Talent Development Across the Ages

Anyone can dance. No matter your age or ability, dance has the power to inspire.

Talent Development is a huge part of what we do every day at MDI. For dance artists, our weekly Professional Class focuses on improving technique and challenging the body, and we work with artists through mentorship to support their professional development, from profiling work, to creating paid opportunities.

Dancers of every level and background are part of this same journey. Merseyside Youth Dance Company inspires young people to dance, perform and improve their abilities, and this approach is applied when working with our over 50s too. Men!Dancing! performed at Sadler’s Wells earlier this year as part of an inclusive festival showcasing dance work by elders, and it’s creating these lasting memories and ongoing relationships that drives the community-led strand of the dance sector.

For LEAP 2019, local dancers and dance artists aged 18-73 have been working with touring company New Art Club to create a brand new performance. Everywhere We’ve Ever Been and Everything We’ve Ever Done is a funny and charming look into collective memory, and the group are currently rehearsing at LIPA every week in order to premiere the piece at LEAP Fringe, in a free performance at Static Gallery on Saturday 12 October.

Collaborating with dance students, respected artists and movers and shakers from our 50 Moves and Men!Dancing! companies, the piece celebrates the beauty of movement, and the unique perspective of intergenerational approaches to dance.

Using dance and spoken material, Everywhere We’ve Ever Been and Everything We’ve Ever Done is poem to our pasts and a love letter to the future.

For 2020, we’re planning to make our talent development strand even more visible, with pop-up performances, commissions and masterclasses throughout the year, so talent has a chance to shine every day (not just during LEAP!) Be part of it!