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 june.gamble@plymouthdance.org.uk 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.

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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

 

 

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Plymouth Dance Film Friday Rhythm City at Dance PLYMOUTH Dance

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Rhythm City Dancer at “Street Impact” during Dance in the City

Week 9 (only one more weeks to go!) and this week we have decided to share the film made by Rhythm City of their Dance PLYMOUTH Dance experience.

Rhythm City were one of the groups who performed as part of Dance in the City during the weekends leading up to the festival as well as Dance PLYMOUTH Dance at The Theatre Royal on the final evening of U.Dance.

Enjoy!!

Plymouth Dance Film Friday

Welcome to our first #pdfilmfriday between now and Christmas we are going to be sharing some of the films made as part of U.Dance 2015 as well as a few extras connected to the festival.

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Our first film is the full length Outside-Inside-Plymouth film made by Fotonow for us with 5 of our youth groups: Street Factory Studios, ADAPT, Company b, Wheelfever and South Dance Company.

Here are a few of the images taken by Fotonow of Street Factorys filming day.

Welcome to U.Dance!

Choreographer Charlotte Eatock has been commissioned to work with some of Plymouths finest Youth Dancers who will be performing a very special sited piece of dance at this evenings U.Dance 2015 welcome event! Here is a sneak peek of the dancers in rehearsal and a few words from two of the dancers who have been working with Charlotte.

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The welcome commission rehearsals have been nothing but continuous laughter. Charlotte Eatock’s choreography with the seven dancers is highly energetic, vibrant, and humorous the work is completely audience interactive. We have draw inspiration from various and creative choreographic exercises allowing us individually to show our own dance styles.

I have felt truly privileged and proud to work alongside such talented, driven and creative young Plymouth dancers. We are all super excited to open U.Dance on 22nd July

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To watch and learn from Charlotte Eatock in the way she works has been completely inspiring. The welcome commission process has aided me to develop my dance vocabulary and build my confidence dramatically. It’s been an honour to work alongside professional dancers, undergraduates and dancers from the community on this project. I know I can talk for all the dancers when I say we are raring to show the work we have all worked so hard on.

Isaac Miller – Welcome Commission Dancer

Dance in the City with us!

If you were in Plymouth City Centre this weekend just gone it would have been impossible to have missed us at the Piazza! The sun was out and so were Plymouth (and Cornwall) finest street dancers were out to impress. Member of the public were welcomed into the groove and busted some serious moves with Street Impact and Rhythm Citys Chris Gilchrist.

We even had a special (surprise) performance from Cornwalls 4FunxSake who came down to watch and ended up performing. This has by far been one of our favourite community engagement events we have delivered over the past 6 months. Watching so many different people joining in with the workshops and clapping along to the performances has been priceless.

It was so good we even made The Herald! We still have 2 more jam packed days to go so don’t miss out and get yourself down to Place de Brest on Thursday and The Piazza on Friday 12-4pm.

Here are some images by the wonderful Kevin Clifford of Saturdays 18th July.

The Final Count Down…

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Image of Claire Summers by Fotonow

After over 12 months of planning and preparation  U.Dance 2015, the national Youth Dance Festival is finally here!

This week is going to be jam packed with dance events for you to get involved with from FREE City Centre workshops and Performances as part of Dance in the City or performances from the best Youth Dancers in the country at the Theatre Royal Thursday Friday and Saturday night. The week with end with the cumulation of our community engagement around the festival Dance PLYMOUTH Dance on Saturday evening.

Make sure you subscribe to keep up to date with our team of Volunteers who will be blogging throughout the festival and don’t forget to Tweet us @PlymouthDance

Claire Summers

Local Project Coordinator U.Dance 2015