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April 10, 2014

The hunt is on for the best young dance talent to form Cumbria Youth Dance Company for 2014/15.

Auditions for the company take place on Sunday 4th May, 10am - 4pm at The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth.

The audition process will select up to 16 gifted and talented dancers to be Cumbria’s flagship Youth Dance Company for one year.

"The audition is open to all young dancers aged 12-18 years, male and female living in Cumbria," said Lynn Barnes, who co-ordinates the county’s Dance Cumbria project. "We’re looking for spirited young people who have a passion for dance and performance, and who have raw talent that we can help shape."

“The Company has had a fantastic but busy year during 2013/14.  They have performed in Cumbria and at The Lowry in Manchester, visited Edgehill University, worked with Motionhouse Dance Theatre & then watched them perform as part of Mintfest, seen Michael Clark at The Lowry and Hofesh Shecter at Blackpool Grand Theatre, done lots of contemporary technique classes led by Kelly McClelland from the Centre for Advanced Training scheme and they’ve all just submitted their Arts Award Bronze portfolios. As always, we’re really excited to see who this year’s auditions will bring to us.”

Cumbria Youth Dance Company meets for a full day on the first Sunday of each month to create new work and rehearse. The sessions are led by experienced dance leaders and visiting choreographers to ensure that company members have every opportunity to progress to the level they want.  Membership of the Company is £100 for the year which covers each monthly session and most visits out of county.

For more information about the audition and to download an application form, visit  If you are interested in attending the audition you must register in advance with Lynn Barnes on 07584 251352 or email