Dance in Time 2014; Young Choreographers SW; New dance directory
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Something for the Young and Old(er) this month

We hope you have had a busy summer dancing in the sunshine and enjoying some well earned rest. Now Dance in Devon is here to help you plan an exciting Autumn of dance ahead.

Dance in Devon are celebrating International Older People's Day on the 1st October. Join us at Dartington SPACE for a day of workshops in Aerial, Bollywood and contemporary dance, singing and music designed for the maturer dancer.  We will also have a performance by Upswing (pictured) who will be asking what happens as you get older, when your profession requires super human strength and skills but ageing has gradually taken away the tools of your trade? Catch a sneaky peak here.  

Don't worry, we have opportunities for the young too!  If you are aged 16-24 and passionate about choreographing the Young Choreographers SW is for you.  We are working with Pavillion Dance South West who will bring you two amazing residentials this winter.  You will have the opportunity to work with Russell Maliphant (British Choreographer and Associate Artist at Saddler's Wells) and Dan Canham (Artistic Director & Chief Investigator of Still House). 

Dance in Devon will also be launching our brand new website in October and would like to invite you to join our new directory as a Devon dance artist.  Further details of this and more opportunities and events are below.  Happy September.

The Dance in Devon Team 

Young Choreographers SW

Love choreographing?
Aged 16-24?
Two amazing residential intensive weekends are on offer:

Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 November 2014 with Russell Maliphant at Dartington
Saturday 17 / Sunday 18 January 2015 with Dan Canham, Peter Wardell (magician) and 2 other artists, to be announced, at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

APPLY NOW to join our regional programme to nurture young choreographic talent.  This programme is led by Pavilion Dance South West with support from Dance in Devon.

Take Part

1st November 2014, The Palace Theatre, Paignton
ROC Creative presents ‘GLIMPSE’, an integrative dance event hosted by SculptMotion Dance Company (pictured). This is an opportunity for emerging choreographers, dancers, practitioners and producers interested in working in the field of integrative dance to share some best practice, show work in progress and develop some original devised practical work. There will be workshops and a performance in the evening as well as lots of space for networking and meeting people, informally sharing experiences and advice. Anyone interested in integrative dance is welcome. Please email Nigel Billings at ROC Creative for further details

Commences 10th September
Dance classes at St Annes Community Centre, Barnstaple for men and women over 50. Click here for more information.
Dance in Devon have been visiting communities across Devon this summer working as a partner in arts wave devon.  In August we visited Appledore Holiday Club with Becky Jeffrey and Karen Hawkins to run 6 sessions in African dance drama and mask making; and we took our orange POP-Up tent to Hannah's at Seale Hayne with Anna Aroussi and Monica Shanta Brown to make animations, and the Kingskerwell Funday with Netty Cleave and Ros Hammond to run Samba and craft workshops.  

You also may have caught us on Saturday at the Nourish Festival in Bovey Tracey with emerging theatre company AMINAL who ran interactive theatre and food workshops.

We will deliver our final POP-Up of the year at Organic Arts in Ide on the 21st September.  We will finish the year working closely with the Dawlish community as we run a large arts project involving dance, literature, art and film.  Keep up to date on all arts wave devon activities on the facebook page.

Dance in Time 

Wednesday 1 October 
10.30am – 4.30pm
Dartington SPACE 
aimed at over 55’s (everyone welcome)
Cost: £10 including lunch
To book: or telephone the Box Office on 01803 847070

The event, held in collaboration with the Arts at Dartington and Abundant Life, celebrates Dance in Devon’s Silver Dancers programme in which professional dance practitioners have been working in six residential homes in Devon.

New Opportunities

Young Critics

Exeter Northcott are looking for 10 young people aged 16-26 to become Young Critics for a year.  If you are interested in writing about dance and theatre apply today.  As a young critic you will get free theatre tickets to review performances at Exeter Northcott, and opportunities to review shows in the South West and nationally.  You will also be part of a mentioning programme offering professional advice and feedback to develop their writing and critical skills. Reviews are published on the blog.  All you have to do is submit a 250 word review of ANY show, gig, exhibition, film or television programme to by Monday 6th October 2014. Ten of the most promising young critics will be selected to take part in the project.  
(2013 Young Critics pictured)

Dance and Theatre after school and evening workshops for 5-25 year olds at the Barbican Theatre.  To find out more about Barbican Theatre’s Performance Training classes, visit, call 01752 267131 or email


£5,000 Dance Bursary 
The Octagon Theatre is now inviting dance companies from across the UK to apply for the second £5,000 Octagon Dance Associate bursary, offered in partnership with Take Art Dance. The Octagon Dance Associate bursary is a unique combination of space provision, financial support and specialist expertise for the development of an artist or company drawn from a nationwide call-out.
This open call is targeted at dance companies who have made and successfully toured a show for evening performance.  The two-phase bursary offer was launched in 2013, with each bursary running between nine and 12 months. The first year's bursary is currently underway and was won by Ben Wright of bgroup. This call out is for the second bursary, to commence in October 2014.
Dance Directory

Dance in Devon is pleased to announce that our new website will be launched in October 2014. We've had a complete revamp and now we need your help to prepare.  We would like to invite dance artists, practitioners and venues to submit their details to our Dance in Devon directory.  We would like to hold a comprehensive directory that allows website users to find dance on their doorstep with ease.  We will no longer be listing class times but instead providing a link to your website via our interactive map.  You have until the 23rd September to submit your form, or you can wait until after the launch in October. Click here to add your listing.
Autumn Dance Diary

9-10th October, Exeter Northcott
Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon returns with her critically-acclaimed dance theatre production (pictured).

Impact Tour
15th October, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrigton
24th October, Barbican Theatre Plymouth
14th November, Cygnet Theatre Exeter
Exim Dance Company ask you to find time to remember the past, the underlying ties that bind and the cemented connections we try to break.  Please contact Exim for workshop opportunity and further tour details.

Three and Four Quarters
28th October, Exeter Northcott
HeadSpaceDance is the brainchild of British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, who, after some twenty years in the business, dancing with Cullberg Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and in many productions at the Royal Opera House, took the reins in a new venture as dancers, curators and producers.

Dogs Don't do Ballet
31st October and 1st November, Exeter Northcott
Join Ballet Black for their first family ballet, based on the best-selling book by Anna Kemp and choreographed by Christopher Marney, full of fun, magic and one very special dog!

The Nutcracker
31st October and 1st November, The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
It’s midnight, the clock strikes heralding in the spirit of Christmas…Yet something stirs in the darkness beyond and thus unfolds this magical festive tale of the Nutcracker.

Life Forces
18th November, Exeter Phoenix
Jane Mason's Life Forces offers a meditation on memory’s place in the face of uncertain futures, and on transformation and change as the core ground of being, the ‘life force’ that links everything and everyone. Joined by writer/performer Phil Smith.

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