As a dancer, Yolande’s professional career has included Extemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company and, in the US, Lewitzky Dance Company. In addition, she performed in Adam Cooper’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses as well as being a guest artist for Pacific Dance Ensemble and Pennington Dance Group in the US.
As a teacher she was appointed Master Teacher with the Lewitzky Dance Company, teaching master classes and residencies. She has been a guest teacher for Michael Clark Dance Company, Rambert and Pennington Dance Group and is the primary teacher for her own company, Yorke Dance Project. For six years, Yolande taught for the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge teaching Graham, Cunningham and Horton Techniques. She has also been a guest teacher at London Studio Centre, Millennium School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Yolande has worked as an Assistant Director for the Los Angeles Opera Children’s Opera and in 2001 she co-directed the play Time Out for the New York Fringe Festival. Whilst in LA, she also choreographed for commercials and music videos.
Yolande started choreographing as a student at London Studio Centre where she won several choreographic awards. She formed Yorke Dance Project in Los Angeles in 1998, presenting her own work and current, local artists alongside heritage works. In 2009 she reformed Yorke Dance Project in the UK which she continues to direct and choreograph for. Yolande is honoured to work, collaborate with and be mentored by Sir Robert Cohan since 2013. In 2015 she co-founded the Cohan Collective with Cohan and composer Eleanor Alberga.