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Calling all the best young dancers in Cumbria

April 28, 2015

The hunt is on to find the best local young dance talent to form Dance Cumbria Youth Company for 2015/16

Auditions for the company take place on Sunday 10th May, 10.30am - 3pm at Newbiggin Village Hall, near Penrith.

The audition process will select up to 20 gifted and talented dancers to be in Cumbria’s flagship Youth Dance Company for one year, specialising in either contemporary dance or breakdance.

"The audition is open to all young dancers aged 12-18 years, male and female living in Cumbria," said Lynn Barnes, who co-ordinates Dance Cumbria Youth. "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."

“We started the Company back in 2010 and it’s proved an invaluable stepping stone for young people who are thinking about dance as a further education or career option.  The Company only meets once a month so requires total commitment throughout the year.  Members get the chance to perform in Cumbria and at The Lowry in Manchester, work with top visiting choreographers, watch professional performances, access a weekly technique class and achieve a Bronze/Silver Arts Award. As always, we’re really excited to see who this year’s auditions will bring us.”

Dance Cumbria Youth is made up of two distinct strands – contemporary dance and breakdance.  Dancers can opt to be in both groups or just specialise in one dance style.  The two groups meet separately each month in various locations around the county on the first and second Sundays of each month to create new work and rehearse. The sessions are led by local dance leaders and visiting choreographers, ensuring a high quality experience and enabling company members to reach their potential.  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 by ringing 07584 251352 or emailing  Dance Cumbria Youth is funded by Arts Council England and managed by Vista Projects Ltd.


Audition Notice
Audition Notice