Swati Youth Dance

Swati Youth Dance is a group of young talented dance students in the age group of 14 to 21 years who are provided intensive dance training and mentoring by Swati Dance Company with an aim to develop them as the next generation professionals in the Northwest region of England and beyond. The Youth Group receives high quality intensive dance training and mentoring from the Artistic Director of the Company, Dr Swati Raut and other visiting dance professionals. The intensive training helps the group to strengthen their dance technique, choreographic and performance skills. Using the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, the group will contribute their own ideas in developing a choreographic piece using contemporary themes such as, dance and digital technology, dance and poetry, dance and mathematical numbers, which will improve their creativity. The Youth Group will have opportunity to showcase these skills at professional venues and at community events.
Swati Youth Dance has been made possible with funding from the Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England!

Dr Swati Raut, Artistic Director of SDC believes thatthis will take members of the Youth Group a step further from learning to practicing the art form and thereby provide them an ability and scope to become professional performers, choreographers and teachers of the future, if they wish to!”



Recent Performances:



‘Maay Boli’

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 @ 6.30pm

Venue: The Nehru Centre, London


Saturday, 9th April 2016 @ 7.30pm

Venue: The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

‘Avartana – A Cycle’

Saturday 12 March 2016 @ 7.30pm

Venue: Bhakti Kala Kshetra, Juhu, Mumbai India

‘Samyoga – A Journey of Togetherness’

Saturday, 25 October 2015 @ 7.30pm

Venue: The Capstone Theatre,Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L6 1HP

‘Basant Bells’

performed at various venues listed below:

Basant Bells – Saturday, 25 October 2014 @ 7.30pmat

Venue: The Capstone Theatre,Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L6 1HP

‘Basant Bells’ at U.Dance 2014 (National Platform)

Sunday, 29 June 2014 @ 6.30pm

Venue: Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham



This performance is a part of the grand finale of U.Dance 2014, presenting a vibrant range of youth dance work and featuring two special elements of the festival for 2014.

‘Basant Bells’ at Sampad’s Asian Spring

Sunday, 23 March 2014 @ 6.30pm

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham


 ’Basant Bells’ at the re-launch of DiGM

Thursday 23 January 2014 @ 7.00pm

Venue: Zion Arts Centre, Manchester

‘Basant Bells’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sunday 3 November 2013, @ 12pm & 1.30pm

Venue: West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG

Basant Bells review in Pulse Magazine:


Saturday, 7 September 2013 : ‘Basant Bells’ – Premiere

7pm – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester


Sunday, 21 April 2013: Swati Youth Dance at Alchemy Festival

2pm – Southbank Centre, London



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 January 2013

Swati Dance Company are delighted to announce that they have been successful in their Grants for the Arts funding to produce a new performance piece called ‘Basant Bells’ which will be created for the members of Swati Youth Dance. This will allow the youth group to explore new movement material, gain new choreographic experience with an international choreographer and further develop their performance skills.

Watch out this space for the tour dates of ‘Basant Bells’!


Swati Youth Dance : Past events of 2012


‘Timeless’ presented by Milapfest

18 Oct 2012 | 19:00 until 21:00

Venue: The Capstone Theatre

‘Timeless’ showcases brand new works and emerging artists coming out of the UK and Europe.

More information and ticket booking details available on:


‘Misarana’ presented by the ISTD & Milapfest

04 Nov 2012 | 17:00 until 19:00

The Lowry

‘Misarana’ is a joint showcase by the ISTD’s South Asian Dance Faculty and Milapfest which celebrates the success of the dance students who have excelled in their ISTD exams.

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Swati Youth Dance – Exciting News!


- July 2012

Swati Youth Dance members share their exprience of U.Dance 2012!

Swati Youth Dance Members Netra Takwale, Vaidehi Raut, Annie Simon, Nikita Bhakta, Neha Jeyam, Tara Jeyam,  Aishwarya Rana and SDC Artistic Director Dr Swati Raut with Arlene Philips OBE, Patron of Youth Dance England

After having the chance to perform at The Lowry for the U.Dance regional platform, finding out that we had been selected to represent the North West at U.Dance England truly was the cherry on top of an already glorious cake! Around a month after the initial performance we received an email congratulating us and inviting us to perform at the festival. Given the high standard of youth dance work happening in the North West we were all extremely excited to be given this opportunity.

In the final rehearsals we worked tremendously hard practising the piece. Reading Aleksandra Svalova, a National Youth Dance Ambassador’s, review of ‘Kinkini’ and seeing that one of the reasons our piece was chosen was because of the intricate movements signature of Bhartanatyam, made us all the more determined to make sure that our technique was spot on.

The festival weekend itself couldn’t have come fast enough; we had worked together on the piece for months, waiting excitedly for our moment to perform. For me the weekend will always be doubly memorable as my university graduation was on the opening day. Running from one place to the other in a pair of heels and pencil skirt, from my graduation ceremony to rehearsals on the other side of London, made the first day of the festival pretty chaotic, (the rain definitely did not help)!

However, arriving at the Southbank Centre the next day, seeing the early morning sun glistening over the river is an image I shall never forget. It just so perfectly fit the mood of the day. The chaos was over, the running around was over, today was our day and nothing else seemed to matter anymore.

Dancing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was such a wonderful experience. From the lighting that had been written so wonderfully for our piece, enhancing each movement and formation that we created on stage, to the thought of all the magnificent dancers that had previously performed where we were now standing.

I was extremely fortunate to have the chance to address the audience on the opening night of the festival alongside Arlene Phillips. Waiting backstage in the green room, practising the few lines that I had written to say, butterflies started to creep into my stomach. A feeling that no amount of breathing exercises seemed to get rid of.  However after walking on stage with the lights right on me, all that fear went away and more than anything I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. I had been given the chance to be an ambassador of Fire – Swati Youth Dance, of Bharatanatyam and of Indian Classical Dance.

Dancing on stage as a part of a youth group was a totally different experience to performing a solo. As much as I love dancing on my own, the feeling of togetherness and achievement that I felt when our group danced together is totally unparalleled. Watching the other girls perform their sections of the piece so beautifully as I waited for my parts I almost wanted to start applauding right there. I could see clearly how much everyone had grown through the experience, from the first rehearsal to this wonderful climax. How each dancer had improved thoroughly and how as a group we had evolved.

During the rest of the festival we were able to experience a number of different dance styles through technique and choreography workshops. I took part in a Ghanian dance workshop on the Saturday morning. I absolutely loved taking part in this workshop as it was so different to anything I had done before. The artist leading the workshop, Kwashie Kuwor, gave us a fabulous insight into the movement vocabulary and the background and traditions from which the dance form was conceived. After training so hard to keep my hips square I don’t think I’ll ever be able to move in the way necessary for Ghanian dance and so will be sticking with Bharatanatyam!

In another one of the workshops, we explored choreography with a contemporary artist. One of the main goals of the workshop was to explore movements evoking feelings without using our faces at all, something that I found particularly difficult as an expressive face is so important when delivering abhinaya. The workshop was enlightening as it made everyone think about other ways in which expression can be created and how we can potentially enhance our abhinaya using movement.

Participating in the U Dance 2012 festival has been an amazing experience. It gave our group the opportunity to showcase our work and see what other youth dance work happens across the country. We all had a fantastic time and hope we get the chance to go back very soon!

Vaidehi Raut (30 July 2012)

U Dance was a fantastic experience for me. The opportunity to perform at such a prestigious venue was an honour and it was wonderful to meet other youth groups from all over the UK. The very concept of giving young people the opportunity to come together through dance is an excellent one and I think U Dance really fulfilled that. Performing was nerve racking but immensely enjoyable and it really inspired me to continue with dance and to take the opportunity to perform more. However, I think the most inspiring and rewarding aspect of U Dance was the workshops. I loved being able to explore different dance styles and really stretch myself under the tutelage of such fantastic teachers. The dance tutors had such wonderful enthusiasm and were really inspirational. Overall, I feel U Dance 2012 was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life and I am so glad I took part in it. Now I can only hope to take part in more U Dance events in the future.

Annie Simon (30 July 2012)


- June 2012

Swati Youth Dance have been selected from over 250 applicants to perform at the U.Dance 2012 National Platform!  U.Dance 2012 is the only youth dance festival involving dancers from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Swati Youth Dance are progrogrammed to perform at the U.Dance 2012 on Friday 13th July at the Opening Performance in Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre.


- March 2012

Swati Youth Dance were successful in the two stage application process for the regional U.Dance platform in March. The youth group performed ‘Kinkini’ as a part of the North West’s U.Dance on 24th March at the Lowry in Salford Quays.

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Review by Aleksandra Svalova: Youth Dance England’s National Young Dance Ambassadors

“Kinkini is an excellent example of Bharatanatyam – classical Indian Dance. Clad in stunning traditional costumes and jewellery Swati carried you away to the mysteries of Indian culture. An absolute delight to watch – there was a great attention to detail and a lot of intricate movement, including neck, wrists, fingers and ankles. Kinkini is a great spring piece – the inspiration for this work was taken from the blossoming gardens of Combermere Abbey.”



- January 2012

Swati Youth Dance were invited to perform at the ‘Signatures’ Showcase on 21 January at the Lowry, which was hosted by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester in partnership with The Lowry.

Feedback from ‘Signatures’ showcase at the Lowry:

“I attended the Signatures Showcase on 21st January at the Lowry, and was amazed at the quality of dance! I particularly loved performance by Swati Youth Dance as the skill and focus of the performers was invigorating. The company seemed to move in the space will elegance and their hands were transfixing!

Louise Rowley

Community Arts Coordinator
Fred Longworth High School