Dublin Youth Dance Company CLG is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee. 

Company Registration Number: 355549
Tax Registration Number: 6375549B


Robert Freese (Chair), Loretta Yurick, Robert Connor, JJ Formento, Andrew Basquille, Greta Bourke, Jeanette Keane
The Directors listed below are also members of the company.


Robert Freese is a experienced talent and organisation development leader with specialist expertise in the areas of: 

* Talent Strategy 
* Leadership Development
* Organisation Development 
* Strategic Change 
* Human Capital Programme Management

Have led large scale engagements both as an external Big 4 consultant as well as an internal HR leader in blue chip companies. Have worked internationally in regional and global roles. Experienced in financial services, technology and media, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries. 
Blends strategic analysis and insight with ability to make things happen through positive energy, relationship building and effective programme management. Values based leader with a focus on self-awareness and personal resilience.


Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick are founders, choreographers and Artistic Directors of Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI) and have created over 40 original dance theatre works for theatres, festivals, television and a diverse range of settings. Their choreography and multi-disciplinary theatre productions have been described as “a constant reflection on our human states of frailty and strength” (Buckley, London, Sunday Times) and have toured widely throughout Europe, Ireland, USA and Korea including the Montpelier International Dance Festival, the Seoul Dance Festival, London Greenwhich Docklands, Monaco Dance Forum, Joyce SoHO (NYC) Tanzwochen Dresden, CYnetART and Fira Tarrega. As dance educators and progenitors of Ireland’s largest Educational Outreach programme in dance, their current work is aimed at increasing access to dance and dance performances. They were recently nominated for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award and for the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Award. Their work is driven by a passionate belief in the power of dance to transform people’s lives, improve their health and well-being and put people in touch with their creative selves.
They are founders of a number of Outreach programs in Dance including : 1) WELL-DANCE for Seniors – a programme of evidence-based dance classes for seniors which has now had over 800 participants studied by Trinity College Occupational Therapy-- with published research on its effectiveness at improving mobility, balance and quality of life; 2) VINTAGE YOUTH a performance group for Seniors which is based at the DTI Centre for Dance, Dun Laoghaire ; 3) DANCING WELL WITH PARKINSONS on-going Classes in partnership with Move4Parkinsons; 4) Year-round Dance WORKSHOPS, for all ages, partnering a wide range of community, school and health organizations, over 75,000 have participated; 5) NATURE MOVES, which combines guided outdoor experiences for students and the creation of Dance projects inspired by Nature and 6) CREATING SPACE an artists’ development initiative which programmes bi-yearly informal performances given by dance artists of new work or work-in-progress at the Centre for Dance.
Robert & Loretta are founders of Dance Ireland (the Association of Professional Choreographers & Dancers Ireland ), the Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) and The Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire. Former Irish President Mary McAleese officially opened their Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire, where, under their direction, more than 1800 people of all ages now dance yearly, commenting:
“You are powerful Ambassadors for the exhilarating language of dance“. 


JJ Formento is a dancer and social entrepreneur.  He is the founding director of Ajos Trust, a UK-registered charity supporting sustainable development for a small, under-developed village in the Philippines.  He studied Theatre Arts and Music at California State University (San Jose) and trained in classical and contemporary dance at Central School of Ballet (London).  He danced with at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and danced as a company member with the Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI), Fabuolous Beast, CoisCeam and Diversions Dance Company (Wales).  He founded Dublin Youth Dance Company with DTI directors Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick.  He is currently directing Ajos Dance who are preparing a tour of Paris, London and Manila, Philippines.


Andrew Basquille was born in Dublin and is a songwriter, singer, librettist, concert promoter, crossword compiler, and broadcaster. He formed his first band Factor One in 1979. He is founder and managing director of Language and Leisure.



Greta Bourke has a degree in English Literature and History of Art from Trinity College Dublin. She worked for several years in the art world and in publishing in London and then went to live in Santiago, Chile, where she worked as a journalist and editor. She returned to Dublin in 2016 when she began working with John Scott as company manager at Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Greta has extensive writing and editing experience in the arts, as well as years of experience as an administrator


Jeanette Keane currently holds this position of Communications and Marketing Manager for Dance Ireland.  Having worked in the arts sector for the past 20 years in both in Canada and Ireland previous positions held in marketing and development with: arts consultanting company Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates;  Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Crawford Art Gallery; Abbey Theatre and Ballet Ireland.
She has been a board director of Ballet Ireland and the College of Dance. She is currently a board member of Dublin Youth Dance Company.  
As a former professional dancer, Jeanette has also produced work in Toronto and continues to teach ballet for CoisCeim.  

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