Friday, January 24, 2020
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A 19-year-old dancer from Skye has been selected for a dancing programme and will tour Scotland this month.

Allison MacDonald was selected from a rigorous audition process to form the Project Y Performance Course, which will start the annual Project Y Tour on Wednesday 24 July.

Allison said: “I wanted to do Project Y since 2016 but I was afraid as I didn’t think it would suit me and that I wouldn’t fit in. When I had more friends recommend it to me over the years I thought it was worth a try in 2018 and I ended up having a really fun and amazing experience. I would like to be involved with a touring company when I’m older and this course gives a wee taster into what it could be like.”

The 2019 Company have spent the last three weeks working with acclaimed choreographers, Tony Adigun, Christine Devaney, Rosie Kay and Thomas Small, to create a diverse and exhilarating line-up of new work. Part of the appeal of Project Y to both participants and audience members is the diversity of the programme. Each choreographer has different methods of creating material based on diverse themes. Variety is at the heart of the project, ensuring participants get a breadth of experience during the four weeks and audiences see a varied programme of outstanding performances.

Many of the young performers study dance full time at training colleges in Scotland and England, and some younger participants are still at school but have a keen interest in pursuing dance as a career. The Leverhulme Trust provide bursaries for the dancers to attend Project Y funded by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarships Grant.

Anna Kenrick, Artistic Director of YDance said: “Project Y is a unique intensive training and performance programme which aims to develop the technical, creative, and performance skills of the young dancers taking part. It gives them a real sense of what it’s like to work in the industry as a performer – from the audition process, to working with top choreographers to creating and rehearsing a number of dance pieces, right through to touring the work on a national tour. The dancers are selected through a rigorous audition process and their talent is extraordinary. You really are seeing the future of dance in the making.”

Project Y opens at Tramway (Glasgow) on Wednesday 24 July and will tour to Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling, 25 July), The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen, 26 July) and Eden Court (Inverness, 27 July). 

For more information, visit for further information and booking details.

Image 1: The Project Y 2019 Company. Photo by Paul Watt Photography. Alison MacDonald (front row, first on the right).

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