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 January 2016, the theatre are inviting new young people to join their groups for an exciting term, when they will be making and rehearsing for Performance Platforms in the Spring.

“It’s really fun and you get to learn fun dance phrases” said Rosie who takes part in Dance Moves (8-11s).

“It’s different from school…you can incorporate your own ideas and movement. We had to pick something about the environment and create our own movement to show it!“

Sisters Tilly & Molly who joined Dance Junction (12+) said:

“We come to Dance Junction because it’s great dancing which helps us to express our passion for dance but most of all to have fun!! It’s different from other activities…you are never afraid to have a go! The choreographing environment project is fun as it allows us to experiment with different shapes, ideas and movements.”

Dance Director Jules Laville said:

“We think it’s vital to let Performance Training participants create work around their interests and the world they live in, which is why we’re using the environment as this year’s inspiration. The young people are incredibly creative and have made some really beautiful pieces of choreography to reflect our surroundings, how they’re changing and the impact of this. It’s been a fantastic way to learn about an important issue through movement, whilst having lots of fun along the way.“

Dance Moves is for 8-11 year olds and is held on Mondays from 5 – 6.15pm, whilst Dance Junction is for 12+ year olds and is held on Thursdays from 5 – 6.30pm. Both groups take place in Barbican Theatre’s professional auditorium (Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ) where they will be performing their original choreographies in Spring.

The theatre are welcoming young people to come to a Dance Moves or Dance Junction taster session in January 2016! The Dance Moves taster is on Monday 11 January from 5 – 6.15pm and the Dance Junction taster is on Thursday 14 January from 5 – 6.30pm. Here you can meet the rest of the group and find out about the exciting plans for the year ahead.

The theatre prides itself on being open and accessible and they welcome people of all levels of experience to join Performance Training, so you don’t have to be a dancer or actor to take part.

Each group costs just £60 per term (under £6 per class across the year) and the theatre can provide discretionary bursaries.

To book a place for one of the January taster sessions, call 01752 267131 or email

You can find out more about Barbican Theatre and their Performance Training workshops at


Photographer Gem Ward