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 Zannah Doan to step into CEO role a...

Bournemouth-based national dance development organisation Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) are thrilled to announce that Zannah Doan will be leading the organisation from the 1stMarch as Chief...

Marie McCluskey Dance Makers Fund

After creating and steering the development of Swindon Dance for over 35 years founding Artistic Director, Marie McCluskey has worked with, guided, mentored and supported literally hundreds of...

Applications for our 2017 Mentoring P...

One Dance UK Mentoring programmes are now open.   These much  programmes are offered to dance artists and practitioners in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland who have been...

Invitation to the Vision for Dance in...

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...

Plymouth Performing Arts Ambitions fo...

The Plymouth Performing Arts Ambitions for Excellence partners (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre Plymouth, Plymouth University, Plymouth Dance and Toast) would like to ask you...

New creative dance and theatre classe...

Barbican Theatre are delighted to announce it will be introducing two new classes for younger children aged from 18 months to 6 years, as part of it’s young people’s Performance...

Dancers & Actors wanted!

Barbican Theatre invites dancers and actors aged 14 – 25 to audition for their two cutting edge performance companies, COMPANY b Dance & COMPANY b Theatre.   These two...

Arts Council England funding boost he...

Photography: Vou Dance Company, Fiji. Local choreographer, Heather Walrond, 24 has been awarded more than £38,000 to create her first major touring dance show, as well as host Fijian...

Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017 for Dance...

“It is not about art, also not about pure technique. It is about life, and therefore it is about finding a language for life.“ - Pina Bausch   Finding a language for life...

Plymouth Dance weekly blog

Plymouth Dance will be posting weekly on our blog to keep our subscribers updated with local and national dance news and important events as well as offering insight into what the...

Job Opportunity with Exim Dance Compa...

Cast announced for summer production...

Barbican Theatre are excited to announce the cast for their summer outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Royal William...

Open call for dance films featuring o...

Pavilion Dance South West are pleased to announce that The Joie de Vivre Short Film Competition 2016 is open for submissions and looking for dance films. The works should be creative works made...

Hairspray is a love story and there's...

IF YOU grew up as a child in the Eighties, there was no escaping presenter Peter Duncan, who was on our screens as one of the hosts of top BBC children's TV programme Blue Peter. He was a...

Plymouth dance company scoop 55 award...

PLYMOUTH'S biggest dance company wowed the crowds and won over judges in a South West dance championship, bringing home not one or two trophies, but a whopping 55. The Groovement Project...

Plymouth Dance launches crowdfunded c...

Plymouth Dance has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new project - Tea Dance With a Twist!.  To find out more about the campaign click here

Perspectives and Possibilities Review

We would like to thank those of you who contributed to the Perspectives and Possibilities Review of the organisation, led by Sue Kay and Mary Schwarz. We very much appreciate your...

Now available: Dance PLYMOUTH Dance f...

The Dance PLYMOUTH Dance film is now available to purchase via DVD, download or rental. Dance PLYMOUTH Dance was a celebration of youth dance in 2015 that has profiled young people dancing in...

10 ways to increase donations through...

Behavioural economics is changing our understanding of how people make decisions. While we like to think we are rational, considered beings, the majority of our daily decisions are made...

Sir Matthew Bourne to stage Red Shoes...

Leading choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne is to create a ballet version of the classic Oscar-winning dance film The Red Shoes, it has been announced. The work will be premiered at the Theatre...

Roll up for the Secret Circus with Ba...

The Young Dance Promoters group at Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, are producing a FREE VIP Secret Circus event, in conjunction with Joli Vyann and Shift...

Job Opportunity with Plymouth Dance

  Job Opportunity Job Title: Tea Dance With a Twist! Artistic Coordinator/Lead Practitioner x1, Lead Practitioner x3 and Trainee Practitioner x4 Employer: Plymouth Dance Terms:1...

Devon & Cornwall’s All Boys Dance P...

On 11 March 2016, Barbican Theatre will host an All Boys Dance platform, showcasing explosive male talent from across the South West The evening will display the unquestionable...

National Award Dance Nominated 2Faced...

On one of the UK’s leading all-male dance companies, 2Faced Dance, brings their highly acclaimed double-bill to Barbican Theatre at The House, Plymouth on 4 March...

Classique Dance Studio opens new Satu...

A Plymouth dance teacher is expanding her range of classes to give disadvantaged children a chance to take part. Sharon Lyndon has been running Classique Dance School for over 15 years, but said...

Do you remember dancing on the Hoe du...

A GROUP of university students are looking for Plymouth people who remember dancing on the Hoe during World War Two. The four fine art students from Plymouth University are looking for city...

Tributes paid to Plymouth's 'amazing'...

AN 'EXTRAORDINARY' great-grandmother who danced her entire life has died aged 104. The family of Helen 'Nellie' Burn have paid tribute to an "amazing" woman who had a...

Ambitious Plymouth deaf-only hip hop...

A TALENTED deaf-only hip hop crew from Plymouth will be hitting the capital to perform at a prestigious anniversary event. The Vibes crew at Street Factory Studios have been selected to perform...

From Devon With Love returns to Barbi...

Photo: Skin Deep by Substance & Shadow Theatre, Matt Austin Images.From Devon With Love returns to Barbican Theatre this January, once again presenting a range of vibrant and...

New Strictly Ballroom Dance Classes a...

New Beginners Strictly Ballroom Dance Classes at Coombe Dean School, Plymstock - Be the new ‘Stars of the Show’   If you’re one of the 11million viewers who have been...

Dancers go green at Barbican Theatre

Boys and girls from Barbican Theatre’s Dance Moves and Dance Junction workshops have been working with lead practitioner Becky Miles to choreograph work inspired by the environment. In...

Bryony Brind, ballet dancer - obituar...

Principal dancer at the Royal Ballet who became a staple of gossip columns after her career faded Bryony Brind, who has died of heart failure aged 55, made world headlines in 1982 when, aged...

Boys Dance. Physical, Dynamic, Acroba...

The lads of Barbican Boys Dance are all set to become athletes of body and mind as they master the skill, strength and concentration to lift and throw. Members of this all-male dance group...

Plymouth dance school raise funds for...

A Plymouth pair have raised money for charity by putting on a dance show and donating the proceeds to the Mustard Tree Cancer Support Centre. Kristie Vosper and her partner  Sam...

Jessica Ronane talks about her search...

WHO says never work with children? Jessica Ronane has made a career of it as a children's casting director on a near continuous search for the UK's best Billy Elliots. Set in a Northern...

U.Dance Films Released

Welcome to Plymouth....     Outside-Inside-Plymouth U.Dance 2015 Film   U.Dance 2015 Aaron's journey   U.Dance 2015 Plymouth Community...

Funding awarded for Plymouth based pe...

Barbican Theatre has been awarded £80,000 for their vibrant new incubation hub and rehearsal studios in Plymouth city centre from the Social Enterprise Investment Fund. The theatre began...

Plymouth dance company fundraising fo...

Making sure dance is accessible to everyone is paramount for one city instructor. That's why Clair Beckett's new theatre company is fundraising to buy a sports wheelchair for one of its...

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Roya...

Matthew Bourne has done it again... Some how, thanks to being a creative genius, he continues to make shows that push the boundaries of dance and enthral audiences. Sleeping Beauty dazzled when...

Plymouth Apprentice star Brett a real...

PLYMOUTH Apprentice star Brett Butler-Smythe has been described as a "supportive and caring man" by a local dance teacher. Chris Gilchrist, who runs Rhythm City Dance Studios, has...

Plymouth to welcome champion dancers...

PUTTING the razzle dazzle into this year's City & Waterfront Awards ceremony are two prolific acts who cannot wait to perform in Plymouth. On Thursday 22 October, professional ballroom...

World premiere of Matthew Bourne's la...

Top choreographer and dance maker Matthew Bourne has revealed the world premiere of his latest show will take place in Plymouth next year. The renowned ballet director could not reveal the title...

Plymouth dancer Katrina Lyndon ready...

PLYMOUTH-BORN dancer Katrina Lyndon takes on her most challenging role to-date, playing two characters in Matthew Bourne's latest spectacular Sleeping Beauty. The eye-popping ballet begins...

The teenager teaching Plymouth how to...

FOR most 19-year-olds, now is the time to party, sleep, eat and repeat, but although for Plymouth-born Kelly Harding most evenings do involve a pair of heels and a dance floor, it is not for the...

Audition success!

Over 120 young people from across the city attended the Barbican Theatre’s Company b Auditions.   Barbican Theatre opened its doors and welcomed creative motivated young people to...

Riverdance to celebrate 21st annivers...

Global sensation Riverdance will celebrate its 21st anniversary at Plymouth Pavilions in 2016. With an incredible two decades of worldwide success since the show first burst into the...

Plymouth’s Barbican hosts Vertical...

Saturday September 26th: The gable end of Basket Ope Flats, The Parade, The Barbican Performance Times: 1:45 pm and 3:15 pm Barbican Theatre and Yskynna-AA present this unusual and intimate...

Plymouth-based dance teacher is no st...

T'S back! Strictly Come Dancing shimmied its sparkly self back into our lives last week satisfying ballroom-lovers across the country, none least than Plymouth-based Bob Gibson, owner of...

Local Choreographer creates Fijian an...

The UK has produced some of the brightest young choreographers in recent years and at 23, local girl Heather Walrond is no exception.    Having been inspired to dance at school in...

Rambert dance company set to return f...

RAMBERT, Britain's national dance company, are returning to Theatre Royal Plymouth this September to present the world premiere of Didy Veldman's Picasso-inspired The Three Dancers. Also...

Who are the Plymouth dancers on poste...

IMAGES of dancers throwing shapes in Plymouth locations have been popping up all over the city to promote the national U.Dance festival – hosted by Plymouth for the first time. But who are...

REVIEW: U.Dance 2015 – Theatre Roya...

Reviewer: Karen Bussell Twleve young companies from around the UK exploded thick and fast onto the Lyric stage on the second night of the three-day U.Dance 2015 festival and, boy, did the mixed...

Grooving shoppers enjoy urban street...

DANCE grooves infected city centre shoppers as children as young as three-years-old joined in to pop their shoulders and hit the floor to breakdance. The Street Impact event in the piazza saw...

Britain's Got Talent star to take ove...

A FREE dance session led by a Britain's Got Talent star will take over Armada Way this weekend. Popper Mechanikool, along with DJ Biznizz will kick off Street Impact at Plymouth's Big...

Young Plymouth boys struggling with m...

YOUNG city boys have been showing off their talent after a six month project learning the "positive hip culture ". Kids aged seven to 14 who struggle with mainstream education have...

Plymouth dance class has got kids off...

A NEW dance class has got Plymouth youngsters off the streets and into the studio. M-Pire dance class has been up and running since the beginning of the year and welcomes children aged between...

Pop-up season of theatre heading to P...

A NEGLECTED and tucked away corner of one of the city's most iconic destinations is set to be transformed into a bustling theatre space this Autumn. Young theatre director Tom Nicholas has...

Rambert launches dance programme for...

Contemporary dance company Rambert is to launch a nationwide choreography programme for secondary schools and colleges. The initiative will conclude with performances at venues across the UK and...

There in a flashmob: Plymouth pupils...

A 'flash mob' of youngsters flooded the city centre to make their campaign for cleaning up the streets public.   Pupils from Mount Street Primary School sang their own version of...

Young deaf dancers from Plymouth 'rai...

A ‘CREW’ of young Plymouth deaf dancers were given a special masterclass in reward for their hard work. The nine youngsters from the Vibes Crew, taught by Plymouth street-dancer Toby...

Plymouth: VERY BAD THINGS: Dancing Yo...

Attik Dance present a night of performance of all the deliciously deceitful and dirty deeds as revealed by the public throughout the exhibition.  This will be a physical performance of...

Audition Call-Out R&D with Attik Danc...

Plymouth danceathon raises money for...

DANCE instructors showed off their moves to help get people in shape and raise money for the Nepal earthquake appeal. The Danceathon event, at the Voodoo Lounge bar on Sunday, saw teachers...

Young south west dancers chosen for p...

Three dance companies in the south west have been selected to perform at U.Dance 2015, the national festival that celebrates and showcases the very best youth dance work from across the...

Volunteer for U.Dance 2015

Plymouth Dance is looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to support and deliver the U.Dance Festival 2015. The role involves being a key part of the festival, acting as a source of...

Groups announced for U.Dance 2015

Taking place in the South West region for the very first time, Youth Dance England in partnership with Plymouth Dance present U.Dance 2015, the national festival that...

Plymouth Street Factory is helping me...

Street Factory have teamed up with Youth Dance England to roll out the initiative, which will follow eight young guys who are not in education , employment or training (NEET) in a 'Big...

Dancing proves a good move for people...

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that causes tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement, among other things. It affects around 127,000 people in the UK, and there is no...

U.Dance on Screen

CALL FOR DANCE FILMS Youth Dance England is looking for new dance films made by or featuring young people that are less than 7 minutes in length. Successful films will be presented in The...

The Groovement Project Dance Company

From NEXT WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL, we are launching our brand new STUDENT STREET DANCE CLASSES… All just a stumble away from Plymouth University...

Plymouth’s own COMPANY b Dance sele...

Plymouth’s own COMPANY b Dance selected to perform at regional competition Talented young dancers of Barbican Theatre’s COMPANY b Dance are selected from 40 auditioning groups to be...

Lord of the Dance at Plymouth Pavilio...

THE Lord Of The Dance is back – that's the show and its force-of-nature creator Michael Flatley. This time the original comes with a subtitle, Dangerous Games, and with Michael (shock...

Teacher who discovered love of dance...

A TEACHER who discovered her love of dancing when she was evacuated during World War Two has held her last Plymouth lesson after 68 years. Inez Hamlyn, 84, who became principal dancer at the...

CHILDREN were jumping for joy after a...

CHILDREN were jumping for joy after a Plymouth dance club was saved after the retirement  of its long-term teacher. Andrea Avery, who has been teaching in the city for 35 years, has...

Dance company manager from Barnstaple...

AN intern-turned-general-manager from Barnstaple has won the prestigious title of Intern of the Year at the Creative and Cultural Skills awards in London. Jade Poole interned last year for Exim...

Plymouth disco held for disabled chil...

A DISCO for the families of disabled children will be held this Saturday – thanks to a dance project, a charity and some bikers. Plymouth Motorcycle Club chose to support Scope when it...

Street dancers named best in Britain...

PLYMOUTH street dancers have been named the best in Britain – facing competition from those closest to home. The Groovement Project, which has been running for less than two years, were...

Plymouth girl born deaf in both ears...

AN 11-year-old girl who was born deaf but defied the odds and came runner up in the British Street Dance Championships has been hailed an "inspiration". Little Tia Cole was born deaf...

Plymouth dance company helping to imp...

From a church hall to a bespoke base in the heart of the city, Street Factory Studios has gone from strength to strength since being founded nine years ago. The couple behind the successful dance...

Young Plymouth street dancers looking...

A PASSIONATE group of young Plymouth street dancers are searching for a sponsor to help take them to the top.   Beat-Breakers are a street dance crew aged between nine and 11, who are...

Local lads head for the sky with hear...

Zoielogic Dance Theatre’s powerful new production, SAFE, is dance theatre at its most dangerous and thrilling. Set against the imagined backdrop of the Empire State Building, five amazing...

Help us get to the European champions...

A COMMUNITY dance group has said that £6,000 of former crooks' money would mean its talented youngsters could represent the country at a championship event. Rhythm City Dance Studios is...

Street Factory Studios officially ope...

STREET dancers descended on Plymouth School of Creative Arts tonight to take up their new residency in a “canvas for hip-hop”.   The dancers from Street Factory Studios...

New creative arts centre to be built...

A PLYMOUTH secondary school is to be home to a brand new creative arts centre under major plans. A new dance studio will be part of an overhaul of Ridgeway School in Plympton, which is also...

Plymouth's creative arts school now o...

A SCHOOL inspired by the creative arts opened its doors to all 300 pupils yesterday. Plymouth School of Creative Arts was able to welcome pupils into its dynamic red building for the first time,...

trictly Come Dancing for hero Plymout...

A PLYMOUTH Royal Marine who had his leg blown off in Afghanistan is getting ready to take part in a special Comic Relief version of Strictly Come Dancing. Cassidy Little will star in the first...

Jane Castree Dance Collaborations bri...

Jane Castree Dance Collaborations will be presenting their latest show Perspectives at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth on Saturday 7th March 2015. The show, created by Plymouth based dancer and...

Plymouth microbes to invade Eden Proj...

YOUR bacteria help protect  you from illness, aid digestion, supply vital molecules, break down toxins – and now they are going to make art. With a little help from you, that...

Who are the Plymouth groups to benefi...

THE ILL-GOTTEN booty of city criminals is set to be put to very good use after six deserving Plymouth groups were chosen to benefit from the cash. Chief Insp of local policing and partnerships...

Plymouth dance school celebrate 45 ye...

A DANCE school in Plymouth is celebrating 45 years of success  with a performance of Cinderella. The popular pantomime comes to the stage at The All Saints Academy and is to be...

Exim has an ImPACT on Penzance's Acor...

PLYMOUTH-BASED Exim Dance Company are known for their unique and compelling performance style and their ability to communicate through physical and theatrical dance movement. With a thirst for...

New app for culture in Plymouth

CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF INNOVATIVE PHONE APP TO BOOST CULTURE IN PLYMOUTH A brand new app promising to be the ‘ultimate guide to Plymouth’s art and culture’...

Young dancers making waves

THE countdown has begun to the biggest youth dance event ever staged in Plymouth. From July 22, U.Dance 2015 will see nearly 400 talented young people from across the country arrive in Plymouth...

Plymouth line dance teacher set to ru...

A LINE-dancing pro is side-stepping off her boat to host a 12-hour dance-a-thon as she prepares to run the London Marathon. Sophie Turner, who lives on a boat in Sutton Harbour, is running the...

Plymouth primary school pupils dance...

LIVELY primary school children joined together for a fun day of dancing. Nearly 200 pupils from Oakwood, Beechwood, Widewell and Woodfield made the journey to Sir John Hunt to take part in the...

Cornish born choreographer opens 2015...

Fresh from choreographing a piece for Stadt Theater Giessen in Germany, Bodmin-based James Wilton, opens his international tour of Last Man Standing at Barbican Theatre, Plymouth. The...

Jean's tea dances raise £1,700 for P...

A GROUP of retired  dancers have raised nearly £8000 for different Plymouth charities. Every year a specific charity is chosen by Jean Cruttenden, who runs ‘tea...

Dance company finds new home in Plymo...

A DANCE company  will take up residency in a new school as it nears completion. Street Factory Studios will take over the second floor of Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA) in...

Two ballet dancers of distinction

TWO talented local  dancers have achieved double distinction marks in May in their 2014 RAD Ballet examinations. Rhiannon Davies and Harriett Irving were excited to receive their...

Plymouth Royal Marine who lost leg in...

A Plymouth Royal Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan is among six real-life heroes taking part in a Strictly Come Dancing Comic Relief special. Cassidy Little was a medic with Plymouth-based...

Young dancers from across Northampton...

Talented young dancers from across Northamptonshire have danced their way to performing at Royal & Derngate and towards performing at a national festival. A total of 13 groups have now...

Diversity head to Plymouth Pavilions...

Fans of dance won't want to miss Diversity who head to Plymouth Pavilions on their Up Close And Personal tour . It’s been six years since they won Britain’s Got Talent to an...

CREW AUDITIONS | ‘The Groovement Pr...

nterested in Street Dance? Want to be part of a dance crew?? Live inPlymouth or surrounding areas??? Good news for you… We are looking for new additions to...

Penzance dance company performs flash...

DANCERS from Penzance are using their moves to highlight the impact of domestic abuse on children. The Big Dance Company is taking part in a series of flash mob dance routines around the region...

Ladies in their eighties are feeling...

A GROUP of older ladies are keeping feeling young by taking exercise classes – with a twist. The ladies, many of whom are in their eighties, are part of the Plymouth Keep Fit Association,...

Marketing & Administration Apprentice

The Barbican Theatre are looking for a Marketing & Administration Apprentice   Purpose of Post: To support Barbican Theatre and its staff in the successful delivery of its...

Apply for U.Dance 2015 Regional Platf...

Apply for U.Dance 2015 Regional Platform CALLING YOUTH DANCE GROUPS Applications now open for the Regional Dance Platforms selection events.  For the first time Dance in Devon &...

Thank you for your imagination, energ...

Thank you for your imagination, energy and dedication to Barbican Theatre Performance Training.   We’ve had a fantastic term, with some wonderful comments from friends and family...

Plymouth partnership could lead to li...

A NEW partnership between two city charities could lead to life-changing opportunities for deaf children in Plymouth. The Plymouth and District Deaf Children’s Society (PDCS) has just...

Dance company may be making move to s...

A DANCE company  looking for a new home could be moving into a Plymouth school. Street Factory Studios, currently based at Cobourg Street, is in talks with Plymouth School of Creative...

ZoieLogic's gritty style gives Boys D...

Barbican Theatre is teaming up with all-male national touring company, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, to prove that boys dance is tough, gritty and cool. Barbican Theatre's highly...

Maliphant's electric Current warms Th...

NEW performing arts centre The House opened with a bang last night: a performance by multiple-award-winning Russell Maliphant Company . Unfortunately another kind of bang sidelined the man...

From marshmallow to jazz dance role

Su Carroll talks to dancer and choreographer Maryam Pourian. As a little girl growing up in Plymouth, Maryam Pourian loved to dance. That wouldn’t have come as any surprise to her mother,...

Plymouth a cut above says dance show...

HE HAS made some of the world’s most exciting dance shows of the last 30 years. In the United States, Time Magazine has called him “the world’s most popular living dance...

New research project into dance psych...

A new project that aims to analyse the mental processes used by dancers while performing has been launched in order to develop a better understanding of their creative techniques. The three-year...

REVIEW Matthew Bourne's Edward Scisso...

Matthew Bourne obviously loves to set his dancers challenges. Now firmly crowned as the UK’s most popular and successful dance choreographer, Matthew’s work has always been at...

'It is always nice having that view o...

'It is always nice having that view of the Hoe from my hotel room' By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: November 07, 2014   HE HAS made some of the...

Interview with Up And Coming Choreogr...

Blog contributor Jemma Wilson caught up with dancer and choreographer Jamie Neale to talk passion, dance, and artistic journey.   Have you always wanted to be involved in dance...

Plymouth University: delving inside t...

Researchers have been awarded almost £250,000 to conduct an in-depth analysis of the mental imagery used by performers to push the boundaries of contemporary dance. The three-year project,...

Wayne Sleep Receives Honorary Doctor...

Wayne Sleep, Plymouth born dancer, director and choreographer, receives Honorary Doctor of Arts on September 26th 2014.    

Dance fans go nuts for Brazilian grou...

CLASSICAL ballet meets Latin dance in a unique mix through the feet of Grupo Corpo. The title of Brazil's internationally acclaimed company translates as Group Body, which fits one of its...

Young dancers show off their moves in...

MUSIC could be heard pounding out of a city gym as youngsters gathered to audition for two new dance crews. The Groovement Project, set up in May last year, held auditions at Plymouth...