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Associate Programme (ages 11+) at Chantry Dance Company accepting applications

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Chantry Dance Company’s Associate Programme is for young dancers of a pre-vocational or pre-professional level, who aspire to a career in dance.


CDC Associates are taught to develop a strong technical base in ballet, contemporary and improvisation, as well as learning repertoire from major 20th and 21st century contemporary works. But the unique aspect of the programme is that students also learn CDC’s specific contemporary ballet style through working directly with the company’s co-Artistic Directors, Rae Piper and Paul Chantry, who are both international choreographers and performers having worked at venues including Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House, Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma and London’s West End.


Students also are given the opportunity to take masterclasses with some of the UK’s leading contemporary dancers. This year’s guest teachers have included:

Dominic North (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures)

Alessia Lugoboni (Royal New Zealand Ballet & CDC)

Ian Parsons (Ballet de Monte Carlo)

David Beer (Burklyn Ballet & CDC)


CDC Associates have gone on to gain places at vocational schools including:

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Trinity Laban

Laines School of Theatre Arts


1) 11 monthly sessions per year Sept-July (second Sunday of each month).
2) Each session lasts 3 hours.
3) In the first half of each session, students take technique class in contemporary ballet, contemporary (Graham/Limon/Cunningham based techniques), or occasionally classical ballet.
4) The second half of each session varies. Students may learn: Repertoire - Improvisation techniques - Creative skills, including base choreographic tools - Work with company choreographers in creating original pieces - Take a masterclass with a company dancer or invitation industry professional
5) There are two associate groups based on age/experience level.
6) Open to ages 11+.
7) Held at the company’s home studio location in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
8) Selected students may be given the opportunity to perform with the company at points during the year.

9) CDC actively works to give Associates future employment and performance opportunties. This year, 2 ex-associates have joined the CDC professional company as apprentice dancers, and 4 current associates are performing small ensemble roles in CDC's UK Tour.


Entry to the programme is by audition only. To apply for an audition please contact us,
by email: education@chantrydancecompany.org
or telephone: 07989 588038


Annual Fee: £230
Scholarships and Bursaries are available – please contact us for details.


Visit the CDC website: www.chantrydancecompany.org/associate-programme


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