Having just finished my first amazing residency with the company, I am feeling very excited about what’s to come. Finishing our first piece in three days as well as learning basic contemporary technique and getting to know the company was tough but, it has also taught me how professional companies work. Working with Gary Clarke has been a real privilege as he is one of the UK’s leading independent artists. I also quickly took to his ways of working and creating and I really like the way he works, choreographing in sections and valuing our own ideas very highly so the piece was as much our own as it was his. Gary also shared his inspiration for the piece with us, giving us context for the piece and something for us to think of whilst performing the work. I think the music choice came as a shock to most of us, when Gary chose a punk-rock track for us to dance to, however, I have really enjoyed dancing in this punk contemporary style. I have also enjoyed doing warm-up class with Keira for an hour each morning, it’s been wonderful and I looking forward to her pushing and helping me develop as a dancer. I have loved this first residency and I am so happy to be a part of SYYDC.