Bucks Youth Dance Company is an exciting new performance company welcoming young dancers age 12-19 with exceptional passion for dance to join this high quality training programme dedicated to investing in dancers of the future. During weekly rehearsals, dancers will develop technical, creative and performance skills by engaging in contemporary practices and choreography led by industry professionals. In addition to developing the dancer as a performing artist, participants will explore all aspects of the industry relevant to dance artists of today, including moving, making, working in participatory settings, and behind the scenes i.e. technical and design. What’s special about this training programme is that dancers will work collaboratively and engage with all aspects of the dance making process both within and beyond the dance studio. This is the perfect performance company to compliment any young dancer’s existing training (such as at school, GCSE, A Level, BTEC, RAD, ISTD, IDTA, competition and festival dance).

Across the year, dancers will participate in a minimum of three performances such as U.Dance, Honeycomb Festival and Buckinghamshire New University’s Dance Show. We support young dancers in pursuing their goals by ensuring further education, higher education, and conservatoire training pathways are accessible, by offering Arts Award (optional), and placement opportunities. In addition to weekly training, the dancers will work with guest artists and attend trips to performances.

Bucks Youth Dance Company is developed in association with Buckinghamshire New University and co-led by Pippa Fisher-Coldwell and Louise Kelsey. Special thanks to Lauren Vincent, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Buckinghamshire New University.

Pippa Fisher-Coldwell

Pippa has an extensive and impressive career in dance education, working in both the private sector and secondary schools, formerly holding roles as Head of Dance and Head of Creative Arts in Barnet. Pippa now works as Head of Dance in Aylesbury and owns her own dance school in Chalfont. Over the years, Pippa has formed partnerships with The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance. Pippa is excited about BYDC and hopes that it becomes an addition to student’s existing dance training.

Louise Kelsey

As a movement practitioner and choreographer, Louise is passionate about creating high quality dance experiences for children and young people. Choreographic credits for youth dance include: Unfold Motion, Hot House Dance and Box Contemporary, which have been performed at U.Dance, Honeycomb Festival, Great Big Dance Off, International Dance Day with MOTUS, and Timisora, European Capital of Culture 2021 Festival. With a background as a university lecturer in dance technique, choreography and performance, Louise is excited to be working in association with BNU to launch BYDC!

Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University’s School of Dance and Performance offers a BA (Hons) in Dance and Performance, Acting (Film, TV and Stage), and Performing Arts. The degrees focus on developing professional skills, tools and essential knowledge to build a successful career in these creative industries. Find out more: BNU School of Dance and Performance.

Bucks Youth Dance Company


Join us for our audition on Tuesday 17 January 2023 18.30-20.30 at Buckinghamshire New University’s Dance Studio.

The audition will consist of contemporary technique and choreography. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance. Please bring comfortable dance clothes that you can move in and a bottle of water. We will dance in bare feet (foot thongs optional).

For more information, please contact Louise & Pippa via:

Bucks Youth Dance Company

Pippa is a fantastic teacher who cares deeply for her students and wants nothing more than for us all to make progress and share her love for dance.”

Student testimonial

Louise is caring and brings a positive attitude to each class. The progress of her students is what she seems to care the most about.”

Student testimonial