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National Youth Dance Company

NYDC + Mind The Gap Summer School

For the first time, NYDC and Mind The Gap will be joining together to offer a two day Summer School in August 2022. 

This Summer School is for young dancers aged 16-24, with a learning disability and/or autism. The Summer School will take place at the Mind The Gap studios in Bradford and is open to young people from across Yorkshire. The Summer School offers a unique experience to create and train with two leading dance and performance organisations, meet other people who love to dance and find out more about life in NYDC. 


Who is the Summer School for?


The summer school is for young people who:

  • Are based in Yorkshire
  • Have a learning disability and/or autism
  • Are aged 16-24
  • Have some dance experience (all styles welcome)
  • Are passionate about dance

When is the Summer School?

  • 5 & 6 August 2022 (dancers must attend both days) from 9.30am- 4.30pm

Where is the Summer School?

  • Mind The Gap, The Silk Warehouse, Patent Street, Bradford, BD9 4SA


  • There is no cost to join the NYDC + Mind The Gap Summer School. We will cover the cost of the course, but dancers must cover their own travel expenses and bring a packed lunch each day.


  • NYDC and Mind The Gap are committed to ensuring that everyone’s access requirements are met and will work directly with each individual to ensure that access is fully embedded into the intensive.

How to Apply

  • We will be accepting applications from the 27 May 2022.
  • To apply please complete an application form by clicking on the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page, by 26 June, 2022 and send us a short video of you dancing as part of the application form.

What to include in your video

  • Task 1: Please introduce yourself – who you are, where you are from and why you like to dance. You can do this however you choose; you can use movement, text, singing, rapping, or anything else that tells us a bit more about who you are.
  • Task 2: Show yourself improvising – we want to see YOU and how you dance. All styles and ways of moving are very welcome. This could be you dancing at home, in a studio, or in a dance class. If there are other people in the video, please make sure that you tell us which one is you.

Total length of your video should be no longer than three minutes.

You can upload your video to a video sharing platform (for example YouTube or Vimeo) and send us a link or load onto your Dropbox or Google Drive. We strongly recommend that you make sure your video is private (not public) and is deleted after August 2022.

Please do not worry about the quality of the film, recording on your phone will be perfect for us. The most important thing for us is that we can see you dancing. 

For full details on the Summer School and how to apply/upload your videos, please download the How to Apply Brochure using the buttons at the top of this page.