As is the case for so many performance companies across the country, NYDC has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The health and safety of our dancers and staff are of the highest priority and we are following government guidance at all times. This means that our plans for this current year of NYDC (2020-21) are having to be more flexible than they have been in previous years, with our 9th cohort of NYDC responding to what is possible in the ongoing situation. We will find a way to dance together, even if there are times when we cannot physically be together.
We know that this is an unsettling time for everyone and we are sure that you will have lots of questions. We have therefore created this page of frequently asked questions which we hope will be useful. We will keep updating this page as soon as new questions arise so please do feel free to get in touch.
1. Are you recruiting a new company?
YES!! We recently recruited 20 new dancers for the company, which is 10 less than our normal yearly intake, due to the current situation. They joined 9 returning dancers from last year’s cohort, bringing our total company to 29.
2. Why are some of the workshops online this year?
Our workshops usually take place between April- July each year. But due to the coronavirus pandemic they were postponed until the Autumn 2021.
We love to meet people from all over the country and have decided that in order to make sure NYDC is accessible to you, regardless of where you live, some of our workshops would be online as well as in-person. We have been working hard to ensure that you can still have the same experience even if you are dancing in your own home.
3. I am worried about joining an online session or sending in a video application because I don’t have enough space to dance at home or a computer etc. What should I do?
We want to make sure that NYDC is accessible to all and fully appreciate that dancing in your home is more difficult that dancing in a studio space.
Our workshops have been designed for a 1-metre square space and please be assured that we are looking at how you move, not what your backdrop is like.
There is the option of requesting our pre-recorded workshop so that you can do it in your own time, and then submit a short video application showing us some of the workshop tasks. You can film the workshop tasks on your phone and we will not be assessing the technical quality of the video- as long as we can see you, and how you dance, that is all that matters.
If you love to dance, we would love to see you. We do not want anyone to be discouraged from applying because of their home set up or technical equipment so if you think this is going to cause you any difficulties at all then please get in touch and we can see how we can help.
4. If I get into the company will we still be going on residencies this year?
We very much hope so. But if there is one thing that 2021 has taught us it is to expect the unexpected! Our plan is to hold our residencies in person, but if government guidance does not allow this then we will have to adapt and make the most of the situation at that time. We have back up plans which include regional rehearsals and/or online residencies.
5. What will the 2021-22 dates be for NYDC?
The dates for 2020-21 are as follows:
· Block 1 – 17-22 December 2021
· Block 2 – 12-20 February 2022
· Block 3 – 2- 17 April 2022
· Block 4 – end of June – end of July 2022, National Tour, dates TBC
As detailed in question 3 above, the aim is for us to get back into the studio dancing together as soon as possible, but if that isn’t allowed at the time, then we will adapt to whatever is possible, whether that is online, or a mixture of online plus some regional rehearsals.
6. What will the cost of NYDC be this year?
The cost of joining NYDC in 2021-22 is £600. Means tested scholarships are available to cover up to 100% of this fee.
£600 is the total fee for a year in the company and there are no additional charges for accommodation and food. Our fees are hugely subsidised to ensure that we are as accessible as possible to all. We are committed to finding a way to deliver our programme as planned, including residencies, however if government guidance at the time does not allow this and we are unable to run any residencies in person then there will be a small reduction in the fee for the year.