YYDC Summer Intensive + Audition
Get a closer look of artistic director and choreographer Yin Yue's signature FoCo Technique training, in depth study of the repertoire, experience the creative process and an opportunity to audition for the upcoming evening length creation Citizen II in the summer 2020.
The Summer Intensive + Audition will be hosted at Mark Morris Dance Center Cole Studio from June 28th to July 2nd with training hour from 10am to 5pm. The daily FoCo Technique training and creative process will be taught and choreographed by artistic director Yin Yue and repertoire(s) study will be taught by the company's rehearsal director Grace Whitworth. The fee for the week long Summer Intensive + Audition is $450 (please see the daily hour break down below) and selected candidates will receive a link to register for the session via email.
To apply for intensive + audition please submit the following material before March 1st, 2020
One page resume: listing your previous performance and training experience
One headshot: please select the most recent and relevant photo
One video that matches the following requirements: A: uploading the video clip via Vimeo or Youtube. B: 2 min maximum in length demonstrating your movement quality. C: please indicate who you are in the video if you are submitting ensemble work. D: Please reference the company’s style if you choose to send improvisation work.
Materials should be sent to with subject "YYDC Summer Intensive + Audition". Decision will be notified via email with the link to register no later than the end of March, 2020. Candidates MUST BE available to attend rehearsals scheduled from Monday to Friday with time ranging between 1pm to 6pm starting on July 20th; two-week creative residency in Colorado; other scheduled artistic activities from Aug 2nd to Oct 3rd, 2020.
*The company will offer hourly rehearsal fee and performance fee
If you do not wish to be considered for the production but still would like to join us for the training experience, please submit your resume and photo with subject "YYDC Summer Intensive Only" to firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration link will be sent to you via email.
The daily intensive schedule is the following:
10:00 -12:00: Yin Yue will lead FoCo Technique training session everyday by going through each element Triggering, Mapping, Rooting in a “stream of consciousness” follow along in which students are led by Yin to create awareness in muscular structure, familiarize with rhythmic pattern, generate heat in the body and build stamina in both mind and body in order to achieve mindful and intelligent practice. Sequences of exercises will be taught in training to further explore the essence of the technique and utilize the elements in small phrase works.
12:00 -1:00: Lunch break (Lunch discussion with Yin and Grace about the creative process, artistic background, choreographic experience and Q&A will be held on Wednesday and Friday)
1:00 - 2:45: Dive into the rehearsal process by learning selected repertoire(s) from the company's rehearsal director Grace Whitworth to experience the choreography, learning the background of the work, sharing knowledge with the fellow dancers and enjoying the performance. The selection of repertoire (s) will be announced soon.
2:45 - 3:15: Short Break
3:15 - 5:00: Gearing up the creative flow with Yin to experiment new movement creation, concept research, character development and narrative composition in preparation of the company's new production CITIZEN II, a sequel to the 2019 work CITIZEN, the new work will create an opportunity to look into the world from juxtaposition perspectives. The research toward the creation during the intensive will create a platform where dancers can truly immersed in a creative process that best demonstrates the company practice, choreographic value and the ideal team work environment.
Rehearsal Director Grace Whitworth was born near Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up dancing at The Fine Arts Association (FAA) and was honored to receive the Outstanding Senior Award with scholarship during her last year of high school. Grace attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and earned a BA in Ballet and Jazz studies. She was a proud recipient of the Nicole Marie Falbo Memorial Scholarship receiving this award her senior year. After graduating, Grace moved to Chicago, IL and danced on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio, (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). Grace studied under the tutelage of her dear mentor, Claire Bataille. She performed with companies such as, a Graham based company called Winifred Haun and Dancers, Jaxon Movement Arts and Thodos Dance Chicago (New Dances). Grace performed in many festivals, most notably, New Dances, Dance Chance (Eduardo Zuniga, former Luna Negra dancer), Dance Chance Redux (Autumn Eckman, former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dancer), and grand-prize winner of The Joyce Soho A.W.A.R.D. show under Jaxon Movement Arts. Grace moved to NYC in 2011 and began dancing for YYDC (Artistic Director Yin Yue), LaneCoArts (Artistic Director Lane Gifford), and Abarukas (Artistic Director Yoshito Sakuraba). Throughout her career, and under the leadership of these passionate artistic directors, Grace had the pleasure of performing for DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, several shows at Dixon Place, IDACO, Offset Dance Fest, Pan-Asian Dance Festival, APAP at both Peridance and 92nd St Y, Kaatsbaan International Dance Festival, SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow, FLICfest, Fringe Festival. She has performed internationally with YYDC in China and Germany.
Grace also assists Yin Yue in many choreographic commissions across the country. In the past, they have traveled to Dallas, Texas for Bruce Wood Dance, Canada for Alberta Ballet, Boston for Boston Dance Theater, and most recently to Philadelphia for a successful PA Ballet new world premiere. Grace and Yin have invested time in providing works at the collegiate level for universities like Yin’s alma mater, Tisch NYU. The pair also traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Grace’s almater, Point Park University and restaged one of YYDC’s most athletic works for the students, “Citizen.” Grace commuted back and forth on her own to Rutgers University in New Jersey for a semester and restaged “Through the Fracture of Light” on a group of eager and hungry students. Rutgers provided YYDC with an invitation and platform to perform a new evening length work at the university’s home theater in which Yin created a new piece entitled “The Disappearing Element of Existing.” Grace and Yin traveled together to George Mason University as well, restaging one of YYDC’s earlier works entitled “Within Reach.” While Grace recalls the movement from the original choreography, Yin is able to develop new movement to suit the dancers in front of her and all in all, create a more tailored piece for the dancers.
As rehearsal director, Grace also aids in teaching the company’s signature FoCo technique to high school and elementary students as well. For example, CityDance, a performing arts school in Washington, DC and more locally, Grace spent time in Brooklyn teaching for Dancewave dancers and restaging an excerpt of YYDC’s “Through the Fracture of Light” on young high school students who were up for the challenge. Grace is looking forward to expanding her individual reach to the dance community while continuing to assist Yin Yue as she encourages others with her inclusive teaching style.