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Open dance auditions to join Chameleon Youth

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Manchester’s Company Chameleon is auditioning for young dancers, looking  to develop their talent in a supportive environment by joining Chameleon Youth.

Its youth dance company, launched in 2016, is open to young people aged 11 to 21, with the opportunity to work alongside professional artists and perform at high profile theatres such as The Lowry and HOME.

Chameleon Youth
Chameleon Youth

Sam Broadbent, Learning & Participation Officer, explains: “Chameleon Youth is unique in that the company is part of a professional dance company, which means you’re taught by professionals with substantial experience of performing worldwide and working in the national and international dance sector.

“Through Chameleon Youth, we pass on this knowledge and experience to create a unique youth dance offer. If you come along to the free Taster Sessions in June, we will tell you more about how this experience influences and informs our approach – whether you’re new to dance or you have tons of experience, we’d love to see you there!”

Company Chameleon offer a nurturing and supportive working environment, which encourages young people to find their creative voice through dance and movement.

Dame Darcy Bussell with Company Chameleon. Credit: Joel Chester Fildes
Dame Darcy Bussell with Company Chameleon. Credit: Joel Chester Fildes

Along with a focus on creativity, members have the opportunity to train weekly with Company Chameleon’s professional dance artists and create work collaboratively with guest choreographers.

“The last year has been incredible as it saw Chameleon Youth double in numbers and more performance opportunities than ever before,” says Sam. “Along with working with Kevin and Anthony, our Co-Artistic Directors, our Company Dancers and Associate Artists, the group were invited to perform at a number of prestigious platforms including U. Dance at The Lowry and the Yorkshire Youth Dance Platform at Phoenix Dance Theatre. Our senior cohort also had the opportunity to share their work with our new patron Dame Darcey Bussell, who watched them in class and offered them direct feedback.”

Company Chameleon
Company Chameleon

Forthcoming performance dates for Chameleon Youth, include showcasing their outdoor performance skills at the Manchester Day Parade and performing a curtain raiser at HOME for the world premiere of the Company’s new production The Shadow in the Autumn.

“All in all, it’s an exciting time for the youth company,” adds Sam. “Our programme of activity puts Chameleon Youth on the map as one of the regions’ flagship youth dance initiatives and reinforces our position as the only youth dance company in Manchester to be part of a professional dance company.”

If you’re age 11 to 21 and interested in being part of Chameleon Youth, then Company Chameleon invite you to meet the team and experience a flavour of their unique movement style and creative approach at the free Taster Sessions throughout June and July 2019. Visit www.companychameleon.com for more details and to book a place on one of the sessions below.

Chameleon Youth Free Taster Sessions
At STUN Studio, Z-arts

Sat 22 Jun, 11am-1pm | Juniors Taster Session, age 11-16 
Sat 22 Jun, 2-4pm | Seniors Taster Session, age 16-21
Mon 24 Jun, 6-8pm | Open Taster Session, age 11 – 21
Sat 13 Jul, 11am -1pm | Juniors Audition, age 11-16
Sat 13 Jul, 2-4pm | Seniors Audition, age 16-21

Darcy Bussell becomes patron of Company Chameleon.

Written by
Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason