Commotions Youth Dance Company

Commotions Youth Dance Company is The Lowry's in house young people’s dance company and has welcomed young people from across the region with an interest in dance to audition for the company for over 6 years.

From September 2014 we developed the existing company, offering more access to technique training sessions, creative opportunities and also established an all-boys company, Commotions Boys.

Commotions Boys The Heard
Commotions Boys 'The Heard' U.Dance NW 2015.


Book on to our Open Day:

The Lowry Youth Dance Company
Sun 21 May | The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester
9.30am - 1pm | Age 11 – 19
To book call The Lowry Box Office 0843 208 6000

The Open Day will consist of practical technique and creative sessions with our Company Cooridnators as well as the opportunity to find out more about the company and The Lowry's Youth Dance Programmes.

Applications for Auditions in 2017 will be available soon! 

Auditions for the company will be open to male/ female dancers aged 11 - 19.

More information on the open days and audition here.

Commotions Youth Dance Company members have the opportunity to work with exciting dance artists and acclaimed choreographers to create work that is performed across the year, both at The Lowry and at platforms across the country.

Platforms and Projects that Commotions have performed in include:

Signatures: The Youth Dance Showcase - Presented by Dance Manchester and The Lowry
U.Dance NW Regional Platforms – Presented by NorthWest Dance in Partnership with The Lowry
Lancashire Youth Dance Festival – Presented by Ludus Dance and The Dukes

Commotions Youth Dance Company dancers have the opportunity to perform separately as Commotions Girls/ Boys as well as creating and performing work together as an ensemble for specific projects. This allows them to explore a range of movement vocabulary as well as different choreographic approaches for each project.

U.Dance 2015!

Commotions Girls Youth Dance Company were selected to represent the North West region alongside Ludus Youth Dance Company, to perform their piece 'Existing in Thought' at U.Dance 2015 National Festival in Plymouth. This was a massive honour and a unique opportunity for the company to spend 4 days with other youth dance companies from across the UK, participating in workshops, dance activities, a mass dance and the performance of their selected piece at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Take a look at Commotions Girls and Boys performing at  U.Dance NW 2015 Festival at The Lowry:

'Existing in Thought' - Commotions Girls Youth Dance Company 
Choreographed by Beth Payton

'The Heard' - Commotions Boys Youth Dance Company 
Choreographed by Samantha Broadbent

To find out more about the U.Dance National Festival, click here.

Rosie Kay '5 Soldiers' Project:

Commotions Boys Youth Dance Company were recently part of a professional performance project with Rosie Kay Dance Company’s ‘5 Soldiers’ performing with other young male dancers from across the region, whilst working practically alongside professional dance artists to create a performance piece which premiered at Rusholme Army Reserve Centre.

5 Soldiers
Rosie Kay Dance Company '5 Soldiers' Tour

Get Involved:

Commotions in association with The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training offer Open Technique Classes to both girls and boys every Thursday and Friday evening during term time, which is open to the public. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in joining Commotions Youth Dance Company to experience technique classes lead by Beth Payton and Samantha Broadbent the Company Coordinators.

Click here to find out more about these dance drop in sessions.