Youth activities

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Youth Dance

At East Riding Youth Dance we have been exploring our options for resuming normal dance sessions safely.

In light of this we have taken the decision not to run sessions for the remainder of the year and work toward restarting our sessions in person with the appropriate measures in 2021.

We are following guidelines carefully and monitoring the outcomes as young people return to schools, educational settings and various external classes to dictate how we structure our sessions and ensure we conduct them in the safest way possible.

For any queries please contact arts.development@eastriding.gov.uk.

What dance activities for young people take place?

East Riding Youth Dance is recruiting for new dancers, aged 9-11 to join their community dance programme and also East Riding Youth Dance County Company. 

A range of dance styles, from contemporary to urban dance will be offered at a venue near you week commencing 25 September 2017.  It aims to provide young people with little or no previous dance experience, a fun, energetic and inspiring opportunity to develop both their dance technique and creative dance skills. 

The sessions will focus on building strength and fitness along with the creation of an original piece of dance which will be performed at the biggest Youth Dance Platform in the area on Sunday 21 January 2018 at Bridlington Spa alongside other invited guest companies. 

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to increase fitness and muscle tone; improve co-ordination, balance and posture and are excited by the opportunity to learn creatively with specialist dance artists then look no further. 

The youth dance groups are taking place for 12 weeks in 6 areas of the East Riding:

  • Memorial Hall, Beverley Tuesdays 
  • Bridlington Spa Mondays 
  • Trinity Church, Goole Saturdays
  • Pocklington Art Centre, Mondays 
  • Meridian Centre, Withernsea Fridays 
  • Community Primary School, Hornsea Thursdays

East Riding Youth Dance 2017 leaflet (pdf 2mb)

If you are passionate about dance and would like to work with other gifted young dancers to develop your dance skills then East Riding Youth Dance county Company is for you.

You will enjoy a challenging working environment where you will learn new skills and develop your dance technique.

Auditions take place in on Sunday 1 October 2017 at:

The Arts Garage 2
Tokenspire Business Park
HU17 0TB.

Rehearsals throughout the year take place (fortnightly) on Sundays from 10.15am to 2.15pm.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to create their own dance work, enhance their skills and perform to audiences across the region.  You will also have the amazing opportunity to work with world-class dance companies and have performance opportunities.

For more information, to book a place, or receive an application pack for County Company please call (01482) 395320 or visit the website:

East Riding Youth Dance (ERYD) website (external website)

What music activities for young people take place?

Music4U reaches across York, Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire and provides musical engagement and development opportunities for young people aged 0-25, particularly targeting those whose life circumstances make it difficult for them to otherwise access musical learning. The current Music4U project has developed from 14 years of experience as a Youth Music Action Zone and subsequently a Musical Inclusion provider.

There are five core outcomes at the heart of Music4U:

  • To develop self-efficacy (particularly confidence, communication and team working skills) in young people living in challenging circumstances, through musical engagement
  • To improve the musical skills and knowledge of young people living in challenging circumstances
  • To improve knowledge and skills among delivery partners, particularly focusing on legacy, sustainability, advocacy, evaluation and reflective practice
  • To develop a culture of inclusive practice among strategic stakeholders, particularly increasing awareness of the broad array of musical genres, progression routes and expectations of quality that are appropriate for and accessible to young people living in challenging circumstances
  • To develop young people's cultural and social awareness, encouraging them to value themselves and others from a diverse array of backgrounds.

These outcomes are brought about through a vibrant and diverse programme of musical activities, spanning genres from DJ'ing and beatboxing to traditional African drumming, from Javanese gamelan to contemporary classical composition and beyond.

All practical activities are delivered by highly skilled community musicians and are tailored to the young people taking part, with opportunities for participants to gain accreditation such as the Arts Award. Legacy and continuity are particularly important and Music4U seeks to support young people to carry on their musical journeys beyond the end of each project.

The project also works to develop the sector, particularly through close partnership working with the three Music Education Hubs in the region.

Music4U is delivered in partnership between the National Centre for Early Music, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and York Arts Education, and is funded by Youth Music.

Please visit Music 4U:

Music 4U website (external website) 

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