The Youth Dance Academy (YDA) is a Centre for Advanced Training offering a pre-vocational training programme for young dancers demonstrating exceptional potential and the commitment and passion for a career in dance.

The YDA currently runs three programmes.

Swindon Contemporary

Swindon Contemporary

For dancers aged 11-17.
Dancers meet Saturdays 12:00– 5.30pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical dance. This programme is based at Swindon Dance

Swindon Urban

Swindon Urban

For dancers aged 11-17.
Dancers meet Sundays 11:00– 4.30pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in various urban styles – popping, BBoy, Breaking, House. This programme is based at Swindon Dance

Exeter Contemporary

Exeter Contemporary

For dancers aged 11-17.
Dancers meet fortnightly on Sundays 11:30– 5.00pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical dance. This programme is based at Exeter University.

AUDITIONS 2017

AUDITIONS 2017

Auditions will be held in Swindon and Exeter to find the next generation of talented, committed and passionate dancers wanting to join the YDA in September 2017. Auditions are  held in May, June and July for both contemporary and urban programmes. Each audition is in front of a panel of dance experts and lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

For dates and more information: http://www.swindondance-youthdanceacademy

What the YDA does

The YDA develops the technical, creative and performance skills in dance… Read More

What are Centres for Advanced Training

The YDA is one of nine Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) across the country… Read More

Career pathways of YDA Students

Past students have gone on to train at some of the top dance Conservatoires… Read More


Auditions

All auditions for entry in September 2016 have now taken place. If you would like to audition for entry onto the YDA in September 2017 please Register your Interest and we will send you information regarding Open Days and Auditions as soon as it becomes available (March 2017)

YDA urban film

YDA Urban

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Register your Interest and we will send you information regarding Open Days and Auditions as soon as it becomes available (March 2017)

Download Information Pack

Click here to download. Please note the information pack relates to YDA entry September 2016 and although we do not expect the details to vary greatly, the information should be used as a guide only. The new information Pack will be available in March 2017

Application Form

Click here to download.

Contact the YDA

SWINDON DANCE Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF yda@swindondance.org.uk

Parents Site

Click to visit YDA parent / student area

What the parents say

“…as a lone parent I could never have afforded the level of training that my daughter receives at Swindon. It has been wonderful to see her talent blossom. Not only have the staff looked after her dance training but have also given great consideration to her whole well-being; devising an individual training plan, arranging an appointment with a physiotherapist and teaching her about health” “I would like to say how important the Music and Dance Scheme grant has been for our son, who would probably have been unable to enrol at a Centre for Advanced Training without it. He is finally beginning to see himself as a professional dancer as a result of the high-quality training he is receiving.”

The YDA is part of Swindon Dance.

YDA Photo credits: Ben Brackell, Jim Rowbothan, and Mark Pepperall