SkyeDance was first established in 2003 to meet the need for more dance classes and the promotion of Dance across Skye and Lochalsh. The first SkyeDance showcase was performed in June 2004 and was a sell out hit, confirming the appetite and passion for dance on the island.
The creation of a new constituted committee and appointment of a Dance Development Officer in 2006 found SkyeDance really taking off and expanding, with regular classes in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary as well as invited guest tutors providing workshops in Hip-Hop, Street, Bollywood and Salsa to a wide range of ages.
In 2011 the SkyeDance Youth Company (SDYC) was formed to provide the most talented dancers with the opportunity for more focused, advanced instruction and to take part in workshops and performances across Scotland. To date at least 5 past company dancers have gone on to study dance at post-secondary level and the company has been selected as one of the top 12 youth dance groups in Scotland.
Highlights of SDYC include being invited to take part in the Commonwealth Games Youth Dance Festival (2014), our piece commissioned by Atlas Arts (2014), Edinburgh Fringe performance (2015), Poetry in Motion (2016) a collaboration with Highland Youth Arts Hub, International Dance Exchange (2016) a collaboration with Eden Court and Highland Youth Arts Hub, Dance Show Live (2017) and a promotion film with Film G Alba (2018).
The Annual SkyeDance Showcase continues to highlight the diversity and quality of instruction available, bringing together dancers from the regular SkyeDance classes as well as providing a platform for all dancers and teachers of dance in the area. It has become a highlight for both the dancers and the wider public.
Today, SkyeDance continues to provide high quality dance classes across a range disciplines: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Creative Dance, Toddler and Adult classes (see timetable). We are also proud to be the first organisation in the area to be able to offer the internationally known ISTD (www.istd.org) syllabus for our students in which they can work towards gaining qualifications towards their dancing. Most recently we have teamed up with Portree High School and will be delivering SQA National 5 Dance with the hope to progress to SQA Higher Dance to the students across Skye and Lochalsh – please contact us for more information.
We also lead projects in inter-generational work and inclusive dance.
We currently employ two members of staff, our Dance Development & Project Manager – Meara O’Donnell-Webb and Graduate Dance Support Officer – Ailsa McInnes who run our core programmes, workshops, projects and events.
We were recently delighted to have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland, The Robertsons Trust and The Highland Council to enable us to continue to support two dance teachers to deliver our core programme of classes as well as continue to develop our inter-generational and inclusive dance projects.
To enable us to continue our ambitious and innovative work and keep creating opportunities for the young people of Skye and Lochalsh to participate in dance we are always in need of sponsors and donations. If you or your company are interested in contributing in any way we’d love to hear from you. To find out more about funding, sponsorship, donations and volunteering please contact us or call Meara on 07493296635.
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