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Joshua Hughes

Joshua Hughes with Yorkshire Dance Youth at Fresh 2016 © Brian Slater

Joshua joined Yorkshire Dance Youth in 2013 when a peer told him about the opportunity. Whilst in the company he gained a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Dance from Leeds City College and joined DAZL (Dance Action Zone Leeds).

“I have had a lot of experiences in YDY. Joining was a little scary at first as I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know about contemporary dance. This was before I really got into dancing and studying it full time at college.

“I’ve really enjoyed performing with the company at many platforms and events but, every year, Fresh has been my favourite. That day, with all the workshops and the amount of people and other companies, is a great way to see into the world of youth dance.

“Eventually I started studying dance at Leeds City College and became more passionate about dance. Knowing the styles I would have to do, I stayed with Yorkshire Dance Youth as the contemporary side helped me in the studio at college.

“What made me stay with the group was the people I’d met, the teachers, the fun we had in the studio, having a laugh and creating our own dances and the opportunities we were given.

“I’m about to embark on a journey and follow my dream at University of East London (UEL) studying on the Dance: Urban Practice course, which is a full time course that only does urban dance, and is the only one in the country.

“[Yorkshire Dance Youth] has given me a wide range of skills and fitness, it’s helped me develop my tricks and creative ideas, it’s given me knowledge and experience of working in a company. It’s made me more confident performing and trying styles that I’d never thought of doing. I’ve enjoyed working with the younger ones, taking responsibility for them and leading by example.”

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21 March 2017

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