Forfar teen Katelyn wins dancing chance

Katelyn Bedford.
Katelyn Bedford.

A talented teenager from Forfar has battled through auditions and danced her way to a place in the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland.

Katelyn Bedford was chosen by YDance, Scotland’s national youth organisation, for their 2014/15 company.

She was selected from a teo-stage audition process ahead of more than 50 of Scotland’s top young dancers, and is now preparing herself for a whirlwind of crearive master classes and performances throughout the year.

Katelyn said: “I feel so incredibly lucky and excited to be part of the 2014/2015 National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. I have worked with YDance before as a Project Y company member during the summer, touring Scotland and that’s how I heard about auditions for NYDCS. I can’t wait to get in the studio and start getting creative. It’s so exciting to be a part of this.”

Since the age of five Katelyn has danced at Esk Academy of Dancing in Montrose and is experienced in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, Irish and contemporary.

She is currently studying Higher Dance at Danscentre in Aberdeen and is excited for her first year as a National Youth Dance Company of Scotland member.

The dancer takes her place alongside 12 others for the next year building her technical, creative and performance skills through creation master class weekends, rehearsals and performances across the UK and abroad.

Working with Anna Kenrick, NYDCS Choreographer and YDance’s Artistic Director, the Company will work together to create an exciting new piece to be premiered at YDance Routes Destinations in February 2015.

Katelyn continued: “I can’t wait to perform across the UK with the Company and show off Scotland’s best youth dance talent.”

The first performance from the group will come in the new year at the macrobert in Stirling from February 21.