Martin – A highly physical, full-bodied and dynamic release class culminating in a teacher taught dance phrase and choreographic task.

West African Dance with Raquel Ribes – Come and enjoy vibrant West African dance moves combined in a creative way – the live drumming and energetic movements will leave you inspired and buzzing for the rest of the day!

Sunday Morning Contemporary with Laura McLaughlin (YDance) – Laura will lead a class to awaken the body and mind building the pace throughout the session.

Hip Hop with Ashley Jack – In this class you will learn hip hop foundations and put them together into a fun routine.

Sensational Swing Styles with Caroline Burnside (YDance) – An introduction to swing dance exploring signature moves from Charleston, Lindy hop, Jive, Rock and Roll plus more!


The Connections weekend takes place at Edinburgh College from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October, 2017 and is suitable for groups and individual dancers. Group dancers must be aged between 12 and 21, and individual dancers must be aged between 14 and 21. There is no maximum number of people allowed in a group. If you are part of a large dance group, no worries – everyone can come!

To book your place, and for more information click here.

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