New Executive Director of Dance in Devon announced; Gillian Dale retires; Dance in Devon Projects - Watch This Space, U.Dance Regional 2015, arts wave devon; Opportunites and Performances in Devon and the SW.
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New Executive Director for Dance in Devon

Dance in Devon has appointed Sue Smith as its new Executive Director. Sue will take up the post in January, following the retirement of Gillian Dale who led the organisation for eight years.
Sue takes over as the organisation has been awarded an Arts Council England £79,000 Grants for the arts award for a two year project, ‘Closer To Home’ which will deliver a programme of dance activity face-to-face and through the virtual world. The project aims to make dance more accessible for people, wherever they live in Devon.
Sue said:
“I am delighted to have been asked to lead Dance in Devon into its next phase of development, and to support the dance that takes place across our county. Working with our small but dedicated team I look forward to new creative collaborations and partnerships to develop our reputation as an advocate of high quality dance in Devon and as a robust voice for dance nationally."
“The next few years will see our exciting new projects unfold, building on our pioneering work with older people and the dynamic youth dance in the region. We will also introduce our new initiative for disabled dancers. The continuing support for established and emerging practitioners underpins these strands and will remain at the core of all our work."
“I look forward to working with our vibrant, thoughtful and motivated dance enthusiasts to keep dance in all of Devon flourishing.”

Sue has worked as an independent dance artist in Devon and Plymouth since 2003. She was a Rayne Fellow 2006 and was Dance in Devon’s first Dance Champion. Sue was a member of CandoCo Dance Company and has danced in works by Emilyn Claid, Siobhan Davies and Complicite and as a teacher has worked extensively across the UK and internationally.
Sue has worked for The Council for Dance Education and Training and Yorkshire Dance and has developed dance courses for CandoCo Dance Company and Leeds Metropolitan University. She was a choreography lecturer at Dartington College of Arts and continues her relationship with Falmouth University as a PhD candidate. Sue is passionate about the potential of accessible, high quality dance to reflect and reveal real lives across the broadest spectrum of experience.
For further information please contact Sue Smith:

Gillian Dale retires from Dance in Devon

Gillian Dale retired on the 11th December 2014 after 8 years leading the organisation as Executive Director.

"It’s been a fascinating mix of frustration and fulfilment, challenge and creativity, with lots of magic moments of dance along the way.  I am delighted to hand over the organisation to a new Director with the energy and enthusiasm to work with you all to drive dance forward throughout Devon."

"Thank you to all my dance friends & colleagues who gave me a wonderful send off last week. I leave with many happy memories of dancing across Devon & wish you all the very best in your future adventures.”


2015 Dance Diary

Life Forces
14th January
The House, Plymouth
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.  Booking information through Peninsular Arts.

Watch This Space
22nd January
Exeter Northcott
Celebrating our shared commitment to dance development in Devon, Dance in Devon and Exeter Northcott Theatre are delighted to come together to present this platform for emerging dance artists from our region. 

28th January 
The House, Plymouth
Exim Dance present work born from a dedication to collaboration and a thirst for adventure giving you an evening of moving and enthralling dance theatre.
Iris and The Vast Rocks
24th February
Exeter Phoenix
In this piece Richard Chappell Dance  tackle the mental health problem Nyctophobia, an extreme fear of the dark.  It links to the absence and presence of light.  IRIS also draws on the science behind reflection and refraction.

Richard Alston Dance 
24th-25th March
Exeter Northcott
Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre with a knock-out new programme showcasing Alston’s superbly skilled choreography.

U.Dance South West Regional
19th April
Exeter Northcott
Youth dance companies from across the south west region will perform in this platform run by Dance in Devon as part of Youth Dance England's biannual event U.Dance. 

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
12th-13th May 
Exeter Northcott
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance return to Exeter with a radical re-imagining of the celebrated ballet, La Bayadère,for the 21st century.  Moving between fact and fantasy, the original story is interwoven with the first ever visit of Indian dancers to Europe in 1838.

Ballet Black
19-20th May
Exeter Northcott
Ballet Black presents a triple bill featuring Mark Bruce's The Second Coming.

U.Dance National
22nd-25th July
The U.Dance National youth dance festival will take place in Plymouth this year. It is managed by Youth Dance England in partnership with Plymouth Dance.  4 days of activities and performances plus additional opportunities across the city in the weeks leading up to the national showcase event.  Volunteer for this event.

Arts Wave Devon 'Dawlish Journeys'

On the 5th December we joined forces with Dawlish to celebrate 'Dawlish Journeys', a community centred arts project that we have been running in and with the local community this Autumn. Passengers disembarking at Dawlish train station were greeted by a local choir, the South Devon Singers, and discovered site based dance performances by The Dawlish Dance, a group of mature dancers.  From the train station our event grew legs and a festive lantern parade with over 80 hand made willow lanterns lit the way, with children from Kenton and Kenn Primary, and headed by 45 pupils from Gatehouse Primary with a steam train of lanterns.  The path was navigated by our very own 'orange army', South Devon College, paying homage to those who repaired the line at Dawlish after the great storm earlier this year.  The parade stopped traffic and drew the attention of BBC Spotlight evening news. There were parkour performances led by The Urban Playground Team who had worked intensively with South Devon College, Dawlish Community College and Cockwood Primary.  There was also a community mosaic and local poetry from the project on display. We were delighted by the overwhelming community response; the whole event saw audiences of approximately 500 people.

There will be further events for all arts wave devon projects announced via our facebook page in 2015


Dance Card
The CPD Dance Card aims to open up opportunities for people engaged in the dance sector in either Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon, at any stage in their career, to attend training and continuing professional development events.  The deadlines for applications is 1st February 2015.

Music to Move to – upload yourself dancing!
Music to Move to is an interactive digital project produced by Fuel Theatre and Commissioned by Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival, and co-commissioned by The Space.  This innovative project invites the general public to download one of the tracks from the bespoke website and choreograph a short dance routine to the music and upload it to the site for the rest of the world to view and like.

Flying Low and Passing Through
10-11th January 2015
@The House, Plymouth University
2 day workshop with Leila McMillan 
£70 (£40)

Attik Youth Dance Company
Open Classes Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm
Radiant House, Plymouth.
For young people who would like to dance and extend their physicals skills with the company.
£2.50 per session.

Performance Project with Cscape
Cscape are looking to expand the pool of dancers and physical performers that they work with, and have two exciting performance projects for 2015 which need at least one additional dancer – male or female.

Emerging Artists Sky Academy Arts Scholarships
IdeasTap are currently offering five £30,000 bursaries for emerging artists aged 18-30 through Sky Academy Arts Scholarships. Deadline to apply 26th February.
Dance Village – Site Adaptive R&D Commission

Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival 18 &19 July 2015 are offering an R&D commission to a UK based company to create a new 20 – 25 minute site adaptive work for our annual festival programme.
Rebecca Skelton Fund
The Rebecca Skelton Fund for Dance, Research & Performance provides financial assistance in the region of £500 towards the cost of postgraduate dance study. Deadline to apply Friday 6th February.

Teaching Dance to Primary School Children
11th February and 29th April 
CPD session – Training, Network and Skill Exchange with Jules Laville
See more opportunities.
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Dance in Devon will be closed from 19th December - 5th January 2014.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and dance filled new year!

Lizzy Humber and Sarah Cobley
Header Image: Ben Wisken and Chani Turner,  Photographer Kevin Clifford
Dance Diary: U.Dance 2015, Photographer Kevin Clifford
Opportunities Image: Pat Barker, Photographer Kevin Clifford
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