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29/3/2011 - Do you wanna dance?

The hunt is on for talented young dancers to form this year's Cumbria Youth Dance Company.

Auditions for the company take place on Sunday 8th May, 10am - 4pm at The Play Station, Huntley Avenue, Penrith.

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 13-18 years, male and female living in Cumbria," said Lynn Barnes, Cumbria County Council's dance co-ordinator. "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've had a fantastic youth company during 2010/11, a really lovely bunch. They'll be a hard act to follow, but we're really excited to see what this year's auditions will bring."

Cumbria Youth Dance Company meets on the first Saturday of each month to create new work and rehearse. A different venue around the county is selected each month. The sessions are led by local youth dance leaders - Helen Moffitt (Brewery Arts Centre), Alison Horn (Cumbria County Council), Emma Rowbotham (Cumbria County Council) and Amanda Mortlock (DARE Dance). 

The company also gets the opportunity to work with professional choreographers and visiting companies, and other youth dance groups from across the North West.

Cumbria Youth Dance Company works closely with the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) based at The Lowry in Salford and with Youth Dance England to make sure that company members have every opportunity to progress to the level they want. 

Being part of Cumbria Youth Dance Company also means being an ambassador for youth dance in the county - talking to other young people about youth dance at various events such as careers seminars, helping decision makers and funders shape the future of dance provision for young people across Cumbria, and attending Youth Dance England's national youth dance conference.

"With the help of Youth Dance England and Arts Council North West, Cumbria is one of the first counties in the UK to have a flagship youth dance company to represent the whole county at events across the North West and beyond," said Bruce Bennison, Cumbria County Council's head of cultural policy.

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


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