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National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW) provides first-class training and performance opportunities for some of Wales' most-talented and committed young dancers. It harnesses the energy and excitement of young peoples' enthusiasm for dance and dancing, and channels it into a creative, contemporary force that celebrates the very best of Youth Dance in Wales today.

NYDW 2017

In 2017, NYAW is broadening its successful Step Up programme in order to engage with more young dancers, and to enhance their training and development throughout the year and in advance of auditions for NYDW 2018.

Who is it for?
Step Up is for young dancers in Wales (aged 14 – 20 years) who regularly engage in dance classes through their school/college, private dance school and/or with their local youth dance company, and who demonstrate a strong desire to 'step up' to another level of challenge and experience.

Entry onto the Step Up programme was through an audition process, held in April 2017.

What is involved?
Step Up offers an exceptional training opportunity over three short residencies wherein participants will develop a better understanding and practice of dance technique, choreographic principles and performance. 

Who will the dancers be working with?
Renowned dance artist, Kerry Nicholls, continues to lead the NYDW Step Up programme.  Kerry teaches, choreographs and mentors extensively worldwide; she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary dance teachers. 

Kerry works with some of UK’s foremost, professional companies (including Company Wayne McGregor, DV8 Physical Theatre and Michael Clark companies), and with the leading vocational schools across the country. She is also annual guest lecturer at The Juilliard School in New York, USA. She has directed diverse projects and received numerous International choreographic commissions. She launched her own company 'Kerry Nicholls Dance’ in 2012.

NYDW and Kerry also invite guest tutors to work with Step Up dancers across other dance techniques and movement styles.