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.

Tammy Mildren

Plymouth Dance Volunteer

NYDC Experience Workshops

The National Youth Dance Company are returning to Plymouth on the 4th June to lead an experience workshop. The workshop will take place at City College Plymouth and to apply you need to click through and complete the online form.


The workshops are open to young dancers aged 15-18 (up to 24 for deaf or disabled dancers)- with experience in any dance style. We are a fully inclusive company and can offer additional support to any dancers who may need it in the workshop- this includes a 30minute pre workshop to allow dancers with particular access needs to meet the teachers and learn some of the material in advance to allow them to feel more comfortable.


So if you would like the chance to join the company then make sure you apply now.  Make sure you let us know by tweeting @PlymouthDance

Upcoming masterclass with Marc Brew

marc 2On Saturday 31st October 2015 we have two exciting masterclass opportunities with Marc Brew. The first masterclass is suitable for professional dancers and dancers in training and will be held at The House in Plymouth University from 11:30am- 1:00pm.

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The second also held at The House is suitable for young dancers aged 12-18 with and without disabilities from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

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About Marc Brew

MarcArtistic Director and choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 18 years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and for 5 years up until early 2008 with CandoCo Dance Company. He was a guest performer, collaborator and media spokes person for the London Hand Over Ceremony for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and in 2009 was appointed Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre – ‘Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company’ where he co-directed ‘NQR’ a work in collaboration with Artistic Director Janet Smith and SDT’s Dance Agent for Change Caroline Bowditch. Since 2001 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company.

Whilst in Australia Marc was the Victorian Arts Award Winner for the Young Australian of the Year Awards 2001 and received the Fringe Performance Award for Best Original Solo Work at the 2002 Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2003 he was a recipient of the Shine On Award from Rotary International and received a Centenary Medal of Australia for outstanding service as a dancer and choreographer. He attended DanceEast’s international Rural Retreat for future leaders in January, 2008 and subsequently through the Cultural Leadership Programme received a bursary for a placement with ‘Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company’- Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre. Most recently Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent.

As a choreographer Marc seeks to challenge and be challenged. Providing the dancers with a new vocabulary that enhances their creativity, he tries to redefine expectations of physicality for both performers and audiences. His work is renowned for its tender, precise choreographic material that exemplifies the beauty of the moments shared between people, revealing the unusual and the inspiring in the everyday and the mundane.

“The evening’s honours belonged to Marc Brew Company. Brew’s precise duet exuded a rough sensuality. Its stirring, succulent ambiguities arose out of the clarity and strength of the performers”. Donald Hutera Reviewer

Recent works have included commissions by Touch Compass, Axis Dance Company, DadaFest International, Velcro Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Without Walls Consortium, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Liberty Festival at Trafalgar Square, East London Dance for The Big Chair Dance as part of Big Dance 2008, London Contemporary Dance School Graduation Dance Season, Small Dances at Stratford Circus, Resolution!, Choreodrome and Touch Wood at The Place. New choreographies for youth dance companies include work for Cando2 and Shift, Bournemouth and Poole College, London Contemporary Dance School and a new series of site specific interventions Turning the Inside Out for the InTransit Festival 2008 in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Marc was also choreographer for the fashion industry’s ultimate night of celebration the British Fashion Awards 2009. Theatre credits include; Graeae Theatre Company’s The Rhinestone Rollers, National Theatre of Scotland’s Mary Queen Of Scot’s Got Her Head Chopped Off and Our Teacher’s a Troll, Dundee Rep Theatre’s productions of Elephant Man and their Christmas show Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen.

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.


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

Laura Henry – Welome Commission DancerIMG_3960

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.