Big Dance in Devon  

The Big Dance Weekend 2014 is coming up and Dance in Devon is working with Pavilion Dance South West and Devon Libraries as part of a regional programme. The theme this year is The Giants Story to promote the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. Children from Topsham, Broadclyst, and Sidmouth primary schools will be performing over the two days dancing their way through a Mythical Maze!

 Join in the fun!  Whether you want to watch groups perform or ‘make some moves’, check out the information below for details of performances:
Saturday 12th July - 11am - Sidmouth Library, Blackmore Drive, Sidmouth, EX10 8LA
Sunday 13th July - 12noon - Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ


Space to Play | 2014 | Call out for Artists

Applications are open for this year's Space to Play scheme- offering artists space, creative mentoring and professional marketing advice to South West based artists. We are looking for artists who are in the early stages of developing new work and would benefit from the use of the space, advice and support. If this is something you are interested in, please click here for more information and how to apply. 

Freelance Finance Officer - Job Vacancy

We are seeking a freelance finance officer to support our small friendly team by taking responsibility for day to day finances - payroll, invoicing, book-keeping, preparing quarterly accounts. For more information please visit our website.

POP-Ups with Arts Wave Devon 

This month, POP-Up will be visiting Teign School in Kingsteignton, East Anstey Primary School in South Molton and Teignmouth Community School where a selection of workshops will be on offer including, dance, drama, art and craft.

You can also catch us out and about with our POP-Up tent at the following events:

12th July |Exeter Regatta, Exeter Piazza (Quay)
Join us 11-4pm with Monica Shanta-Brown and James Lake at Exeter Piazza for Free Family Friendly Arts and Craft workshops. Everyone welcome to explore their creativity making boats, swans and ducks! For a look at what will be on offer please visit the arts wave devon facebook page.

6th August | 'Digital Invasion' | Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot 
Come along 1-4.30pm for open workshops in animation with Monica Shanta-Brown and Anna Aroussi to try your hand at this different and exciting art form and be part of 'Digital Invasion' . The workshops will be inclusive for adults with disabilities. 

Dance Offerings | Review

In June, Dance in Devon hosted 'Dance Offerings'- an evening of dance held at Dartington SPACE as part of the Tagore Festival. The evening was packed with a variety of fantastic performances from artists based here in the South West. The sun was shining all weekend adding to the wonderful atmosphere to the Tagore Festival - there were even some surprise guests in the audience, Wayne McGregor and Antoine Vereecken who we were delighted to welcome to the evening! Below are some thoughts of the evening from artists' and audience members alike;

"It was such an incredible experience and its made me so excited about making work in the area in Dartington and Devon overall" (Richard Chappell, Artist)

"One of my most pleasurable experiences of an evening of dance" (Audience member)

Information Update | Dance Practitioner Directory 

Plymouth Dance are currently calling out for Dance Practitioners who teach primary aged children . They are in need of these details to help primary schools and dancers to access information about practitioners more readily. This will be in the form of a database available on the Plymouth Dance website . To enter your information into the database please click here.



Commission Call 2014 - Kaleider
Kaleider offers and open call for proposals by considering the question, 'Can we tell each other stories that help us turn and face some of the greatest challenges of our time?' Kaleider are looking for artists that have sustained a relationship with Exeter in some way. For more information click here.

Summer Holiday Dance Courses - Trinity School, Teignmouth
Fully qualified and insured instructors providing fun and exciting dance courses for ages 4-11 years over the summer holidays, 4th-8th August. Not only will you learn fantastic dance moves to the latest dance tracks with Inspire Dance & Fitness, you will also get to do so many other dance activities, to book click here. 

Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning - Swindon Dance 
Swindon Dance are now recruiting for their Autumn 2014 intake for the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People), a vocational qualification awarded by Trinity College London specifically for dance practitioners teaching children outside statutory education. For more information click here.

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association - Instructor Courses 
This is an intensive five day wheelchair dance related course for anyone interested in establishing a wheelchair dance group, club or branch or for those that would like to include wheelchair dancing within their dance school, mainstream or special needs school timetables or staff working in a nursing home, rehabilitation centre, youth or community group or day centres, click here to find out more. 

Richard Chappell Dance Intensive May 2014 - Summary
A four day intensive covering Ballet and Contemporary dance and disciplines associated with both dance forms which ties in RCD's work. The intensive is always an incredibly enjoyable experience with very enthusiastic students. It is now in it's third year of running, I will be offering 10 students who have shown consistent dedication and hard work over the last 3 years the chance to work with me on a curtain raiser for RCD's performances next year. To watch a short video click here.

Med Theatre | 'The Walk' - FREE Summer Activities

MED Theatre is starting their new project 'The Walk'supported using funding by Arts Council England. The project will use the prize-winning poem 'The Walk' by local writer Mark Beeson to inspire drama, dance and music through exploring how the landscape of Dartmoor can come to life. Activites for July are;
13th July - Drama Workshop
25th-27th July - Two day residential with poetry walk
For more information click here.


What's On 

Growing Older (Dis)Gracefully
5th July, 7.30pm
Kilmington Village Hall 
Growing Older (Dis)Gracefully is an amateur group of adults mostly over 60, their oldest being 83. They have many different dance backgrounds, some had not danced before they joined the group and others have spent their working life teaching dance. All have one thing in common: a passion for dance and, above all, they love to share this passion with others

Dance Lab Collective - Archive 
10th July, 8pm
Crediton Arts Centre 
What lies forgotten on bookshelves and in boxes?..... photographs, menus and a ship's log from a relative’s Mediterranean voyage on a 1930s cruise.... a collection of carvings with an intriguing story, hand-me-down recipes….and a few old tools.  Dance Lab Collective animate each others’ personal histories.   This piece could just get you wondering what might be lurking in your family’s archive.

48 Hour Film Challenge 
25th-27th July 
Exeter Pheonix
Do you think you have what it takes to plan, shoot and edit a film in just 48 hours? Teams must register their interest by 23rd July - no previous film experience needed, just a good imagination  and a camera.  

The Day We Played Brazil
16th-27th July
Exeter Northcott Theatre 
The Day We Played Brazil will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the football match between Exeter City and the Brazil national team. The whole project will energise the city as part of the celebrations of Exeter’s unique place in the history of world football.  The musical play will be performed by 120 local people telling the stories of the players and their wives, sweethearts and families back home.
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