New youth dance company for Chesterfield


A new youth dance company is being launched in Chesterfield with support from Chesterfield Borough Council, Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs’ leading dance centres,  and the Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).


Déda currently works with more than 100 young people through its award-winning youth academy programme based at the organisation’s studios and theatre in Chapel Street, Derby and this second auditioned company will give young people in North Derbyshire the chance to develop their talents.


In  South Derbyshire young people aged 13 to 19 – many of whom have progressed through the Academy groups from a young age – already have the opportunity to audition for the 20-strong Bounceback dance company to train with top choreographers and perform locally and nationally and many go onto some of the top UK conservatoires.


In January, scores of young hopefuls are expected to audition for the new Derbyshire Youth Dance Company which will be based at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.  The company will specialise in contemporary dance and be open to young dancers aged 11 to 19, including those from Derbyshire who are currently attending the Dance 4 CAT.


Déda Dance Development manager Clare Limb explained that the Chesterfield-based dance company would give young dancers from throughout North Derbyshire exciting new opportunities.


“The Derbyshire Youth Dance Company has been developed in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and is part of the national dance development programme with progression routes and opportunities for the young people into the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training in Nottingham,” she said.


“Young dancers who have progressed through Déda’s youth academy programme into the Bounceback company, have had a wealth of opportunities to benefit from including the CAT programme and they can now progress their ambition to have exciting careers in dance.


“We are keen to replicate this programme for young people in the north of the county – breaking down any geographical barriers that they may face to access high level training in contemporary dance.


“We know that there is a great deal of talent in the Chesterfield area – exemplified by the participation of schools both at primary and secondary level in local and county dance festivals and the number of dancers from this area who have previously gone onto train with CAT and then onto conservatoires around the UK to develop their talents.


“As the dance development organisation working strategically in both the city and county, we are delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with young dancers in the Chesterfield area and ensure they have the same opportunities as the young people who come to us in Derby.”


Anthony Radford, arts and venues manager for Chesterfield Borough Council, added: “Derbyshire Youth Dance Company will create amazing opportunities for talented young dancers from this area and open many more doors to them to further develop their talents and progress onto vocational training in dance


“Auditions will be held in Chesterfield on January 9 with classes starting immediately and the first performances at Interface 13 – the city and county U.Dance event and at the Chesterfield Community Arts Festival in May 3 to 6 2013.”


Vanessa McGuire, Head of dance development at Dance4, concluded: “The Derbyshire Youth Dance Company will have the support and progression opportunities of the CAT programme, created to nurture and support young dancers with the potential, ambition and determination to become professional dance artists and the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s most inspiring dance professionals.


“Déda’s credentials in dance development are exemplary and they bring the skills and creativity to give young people in Derbyshire the best start in their dance careers.


The closing date for applications in January 2 and auditions will be take the form of a contemporary dance technique and creative class.  An application form can be downloaded from and the completed form should be sent to Hayley Arthur at and, for more information, contact Clare Limb at Deda, Tel: 01332 370911