The difference we make

“Over the years, I’ve used a variety of superlatives to describe the public performances staged by YDance.  But I’ve also seen what happens behind closed doors, and that can be summed up quite simply: YDance makes a meaningful difference to the lives of countless young people all across Scotland.”  Mary Brennan, The Herald

Our work stretches across three main areas, access and participation, education, and talent development.

This is what we do.

We provide free or affordable dance experiences throughout Scotland – for example YDance Routes which gives youth dance groups an opportunity to develop their skills

“This weekend has made me realise that I want to go far in life and want to succeed! New start for me head down and achieve the things I want!”  Young participant at Connections (YDance Routes)


We run dance sessions that aim to encourage personal change – for example YDance Active, Free to Dance

“It makes you feel better when you’re dancing… you feel good about yourself” (Free to Dance)

‘Sometimes I find it hard being a mummy.  Coming here my girl and I have shared some special moments’ (Me and You teenage parents project)

We run Dance Leadership courses, and Arts Awards to give young people additional qualifications

“The course has improved my confidence and I feel like a completely different person.”  Level 1 dance leader, North Lanarkshire


We run CLPL sessions (Career-Long Professional Learning) to train teachers so that more young people can be taught dance to a higher level in schools

“Fab info, enjoyable material and the perfect tutor …. This is the most useful CPD I have had in a long time.  Thank you”  Inspire CPD, East Dunbartonshire


We lead talent development programmes (Project Y, Hothouse and National Youth Dance Company of Scotland) to enable Scotland’s talented young dancers and choreographers to gain the experience and skills development they need to succeed in their future careers.

I would not be training in London without the Company and YDance’s help”  Project Y Participant

“Without YDance I wouldn’t be where I am today…  Project Y is a brilliant experience for any young dancer:  For me there were massive physical benefits, you will see your technique improve greatly in the four weeks, no matter what your background is”  Project Y Participant


Please support us so that we can continue to make a real difference to these young people’s lives.

You can make a one off donation or regular payments by donating here.



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