In the main Homegrown offers unique residential experiences for young people wanting to develop their skills in creative and technical dance
Homegrown’ was an idea founded in 2009 by Julia Williams, formerly Dance Advisor for Cheshire County Council and now National Programme Leader for Dance in schools and colleges. Homegrown’s mission is to provide high quality dance experiences for children and young people.
Homegrown is an umbrella term for a collective of individuals (Julia Wiliams, Vicky Sheard and Jo Rhodes) who historically have grown up, participated in, delivered on and led dance in intensive and residential settings throughout Cheshire and beyond, primarily working with the Conway Centre. Homegrown aims to further develop the residential and extended opportunities in dance that have always been part of the landscape for the children and young people of Cheshire. There is a long history of excellence with Cheshire Youth Dance Company, Cheshire Boys and JYG who will all now be known as Homegrown and with the various residential and performance experiences that have been provided for young people. Homegrown now continues to develop its relationship with the Conway centre and will this year be running a range of residential courses for children and young people and their teachers. Please see the enclosed information or go to www. Conwaycentre.co.uk. Cheshire Youth Dance and Cheshire Boys companies have successfully been accepted onto Youth Dance England’s national festivals in Birmingham (2005), Manchester (2007) and London (2008). Homegrown YDC (formerly CYDC) have become known as a flagship NW youth dance company.
For over and above 22 years we have nurtured Cheshire young people from the East and the West to pursue careers in dance and go onto further training. In the last three years we have had students go on to study dance at Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Hammond, Middlesex University, Roehampton University and more. Cheshire young people have also been accepted on to Centre for Advanced Training Schemes in London and Yorkshire. Older members of CYDC have gone on to have successful careers with companies such as CandoCo, Scottish Dance Theatre, Maresa Von Stockart, Ludus and many more. This is a result of providing a very diverse range of opportunities that engage both the body and the mind and help develop very confident and realistic young people.