Local dancer chosen to perform in national tour

A local dancer has been selected for a prestigious dance training and performance programme with YDance - Scotland’s national dance organisation for children and young people. 

The Dundee dancer will spend four weeks over the summer training with four acclaimed choreographers to create four new contemporary dance works before performing across Scotland in the annual Project Y tour - the climax of the Project Y Performance Course

Taylor Han is one of 25 exceptional young dancers from across the UK selected to work with choreographers Alan Grieg, Hagit Yakira, Steven Martin and Theo Clinkard to create a diverse and exhilarating line-up of new work. 

20 year-old Taylor first started dancing when she was four years old but didn’t start contemporary dance until she was 13. She now studies BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Prior to her move, Taylor taught street dance to 5 to 18 years-olds across Dundee with Funky Feet and Urban Moves. She is also a member of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. 

Taylor said: 

“Project Y helps a lot with our training and development. It makes you a more versatile performer and really lets your creative skills flourish through working with the different choreographers. Contemporary dance training can sometimes lack the practice of working as a company and I think Project Y really prepares us for going into that after our training.” 

From Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August, the annual Project Y tour will visit Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Stirling to showcase the extraordinary talent of the 25 young contemporary dancers upon their completion of the intensive dance training programme. 

YDance, the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, established Project Y in 2006 as the only intensive contemporary dance and performance programme of its kind for 16 to 21 year olds in Scotland. Each year up to 25 exceptional young dancers are selected from a rigorous audition process to form the Project Y Company. The Company spend four-weeks over the summer working with four different choreographers to create new dance works which are then toured to venues across Scotland. 

Part of the appeal of Project Y to both participants and audience members is the diversity of the programme. Each choreographer has different methods of creating material based on diverse themes. Variety is at the heart of the project, ensuring participants get a breadth of experience during the four weeks and audiences experience a varied programme of outstanding performances. 

Many of the young performers study dance full time at training colleges in Scotland and England, and younger participants are still at school but have a keen interest in pursuing dance as a career. This year’s participants are from as far afield as Worthing in West Sussex. The Leverhulme Trust provide bursaries for the dancers to attend Project Y funded by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarships Grant. 

Carolyn Lappin, Executive Director of YDance said: 

“2017 sees the 12th annual Project Y summer programme for young contemporary dancers from all over Scotland.  This unique intensive training and performance programme develops young dancer’s technical, creative, and performance skills, and also develops them as people – they become more confident and motivated, ready to take on new challenges. Some of our Project Y students from the first few years are now working as professional dancers and dance workers – YDance has employed a number of them, and I am sure that this year’s company will make their mark in a similar way. 

Project Y opens at Tramway (Glasgow) on Wednesday 2August and will tour to The Gardyne Theatre (Dundee, 3 August), The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen, 4 August) and Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling, 5 August). Tickets for the Dundee show at Gardyne Theatre are available from dundeerep.co.uk/event/projecty