One Dance UK
Congratulations to Helena Meadows who has managed to secure one in eight national places on One Dance UK’s Young Creatives programme. Young Creatives is a national programme managed by One Dance UK in partnership with the Royal Opera House and Rambert. As part of the programme, dancers will benefit from the opportunity to work with a choreographic mentor who will support them in developing a piece from an initial idea or a work-in-progress through to a finished product through feedback and support. The young dancers will also benefit from: classes, workshops and rehearsals at Dance Hub, Birmingham, the Royal Opera House and Rambert; the opportunity to perform their work formally at the Clore Studio, Royal Opera House and the enjoyment of meeting other young people and Young Creatives mentors during intensive days and workshops.
“The theme of my piece (Block 11) is the Holocaust in which we explore the relationships between the prisoners and the guards. It is an abstract piece that references smaller pieces of information such as the shoes of those who suffered and lost their lives and the carriage journey to Auschwitz.
My dancers are Kaci Winstone, Ellie Broughton, Kelly Harris, Bethany Orton and Millie Stapleford. My dancers work extremely hard, are very present and interested within my work, have the creative independence to workshop their own ideas when asked and are constantly dedicated to the piece, the learning and the challenges that they face.
The Young Creatives programme enables me to work along professional dancers and choreographers who have widened knowledge about the subject and can help me and give me advice within my piece. Therefore, I am surrounded by supportive individuals who encourage creativity and the development of my dancing and choreography. I have been able to meet some amazing people who are on the course with me who I am also able to learn from and become friends with. The atmosphere is very welcoming and is definitely a place where I feel secure in my decisions. The dancers and I also have the opportunities to widen our network as we will be performing at the Royal Opera House and will have a Ballet technique class there too! This opportunity is great for both me and the dancers in which I take on this tremendous journey!
I get to work with very many different people who all have a role within the dance community. Some of these being people who work with children, working with TV shows such as the X factor and ballet principal dancers. I hope to learn from their experience within the industry and take on board all of their advice as well as creating stronger networks within the industry. I am fortunate enough to have been allocated a professional mentor, Tom Whitehead, who will oversee the journey of my choreography. His 25 year experience at the Royal Ballet will further my understanding of choreographic devices and the life of a choreographer.
My future plans for dance are to keep being able to work with others to create thought provoking, insightful pieces of work in which audiences can connect to and feel involved. I also want to keep learning and developing my skills within Dance and choreography and continue to inspire the peers that I work with.”
Helena’s work will be shown at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in late June and we can’t wait to see the work she has created.