Dance Offerings - TAGORE
Saturday 21st June,
6pm, SPACE, Dartington Hall 

As part of the Tagore Festival, Dance in Devon presents a pick & mix of new performance pieces, created by dance artists working with professional and community performers in the South West.  Join the choreographers in an open discussion of their work after the performance. Celebrate our local talent and show your support for the exceptional work being produced on your doorstep.

The variety of performances throughout the evening includes work from Crystal Zillwood, SculptMotion, RISE Dance, Julia Thorneycroft Dance and Richard Chappell. SpinDrift Dance Co. will begin the evening with a special performance at 6pm outside of the SPACE building to give a taste of the evening ahead. Don’t miss an evening of fantastic dance and special performances, book tickets online.

For more information about the evening and the artists performing, click here


Dance UK Dancers' Mentoring Scheme

Applications are now open for the Dance UK Dancers’ Mentoring Programme 2014-15, an exciting opportunity for 20 mid-career dancers and 20 dance teachers who have been identified by peers and students as potential leaders to be matched with a paid mentor to identify skills and areas of interest and develop their leadership potential.
The scheme recognises the huge potential for dancers to become leaders while also recognising the generosity and knowledge of established dance professionals who want to pass on their experience. It enables dancers and teachers to build confidence and consider future careers alongside performance.
A Devon-based Dance Practitioner, Suzi West has completed the scheme and believes that it is very valuable [QUOTE].
This scheme is supported by Arts Council England and in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development. Please click here for more information and how to apply – deadline for application is 8th July.


June POP-Ups with Arts Wave Devon 

June 14th | Moor Merriement, Lustleigh Orchard
Workshop 1 10.45am-12.15pm
Workshop 2 12.15-1.45pm
Workshop 3 1.45-3.15pm

Join us in our POP-Up tent in Lustleigh this Saturday to celebrate tales of Dartmoor mythology alongside a day of dance. Join storyteller Sara Hurley (Blazing Tales) for tales from her Kamishibai (story bike), and Monica Shanta Brown (artist) will be on hand to illustrate the stories in a collective piece of artwork.  There are 3 workshops, each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, each exploring a different myth. This is a family friendly activity.  For more details on other events as part of Moor Merriment please click here, the day starts at 10.30am.  All activities are FREE.

Creative Conversation

In May we held a Creative Conversation at The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington where the topic of debate was Youth Dance in Devon. We wanted to know what people thought about the youth dance on offer in Devon, what was good about it and what people felt was lacking. The panel of three, Catherine Lee, Anthony Pendlebury and Megan Kingdom-Davies offered different perspectives of youth dance in Devon, including the input of the audience made up of local dance artists, teachers and students.  Out of the discussion three key words began recurring, Co-operation, Communication and Accessibility. Below is the aggregation of all the prominent themes, issues and words brought forward following the discussion.  


RIO Bridge Briefings in June and July

Dates for June & July briefings in Devon and Cornwall have been announced. Briefings include those for, Artsmark, Curriculum sector and Income Generation for Arts and Cultural sector. For more information and to book a place, click here

Read Megan's Blog Post

Following Megan's first blog post in discussion of Youth Dance in Devon whilst on placement. She has followed this by a second blog sharing her thoughts and experiences about her time working at Dance in Devon and what it means for her. Read it here.


Creative Dance Programme for Schools - SpinDrift Dance co.
SpinDrift are currently seeking one more school in the Plymouth or Devon region to join our Merge8 Programme. This offers a school setting a chance to engage with up to 8 dance practitioners and choreographers working within their school for the next academic year. More

Dance Research Opportunity - Falmouth University
Explore the possibility of using live feed technologies such as Skype to share meaningful dance/exercise activity, with people who for what ever reason due to mental, physical or logistical reasons, can't participate in other dance opportunities on a regular basis.  Are you interested in sharing your ideas? More

Jane Castree Dance Collaborations - New Website
Have a look at Jane Castree Dance Collaborations brand new, lovely website and keep an eye out for any news. See it here

What's On 

The Cloche Dance Company - All Good Things
14th June, 6.30pm
Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Totnes
A showcase graduation performance by vocational dance students who are preparing to go off to take up places at some of the top dance colleges in the country. The performance will include Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Urban and Commercial dance.

Impermanence Dance Theatre 
19th June, 7.30pm
Exeter Northcott Theatre 
Each time Impermanence Dance Theatre perform, the piece is unique and never to be seen again. Through a combination of cabaret-like vignettes, intricately crafted scenes and visceral live music, they create a refreshingly different one-off event full of beauty, poetry, physical mastery and humour.

Travelling Light Theatre - How Cold My Toes
21st June, 2.00pm & 5.00pm
Exeter Northcott Theatre 
Award-winning Travelling Light pack a whole year into one hour, as this enchanting piece of dance theatre takes you on a magical journey through the seasons. From the seed-sprouting vitality of spring to the frosty frozen fingers of winter, this wordless mix of performance, music, and dance will captivate and delight the very youngest children and their families.

Swan Lake Children's Workshops
22nd June
RAD Workshops, Uffculme School 

Experience the magic of classical ballet through dance, music, acting, make-up and storytelling. The workshop is based on scenes from this well-loved ballet and concludes with a sharing of work for parents and guardians. 

Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully 
5th July, 7.30
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, 8.00pm 
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.

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