In 1998, following a successful career performing with major companies including Extemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and Lewitzky Dance Company, Yolande Yorke-Edgell formed Yorke Dance Project, a repertory company, based in Los Angeles. Its first performance was at Occidental College with works by Marc Baldwin, Bella Lewitzky, Courtney Selan and Yorke-Edgell. The company performed annually in Los Angeles for the next 6 years while taking part in numerous dance festivals. In 2004 Yorke-Edgell moved back to the UK to perform with Richard Alston Dance Company. In 2009 Yorke Dance Project was re-launched in the UK with Richard Alston as Patron. Yorke Dance Project has since performed 5 seasons of work by acclaimed UK artists such as Robert Cohan CBE, Lea Anderson, Wendy Houston as well as works by US artist Bella Lewitzky and John Pennington.
Yorke Dance Project strives to fulfill two distinct missions: Creating and performing inspiring, high quality, dance theatre work in a range of styles, while also, engaging with young artists from varying disciplines, to nurture their own personal and professional development, in both the studio and in performance.
In keeping with Yorke-Edgell’s personal trajectory of training and dancing in both the UK and the US, the company is focused on nurturing connections with the US by creating and presenting work in both of these countries. YDP offers inspiring growth opportunities for choreographers, dancers, students and audiences in every location to which their work takes them.