Work by Akram Khan and Wayne McGregor will feature in a dance festival being launched by Sadler’s Wells aimed at showcasing emerging talent.
Apex Rising will celebrate the work of the National Youth Dance Company as well as its Scottish and Welsh counterparts, and youth dance company Groupe Grenade from France.
Khan and McGregor are among the contemporary dance figures associated with the festival, which will be held at NYDC’s home at Sadler’s Wells in London annually.
Jasmin Vardimon, Hofesh Shechter and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will also have work staged as part of the two-day event in September.
Khan said: “NYDC’s Apex Rising festival represents a tremendously exciting moment for the sector, as we are potentially looking at some of the top dance artists and choreographers of the future.”
Around 90 dancers will perform in the festival. Of those that are a part of NYDC, 87% are supported with bursaries to be a part of the company.
NYDC director Jane Hackett described the creation of the new festival as a “very timely” reminder of supporting wide access to dance for young people.
“It is evidence that if you take the arts seriously, if you take investing in young talent seriously, you are laying down the foundations for the future,” she said.
“It is proof of a new energy being pushed into the dance profession,” she added.