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Knightshift Dance Company was founded in 1996 by artistic director and choreographer Stephen Knights.

The original concept being to create a group made up entirely of local dancers and performers in the Norfolk area and give them the opportunity to platform their work. What started out as a small scale amateur group has, over the years, developed into a hugely professional and well established dance company.

Members of KDC are all experienced dancers, ranging from the age of 17 years and upwards, many of whom have trained extensively and graduated from prestigious dance colleges. The diverse blend of experienced professional dancers and those just starting out makes for an extremely diverse and eclectic group, all of whom generously share their skills and learn from one another in a supportive and productive environment. This is a fantastic launch pad for younger members of the company as they get invaluable hands on experience as to what its like to take part in a production, from the audition and rehearsal process right through to the end performance.

Although primarily a Hip-hop based company, KDC perform in a wide variety of styles and genres. Performers are encouraged to be versatile and experience all types of dance thus enabling themselves and the company to provide a repertoire of work that doesn't limit us or our audience.

As well as performing across the county in public events such as festivals, competitions and The Lord Mayors Procession, KDC have a well established connection with local businesses and have enjoyed much success in a professional capacity. Previous contracts have included several fashion shows for Norwich based retailers, EDP Norfolk Magazine and The Castle Mall as well as promotional work for Cinema and Nightclub openings and a television commercial for Norwich Chapelfield Mall.

In addition to this the company is a great supporter of local charitable organisations and has raised a significant amount of money over the years as part of our work.

KDC regularly holds auditions throughout the year open to all members of the school and although your participation in this is on a voluntary basis the opportunities are enormous. Producing such a varied programme of work allows the company to explore new boundaries and showcase dancers in a wide variety of styles. As well as focussing on your individual strengths, members will be encouraged to develop new technical skills including those of hip-hop, contemporary, musical theatre and all types of commercial dance.

Over a decade on KDC is still going strong and is recognised as one of the best performance company's in the area. With a string of hugely successful productions under our belt, we are now receiving acclaimed reviews and recognition as a hardworking performance group with a professional attitude that strives to produces dance entertainment at its highest quality.