Saturday, 31 May 2014

Random Dance deliver first Summer School at Dartington

Dates: Monday 18 – Saturday 23 August 2014 (end of booking period Monday 16 June 2014)
Who can attend: Students aged 8–18 years, studying RAD Grade 2 or the equivalent and above.
Fee: £280
Venue: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6ED


The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is organising a Summer School in association with internationally renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor’s company, Wayne McGregor Random Dance. The Summer School marks the first ever collaborative project between Random and the RAD. Held at the beautiful Dartington Estate near Totnes, Devon, young dancers will be able to develop classical and contemporary techniques and learn new skills under the joint tutelage of seasoned professionals from both organisations. The week will culminate in a Saturday open day for dancers to show off their talents and newfound skills to the public.

Participants will have daily classes from both RAD teachers and Wayne McGregor Random Dance company members. Experienced RAD teachers Joanne Ward and Marsha George will be leading classes in ballet, repertoire and musical theatre, while Random company members Michael-John Harper and Fukiko Takase will lead creative sessions, where participants will be able to create original choreography inspired by Wayne McGregor’s methodology. The Summer School is open to all male and female dancers aged 8-18, studying RAD Grade 2 (or equivalent) and above. The closing date for Summer School attendance bookings is Monday 16 June 2014.

The Summer School will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Dartington Hall and all its rich history of creativity and dance. The medieval hall was built in the 14th century for John Holland, Earl of Huntingdon, half-brother to Richard II. Since then it has played host to many great scientific and artistic minds. Between 1934 - 1940 the estate offered sanctuary to the German Ballet Jooss company, following their political exile for refusing to dismiss their Jewish company members. With such a strong dancing heritage, the beautiful Dartington Estate offers a perfect backdrop for the next generation of dancers to develop and draw inspiration from their surroundings.

Random Dance’s Artistic Director, Wayne McGregor CBE, says: ‘I am thrilled that Random Dance will be partnering with the Royal Academy of Dance for the first time to deliver a summer school for young dancers at Dartington Hall. Not only has history shown the estate to be an exceptional resource for harvesting creative potential, but this particular partnership provides a unique opportunity for young dancers and budding choreographers to learn and create under the dual guidance of both our organisations.’

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