Two professional dancers – one ballet, one contemporary – have created a new summer dance intensive to educate, inspire and de-mystify the dance world.
If you’re between 11 – 18 yrs old and looking to improve your dancing, learn some of your favourite roles, talk to professional dancers and discover all the different opportunities in the dance world, then NG Dance’s Summer Intensive in Nottingham, UK this August is for you!
NG Dance is the creation of ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer Joshua Ecob and contemporary dancer and choreographer Sophie Duncan, who have both danced internationally throughout their professional dance lives.
Joshua’s ballet career started with the Serbian National Ballet where he danced for 3 years followed by the Bosnian National Ballet, before returning to the UK to dance with the London Contemporary Ballet Theatre. Joshua has also taught and choreographed internationally, creating works for Midlands Theatre Ballet, The Serbian National Ballet School and the ARS Ballet and Arts Centre Zenica, Bosnia.
Sophie graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School and worked as a contemporary dancer and choreographer, before traveling to China to dance for 3 1/2 years at one of the largest shows on the planet where she found a love of acrobatics that saw her join an acclaimed contemporary circus show in Sweden, before creating her own theatre productions in Romania & London, and performing with Cirque Du Soleil in ‘Scalada‘ in Andorra.
Sophie and Joshua became friends more than 12 years ago at an Easter dance course they describe as the best time of their lives, “We were young dancers, but we didn’t really have a clue what we were doing but we had really good teachers, really good classes and it made us become really good friends. We met so many cool people and we did so many really good things so this is why we wanted to create NG Dance”, explains Joshua.
The idea for NG Dance came after a chat on the tube in London, after realising that the likes of the dance course where they met no longer existed in Nottingham, and so they decided to create their own course, “We thought about what we would like to improve, about our experience of dancing professionally and internationally. We wanted to tell kids what it’s really like to be in the dance industry right now”, explains Sophie.
Sophie and Joshua have designed the summer intensive to not only include teaching, learning repertoire, and choreography, but they’ve also designed the ‘Dancers Toolbox’ – a series of open sessions, “Students can ask us anything about our careers or how we dealt with the pressures of being in a professional dance school, we’ll talk about injury prevention & anatomy and more, so students can have a broad view of what dance life is like”, says Sophie.
“We also really want to introduce the mentoring aspect into the course, so this week we’re going to be chatting with a handful of our dancer friends to get their thoughts as well. I’ll be speaking with Ali Goldsmith who’s working with Gary Clark Company and Crystal Costa First Soloist with English National Ballet to get their views”, continues Sophie.
Sophie and Joshua aim to give students and their parents more information and insights into the dance world, to let them know that there are many different types of dance careers both on and off stage, but also some that aren’t so typical, but still wonderful careers, “I think a lot people can teach and a lot of people can offer good training but not everyone is willing to offer all the secrets or the people you should talk to and the key ingredients of a good performance and a great dance career”, shares Joshua.
NG Dance Summer Intensive runs from 1-6 August – Applications are now open and there’s only 8 early bird tickets still available. For more information: