Shoreditch Youth Dance Company (SYD) is an independent creative youth dance project for talented 15 to 21 year olds who are serious about possibly persuing a career in dance. SYD was founded by Lee Smikle in January 2010. This innovative youth company has succesfully mentored and supported the artistic development of young people interested in dance, transitioning graduate dancers and emerging choreographers dance artists.
Lee supported by his rehearsal assistant Michaela Ellis (who joined in 2011) have been meeting every Sunday during school term times and holidays to train, explore and create. The original Company consisted of Lee and six dancers (one girl and five boys) and as worked with over 30 core members since. Over the years SYD as become a second home for these young dancers and somewhere they can grow in confidence, technical and creative ability, alongside making life long friends. The dancers take part in performance and collaborative opportunities, weekly class and practical training, mentoring and professional development, networking with other professionals from the dance industry.
SYD Company have toured internationally, collaborated with musicians, designers and film artists and each year they produce a youth dance platform to showcase their work alongside other youth groups and professionals.
SYD are very proud of the achievments of their alumni dancers who are currently dancing and training in professional companies and conservatoires around the World.
Rambert School, London School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, PARTS (Belgium) and SEAD (Austria) and Verve (MA performance company, Leeds).
Richard Alston Dance Company
Two Faced Dance
National Dance Company Wales
Artist's SYD dancers have worked with: James Wilton Dance, Lea Anderson, John Ross Dance, Thomasin Gulgec (Russel Maliphant), Estela Merlos (Rambert), Glenn Graham (New Adventures), Taylor Benjamin (DV8, Ballet Boyz), Khamlane Halsackda (Richard Alston, Random Dance), Renaud Wiser Dance Company, Aaron Vickers (James Cousins Dance Company), Maciej Kuzminski, Mathalda Deville (Jasmin Vardimon), Eric Beauchesne (Kidd Pivot), Art of Spectra (Sweden).
SYD is a non-profit independent youth company run on a voluntary basis since January 2010 by Artistic Director and founder, Lee Smikle supported by rehearsal assistant Micheala Ellis and the dancers.. In that time the Company has received two Art Council England, Grants for the Art's to support large international collaborative projects and support by our patron Sir Matthew Bourne and our wonderful SYD parents. The Company receives no regular core financial funding. Unfortunately we lost our home in East London in 2014 however with passion and determination we continue the wonderful work of SYD, to inspire, nurture and spread the SYD Spirit.
If you would like to help support this innovative youth company to keep providing these creative opportunities for young people please email:
SYD rehearsal assistant Michaela with company member Joey in Sweden 2013.