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.

Who are Plymouth Dance and what do they do?

So, who are the Plymouth Dance team?

We currently have 7 Directors: Adam Benjamin, Sarah Cobley, Jules Laville, Maryam Pourian, Mandy Precious, Kevin Heathorn and Ruth Way. We also have a Steering Committee that includes Sophie Colthurst, Ben Dunks, Chris Gilchrist and Paula Hocking.

The Directors and Steering Committee meet 3 to 4 times a year and the Directors meet additionally to discuss and make specific financial or strategic decisions. If you would like to be considered to join the Steering Committee, please email with a covering letter and CV.

The Plymouth Dance Management Team is led by myself as the Coordinating Producer and the team expands and contracts, depending on the number of projects that we are working on. So, currently, Claire Summers is the Senior Project Coordinator, Laura Henry is the Corporate Development Coordinator, Gemma Ward is the Volunteer Training Programme Coordinator, Heather Walrond is the International Projects Project Coordinator and Hannah Rimes is our Apprentice. Sarah Cobley is our Communications Coordinator and Anne Marie Clark is our PR & Media Consultant. We all work on a freelance basis and work part time (varying from 1 day a month to 4 days a week).

What have we been doing since U.Dance 2015?

Well, we have spent 6 months researching the provision of Dance for people over 50 in the city, as well as designing and developing a professional development programme for Dance Practitioners wishing to specialise in working with people with Parkinson’s and Dementia. This phase of our ‘Cultural Shifts’ Arts Council funded project will culminate in 3 x monthly events – ‘Tea Dances with a Twist!’

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The other elements of ‘Cultural Shifts’ included a Choreographic Commission in partnership with Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, funded by The Art Fund. Charlotte Eatock choreographed a solo for dancer, Jane Castree, in response to the Gerhard Richter Exhibition, as part of the Tate’s Artists Rooms project.


Charlotte and Jane also created a film and Jane delivered a weekend Youth Dance Choreographic Residency that also resulted in a performance at the Plymouth Museum and a film.

With regard to professional development and in addition to the Dance and Health programme, we have been fortunate to be able to host workshops and Masterclasses by James Wilton and the Hofesh Shechter Company, as well as support Stephen Hodkinson and Paula Hocking via the CPD Dance Card Bursary scheme in partnership with Hall for Cornwall and Dance in Devon.

Also, since September 2015, Plymouth has been visited by companies including 2Faced Dance, C-scape, Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hofesh Shechter Company and NDT2. Local choreographers that have presented their work include Heather Walrond, Richard Chappell and Olivia Lockwood.

Prior to our 10th Anniversary year (2017), we commissioned Mary Schwarz and Sue Kay to undertake a public ‘Perceptions and Possibilities’ review of Plymouth Dance. This review has informed our next project – ‘Shifting Sands’ – that will commence in September 2016 (subject to funding).

During the next couple of months, we are working with Richard Rhodes of Vickery Holman Surveyors and Paul Read of POP Ideas (Iridescent Ideas) to deliver a Feasibility Study that will prove whether or not it is viable to convert the top floor of the iconic Tinside Lido building into a Cultural and Creative Hub. This project has been funded by Plymouth City Council‘s Social Enterprise Investment Fund, so watch this space…


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June Gamble, Coordinating Producer Plymouth Dance



International Summer Intensive

Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University are vey pleased to announce our first ever International Summer Intensive which will be led by  Theo Clinkard.


Join us at Plymouth University for the first week long International Summer Intensive with Internationally renowned Dance Maker Theo Clinkard hosted by Plymouth Dance in Partnership with Plymouth University.
Please direct any booking enquires to

Tailored towards professional dance artists and recent graduates, this intensive with choreographer Theo Clinkard is centred around his ongoing research towards a new work for a larger group of dancers with a view to enriching participants own practice as performers, dance makers and teachers. Starting each day with a generous two hour class that is both challenging and playful, followed by a focused session where participants can delve into and discuss some of the ideas he is currently concerned with before developing material through exploratory and creative tasks and dancing together as a group.

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.

Food and Accommodation
If you require food and accommodation for the Summer Intensive we have negotiated a excellent package with the University. You will have three meals a day (Cooked breakfast, packed lunch and hot evening meal) and be accommodated within the university campus in a single occupancy room with a shared bathroom. If you would prefer your own bathroom there will be a extra charge of £10 per night.

We did it! Thanks for being a Tea Dance Twister!

Thanks to all your support over the past 30 days we were able to hit (and surpass) our Crowdfunder target!

So here are the wonderful people who believed in our project and pledged to support it:

Janice Summers

Lydia Chantal Baldchin

Ros Twinn

Jade Poole


Adam Morley

Sophie Northmoor

Rachael Nightingale

Maryam Pourian

Hannah Rimes

Mel Williams

Sarah Cobley

We are all busy planning and getting ready for the first Tea Dance With a Twist! on the 18th June at Plymouth Guildhall. So please make sure the date is in your diaries! If you can help us spread the word and promote these events please do and if you would like any flyers or posters please get in touch with Hannah our apprentice by emailing


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