U.Dance South West in April; Youth Dance with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in May; Events, Opportunities; Performances
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Shobana Jeyasigh Dance workshop for youth dance in Exeter, tickets on sale for U.Dance SW Regional and Silver Dancers film announced

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance launches the new contemporary dance group in Exeter 
Dance in Devon is delighted to announce that we will be running a new weekly contemporary youth dance company in Exeter with dance artist Kayleigh Crook for young people aged 11 to 19 years and young disabled dancers 11 to 25 years. To launch the company we are delighted to host a weekend workshop with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance on 9th and 10th May 2015 at Exeter Phoenix. The cost of the weekend will be £25. Further details will be announced next week on our website, or please email us at to express an interest in taking part.  

U.Dance South West Regional 
Tickets are now on sale for U.Dance South West Regional at Exeter Northcott on Sunday 19th April. 200 dancers from Hampshire to Cornwall, aged 11 to 19 years (or up to 25 years for groups including disabled dancers) will perform an exhilarating programme of dance. Please come and enjoy this uplifting celebration of some of the best youth dance in the region.  You are also able to buy tickets for the national event taking place in July in Plymouth from the 26th March through Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Volunteer for U.Dance! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the team for the day. If you are interested in dance, working with young people, gaining experience behind the scenes of a dance platform or looking for event experience, get in touch! We are interesting in hard-working, responsible individuals with a passion for dance and an enthusiasm for the industry.

Margaret: Attending Dance in Time 2014

Silver Dancers Film 
In January 2014 Dance in Devon began a project giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences. We wanted to create a film about one person’s experience of the programme, so we teamed up with film director Bluglass to make Margaret’s film.  The project was funded by the Big Lottery, the Dulverton Trust and Public Health Development Fund and worked with 168 older people in 6 residential homes in Devon over 12 months. 

Creative Intern
Dance in Devon is delighted to welcome our first Creative Intern, Esme Shea to the team.  Esme grew up in mid Devon and has been dancing locally since she was fourteen. She studied A Level and BTEC Dance at Exeter College where her passion for the subject grew. 

‘For me, dance ties the mind and the body, challenging and combining our intellect, creativity and our physicality. I find this a rewarding and exciting experience that continues to fascinate me.’ Esme

Esme will be based at the Dance in Devon office in Dartington Monday to Thursdays until September, working with us on all our new projects including preparations for the U.Dance South West Regional on 19th April.  If you have a dance event or opportunity to coming up why not drop Esme a line and she will be able to share this with the Dance in Devon network:  Esme will also be blogging about her time with us, her first blog post is about attending the first Torbay Culture Forum event this on Tuesday.

Dance Blog
This months blog features Michelle Wilkinson, a movement artist and practitioner based in East Devon.  As part of Dance in Devon’s Dance Card Michelle has written a blog about her forthcoming project ‘Moving Marks Installation’ which opens today, 19th March, and runs until the 3rd May at the Neo:gallery in a shopping precinct in Bolton.  Read her blog here.

Dance Directory
Dance in Devon's Dance Directory is designed for dance artists, companies, teachers, schools, venues to list themselves.  Add your listing today by clicking here.

Dance Diary

20th March
Freefall Dance: Awakening, Plymouth Barbican
A triple bill featuring original works by award wining choreographer Yael Flexer and Cornwall based company Freefall Dance. Delicately performed and powerfully danced, with original music by Sophy Smith (Motionhouse).

24-25th March
Richard Alston Dance: NOMADIC, Exeter Northcott (pictured)
Richard Alston’s brand new piece, NOMADIC, connects Romanian gypsy music and electronic sound, exploring deeper the world of his hugely popular Gypsy Mixture.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Moving Stateside, Plymouth Theatre Royal
Three ballets spanning nearly a century of US creativity, from George Balanchine’s earliest American creation to one of the Company’s most recent commissions. 

26-28th March
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia, Plymouth Theatre Royal
What’s at the heart of a woman? Eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius wants to know, and he’s planning to bring his mechanical doll, Coppélia, to life – he just needs the right spell. 

28th March
Dancing into Contact at Harberton Village Hall
Explore the core principles of grounding, release, moving from the centre, sharing weight, rolling from point of contact and CI etiquette, enabling dancers of all levels to dance into contact fluidly and safely.  

2nd April 
Doorstep Dance
Doorstep Dance presents a night featuring work from Highwall Theatre, KEVICC Dance programme & Made From Scratch.

7th - 11th April 
Sounding, Body, Place: Improvising Collaborations With Landscape at Dartington Space
A collaborative course for musicians/sound artists and dancers exploring site-specific performance practices, using the magnificent 1,200-acre medieval estate at Dartington. 

16th April
Transitions Dance Company – Triple Bill in Plymouth
Transitions will perform a mixed bill of new, progressive dance work specially commissioned from established choreographers Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira.

19th April
U.Dance 2015 Regional Dance Platform at Exeter Northcott 
Come and watch this exciting performance opportunity for selected youth dance groups from across the whole region. Following the event, three groups will be selected to perform in Plymouth for the U.Dance 2015 National Festival in July.

23rd - 24th April
PINCH presents 'Asking For It' at Bristol Old Vic
Performed with delicious humour ‘Asking For It’ celebrates the ridiculous and desperate in equal measure.

25th April
Saturday Somatics in Buckfastleigh
Somatics workshop to anyone interested in body-mind integration techniques.

ZoieLogic Dance Theatre presents 'Safe' at the Barbican Theatre
ZoieLogic Dance Theatre’s powerful new production is dance theatre at its most thrilling. The piece brings to life cinematic vignettes with epic insight into the very heart of human nature.

29th April
Teaching Dance to Primary School Children in Plymouth
Training, Network and Skill Exchange with Jules Laville, develop new skills to enable you to provide quality, engaging, curriculum relevant dance activity within Primary Schools.

See more local dance events



Youth Dance Academy - March Open Days 
Youth Dance Academy will soon be opening it's doors, to any young person wishing to further their dance training and find out more about a career in dance.  Opens days in Exeter 29th March and Swindon on 28th March.

The Interdisciplinary Performer (TIP) 
A professional development programme providing a unique research and training opportunity for performance practitioners interested in cross art form processes and techniques.

SpinDrift Choreographic Residency with Richard Chappell

SpinDrift are looking for trained or third year dance trainees to spend 4 days together to dance, create and rehearse a new piece made by Richard Chappell.

All Boys Dance
All Boys Dance is a new and exciting youth dance performance company. They will run monthly/half termly workshops open to all male dancers aged over 12yrs old in Cornwall and Devon, working towards skill development and performance experiences.

Grandmothers - Dartmouth, Paignton and Totnes
Grandmothers is a new Encounters Arts Project that invites Grandmothers to share their experiences. Thoughts and ideas coming from the group will be woven together to create a public performance that will tour the three towns in October. 

U.Dance On Screen - Call For Dance Films
Youth Dance England is looking for new dance films made by or featuring young people that are less than 7 minutes in length. Successful films will be on display in The Drum at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 23 and 24 July. 

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations
Get involved in a discussion focusing on identifying new models, provocations and solutions to the challenges facing dance today. The conference will include a number of performances as well as talks and discussion regarding the future of dance.

Trinity Laban Summer School 2015 
Book a place on Trinity Laban’s Summer School to attend two weeks of intensive dance training at one of the UK’s top dance conservatoires. You will be able to create your own timetable according to your interests and experience. 

Easter Flying Workshops
An opportunity to work with Ascend Aerial Arts, in three Easter Flying Workshops.

Header Image: Julia Thorneycroft Dance- Vicki Hearne and Murilo Leite D'Imperio, Photographer Kevin Clifford
Opportunities Image: Pat Barker, Photographer Kevin Clifford

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