The Young Company of NLDC

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Passionate about dance & looking for more performance opportunities?

NLDC has been a widely respected training facility for dancers in London, Ontario for more than 20 years. In September 2014, we celebrated the inaugural season for The Young Company (YoCo) of North London Dance Centre!

What does this mean?

For concert dance schools like ours (non-competitive) this is a wonderful opportunity to complement our strong technical training program with performance-oriented training.

Members of The Young Company have the opportunity to work with professional choreographers, and learn pieces in a variety of contemporary styles which will be performed (at minimum) at our Winterlude and June Recital shows, but also throughout the community at large. The Young Company provides essential performance training & experience that strengthens the individual dancer’s talents, while enhancing their understanding of the performance process and its demands.

Our Young Company regularly performs in events organized by the London Dance Festival, and has also performed as part of Doors Open London, and The Grand House Party which supports Anova, formerly Women’s Community House.

The Young Company photo 2
The Young Company photo 1

The Vision

The Young Company is establishing itself as an organization which provides an innovative environment where talented young dancers can further expand their technical dance training with performance-oriented training and experience given by some of the most respected teachers and choreographers in our community.

Past Choreographers by Season

2020-2021 – Megan Alfano, Pam Eddleston, Hannah Elias, Brooke Gilmour & Breanna Willis
2019-2020 – Pam Eddleston, Hannah Elias, Kelly Hajar & Dana Hambly
2018-2019 – Megan Alfano, Ruth Barrett, Hannah Goldberg & Dana Hambly
2017-2018 – Megan Alfano, Ruth Barrett, Hannah Goldberg & Rosemarie Kaes
2016-2017 – Megan Alfano, Ruth Barrett, Brandy Coughlin, Hannah Goldberg & Louis Laberge- Côté
2015-2016 – Ruth Douthwright, Kelly Hajar, Louis Laberge- Côté & Tracy Mitchell
2014-2015 – Kelly Hajar, Louis Laberge- Côté, Tracy Mitchell & Dale Yoshida

The Details

  • Company rehearsals are every Saturday from 3:00-5:00 pm.
  • Open to NLDC students enrolled in 5+ hours per week of technique classes at NLDC levels 4 – 11.
  • Technique classes can be in any style offered at NLDC.
  • Tuition fees for this program are $925+HST per year
  • There are no additional costume fees. Costumes will be owned by NLDC & available for dancers prior to each performance. Tights & body liners will be the responsibility of the dancer.
  • Dancers who are taking classes, assisting, or teaching at other dance schools are not eligible for this program.

To register your dancer in this program, please register online using our parent portal.

Artistic Director

Kelly has been involved in dance for more than 30 years, and is the Founder of the Maritime Dance Performance Group in Nova Scotia, where she was Artistic Director for 11 years. During her tenure there, she provided contemporary performing training & opportunities to pre-professional dancers ages 12-20. The company was recognized as one of the premiere youth performing arts groups in Atlantic Canada. An avid performer and choreographer, Kelly has created more than 20 original commissioned works during her career, and was the recipient of the prestigious Pat Richard’s Choreographic Award at the age of 20, for demonstrating exceptional choreographic ability and the potential to realize a future in the creative realm of dance.

The Young Company dancing in the park

Company Members

Ainsley Morgan portrait

Ainsley Morgan

Anna Archibald portrait

Anna Archibald

Ari Burgess portrait

Ari Burgess

Isabella Russell portrait

Isabella Russell

Isabelle Chandler portrait

Isabelle Chandler

Jenna Russell portrait

Jenna Russell

Lyla Hajar portrait

Lyla Hajar

MacKenzie Mercer portrait

MacKenzie Mercer

Nicole Jamieson

Nicole Jamieson