Plymouth Dance Connects, Creates and Celebrates

As we are nearing September 2020 we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you what we have been doing over the past 6 months. Below we have outlined the projects we have been running and opportunities Plymouth Dance has been creating throughout this time. All are in line with our repositioning document that you can find in our previous blog here.


PD Connects: Pathways for dance in Plymouth

Continuing professional development opportunities including:

  • Opening the Plymouth Dance Membership for free until December 2020
  • Weekly Afternoon Tea Break Zoom meetings for Plymouth Dance Members
  • Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership’s With Flying Colours project, engaging a local dance practitioner, Jules Laville, to create a Film for the website
  • Plymouth Youth Dance Company members have been continuing their training online with practitioner Charlotte Eatock for Term 2.
  • Planning a second┬áPlymouth Youth Dance Company Audition, details to be announced next week – 26/08/2020. Make sure you’re following us on social media to keep updated.
  • The Volunteer Training Programme has continued with 121 and group check-ins and a new TIK TOK project being created – watch this space!
  • Online Seminars for City College dance students lead by June Gamble
  • Kaitlyn and Martha have both been contracted to continue their work with Plymouth as Project Coordinators
  • We have been continuing the Dance and Heritage conversation with The Box Plymouth regarding an Imagination Museum Mayflower 400 legacy project to be delivered by local dance practitioners, Kane John Mills and Kaitlyn Howlett


PD Creates: Training and development opportunities for dance professionals

  • Supporting professional practitioners to run classes online for older people, led by Karen Parkinson and Annya Derx
  • Providing online training opportunities for the Volunteer Training Programme including: Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activities by UK Coaching and British Sign language (BSL) 2 course training with Lisa Mills Online
  • Running a social media campaign reflecting on our past International Summer Intensives and re-connecting and Celebrating with previous artists/attendees
  • Peninsula Dance Partnership (PDP) providing professional development opportunities with Dance in Devon and Hall for Cornwall. As a PDP partner, to date, we have distributed 65 Dance Card Bursaries, a further 24 Business Coaching Bursaries and have now launched a Choreographic Bursary opportunity
  • PDP has also supported artists by hosting an ACE Project Grant Support Conversation


PD Celebrates: Dance through the delivery of citywide partnership events

  • Continued regular communication with our register of Tea Dance with a Twist! attendees through cards and letters by post and email
  • Continuing involvement with the RESPECT Festival preparing for the 2021 event and engaging with ongoing conversations
  • Engaging Tea Dance with a Twist! practitioner Karen Parkinson to create 3 VE Day celebration videos for people to engage with online in partnership with Visit Plymouth
  • Continuing conversations with Katie Green and The Box Plymouth for the postponed Imagination Museum Mayflower 400 Project
  • Conducted a Plymouth Dance Covid-19 Lockdown Survey to collect data in relation to people dancing in the city. Final conclusions are soon to be released!


In addition to the above, the Plymouth Dance team continues to work closely with: Peninsula Dance Partnership, Plymouth Culture, The Box, Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PECP) and PDSW to support those engaged within the cultural sector, locally and regionally, as we collectively navigate these extraordinary times.

As always, we would like to thank you for your continued support and engagement and we look forward to keeping you updated as we progress.

The Plymouth Dance Team