Aiming for professional career

Local dancer Katelyn Bedford is one of 22 exceptional dancers to be chosen by YDance.
Local dancer Katelyn Bedford is one of 22 exceptional dancers to be chosen by YDance.

Spinning towards a professional dancing career is a former Forfar Academy pupil who has landed a place at a prestigious dance training performance programme.

YDance, Scotland’s national dance organisation selected Katelyn Bedford as one of the 22 exceptional young dancers from across Scotland to work with Anna Kenrick, YDance Artistic Director and guest choreographers Yael Flexer, Jürg Koch and Errol White & Davina Givan (White & Givan).

Katelyn, 18, said: “I have been dancing since I was about three, mainly at Esk Academy of Dancing in Montrose.

“I began with ballet and now focus on contemporary dance.”

Project Y was created in 2006 to give talented young dancers the opportunity to develop their dance skills and experience what it is like to be a professional dancer.

Anna Kenrick, YDance artistic director and Project Y choreographer, said that the dancers can expect a tough time when they are put through their paces during the next few weeks.

She continued: “Project Y is a unique opportunity in Scotland for talented dancers aged 16–21. All 22 dancers selected will be expected to work hard over the next four weeks, adapt to the different working styles of the choreographers, learn and perfect choreography quickly and be able to perform to a high standard night after night during the 2015 Project Y tour.

Keen to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer in a company, Katelyn is focusing on building her skills.

She said: “I put myself forward for this to gain as much experience as possible before I start full time dance training in Leeds at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in September.”

The tour will open at Tramway, Glasgow on Wednesday, July 29 before touring Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen on July 31 and Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. Tickets are on sale from all venue websites.