If you’re looking to challenge your dance training, perform exclusively created choreography and make incredible friends then COAST is for you. 

COAST Youth Dance Company is our resident company for dancers aged 14 – 19 years (up to 25 years for young people with disabilities) from across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and surrounding areas. 

Based on auditions that take place twice yearly, COAST meet and train for 2 1/2 hours weekly and spend time during school holidays with nationally renowned choreographers such as Zoie Golding (ZoieLogic), 2Faced Dance Company and Uchenna Dance. 

They are invited to perform at multiple platforms across the region, to advocate on behalf of PDSW and to volunteer for PDSW events. Dancers also watch professional dance work.

Led by South West Community Dance Practitioner Sophie Douglas, participants have the opportunity to undertake work experience with us, deliver an Arts Award and consult on the direction the company will take next. We regularly ask our young people what they want to achieve with COAST, who they want to work with and where they want to perform. As a result of such conversations with the 2021 COAST cohort, the company have been making original dance film work, collaborating with live musicians & artists & will tour to local schools delivering performances and peer-led workshops, and will receive training in enterprise and fundraising skills. 

There is also a COAST representative role available for aspiring leaders.

There is a participation fee of £395 per year.

COAST is a safe space open to all genders and welcome dancers from different backgrounds and different dance styles.

As part of our CAMPAIGN FOR JOY we have created this digital postcard series – dancing with people across the BCP area to highlight the wide variety of work that we do as well as place our cultural value firmly on the world map. One of these postcards featured COAST, with Sophie Douglas… we hope this short video gives you a great insight into the company!

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