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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Autumn 08

DanceXchange // Birmingham Hippodrome // Thorp Street // Birmingham // B5 4TB


Welcome to the Autumn Season and to Professional Development activities at dx… We’ve devised a varied programme of development sessions in Early Years work, improvisation, choreography and technique: with artists and companies including Ludus Dance, Miranda Tufnell, Jasmin Vardimon, Protein, and Vincent Mantsoe. We also have new weekly classes in Physical Theatre and Pilates for Dance Artists. We’re continuing to fundraise to develop our programme, and for a selection of new activities in the sub-regions that will give all those working in dance in the West Midlands the opportunity to enhance their skills and experience. For more information please email Amy or join the bi-monthly Professional Development e-newsletter.

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Unless stated, all events take place at our studios on Level 5 of Birmingham Hippodrome complex (entrance via stage door on Thorp Street). To book, or for further details, please contact Amy Martin, our Professional Development Coordinator, on 0121 689 3167 or email amy.martin@dancexchange.org.uk.

WORKSHOPS & OPEN CLASSES SEPTEMBER Open company class with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein // Tue 9 Sept // 10am - 11am. // £5/4 conc.. Suitable for professional dancers only.

Open company class with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein // Thu 11 Sept // 10am - 11am. // £5/4 conc.. Suitable for professional dancers only.

Wednesday Jam led by Miranda Tufnell // Wed 10 Sept // 10.30am - 1pm // £3.50. Our popular improvisation series is curated and artist-led, supported by DanceXchange. Offering a space for exploration in dance improvisation and related practices, an experienced practitioner leads the first part of the session, followed by open dancing. All are welcome. For more information please contact Polly Hudson at dancing-birmingham@hotmail.co.uk or Amy Martin at amy.martin@dancexchange.org.uk.

Open company class with Rosie Kay Dance Company // Tue 16 Sept // 10am - 11.30am. //.£5/4 conc.. Suitable for professional dancers only.

Rep workshop with Rosie Kay // Wed 17 Sept // 2pm - 4pm // £7/6 conc.. A workshop focussing on the high technical standards of Rosie Kay Dance Company, and on more traditional teaching of repertoire from Double Points: K and Supernova. The repertoire will include duets, partnering skills and also some vocal work. Rosie Kay is Associate Artist at DanceXchange for 2008. P2


OCTOBER Wednesday Jam with Oliver Scott // Wed 1 Oct // 10.30am - 1pm // £3.50. See Wed 10 Sept listing (page 2) for details.

Contemporary Technique class with members of Jasmin Vardimon Company. // Wed 8 Oct // 2pm - 3pm // £5/4 conc.. Choreographic workshop with Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company // Wed 8 Oct. // 3.15pm - 5pm // £7/6 conc.. Led by Mafalda Deville, rehearsal director and long-time dancer with Jasmin Vardimon Company, this session will focus on the company’s approach to creating its trademark theatrical movement style. This workshop will suit advanced/professional dancers and 2nd/3rd year vocational students.

Open company class with 2FaCeD DaNcE Company // Tue 21 & Wed 22 Oct. // 10am - 11am // £5/£4 conc.. Suitable for advanced level breakers, 2nd & 3rd year dance vocational students, and professional dancers.

Choreographic workshop with 2FaCeD DaNcE Company // Date TBC // 11am - 1pm. // £7/£6 conc.. Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald will lead a session focused on creating movement material using the company’s own blend of break, street and contemporary dance. Suitable for advanced level breakers, 2nd & 3rd year dance vocational students, and professional dancers.

NOVEMBER Wednesday Jam with Robert Anderson // Wed 5 Nov // 10.30am - 1pm // £3.50. See Wed 10 Sept listing (page 2) for details. P3


Image: supplied by Ludus Dance (photographer Merlin Handy).

Practical Ideas for Working with Creative Dance in Early Years and Primary Settings. Fri 21 Nov // 9.30am - 4.30pm // £12. Anna Daly from Ludus Dance runs this practical workshop sharing activities and approaches to working with these age groups. Suitable for dance artists, child care workers, teachers, anyone working creatively with kids of this age that enjoys dance! Come prepared to spin, jump, roll and learn whilst you play.

DECEMBER Wednesday Jam with Polly Hudson // Wed 3 Dec. // 10.30am - 1pm // £3.50. See Wed 10 Sept listing (page 2) for details.

Masterclass with Vincent Mantsoe // Wed 3 Dec // 10am - 12noon // £7/£6 conc..

Images (L-R): Chris Nash, Nick Gurney, Brian Slater.

This session will give an insight into South African dancer and choreographer Vincent Mantsoe’s rich and varied movement repertoire; including an opportunity to learn sections of his most recent piece, Ebhofolo.

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PERFORMANCES “THE PATRICK CENTRE IS PROOF THAT AUDIENCES ARE SPOILT FOR CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO DANCE DIVERSITY” KEITH WATSON, METRO

Rosie Kay Dance Company Double Points: K & Supernova // Wed 24 Sept // 8pm. An explosive double bill including the thrilling Double Points: K duet set to a soundtrack of dub step, electro and Bach, and Supernova, a new work for five female dancers. Includes post-show talk.

Jasmin Vardimon Company Yesterday // Thu 9 & Fri 10 Oct // 8pm. Marking the company’s 10th anniversary this show includes some of its most famous repertoire, interwoven with new material and live multi-media. Thursday show includes post-show talk.

Gravity defying moves, break dance and robotics from this all male, award winning company. Tuesday show includes post-show talk.

Jesús Fernández Pura Emoción // Sat 15 Nov // 8pm. A passionate solo performance from one of Spain’s flamenco stars.

Vincent Mantsoe Ebhofolo // Thu 4 Dec // 8pm. Beautiful South African dance exploring the way in which home makes us who we are. Includes post-show talk.

TICKETS: £7.50 - £12.50 BOOK BY PHONE: 0844 338 5000 BUY ONLINE: www.dancexchange.org.uk/shows CALLS COST FROM 5P PER MIN (6% TRANSACTION CHARGE APPLIES, 3% ONLINE)

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Image: Rosie Kay Dance Company (photographer Brian Slater).

2FaCeD DaNcE Company State of Matter // Tue 21 & Wed 22 Oct // 8pm.


WEEKLY CLASSES OUR WEEKLY CLASSES RUN ON A PAY-AS-YOU-GO BASIS SO YOU CAN JOIN US ANY TIME DURING THE TERM. AUTUMN 2008 TERM RUNS FROM MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER TO SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER INCLUSIVE.

Ballet – Improvers+ // Wednesdays, 6pm - 7.30pm // £6/£5 conc.. Ballet – Advanced // Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 8.45pm // £6/£5 conc.. Taught by Jonathan Payn (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Annette Pain, these classes include challenging barre and centre work.

Contemporary – Advanced // Thursdays // 6.15pm - 7.30pm // £5/£4 conc..

Image: Xtract Dance (photographer Maria Blundell).

A physically and mentally stimulating class to help you develop your body alignment and technique.

Physical Theatre – All Levels // Fridays // 6pm - 7.15pm // £5/£4 conc.. A fun and creative class exploring movement-based theatre.

Pilates for Dance Artists // Wednesdays // 5pm - 6pm // £5/£4 conc.. Arguably the most demanding Pilates workout, this mat class will challenge and invigorate. Suitable for strong experienced clients and professional dancers. Bring a small towel or cushion.

Xtract Dance // Thursdays // 7.30pm - 9.30pm // £65 per term. This advanced dance performance and development group works with a range of choreographers to create performance pieces, and aims to give an insight into the workings of a professional dance company. Price includes Advanced Contemporary Class at 6.15pm. P6


YOUTH DANCE TRAINING Dance Links 3 day training course – training and networking for dance in and. out of schools. Fri 31 Oct, Fri 5 Dec & Fri 30 Jan // DanceXchange Studios, Birmingham Hippodrome Following on from the success of Dance Links – Making Links, Dance Links is taking place again to build capacity in the dance sector and increase links between schools and out of school dance providers. There will be a series of training events in each of the 9 regions across England, which will include: • principles of best practice in dance both in and out of schools • high quality learning and teaching • identification of your strengths and professional development needs • development of a portfolio showing what you have to offer • contexts, practicalities and essentials of working in schools • marketplace events to demonstrate your skills and meet potential employers.

Who is it for?. Dance artists, practitioners and out of school providers who have some experience of delivering dance either within or beyond the curriculum.

How to apply. Register now at www.ndta.org.uk or phone 01543 308618. There is a £30 non-refundable registration fee. Dance Links is being delivered by the National Dance Teachers Association on behalf of Youth Dance England.

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DanceXchange Professional Development Autumn 2008