ZooNation Youth Company

ZooNation Youth Company (ZYC) 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.

Introducing ZooNation Youth Company

As well as performing as part of the cast of West End show Into the Hoods, ZYC 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).

ZYC 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.

Last summer saw ZYC return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage with their hit show Tales of the Turntable.

Introducing ZooNation Youth Company

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 ZYC 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.

You may also be interested in our next virtual Summer Academy for ages 8-16, training with some top ZooNation artists across five days in August. We do hope to fully reopen our Academy of Dance to new starters in January 2021 (subject to government guidance). Please visit ZAD training pages for more information on these classes and email zad@zoonation.co.uk to register your interest.

Testimonials

"ZYC 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 ZYC 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