News from Dance in Devon

Meet our new administrator 

Lizzy Humber has joined the Dance in Devon team as our new administrator, she will be working from our Dartington base on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lizzy has previously worked with Wide Awake Devon, Jane Mason, Blind Ditch and Burn The Curtain, and continues to work in Devon as a independent producer, performer and community artist.  Lizzy is also a keen cyclist and is hoping to combine this love by organising rides with other local artists to have creative conversations in the Devon countryside.  

Lines of Enquiry
We are pleased to announce a new artist development offer from Dance in Devon.  Lines of Enquiry offers dance artists a user-friendly framework within which to navigate their own professional development. There are Four lines of enquiry to follow, please click here to learn more about the options that will suit your individual needs

Bursaries available for dance artists to work with a producer 
The Dance Scaffold Project aims to enable dance artists in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon, to work with a professional producer to move forward with their work.  If you are a dance artist based in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon you can apply for a bursary of £300 to fund 3 days working with a producer.

Watch This Space January 2014
We would like to thank everyone who came to Watch This Space at Exeter Northcott on the 23rd January 2014.  We had performances from 6 brilliant choreographers giving us an exceptional snapshot of the contemporary dance being made in the South West right now:  
"The Northcott Theatre was a total joy to perform in and the audience atmosphere was encouraging and appreciative. To share the evening with such wonderful creative participants was an honour and something very special to be a part of." Polly, 3rd Stage Dance
"It was really useful to shape a fragment of Life Forces for the Watch This Space platform. It's a full length piece working closely with performer Phil Smith towards autumn touring." Jane Mason
Please continue to follow these choreographers: Richard Chappell    3rd Stage Dance Company     Jane Mason    Exim Dance Company    Julia Thorneycroft Dance    James Finnemore

Creative Shed

(Image by Kevin Clifford)

15 Young Choreographers from across the country came together at Dartington Space on the 18th and 19th January 2014,  for a development weekend led by Kevin Finnan, MBE, Artistic Director of Motionhouse.  Creative Shed was hosted by Dance in Devon and supported by Pavilion Dance South West.  We have received brilliant feedback from the young choreographers:
"The level of intensity that we worked at has definitely enhanced the way I make dance and will help me with my future projects.  Thank you again for the weekend - it was a very well organised and enjoyable event, as well as being such a fantastic opportunity."  Jasmine 
"I feel I have learnt an array of different techniques that will help me to experiment with my movement ideas, allowing me to create more interesting choreography that is a true expression of my own ideas and movement vocabulary." Esme
Silver Dancers 
We are about to embark on our new wonderful project and it’s still growing! Since we announced our funding from the Big Lottery to work in four residential homes in Teignbridge and South Hams, we have been able to extend the reach to Tavistock and Crediton with support from the Dulverton Fund and Public Health Development Fund. The following practitioners will be working across Devon to delivery this project:

Sue Smith and Tamsin Bone: Newton Abbot
Ruth Bell and Sarah Farrow-Jones: Bovey Tracey
Susanna Oxenham and Katie Kelsey: Dawlish
Jules Laville and Sarah Farrow-Jones: Ivybridge
Rosie Perdikeas: Tavistock

Sue Way: Crediton

The practitioners will be developing a programme of dance activities giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences.

(Image by Photo taken by Katie Kelsey)

More Dance News and Events 

Love&Sex at Exeter Northcott
Aiming to go where other shows have feared to tread, Love&Sex aka per-mission turns the concept of sex education on its head, facing up to the joys, perils and pressures of sex, love and consent. 19th February, 7.30pm, Exeter Northcott.  Free workshops are also available, please contact Clare Parker, Education at State of Emergency for details.

Life Circles
Creative Training Programme is an an exploration of how movement and dance can effectively engage with the individual as a whole person and improve their quality of life.  Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2014 with Rachelle Green and Sue Way at Crediton Arts Centre.

Teacher Training opportunity for Dance and Drama Teachers on 21st March at The Princess Theatre, Torquay.

Tour Booking Workshop

Tour Booking Workshop for Performance & Dance Companies on 17th March at Hall for Cornwall offices, Penhaligon House, Green Street, Truro.

New Wave (Torbay)
A new scheme to enable young people to lead their own creative projects has been launched in Torbay.
New Wave is inviting young people in Torbay to apply for small grants of between £50 and £1500 from now until 18th March 2014.  Apply through RIO (Real Ideas Organisation

The Big Dance Pledge Returns

The Big Dance Pledge is a chance to learn, make and perform dance with the rest of the world.  With free on-line films show you the dance and how to learn it, or give you the starting point to make your own version.

Dance classes for people with Cancer 

Dance Together- a new opportunity for people with cancer taking place in Torbay on Tuesdays between 25th Feb – 1 April, 10am-12noon.

Free Dance Classes in Torquay (50+)
From 9th February Ricardo Barros will be leading ten 1 hour dance fitness classes in the Riviera Lifestyle Gym in Torquay for the people over 50 years old, find out more 

RAD Dartington Summer School 
Royal Academy of Dance in association with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance will be running a Dance Summer School for 8-18 year olds. Dartington Estate, 18th - 23rd August 2014.  Click here for more details.
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