Plymouth Dance Volunteers Training Programme

We have a fantastic volunteers training programme for all of our PD Volunteers. Don’t worry though, even if you aren’t a volunteer you can take advantage of these great training sessions. All you need to do is choose what you would like to attend and then click through to book your place on Eventbrite. Make sure you book on quick though as places are limited and first come first served!

Tips for teaching dance

A session with dance practitioner Jules Laville around how to effectively teach dance.  This is an introductory session that will give an overview around effective practice and explore some exercises and techniques for teaching dance.
This session is suitable for anyone interested in beginning to explore teaching dance or anyone already teaching that miht like to learn more or see things from a different perspective.
Date and Time: Thursday 9th February, 6-8pm
Location: The Barbican Theatre, Castle Street

Inclusive dance practice

A session with dance practitioner and director of Exim Dance Laura Henry.  The session will cover information and advice around working inclusively in dance.  Laura has a wealth of experience in this area and will draw on that experience to share information, tips and advice connected with this field of practice.
Date and Time: Thursday 9th March, 6-8pm
Location: Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Customer Service and hospitality training

A session with Dan Baker, house manager at the Barbican Theatre around working with the public.  Although not traditionally associated in working with the arts being able to work well with people and communicate effectively is a vital skill.  With his experience of working with the public in a busy theatre Dan is well equipped to share his knowledge and experience in this session and will share advice for working effectively with the public and providing a wonderful service in any situation.
Date and Time: Thursday 6th April, 6-8pm
Location: The Barbican Theatre

Marketing and promotion

Laura Smith, director of Driftwood Marketing takes us through a session looking at the tips and tricks for effective arts marketing.  Laura has experience working in arts organisations before moving on to up her own business, for which she has many high profile arts clients.  Laura will lead participants through ways to use marketing to promote events and services and also look at use of social media.
Date and Time: Thursday 4th May, 6-8pm
Location: Plymouth School of creative Arts

Vision for Dance in Plymouth Event

Plymouth Dance is hosting the VISION for DANCE in PLYMOUTH Event
– Tuesday 6th December 2016, 5.00pm – 8.30pm

To confirm that you would like to accept our invitation, please click here: Attend Event

Facilitated by Pawlet Brookes, the event will give all participating the opportunity to contribute to the development of a 5 year vision for Dance in Plymouth.

Pawlet is the Executive Artistic Director of Serendipity in Leicester and she is an accomplished and experienced senior manager and producer. Her consultancy work includes leadership training, partnership building, artistic assessment, business planning, fund-raising (private and public sectors and charitable trusts), marketing, audience development and cultural diversity, events management and international programming. She was a finalist for the 2009 National Regeneration and Renewals Award for Cultural Leadership and has been a speaker at a number of international conferences, including being the UK representative at a UNESCO conference in Stockholm.

This Vision for Dance in Plymouth will be shared with the Plymouth Dance partners (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth Council, Arts Council England SW), so that they and Plymouth Dance can utilise it to shape their plans for Dance.

It will specifically inform Plymouth Dance’s Business Plans between 2017 – 2022.

So, if you Teach, Choreograph, Perform, Commission or Watch Dance and would like to ensure that your voice is heard, please join us and take this opportunity to contribute to the strategic development of Dance and the Dance ecology in Plymouth. To confirm that you would like to attend, please click here: Attend Event


What is the schedule for the event?

5.00pm – 5.30pm Register, refreshments & network

5.30pm – 7.30pm Event

7.30pm – 8.30pm Social/networking

 Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email or call 07818 518079

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, attendance is by ticket only, so, please bring your paper or electronic ticket with you to the event

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes, complimentary tea, coffee, fruit juice, water and light bites will be provided. However, if you would like to donate to the cost of the refreshments, please select Donation when booking.

Who has supported this event?

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England and the New Continental Hotel.



Laura Henry | Corporate Development Coordinator & Tea Dance With a Twist! Practitioner


Working for Plymouth Dance one day a month as the Corporate Development Coordinator and one of the lead practitioners for the monthly Tea Dance with a Twist! Events my roles and responsibilities are extremely varied from organising the Independent Living Zone to ensure we have a variety of unique local businesses and organisations offering their products and services to the general public .

With just a few weeks to go until we kick start our next batch of Tea Dance with a Twist events, June, Rachel and I are very busy behind the scenes in our Plymouth School of Creative Arts office. We are making sure everything is coming together to make this round of Tea Dance events as successful as our last three. We are very happy that we now have 8 new dates to offer the events to the public in Plymouth at Plymouth Guildhall, first one being the 12th November between 1pm – 4pm.

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Hasta la vista Claire

Thursday 8th September was officially Claire Summers last day working for Plymouth Dance as Senior Project Coordinator.
Claire’s contribution to the work and development of Plymouth Dance and to dance in Plymouth over the past decade has been exceptional and her legacy will continue through the work of Exim, Adapt, Plymouth Dance and many others.
Her commitment, generosity, patience, passion and drive are second to none.Claire will be sorely missed but never far away, wherever she may be in the world, thanks to the power of social media!

I’m sure that those of you who have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting or working with Claire will share my sentiments and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new adventure that will, no doubt, be equally exciting, challenging, successful and rewarding.

Thank you Claire for being an amazing, supportive, wise and truly inspirational student, colleague, peer, teacher and friend to myself and many others.

Como siempre tu amigo,



An informal partnership between Plymouth Dance and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery was initiated in August 2013, when PD was invited to present 1940s inspired public workshops and demonstrations as part of a ‘Garden Party’ event linked to the Museum’s Nancy Astor exhibition. Maryam Pourian and Nico Bray, Mad About Swing, Dolly Knight and Jonathan Stromberg delivered the sessions.

In May 2015, Plymouth Dance was invited back to present WWI inspired public workshops and demonstrations as part of a ‘Night at the Museum’ event. Mad About Swing, Maryam Pourian and Mark Sidey delivered the sessions.

Night at the Museum - Mad About Swing - 16th May 2014


In 2015, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery invited Plymouth Dance to commission a choreographic response to the Gerhard Richter exhibition (part of Tate’s ‘Artist Rooms’ programme).

As a result, both partners discussed and devised a 4 part project that was financially supported by Tate, Plymouth City Council, The Art Fund and Arts Council England.

 Gerhard Richter Choreographic Commission Performances

  • Charlotte Eatock was commissioned to create a solo performed by Jane Castree in the exhibition.
  • The 4 performances took place at lunchtimes and were attended by a total of 124 people, including members of the Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth University Dance students and Primary School children.
  • Many of those who attended had not visited the Museum before and had come along specifically to see the performance.
  • Some of the attendees visited the Museum café and shop after the performances for lunch.
  • Several of the Dance students from Plymouth University had not seen dance choreographed in response to visual art before.
  • 26% of the audience who completed feedback questionnaires confirmed that they had been introduced to the work of Gerhard Richter for the first time.


Photo Credit: Dom Moore


Gerhard Richter Choreographic Commission Film


Gerhard Richter Choreographic Residency

  • Jane Castree delivered a 3 day Choreographic Residency at The House in January 2016.
  • 7 young people attended including Plymouth University students and members of youth dance companies.
  • The residency resulted in a performance at the Museum on the final day of the Gerhard Richter exhibition.


 Photo Credit: Dom Moore


Film of the Gerhard Richter Choreographic Residency & Performance


Photo Credit: Dom Moore


In July 2016, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery invited Made by Katie Green to present 3 performances of ‘The Imagination Museum’. This special event was scheduled as part of the ‘packing up’ process prior to the closure of the Museum building for the development of the History Centre. Approximately 50 people watched the rehearsals and 120 children and adults attended the performances.

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On Saturday 3rd September, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be having a ‘Wrap Party’ and Plymouth Dance has been invited to deliver workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. The themes will be dances from the 1920s/1930s and the 1970s.


Plymouth Dance really enjoy working with the Museum and Art Gallery team and are looking forward to the possibility of supporting and continuing to work with them during their closure period and towards and after the opening of the Plymouth History Centre in 2020!

“It’s been great to work with Plymouth Dance on such a variety of projects over the last few years” said Arts and Cultural Development Manager, Judith Robinson. “Responding to historical objects and heritage sites through dance is a great way to engage with and develop audiences. The work Plymouth Dance has done with us has really helped to add value and a greater element of interactivity to our Gerhard Richter programme and a number of our special events.”

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June Gamble | Coordinating Producer Plymouth Dance






Tea Dance With A Twist!

Recently Plymouth Dance hosted their first Tea Dance With A Twist! in the Plymouth Guildhall, I was the Front of House coordinator so i was going to be one of the first faces that the public would see. To say I was nervous was an understatement because i had never done anything like this before; especially since the whole of the Plymouth Dance team had been working on this for so long.

IMG_9062I was responsible (along with two other volunteers) for greeting the public, writing their details down and putting them on our mailing list; it was really interesting finding out how the public had found out about the Tea Dances. A lot of people found out via the Plymouth magazine or simply by word of mouth so it was really good to know that people had been talking about it and decided to come along.

We started to set up the Guildhall in the morning and when all the decorations were up it felt so real and it was all finally happening. The postbox i had was painted and ready for people’s feedback, the song request cards were all set and the band and the dancers were excited to go. It was all finally happening after months and months of preparations.

The nerves were starting to set in for a lot of us and we were just waiting for the doors to open.

This was the first big event that i had helped PD with and it was amazing to see it all unfold right in front of me. Everyone had an amazing time and the music and dancing was amazing to be a part of…I couldn’t stop myself from dancing! The atmosphere of the whole event was incredible and i was told more than once what an amazing time people were having.

IMG_9093The Lyons Monocle was providing tea, coffee and cakes to the public and I really wish I had one of those cakes now because they looked amazing and people were so happy that they could enjoy a nice cup of tea and then go and watch some dancing.


There were so many lovely people in the Guildhall that day and we heard nearly all of their stories. It made me proud to know that we were doing something for the public and that were loving every minute, they asked for it to last longer and for there to be a Tea Dance every month. Reading the feedback that some people gave us made me so happy and it felt like we were making a difference:

‘Just the thing Plymouth needs – people having fun.’

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Image by Kevin Clifford

All of our hard work paid off and we have been given even more ideas from the public for our next Tea Dance on the 16th July. The whole of the PD team had an amazing time and the dancers worked so hard to make everything enjoyable.

Hopefully there will be even more people that can come and join in and have an amazing time with tea, coffee, cake and dancing at our next Tea Dance With A Twist!




Hannah Rhimes

Plymouth Dance Apprentice


A summer of professional class!

Plymouth Dance are extremely excited to be able to announce a whole 5 weeks of Summer classes in partnership with Plymouth University, Heather Walrond Company and Exim Dance Company.

Booking has now opened for weekly passes and a full 5 week pass via Eventbrite. Daily passes may become available closer to the time is weekly passes have not sold out but this is not guaranteed. Spaces are limited so please make sure you book your passes early to avoid disappointment!

Here is how the schedule is shaping up:

Week 1 – Heather Walrond Company On The House Stage


19th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Vou Dance Company- The House Studio

20th July- 11.30am- 1pm- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Adam Benjamin (Co Founder of CandoCo)- The House Stage

21st July- 9.30am- 10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Akeim Buck – The House studio

22nd July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Heather Walrond -The House stage

Week 2 – Heather Walrond Company Class 


26th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Christopher Radford – The House stage

27th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class with Kayleigh Crook – The House stage

28th July- 9.30am-10.30am- HeatherWalrondCompany Class  with Akeim Buck- The House stage

Week 3 – Theo Clinkard on The House Stage

Theo215th-19th August 10-11:30am

(This is for local practitioners who are unable to attend the full residency)

Class Description 

Theo begins his working day with a release based class. Starting with simple exercises that develop awareness and connection within the dancing body and perception games for people to relate themselves to each other and to the space they are inhabiting. Through a balance of improvised movement and designed movement patterns his class is then devised to challenge dancers coordination and help them find greater clarity in articulation. He finishes up with expansive phrase work that encourages playful, present and expansive dancing.


Theo Clinkard is a Cornwall born, Brighton-based choreographer, dancer and theatre designer. For 20 years he has performed with many of the UK’s most celebrated companies (Siobhan Davies Dance, Random Dance, Matthew Bourne, Bgroup, Rafael Bonachela, New Art Club and The Featherstonehaughs among others) as well as  for 5 years co-directing the dancer run company, PROBE with Antonia Grove.

In 2012, he formed his own seven-strong company to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. He has created two full-length evenings of work ‘Ordinary Courage’ (2012) and ‘Of Land & Tongue’ (2014), which includes ‘Chalk’ the duet he performs with composer James Keane. 

Theo is currently planning ‘This Bright Field’; for 12 dancers, due to premiere in Spring 2017. 

Theo has created numerous commissioned works including ‘The Listening Room’ Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2016), ‘somewhat still when seen from above’ (2015) Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, ‘My Dance, Your Touch’ (2015) Transitions Dance Company, ‘We Become Panoramic’ Verve, Wo/Manmade (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance S.E.A.D.) as well as various creations for youth dance companies.

Alongside his choreographic work, Theo regularly leads international workshop residencies and teaches at the vocational schools and the major international dance companies (Pina Bausch, Culberg, DV8, Carte Blanche, Sydney Dance, Rambert, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales, Danish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dansteater, Ballet Boyz, Michael Clark, New Adventures and Candoco).

Theo is a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and an Associate Artist at Dance4.

Week 4 – Exim Dance Company Class with Heather Walrond (RLB 307)

IMG_491622nd-26th August 9:30-10:30 am

Week 5 –Exim Dance Company Class with Lucy Freeman (RLB 307)

IMG_502929th August to 2nd September 9:30-10:30am

Class Description

Drawing inspiration from contemporary techniques such as release, counter technique and flying low this class is all about moving! Finding a natural flow of energy and movement through the body we explore fluidity, flexibility, strength and release. 


After graduating from Falmouth University with a First Class Honors degree in dance performance, Lucy went on to gain her Masters degree in Dance Performance at Chichester University. During this time Lucy was a part of international touring company ‘Mapdance’ performing works by … Lucy has also performed for London based company ‘Coegi’ including at the Stockholm Fringe Festival and receiving the ‘young STOFF’ award. This year Lucy has spent time in Indonesia receiving her qualification as a yoga teacher bringing another element to her passion for movement and body work. 


Laura Henry|Corporate Development Coordinator

It’s been just over ten months now that I have been working for Plymouth Dance in the role of Corporate Development Coordinator and what a fascinating journey it’s been so far! My position consists of a variety of different activities. As well as the behind the scenes working in the office based at Plymouth School of Creative Arts I venture out a lot to network and meet businesses, organisations and small local companies on a weekly basis.

Here are just a few of my job roles!

  • Creating and maintaining a database of corporate sponsors current and prospective
  • Creating corporate fundraising packages in relation to the work of Plymouth Dance
  • To liaise with and ‘look after’ current and prospective corporate sponsors of Plymouth Dance
  • Attending Corporate events and conferences
  • Co Designing marketing information for projects
  • Bringing in sponsorships deals

Recently I have been heavily involved with the organising for Plymouth Dance’s next big project Tea Dance with a Twist! I have co designed the marketing information and press release that you will have seen all over social media, Plymouth big screen and in local magazines such as Plymouth Shopper & ChamberLink.

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I am the Independent Living Zone advisor for Tea Dance with a Twist! Its my job to make sure that we have several businesses/services and company promoting what they have to offer at the three dates 18th June| 16th July | 13th August


We currently have a great collection of businesses already booked on for the three events. to name a few; Plymouth Citybus, The Independent Living AdvisorPlymouth Hearing Centre, Frontline Veterans and Plymouth Horizon.

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If you wish to be apart of the Independent Living Zone please do get in touch:

I am extremely excited to carry on my role at Plymouth Dance and very much looking forward to the future. As well as my Corporate Development Coordinator role, I have recently received one of the lead practitioner roles for Tea Dance with a Twist! which I’m super excited to begin, as I will be working alongside many wonderfully experienced, community dance practitioners, that I have wanted to work with for a long time. No better way then to bring bright creative people together and let the ideas collide.

Through receiving the practitioner role I have undertaken free training in Dance for Parkinson’s and Dementia and Dance training, to make sure that I am fully trained for the position.


Laura Francesca Henry

Corporate Development Coordinator

CPD Dance Card Deadline 1st July

Are you a dance artist based in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon?

Get your CPD Dance Card

The CPD Dance Card aims to open up opportunities for individuals working in the dance sector in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon to attend training and continuing professional development events.

You may apply at any stage in your career for opportunities which:

  • Offer you the opportunity to enhance your professional and personal development
  • Offer you a specific, high quality opportunity for career development
  • Assist you to continue to pursue a career in dance from a base in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • Enable you to bring back your enhanced skills to the dance community in Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • Take place anywhere in the world



  • Your professional base must be primarily in either Cornwall, Plymouth or Devon
  • The maximum available award is £250 and your award will be up to 75% of your overall costs
  • You can receive only one award in any 12 month period
  • We ask that you provide a brief report following your training or skills development activity and a proportion of your award will be retained until this is received


Application process:

Please write and tell us about the professional development opportunity you would like to take part in including the course title or outline of the opportunity, dates and location. You may also attach web links. Please explain why it is important to you to undertake this training at this point in your career and how you will share your experiences with the wider dance community in Cornwall, Plymouth and/or Devon.  Maximum 500 words


Please attach your CV and you may include other information to support your application. You should also include a budget showing all expenditure & income including costing in your time where appropriate.

 Please submit your application to your regional dance agency by email;


The deadline for applications is 1st July2016

PLEASE NOTE Grants will not be awarded retrospectively. If successful you will need to be in a position to fund the costs in the first instance; awards will be paid on receipt of an invoice and within 30 days. Decisions are entirely at the discretion of The Hall for Cornwall, Plymouth Dance & Dance in Devon, and are not negotiable.

CPD Dance Card: examples of recent successful applications


Who: Claire Summers, Artistic Director of Exim Dance Company and Freelance Practitioner and Project Coordinator with Plymouth Dance.


What: Claire received £250 funding towards her expenses so she could travel to Seattle to participate in and present at the University of Washington Integrated Dance Summer Intensive.



Course Fee                                                                 Free as presenting

Flights                                                                         £900

Accommodation (7 nights)                                          £200

Food                                                                            £120

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £750

Total Cost                                                                  £1970 


Claire’s evaluation of the experience:

Being on the course has already had a great impact on my practice and since returning from Seattle I have been trying to embed the principles of adaptive technique into my classes. In addition to the practical skills I developed it was also a fantastic opportunity to network with an international group of dancers and as I was speaking at the conference I was able to talk about and being awareness to the pioneering work being done in Plymouth in inclusive dance.


Who: Emily Dobson, Artistic Director of Freefall Dance, lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University and freelance practitioner.


What: Emily received £250 to take professional class in London for 7 days at The Place and Greenwich Dance.



Cost of classes (£4 per class min of 2 per day)        £52

Travel to London                                                         £80

Accommodation                                                          £200

Food (£12 Per Diems per day)                                   £84

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £700

Total cost                                                                  £1116


Emily’s Evaluation of the experience:

Through my work as co-leader of Freefall Dance I deliver classes to dancers in training, teachers, community practitioners, professional dancers and create choreography also. This CPD opportunity is vital in feeding me with new ideas that I then feed into my work; inspiring a whole new generation of ideas formed by the participants that I teach. The work also inspires dancers, knowing that I have recently trained myself with teachers who work worldwide.


Who: Jane Castree


What: Jane received £250 towards mentoring support from an established artist.



Mentor fee                                                                   £250

Travel                                                                          £24

My time (@£25ph)                                                      £700

Total                                                                           £974


Jane’s evaluation of her experience:

The mentoring support I received from this artist has been vital to me at this point in my career. Over the past 12 months I have been focusing on my choreographic practice, which has resulted in completing a research and development period, Making Space, in association with Dance in Devon, Beaford Arts Centre and The Northcott Theatre. Jane has since gone on to establish Jane Castree Dance Collaborations and is currently on a UK tour.