The Guelph Youth Dance Company, Young Company and Apprentice Companies provide serious young dancers ages 9-19 with opportunities to work with a variety of professional choreographers and to perform regularly throughout the year. The company experience is inspiring, challenging and deeply enriching for young dancers considering a profession in dance.
Guelph Youth Dance Company
The GYD Company was formed in 2008, by Janet Johnson and Catrina von Radecki as a means of further celebrating, enhancing and training young dancers. Now in our 11th year of the Guelph Youth Company, we have some very strong, talented, ambitious and highly creative dancers who perform together regularly in events such as Hillside Inside (Guelph), DanceOntario Weekend (Toronto), Art Harvest (London), Carousel Dance Centre (Waterloo) and in a variety of locations in Guelph including the Guelph Dance Festival. These same dancers have worked with some of the best dancers and choreographers from across Canada including David Earle (Guelph), Karen Kaeja (Toronto), Lina Cruz (Montreal), Suzanne Miller (Montreal), Jordana Deveau (Toronto), and Anik Bourvrette (Ottawa). The company has had exceptional International touring experiences including a 10-day tour throughout China, March 2016 and a 12 day tour in Spain in 2019.
We look forward to continuing to develop a variety of relationships with other youth organizations such as the Suzuki String School (Guelph), Swansea School of Dance (Toronto), Carousel Dance (Waterloo) and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (Toronto).
Dancer’s must audition to join a Company
Company Packages include all three sessions – fall, winter and spring – of weekly classes and rehearsals made up of company ballet, company rehearsals, contemporary technique and composition.
Inspired by their success, Guelph Youth Dance has two Apprentice Companies that are sure to follow in their footsteps!