National Youth Dance Company Workshop with Jack William Parry


Each year, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) brings together a group of talented young people aged 16-19 years, and up to 24 years for those who are d/Deaf or disabled, to represent the best of youth dance. Being part of the company is an opportunity to experience working like a professional dancer with an internationally renowned choreographer, complete with a national tour. Every year is unique and every year we welcome dancers from across the country from a wide range of dance styles, backgrounds and years of experience.

We are excited to be part of the U.Dance East 2021 digital platform where you will meet NYDC Alumni and Ipswich-native, Jack William Parry. Jack will lead a contemporary dance workshop that shares his experience of NYDC with you, leaving you with tips and information about how you can get involved in NYDC activity in the future, as well as make the most of every opportunity to develop as a professional dance artist.


Jack trained at the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training before completing his degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His professional credits include Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ National & International tour; National Youth Dance Company: Akram Khan’s ‘The Rashomon Effect’ Sadler’s Wells & National tour (2014); Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s ‘Frame[d]’ Sadler’s Wells, National tour & Latitude Festival Riverstage (2015); Ali Curtis Jones’ ‘Drumstick’, Switzerland (2017); Hinged Dance Company (2018-21); MainStage dancer for Scarefest choreographed by Elementz Ent/ Lindon Barr (2020).

Cinema, TV & DVD credits include Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ (Cinema broadcast wordwide/Sky Arts); the choreography research team for Robert Eggers ‘The Northman’ (2020). Jack is also currently filming a small speaking role for a new TV series to be broadcast next year.

Jack also now runs his own business, ROUGEDMILK, a platform designed for London creatives combining three artistic inputs in one; photography, makeup & styling.


We want everyone to take part in U.Dance East 2021 in a safe and enjoyable environment. Participants must agree to abide by the following guidelines and instructions.

Click to view the relevant guidance.


Don’t forget, you can get involved in other ways too!


We’ve asked our friend Martell Richards at MRD Dance to set you all a little challenge, watch the video below for instructions!

Once you’ve completed your movement, we’d love to see it!

You can share it with us in 2 ways:

1) Share it with us on social media, by tagging us @danceeast @onedanceuk @uniofbedsdance

2) Email it to us by Friday 19 March 2021, if you’d like your footage to be included in a short celebration film that will be aired as part of the U.Dance East event on March 27. Send the clip via WeTransfer (or similar) to:


Head over to our TikTok (@DanceEast_uk) channel where we’ve created a dance challenge! All you have to do is learn the routine and film yourself performing it, post it on TikTok with #UDanceEast21 in the caption and you’ll be streamed straight to our live audiences on the big day!


Click here to find out more about DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (10-18 years)

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