Dorset Youth Dance Company

Dorset Youth Dance Company (DYD) is a three tiered Youth Dance Company based in Dorchester, Dorset. DYD offers contemporary classes for young people aged 7-25. Company 1 members (aged 7-11) can expect to learn contemporary dance through creative exercises, in a fun and supportive environment. Classes are managed by charitable organisation Activate Performing Arts.

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Meet the Team

Claire Benson
Artistic & Rehearsal Director

In 2001, Claire graduated from The London Studio Centre with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. After living and working as a freelance dancer and teacher, Claire then joined the internationally acclaimed dance company Motionhouse in 2008. She spent the next seven years touring the globe performing and teaching for the company. In 2012 she established Motionhouse Youth and, in the role of Lead Artist - Creative Projects and Participation, went on to develop the company's extensive outreach and community dance programme. Claire began her role with DYD in September 2016.

Sammy Gillingham
Project Manager

Sammy is the DYD Project Manager and so handles all of the administrative needs of the company. Sammy will arrange DYD classes, timetables, fee payments and is on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can get hold of Sammy via phone or email and you might catch sight of her at DYD workshops, events or performances. The DYD Team work part time & work multiple jobs, so there may be a short delay in getting back to your messages - we'll always get back to you as soon as we can.

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