Dancestreams Youth Dance Company
is unique in a multitude of ways.
Carefully cultivated over the past 30 years, Dancestreams brings together youth dancers
age 12 – 18 from a variety of communities, training backgrounds and dance
schools throughout Vancouver Island, exposes youth dancers to the works of
professional choreographers, and shares that creativity in performances throughout
the region and occasionally further afield.
For many small communities, Dancestreams
presents one of the rare opportunities to see contemporary dance. It is important to understand that
Dancestreams is not a dance school, does
not take part in competitions or adjudicated festivals, and does not replace
regular training in the home studios.
The Dancestreams Company rehearses for six hours every Sunday from
September to May. Dancestreams provides
enrichment for focused young people, who give back to the communities through
their performances, and in the master classes offered throughout the
season. Company dancers learn about the
creative process while working in studio with guest choreographers ranging from
emerging to established professionals.
They learn about professional performance standards by performing in a
wide-variety of venues, and the result over the past quarter century has been
an extraordinary number of Island dancers who have gone on to professional
careers following their time in the Company.
For children and youth who experience a Dancestreams school show or
public performance, the value of hard work, dedication and commitment to an art
form is driven home when they see outstanding choreography performed at the
highest standards by their peers The opportunities to liaise with and learn
from working professionals have been the catalyst for many alumni to carry on
to professional careers themselves, and school programming has inspired and
widened the perspective for many children who previously have had no exposure