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. The GYD Company only hires professional, established Canadian dance choreographers with great skill and artistry as well as experience with youth education.
For aspiring dancers 14 – 19 years born 2005 and earlier (by audition)
In addition to the December Open House and the Spring Show at the River Run Centre, company members will have several other performance opportunities throughout the year.
Over the past five years the company has performed at DanceOntario Weekend, Harbourfront Centre, Art Harvest, Guelph Dance Festival, and have participated in a summer residency with Tara Luz Danse in Ottawa, a week long exchange in Moncton New Brunswick, a 10-day tour throughout China, a 12-day tour in Spain, an exchange with the Halifax Young Company through Experiences Canada, Linamar for the performing arts performances at the River Run Centre just to name a few opportunities!
Company members have worked with highly acclaimed guest choreographers including: Anik Bouvrette (Ottawa), Lina Cruz and Suzanne Miller from Montreal, and Karen Kaeja, Kate Hilliard, Jordana Deveau all from Toronto, Lacey Smith from London, and Dancetheatre David Earle from Guelph. In order to build relationships with other creative youth in our community, we have built regular partnerships with the Suzuki String School, Season Singers and Swansea School of Dance.
The GYD Company classes and rehearsals run from September, 2019 – May, 2020. If accepted in to the Company, members would be required to attend every company rehearsal and attend every performance.
GYD Company weekly training & rehearsal schedule 2019-2020
Mandatory for all company members:
Monday 5:30-7:30pm: Red Company Ballet and Rehearsal (born 2005-2004) OR 6:30-8:30pm: Blue Company Ballet and Rehearsal (born 2003 and earlier)
Tuesday 6:30-8:15pm: Contemporary Technique and Composition 15 and up (born 2004 and earlier) OR Wednesday 5:45-7:30pm: Contemporary Technique and Composition 13-14 (born 2005)
Saturday: 1:45-2:45 pm: Company Mandatory Technique (born 2005 and earlier)
Saturday: 2:45-4:00pm Company Rehearsal (born 2005 and earlier )
Additional Classes highly recommended
Saturday: 1:00-1:45pm: Conditioning (born 2005 and earlier)
Friday: 4:15-5:30pm: Ballet 15 and up (born 2004 and earlier) OR Thursday 6:00-6:45pm: Ballet 11-14 (born 2005)
Thursday: 7:30am-8:30 am: Contemporary Barre class (born 2005 and earlier)
Friday 5:30-6:30pm: Jazz 15 and up (born 2004 and earlier) OR Saturdays 11:15-12:15 Jazz 12-14 (born 2005)
Saturday: 12:15-1:15pm Hip Hop 12-14 (born 2005) OR Hip Hop 15 and up Saturdays 5:00-6:00pm (born 2004 and earlier)