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 Liverpool, Stoke, Southampton, Wolverhampton and Brighton.

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 year alone, members of the company have performed at Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall stage, Move It at Excel, The Old Vic Summer Party, Kensington Roof Gardens, Leicester Curve, The Marlowe Theatre and London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

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

Auditions

ZooNation Youth Company Auditions Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018

London

Could you be a ZooNation Youth Company dancer?

Are you a dancer aged between 10-20 years with advanced skills in Locking, Popping, House, Breaking and Technical dance styles?

Do you have the desire to work hard and take that vital step forward into the dance profession?

We are looking for members to join our Youth Company, ZYC. We will be holding an audition on Saturday 15th September with recalls for successful attendees on Sunday 16th September, in London and invite you to register your place at the audition by Friday 31st August.

From September 2018 ZooNation Youth Company is refining its focus and will be a company of up to 15 dancers only. This more compact company will be led by our first guest Artistic Director Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Members will gain dedicated training in foundations and Hip Hop styles, learn from regular guest teachers and present work at a selected calendar of exciting performance opportunities.

Eligibility

  1. Aged between 10 – 20 years old on the audition date.
  2. Able to attend compulsory Saturday training sessions 10am – 6pm in London, during term time.
  3. Available to attend additional rehearsals as required for performances (These may take place on weeknights and during the holidays)

What we are looking for

  1. A high level of dance skill and ability in the following dance styles; Locking, Popping, House, Breaking, Technical (including turns and across the floor work) and picking up choreography and the ability to execute this at a high standard.
  2. Ability to freestyle.
  3. A commitment to improving your skills and working with a professional attitude.
  4. A willingness to work as part of a company and as an individual.

Registration

Please email annie@zoonation.co.uk to receive an Information Pack and Registration Form.

You must register before the deadline, Friday 31st August. Please use ZYC Audition & (Your Name) as the email

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!"

Support ZYC

Donate to ZYC or hire the company for your event.
Click here to find out how

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