Jasmine Earns Place With Top Dance Company
Fifth Former is dancing for joy after successfully auditioning for a coveted place in the National Youth Dance Company.
Fifteen-year-old Jasmine Bayes is dancing for joy after successfully auditioning for a place in the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). The group, based at the famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, aims to create and perform innovative and influential dance, bringing together the brightest talent from across England to work with internationally renowned Associate Artists.
More than 350 dancers auditioned this year for just 30 places and the opportunity to study alongside 2015-16 Guest Artistic Director, award-winning choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Jasmine’s achievement is all the more impressive as she is a year younger than the usual 16- to 18-year-old intake.
Mr Keegan-Dolan will mentor the dancers during intensive residencies in school holidays throughout the year. He will also create a new piece of work for them to première at Sadler’s Wells in April 2016 and then tour around the country.
Jasmine took up ballet aged two and has gone on to study jazz, tap, contemporary dance and singing. As well as performing in School productions including The Crucible and Grease, she last year won a National Operatics and Drama Association award for her lead role as Kim in Miss Saigon at the Sharnbrook Mill Youth Theatre.
She said: “NYDC will give me the chance to develop different dance techniques such as contemporary, street dance, ballet and South Asian dance. This is a great opportunity for me to explore different career pathways and it will open my eyes to the world of professional dance.”
Younger Kimbolton pupils are already benefiting from Jasmine’s experience, as she and fellow Fifth Former Grace Jessop are currently running an Ingrams (First and Second Form) after-school Dance Club. Watch out for them in action at the Gym and Dance Display on 19 November!