Hothouse 2021

Hothouse 2021


Hothouse 2021

Hothouse is a FREE online choreographic training programme for ages 14 – 21 which is designed to inspire and develop the next generation of choreographers. Hothouse is run by YDance in partnership with Scottish Ballet and regional partners Citymoves, Dance Base, Right2Dance and Scottish Dance Theatre 

Hothouse will help you develop as a young choreographer by: 

  • Developing your choreographic skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Developing your unique movement language and ways to work with a range of stimuli 
  • Developing your leadership skills and confidence
  • Developing knowledge in dance and movement for camera and working with a site
  • Exposing you to positive role models within the industry
  • Encouraging your own creative independent voice and unique style
  • Supporting you as young emerging artist to create a short dance film (Level 2 – IGNITE only)


Hothouse involves two levels: 

Level 1 – SPARK 

Inspirational workshop delivered via Zoom where young people aged 14 – 21 years with an interest in choreography can develop their knowledge and skills as choreographers. Two participants from each regional Level 1 – SPARK will be selected to move on to Level 2 – IGNITE.

Hothouse Level 1 – SPARK will take place on the following dates via Zoom. Please note: participants only need to select ONE date, not all four.


  • Wednesday 7th April 2021
  • 10am – 1pm
  • Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen


  • Wednesday 7th April 2021
  • 2pm – 5pm
  • Right2Dance, Paisley


  • Wednesday 14th April 2021
  • 10am – 1pm
  • Scottish Dance Theatre, Dundee


  • Wednesday 14th April 2021
  • 2pm – 5pm
  • Dance Base, Edinburgh


Level 2 – IGNITE 

Level 2 supports 8 young choreographers selected from Level 1 to develop a dance film. Through a programme of skills development weekends and mentoring, young chorographers will gain the knowledge and confidence to develop their own short dance film, with their own dancers, in their own community, mentored by staff from YDance and Scottish Ballet. Development weekends and mentoring will be delivered online via Zoom.


  • Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May 2021
  • 10am – 4pm


  • Wednesday 19th May 2021
  • 7pm – 9pm


  • Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th May 2021
  • 10am – 4pm


  • Wednesday 9th June 2021
  • 7pm – 9pm


  • Wednesday 23rd June 2021
  • 7pm – 9pm



To take part in Hothouse you must:

  • Be aged between 14 and 21
  • Be from or living in Scotland
  • Have an interest in creating your own choreography
  • Have a desire to develop your choreographic skills and knowledge


We encourage dancers from a variety of dancing backgrounds to take part.



There is no charge to take part in Hothouse.


Booking information

To book your place on Hothouse Level 1 – SPARK, please complete the booking form here

Booking deadline Sunday 4th April. 

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