ZooNation Youth Company

ZooNation Youth Company was founded in 2006 and is comprised of some of the best young hip-hoppers in the UK with dancers from all over London and from as far as Birmingham, Southampton, Dorset and Brighton.

About the company

As well as performing as part of the cast of West End show Into the Hoods, ZooNation Youth Company has performed in the Channel 4/BAFTA short film The Holloway Launderette (Channel 4/BAFTA/Big Dance), Breakin’ Convention, Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC), Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (worldwide broadcast) and BBC’s Blue Peter to name but a few.

The company were incredibly honoured to be invited to perform for the International Olympics Committee at the Royal Opera House (heads of state, opening ceremony, London Olympics 2012).

ZooNation Youth Company performed ZooNation’s Groove on Down the Road at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, where they are resident company, in the summers of 2013 and 2014. They have performed as guests at the Dance Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall and at Fresh at The Place. In the last two years they have performed at The Old Vic Summer Party, Kensington Roof Gardens, the New Year’s Day Parade. Move It, Birmingham Hippodrome as part of BSide Festival and at the Southbank Centre, Riverside Stage, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In 2019 the company returned to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage with their hit show Tales of the Turntable.

ZooNation Youth Company performances

ZooNation Youth Company  was founded in 2006 and comprises some of the best young hip-hoppers in the UK with dancers from across the country. As a resident company at London’s Southbank Centre, their work has varied greatly over the years including invitations to perform for the International Olympics Committee at the Royal Opera House (heads of state, opening ceremony, London Olympics 2012), performing at the Dance Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall and at the New Year’s Day Parade to name a few.

As well as this ZooNation Youth Company has been commissioned to create two original pieces of work, Groove on Down the Road and Tales of the Turntable, both of which received 4* reviews and played to sell out audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and have been remounted around the country including performances at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Wales Millennium Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome.

We can offer excerpts of any of ZYC’s repertoire, or the creation of a bespoke piece, to be performed at a variety of events leaving your audiences inspired and excited.

Prices available upon request -contact info@zoonation.co.uk

ZooNation Youth Company presents House Party

Renowned for its incredible performance opportunities, this year the company were unable to create a live show, but used the current situation as a creative opportunity to continue their training at home.

Using self tapes shot during lockdown, House Party unites members of ZooNation Youth Company 2020 through dance challenges and Hip Hop skills all mastered remotely under the direction of ZooNation Youth Company’s Artistic Director Bradley Charles. A visual feast of ZooNation’s exciting new talent with bold design and animation by Andrzej Goulding, and some familiar ZooNation music and original sounds by DJ Walde.

Creative Team:

Creative concept, choreography and direction: Bradley Charles
Design, animation and editing: Andrzej Goulding
Sound design and sound editing: DJ Walde
Engagement Producer and ZYC Manager: Annie Taylor-Gooby
Dancers: (in alphabetical order): Xsia Blair, Rory Clarke, Liberty Greig, Sebastian Harry, Nicole Ingram, Alexander Johnston, Brianna McGahee, D’jon McTernan, Shantell Mears, Moses Mukabi, Zoe O’David, Elijah Smith, Oliver Stewart, Sashshana Wade, Callum Webdale

House Party (2020)

ZooNation Youth Company perform on the Main Stage at MOVE IT 2016

Auditions

Due to the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding easing of measures relating to close proximity to others in a studio setting whilst performing high intensity workouts such as dance, we have made the difficult decision not to hold our annual auditions for ZooNation Youth Company this September. The safety of both the company, our artists and the large number of young people we usually engage with on this day is of the utmost importance to us.

As a result of existing commitments and to provide the most stable and positive learning environment for all current company members, we will not audition at another point throughout the academic year.

The next ZooNation Youth Company auditions will therefore take place September 2021.

While the majority of our activity in the studio and in theatres may be on hold, you can continue to train with us and learn more about our work via our YouTube series Dance On Demand. You can keep in touch with ZooNation and join our quarterly newsletter.

We do hope to fully reopen our Academy of Dance to new starters in January 2021 (subject to government guidance). Please visit ZooNation Academy of Dance training pages for more information on these classes and email zad@zoonation.co.uk to register your interest.

Testimonials

"ZooNation Youth Company were part of Save the Children's major annual fundraising gala dinner, Festival of Trees, in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal. They launched the night with an incredible mix of innovative choreography delivered with buckets of energy. A faultless performance rewarded with a well deserved standing ovation! It was an absolute pleasure to work with them. Dedicated, creative, passionate, and professional with overwhelming enthusiasm to deliver a first class show. Absolutely fantastic!!! They have certainly left a positive lasting impression on the guests and the organisation as a whole."

"I am writing to thank ZooYouth for closing this year’s Philip Lawrence Awards with such skill, style, and energy. We’ve had so many comments from our guests about how fantastic they were, and how they embody the positive messages about young people being capable of great things."

"ZYC's piece closed the show and it was certainly worth waiting for! The dancers were very professional and so well rehearsed."

"Many thanks for allowing ZooNation Youth Company to perform at the Dance Proms show on Sunday evening. They were fantastic and brought the house down!"

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For more information on ZooNation Youth Company performances and bookings, please contact company manager Annie Taylor-Gooby – annie@zoonation.co.uk