National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) announces its eighth new cohort to work with Guest Artistic Director Russell Maliphant

NYDC - MADHEAD. Photo by Manuel Vason

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) – the country’s flagship company for young dancers, run by Sadler’s Wells, has selected its eighth intake of dancers sourced from 25 towns, cities and villages across England. The new cohort joins Guest Artistic Director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant to work on a new piece especially created by Maliphant for NYDC. The piece premieres at DanceEast on Saturday 18 April 2020.

Covering all regions across the country, 20 workshops took place from May – July to select the 30 new members for the 2019/20 intake. Consisting of 15 female and 15 male dancers aged 15 – 24, the new members join 10 dancers returning from last year to form an impressive cohort of 40.

The new Guest Artistic Director Russell Maliphant takes over from last year’s Guest Artistic Director Botis Seva whose Olivier Award-winning work BLKDOG formed part of the Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary commission, Reckonings, in October 2018. Seva’s commission for NYDC, MADHEAD, was presented in Ipswich, Plymouth, Newcastle, Essex, Brighton, Birmingham and London.

MADHEAD NYDC by Manuel Vason
NYDC – MADHEAD by Manuel Vason

Russell Maliphant established his own dance company in 1996 as the framework to create productions and work with his own ensemble of dancers. He has received two Olivier awards, three South Bank Show awards and four Critics’ Circle National Dance awards, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations. The Russell Maliphant Dance Company became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations in April 2018. Maliphant’s work has also been performed by renowned dance artists including Sylvie Guillem, BalletBoyz, Munich Ballet and English National Ballet. Maliphant became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University in 2011.

Two graduates of NYDC, Edd Arnold and Folu Odimayo, make up part of the Russell Maliphant Dance Company and can be seen performing in Silent Lines at Sadler’s Wells, on 18 & 19 October.

During the dancers’ time with NYDC, they are offered a unique insight into the dance profession, living and working closely together as a company, alongside NYDC staff and the artistic team. The year-long experience in the company provides members with the necessary skills and techniques to find career opportunities and raise aspirations, self-esteem and confidence.

MADHEAD NYDC by Manuel Vason
MADHEAD NYDC by Manuel Vason

The dancers are mentored during four intensive residencies in school holidays to create and rehearse the new piece: 19 – 22 October (Ipswich), 14 – 19 December (Birmingham), 15 – 23 February (TBC) and the final residency takes place in Ipswich and London, between 4 – 19 April, ahead of the opening night at DanceEast.
The 30 new dancers for 2019/20 are:

Aaliyah Francis, London

Amelia Clarke, London

Cameron Cook, Cheshire

Charlotte Hoyle, Nottingham

Chiara Moore, Warrington

Dylan Jones, Wiltshire

Elisabeth Mulenga, Birmingham

Eve Shorten, Oxfordshire

Haydn Hull, East Ardsley

Jack Ward, Newcastle

Jacob Philips, Bristol

Joshua Pilgrim, Somerset

Kenan Smith, Worsbrough Dale

Lauryn Bryan, London

Leo Udvarlaky, Kent

Lewis Logie, Carlisle

Mareih Belocura, Worthing

Meghan Warburton, Kidlington

Mia Grote, Totnes

Mirabelle Haddon, London

Philippa Brewis, Suffolk

Renette Wesley, London

Sonny Connor-Bell, Birmingham

Sonny Cwynarski, London

Spike King, Twickenham

Steffi Fashokun, Truro

Tom Sutton, Middlesbrough

Wil Trash, Barnsley

Willow Fenner, London

Zac Crowe, Preston

The new intake joins the 10 returning dancers:

Ethan Hurip, Brighton

Faye McLoughlin, Bristol

Hannah Joseph, London

Harvey Burke-Hamilton, Surrey

Karim Dime, London

Maia Faulker, Brighton

Mark Halton, Ambleside

Mathilde Anderson Mellor, Brighton

Millie Smith-Hashim, Brighton

Sekou Diaby, London