A national dance summer school presented by DanceEast and The Place

Join us this summer as we bring together some of the UK’s leading dance artists and organisations for an online summer dance course.
DanceEast and The Place have teamed up with DanceXchange, National Dance Company Wales, Pavilion Dance South West and Phoenix Dance Theatre to bring you high quality dance classes direct to your own home!

Let’s Move! will take place over three days (Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 August) and each day you will take part in two different workshops taught over Zoom.

Over the course of the week you will have:
– Daily warm-ups with all summer school participants
– Two workshops (one hour each) per day in smaller groups
– Six workshops in total (one with each of the partner organisations)
– Various tasks, challenges and activities throughout the week
– The opportunity to connect with other young dancers from across the UK
All you have to decide is whether to join us in the morning or in the afternoon! Morning sessions will run from 9.30am – 12.30pm and afternoon sessions will run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Please note, you must commit to all three morning sessions or all three afternoon sessions.

DanceEast’s workshop will be Performance Qualities and Movement Dynamics, led by Temitope Ajose-Cutting. This workshop is designed to help young dancers of all ages explore their own movement capabilities, looking closely at movement quality and the components of performance.

You will work with Temi to create phrases whilst learning how to name and talk confidently about the qualities of dynamics, such as impulse, impact, rebound and swing.

To find out more about Temi and the other teachers for our summer school, click here.

Dates: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 August
Morning: 9.30am – 12.30pm OR Afternoon: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Recommended age: 8-17 years (participants will be grouped by age)
Cost: £35

We are welcoming bursary applications from anyone who is in need of financial support in order to take part in Let’s Move! Please download the Bursary Application form and return to sophie.lander@danceeast.co.uk by Monday 3 August, 12 noon.

Important: Participant data will be shared between The Place and DanceEast for planning and Safeguarding purposes. This information will only be used in relation to the Summer School to ensure participant enjoyment and safety throughout. Neither organisation (or the other partner organisations) will use your information for any other purpose unless you have chosen to hear from them for marketing purposes.

Click here to book your place




Meet the partners! 

The Place | Based in London
The Place is celebrating 50 years of leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. In a changing landscape, The Place’s vision for the future remains steadfast: to power imaginations through dance. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, theatre and artist development programmes, education projects, a range of classes and courses and a nationwide touring programme.

DanceEast I Based in Ipswich
DanceEast is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home for dance in the East of England. They are a UK leading dance organisation, providing extraordinary dance performances, life-affirming participatory opportunities for all and a world-class environment for artists at all stages of their careers.

DanceXchange | Based in Birmingham
For over 25 years, DanceXchange (dx) has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of dance in the Midlands, connecting people with great dance, nurturing young dancers and championing some of the UK’s best artistic talent. DanceXchange is passionate about dance and want everyone to enjoy the positive transformations it creates.

National Dance Company Wales | Based in Cardiff
National Dance Company Wales make brilliant dance with and for all kinds of people in all kinds of places, from Welsh town halls and community spaces to international stages and festivals, and online. The company believes in the power of dance, and shares their passion for the artform by creating new possibilities of what dance can be so that more people can make, watch, participate in and learn about dance in Wales and across the world.

Pavilion Dance South West | Based in Bournemouth
Pavilion Dance South West believes that dance is for everyone and it is dedicated to transforming communities through dance. Based in a wonderful historic seafront building, PDSW has two dance studios for classes and rehearsals and a 192 seat theatre for live shows.

Phoenix Dance Theatre | Based in Leeds
Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s longest-standing contemporary dance company outside of London. Founded in 1981, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s aim is to create dynamic, diverse and relevant work that embodies the Company’s rich Caribbean history and shines a light on cultural narratives that are often overlooked or untold. Each year the Company embarks on national tours presenting critically acclaimed dance productions to audiences throughout the UK and further, reaching up to 20,000 people.



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