Illuminate – Tammy Mildren

What an amazing event Illuminate was! On the 18th November 2016 I was asked to take part in a Film with Plymouth Dance Volunteers and ADAPT Youth Company. This was being created as part of the Illuminate Festival to be displayed on the side of the Plymouth Art Centre building on the 24th November. It was such an amazing opportunity to be a part of and I learned so much because I have never done anything like that before. The film involved us dancing in the dark going on and off a platform with wooden boxes that were lit up, creating different shapes and movements. We also played with level and doing lifts and we were exploring different ways of moving for example we played with the idea of not letting anyone get or put boxes onto the wall and we also played with the idea of taking the boxes from one another and fighting over the boxes this was loads of fun.

Then on the 24th November we were involved in the Illuminate parade, which started on the barbican and made its way to Plymouth guildhall in the city centre. We watched the first bit of the parade and then joined in further down the road with the lit up boxes this was amazing fun because we then saw a dance performance by the Barbican Theatre and a projection film that was shown on the building of the guildhall. We then made our way up to Plymouth Art Centre to see our film being displayed on the side of the building.

Thank you everyone that was involved in making this happen this was an amazing experience to be a part of and I had so much fun doing this.

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Tammy Mildren

Plymouth Dance Volunteer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
 

Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for Tea Dance with a Twist!

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18th June | 16th July | 13th August

Plymouth Guildhall

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Tea Dance with a Twist! Will be a monthly intergenerational social event 18th June, 16th July and 13th August that will take place at Plymouth Guildhall, targeting the aging population. Co-hosted by Miss Ivy Events with live music performed by the Metropolis Swing Quartet and a team of highly trained dance experts.

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As well as offering social activity for the community that is Dementia and Parkinson’s Friendly there will be a Vintage Tea Room and an Independent Living Zone where local service providers can have a stand enabling them to provide face to face advice and information. We are expecting a footfall of approximately 500 people at each event.

 

“We are really excited to present three ‘Tea Dances with a Twist!’ at Plymouth’s iconic venue – Plymouth Guildhall. These events will give everyone the chance to trip the light fantastic down memory lane. 

So, if you enjoy dancing or simply watching and listening to a great band, whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake, Plymouth Guildhall is the place to be on Saturdays 18th June, 16th July and 13th August.

We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Miss Ivy Events and thank our current partners, City Bus, The Duke of Cornwall, Plymouth Culture and Arts Council England for their support. We continue to look for more partners to help us to continue to present more events in the future, so if your organisation would like to become a ‘Tea Dance with a Twist! partner, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

June Gamble, Coordinating Producer, Plymouth Dance

Plymouth Dance currently has a Crowdfunder live. Please click the link if you wish to support the project by sharing on pledging.

Tea Dance With a Twist! is supported by:

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.

Make sure you subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss out 🙂

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.

The Final Count Down…

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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

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The training I and many other volunteers have received in preparation for U.Dance 2015 has been fantastic, from learning good communication skills to being qualified First Aiders we have all taken something from each training whether it be a skill or very handy information.

Training has taken place within many different venues to name a couple, The Creative Arts School and the Barbican Theatre. Being in different spaces in Plymouth is exciting as you find yourself seeing most of Plymouth en route to each venue and begin to know where everything is before having any physical training. It’s also refreshing as you get to meet artists and managers who resident within the spaces and are more than happy to help with anything you need.

Being a volunteer we’ve all had the fantastic opportunity to get our training and certificates for free such as being DBS certified this enabling us to work with children and also being first aid trained putting everyone involved with the festival in safe hands. Literally.

We’ve also had brilliant training by a range of people, here are a few I thoroughly enjoyed learning:

Dan Baker, Manager of the Barbican Theatre informed us with Hospitality and Customer Service training, small things that can sometimes be forgotten are always good reminders. For example: Looking presentable and being approachable. Also to be knowledgeable of the event and the area, as if we are a U.Dance 2015 flyer but 10 times more exciting and encouraging.

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Claire Summers, Artistic Director of Exim Dance Company and Project Co-ordinator for Plymouth Dance trained the volunteers within Child Protection and Safe Guarding. This was great training and eye opened me and many others to ensure the safety of children and how to go about it.

Jade Poole, Corporate Funding Development Co-ordinator for Plymouth Dance and General Manager of Exim Dance Company gave the volunteers brilliant training on Networking. Networking is something I have personally struggled with, being chatty and confident with talking to people and creating these small interactions or connections that either gets your name, company or event out there. This is valuable information and training to receive as audience members or dancers will be looking to us as volunteers to know where all of the facilities are within venues, to have a good understanding of the city and other events happening in the festival. So being able to talk confidently about the festival and who we are connects us to numerous different people that we may end up helping or working with for our next projects that we take on.

Rhiannon Williams

Plymouth Dance Volunteer 2015

Dance in the City

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Dance in the City has been a HUGE success! We still have 4 more dates left so make sure you get yourself to one of them and join us on the dance floor or just enjoy watching the fun. We will be at The Piazza from 12 this Saturday with Popin’ Petes Pop Shop and Sunday with performances and workshops with groups from across the South West.

Here are some images of last weekend to wet your appetite!

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Getting ready for Dance PLYMOUTH Dance

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Olivia rehearsing for Dance PLYMOUTH Dance with ADAPT at TR2 Image by Claire Summers

On the 5th July I was tasked with filming the rehearsals of groups and companies taking part in U.dance 2015 and are to perform on the Theatre Royal stage during the festival, the rehearsals took place at TR2 and the rehearsals were guided by Jules Laville. Each company has a one hour rehearsal slot.

The companies that were rehearsing for their performance at the Theatre Royal ranged from different ages and abilities, as well as different styles of dance. Ranging from ballet to contemporary dance.

Each company rehearsed in a space around the same size as the Theatre Royal stage to help give the choreographer and their dancers a chance to see how their piece would work as well as to make an adjustments to their piece around the size of the stage. The groups rehearse a few times, then final run is recorded at the end of the rehearsal session.

Olivia Whitby

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Volunteers READY! A few words from Gemma Ward our amazing Volunteer Coordinator

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I have had the pleasure of coordinating the U.DANCE volunteers for this years festival and it has been a really great opportunity.  Not only have I been able to meet a really lovely range of enthusiastic and committed young people I have also been able to help shape some really useful and valuable training for them via Plymouth Dance and these training opportunities have helped them to build really valuable skills that will equip them for future work as well as being really useful for U.DANCE. 

Over the last few months we have been running first aid, child protection, project management, marketing, customer service and networking training, along with providing lots of opportunities for the volunteers to volunteer with other local creative projects and events to build up their skills ahead of U.DANCE.  We even had training on the history of the city with the lovely Chris Robinson!

Everyone on the team is passionate about arts and creativity and are really looking forward to being a part of the festival and I am really excited that we have been able to equip them with a really great range of skills and opportunities ahead of the festival to make sure they are ready for everything the festival will throw at them!  

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We have all our schedules and responsibilities in place and cannot wait to don our blue t-shirts and welcome everyone here to the city for the U.DANCE weekend.