Young dancers offered chance to perform at Aberdeen theatre

Young people in Moray are being offered a chance to work with internationally acclaimed choreographers in a project created by the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The Four Seasons dance project is part of the Get Scotland Dancing initiative, aimed at inspiring young people to try something completely new or develop existing dance skills.

Elgin’s Sports and Community Centre is one of several venues throughout the north east where rehearsals for the project will begin on July 7 under the guidance of Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg.

Participants will then take to the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen on Saturday, July 20 as a prelude to the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF).

The project will produce a new contemporary dance piece inspired by Vivaldi’s most famous score. Participation is free and it is open to ages 10 to 26.

Alongside the performance a specially commissioned 25-minute documentary film will be created, recording the run up to and performance of the piece – so the young dancers will also have the chance to be seen on screen and be documented in this historical event.

Participants will also be invited to attend AIYF’s International Dance Gala for free.

Stewart Aitken, CEO/Artistic Director of AIYF, said: “We are very pleased at AIYF to be able to help deliver the Four Seasons project.

“Over the past few years we have been developing more initiatives that enable more local young people to get involved in the festival from across a wide range of backgrounds and arts experience, and a project like this provides a fantastic opportunity to support this work.”

James Allenby, who is the project manager for Get Scotland Dancing, added: “Whether you’ve never danced before or already have some experience, joining this project will be an amazing experience and a perfect way for young people in the North East to play their part in Scotland’s exceptional year.

This will be a summer you’ll remember forever.”

Further information on the project is available online.

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