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Retina Youth Dance Company

We are very pleased to announce the new members of Retina Youth Dance Company:

Claire Baxter, Sally Bower, Beth Dawson, Poppy Garton, Rose Garton, Danny Hyland, Dak Masharva, Alex Mason, Connor Minney, Kaajel Patel, Sophie Thorpe, Sean Wilcox

57 young people from across the East Midlands region auditioned for the company last Saturday at Leicester College.

The two morning technique classes led by Filip Van Huffel and Tory East enabled us to make first selections. 24 young dancers were then invited back for the afternoon session of contact work, improvisation and taught material.

We were impressed with the standard of all involved, and were pleased to see the commitment, energy and passion they each had for accomplishing the challenging material. It was a pleasure to watch.

At the end of the day, we did select 12 young dancers. We are very excited to be making a new work with this group of dancers and looking forward to taking them to Belgium for the Body Dynamics festival in October.

We are also continually looking for a sponsor to enable us to continue Retina Youth as an ongoing weekly class and project. This would enable us to develop this group as well as reach even more young dancers to help train to a high standard both technically and choreographically. Any suggestions gratefully received!

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