News: Candoco partners with ASOS

Friday 1 February 2019

Candoco Dance Company in Face In by Yasmeen Godder (c) Hugo Glendinning

Candoco Dance Company are teaming up with fashion site ASOS to deliver a residential dance training intensive for young dancers in summer 2019.

With ASOS’ assistance, this partnership will enable Candoco to offer dancers aged 18-30 an opportunity to develop their physical skills and creative potential in an inclusive environment, free of charge. The training intensive will run for two weeks and give disabled and non-disabled dancers from diverse backgrounds a route into the dance profession, by working with Candoco’s team of professional dancers and leading choreographers.

The news follows Candoco’s recent appearance as the first contemporary dance company to guest on Strictly Come Dancing, which was seen by millions of viewers around the world.

Building on the company’s well-established learning and development programme and ASOS’s reach with 20-somethings, ASOS and Candoco hope to support creative ambition in disabled and non-disabled young people.

Charlotte Darbyshire, Artistic Co-Director at Candoco, said:

“There is so much physical talent and artistic potential out there among young disabled and non-disabled adults and a huge demand for wider representation in the dance sector and yet, there is simply not enough access to training or routes into the profession. This exciting partnership with ASOS will enable Candoco to use our expertise in inclusive dance practice to provide an unparalleled learning opportunity for these young artists.”

Louise McCabe, Corporate Responsibility Director at ASOS, said:

“We believe that every young person, no matter their background, should be given the chance to reach their full potential. We couldn’t be happier to be working with Candoco and supporting such an inclusive approach to creative expression.”

Auditions will be held in May. Dancers interested in applying for the Candoco Dance Company Training Intensive should contact for more information.

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