Dance City will welcome home one of its talented alumni this weekend as Connor Scott returns to the region with his new work ‘About the Elephant’ on Saturday evening.

Connor Scott, 20, originally from Blyth is a world-class performer who honed his skills as a teenager with Dance City and Gateshead College while studying a BTEC in Dance before gaining a place at the prestigious Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.

While studying at Dance City Connor then aged 17, won the title of BBC Young Dancer 2015, a prestigious national award featuring the country’s most outstanding young dance talent.

The Level 3 (BTEC) Diploma in Dance, now delivered by Dance City and Ofsted Outstanding Whitburn Academy, provides opportunities for young students to gain experience in a range of dance specialisms, including classical ballet, contemporary dance, choreography and urban dance. The course also prepares students for a career in the performing arts industry.

“I have been fortunate enough to have had great guidance and mentorship within my dance education which has set myself up for vocational training and now into my professional career,” said Connor Scott.

“The tools and maturity I have gained have all created a base and common ground which has allowed me to access my ability to create my own works and explore collaborations with other individuals such as ‘About the Elephant’.”

The BTEC is part of The Learning Academy at Dance City which offers formal, professional dance training at all levels from children aged 10 to postgraduate level, all uniquely offered within a dance house where professionals, students and the wider community mingle together, offering a totally different learning environment and experience to other dance courses.

“One of our aims is for the region to retain its talent and seeing dancers from the North East on stage in world-class dance performances makes us incredibly proud,” said Anthony Baker, CEO and Artistic Director, Dance City.

 “Our plans for the future are all about ensuring that people in the North East have the same or even better cultural opportunities as the rest of the country. It demonstrates what can be achieved when organisations work together for the benefit of young people in the North East.”

“And for anyone young people in the region wanting to follow in Connor’s footsteps, places are still available at an open day next month to find out more about studying a Level 3 BTEC in Dance with Dance City,” said Anthony.

The sold-out performance of ‘About the Elephant’ will be broadcast simultaneously worldwide whilst Connor and Vidya are on stage in Newcastle, potentially reaching hundreds of thousands of people. The performance can be viewed on Dance City’s Facebook page at 7.30pm on Saturday 29 September.

About the Elephant is a new work co-choreographed by Vidya Patel and Connor Scott, commissioned by Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage in partnership with the Serendipity Arts Festival. The original score has been created by composer and musician Shammi Pithia, who performs live as part of the production. Playful yet thought-provoking, About the Elephant reflects the search for clarity within our existence.

North East students looking for a career in Dance are invited to attend an open day at Dance City on Saturday 6 October between 12 noon and 2.30pm. Successful applicants will then start studying the BTEC at Dance City in September 2019.