Young dancers in Hampshire to benefit from £115k development scheme

The Point's programme aims to improve development opportunities for young dancers in the area. Photo: Chris Nash
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A Hampshire theatre has been awarded £115,000 for a programme of training and development opportunities for young dancers in the area.

The Point Theatre has received the money from the Linbury Trust its scheme Fuelling the Next Generation of Dance Artists, aimed at dancers aged from 14 to graduate level.

It will include performance platforms, specialist training, placements, mentoring and commissions, all of which intended to create “clear pathways towards professional careers”.

The Point, which is run by Eastleigh Borough Council, is forging links with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham as part of the programme.

It will include pre-conservatoire training for Hampshire Youth Dance company dancers aged 14 to 18, featuring masterclasses, training in areas such as nutrition and well-being, and trips to Rambert studio performances at the Place and Sadler’s Wells in London.

For graduate dancers over the age of 21 there will be a programme of training to help dancers build a freelance career – including learning about self-employment, tax, promoting themselves and having a digital media presence.

It will also provide rehearsal space and deliver workshops, as well opportunities for choreographic development. The graduate strand will work with two of Rambert’s emerging choreographers, eight graduate dancers and one administrator.

The Point’s dance development manager, Vicki Hargreaves, who will oversee the programme, said: “The Point’s ambition to galvanise its commitment to giving young people and emerging artists in the region extraordinary experiences in the development of their talent.

“With support from the Linbury Trust, we will now be able to build on our provision and provide a clear progression route in areas where it is lacking in the current landscape. It will help us support the development of young dancers in the early stages of their careers through to potential world-class artists.”