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From October 12th CYDC will start its first Outreach programme.

Following in the footsteps of our sister company WGYTC, we will be offering classes to students aged 10 and up who would like be involved with the Company but are either too young to join the core Company or would like to gain experience working with us in order to audition for the core Company.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, Check out our Outreach page.




Summer and Tuesdays

Summer term:


Weekly classes start back on Tuesday 21st April from 5.30-7.30pm. We are aware that some of you have exams but if you can drop in now and again that would be great!

The fee is £30 for 10 weeks. If you can only drop in the it will be £5 per class.

Summer Project – Dance Days 2015

The course starts on Monday 6th July for two weeks.
Monday 6th -Friday 10th 9.30-4.30pm – Gower College Swansea (Gorseinon)
Monday13th – Sunday 19th July – performances are on 18th & 19th 9.30-4.30pm
The course fee is £60

CYDC dancers who have already been involved in two projects this academic year will get the third one free.

Please email us asap to let us know if you are available for the summer project…Some of you will still be in school – students in the past have used it as a work experience.

Dance Showcase




County Youth Dance Company (CYDC) and Gower College Swansea are pleased to be returning to Taliesin for a sixth year – showcasing the work of the students and staff. The students are all studying for BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or A level qualifications at Gower College Swansea.

CYDC is made up of students aged 14-21 who are from various schools in Swansea and from the college. The Company creates performance work throughout the year with support of the College, Taliesin Arts Centre and West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company.

To book tickets visit or call box office on 01792 602060

IGNITION- Frantic Assembly

An amazing opportunity to work with professional physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly is happening in Gower College Swansea this week.

Ignition is a UK-wide project delivered by Frantic Assembly to provide new, exciting ways for young men to get involved in the arts. They are looking for the next generation of young performers. Have you got what it takes?

Follow the link to sign up – its free!



Welcome back to another year with CYDC, we hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer.

The dates for the Winter, Spring and Summer courses are now available, as well as information about our Auditions and other exciting opportunities you may wish to be involved in. Could we ask that all current CYDC members please write these dates in your diaries.

Please visit Dates 2014/2015

Future Performances

Looking ahead to 2014/2015

12th & 13th July – CYDC will be performing a new work by Joseph Toonga at this years Dance Days Festival. (See CYDC @ Dance Days 2014 for more information)

28th August- We will be restaging our all male piece alongside National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW) at Sherman Cymru. (Click here for show and ticket details)

Further dates TBA.


CYDC @ Dance Days 2014

For Dance Days 2014, CYDC are thrilled to be working with emerging choreographer Joseph Toonga, Artistic Director of Just Us Dance Theatre. Joseph, a graduate from London Contemporary Dance School, formed his company in 2007. His interests stem from the fusion of hip hop and contemporary dance styles and how dancers can manipulate their movement to achieve an embodiment of both styles and how this “collaborative form can inter connect and disconnect without neglecting the importance of context and cultures.” In 2011 he was awarded the Blueprint bursary supported by East London Dance and Sadlers Wells and in 2013 received Arts Council funding as well as becoming a resident artist at Greenwich Dance. He is also the recipient of the Deutsche Bank Creative Award and the production award at the International Competition for choreographers in Hanover.

For more information on our performances and the many other artists and companies that are set to perform visit Dance Days 2014 Schedule

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CYDC @ Dance Days

County Youth Dance Company are festival regulars and have been performing at Dance Days since it began in 2006. CYDC have worked with a variety of professional choreographers and companies including:

Gary Clarke & Steve Blake

Gary was a member of Lea Anderson’s much acclaimed all male company The Featherstonehaughs and over a duration of 10 years performed in some of the companies’ most seminal film and theatre works including the 1989 classic “Flesh & Blood”. Steve Blake is Lea Anderson’s long term collaborator and composer and contributed to most of the work she produced over a 25 year period.

In 2006 & 2007, Steve & Gary created two site specific pieces with CYDC – one that took place on the Helwick Lightship in the marina and one that was a promenade piece that took audiences on a journey through the museum.

Gary has now gone on to work as an independent dance artist and choreographer whilst Steve continues to compose music for a variety of dance companies whilst being an accompanist for dance classes at Trinity Laban.

Dave McKenna

Dave Mckenna was originally a dancer with Motionhouse; one of the UK’s foremost dance theatre companies who are also Dance Days regulars. In 2008, Dave created a Parisian themed work outside the National Waterfront Museum for CYDC. Dave also formed his own physical theatre company, BeingFrank, who have also showcased work at Dance Days and will bring two pieces to this years festival. He also works on numerous male dance projects in the West Midlands with his BOYS DANCE programme.

Helen Parlor

Helen Parlor has been working as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director and rehearsal director since 1998. She has performed in numerous works by Jonathon Lunn, Scott Ambler, Yael Flexer and Nikky Smedley as well as performing with Motionhouse, Mobius Dance Theatre and Panta Rei Danseteater. Between 2009-2012, Helen made four site specific pieces for CYDC @ Dance Days. Most recently she was the Assistant Choreographer for the London 2012 Opening of the Paralympic Games. Helen is now concentrating on her company ‘Parlor Dance’.

Charlotte Eatock

Charlotte, a graduate from London Studio Centre and Intoto Dance, is a freelance contemporary dance artist based in Cornwall. Charlotte was a dancer in ex WGYDC member Henri Oguike’s company for three years that saw her perform to huge audiences around the world. During that time she also choreographed for National Youth Dance Wales whilst Henri was NYDW’s Artistic Director. She was also a member of the Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place. Charlotte first came to work with CYDC during a RADC intensive and from this made an Alice in Wonderland inspired site specific work at Dance Days 2013. She currently teaches at the University of Plymouth and is also making her own work in film. 

For more info on CYDC at Dance Days 2014 click here

See photos from all of the CYDC performances at Dance Days in our Gallery