Monday, April 23, 2012

Introducing Our Ambassadors!

The Devon Dance Compass Project is founded on the collective and individual strength of our four area dance ambassadors.
Whilst each from four uniquely diverse backgrounds, all four share the same passion for dance and the county of Devon.
Here are the fantastically energetic, creative and passionate people whose insights, observations and unique personal stories will be the source of much of our dedicated Compass Project content!

Katy Lee - North Devon Ambassador

With a BA (hons) Performance Arts, Katy is a site-specific choreographer. She specialises in performance, improvisation, body alignment and yoga and is founder of MT Gap Dance Company. Katy is passionate about the North Devon community and its rich farming heritage and is a staunch advocate for its promotion and preservation.

 Location- South Molton / Chulmleigh learning community

Clare Summers - South Devon Ambassador

With First Class BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Plymouth University, Claire has been a Student Ambassador and mentor for the Univeristy and has worked for Plymouth Dance. Interestingly, Claire was in the Royal Navy for five years before pursuing her passion for dance. 
 Location- Kingsbridge / Dartmouth learning community

Ruth Bell - East Devon Ambassador

Ruth trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. She is now a freelance Dance teacher who has vast experience in community based dance projects. She has done projects all over the world including San Francisco, but also local workshops for rural areas. 
Ruth also works as a massage therapist following the the principles of movement health in her practice.
 Location- Honiton (Stockland) learning community

Jessica Squire - West Devon Ambassador

Jessica Squire has been training in dance since the age of two, and most recently has obtained a BA Hons in English Literature and Dance at Bath Spa University. She is currently a freelance dance practitioner, working with all ages and abilities across the South West to create dances in a variety of dance styles including contemporary, street dance, ballet and Bollywood.
Location- Princetown / Yelverton Community

Monday, April 16, 2012

What is The Dance Compass?

With Support from Arts Council England  and Devon County Council for our new dance project, Dance in Devon has embarked on a new project which will find the highest quality dance reaching into the farthest corners of Devon county.

Targeting specific communities North, South, East & West with wrap-around dance excitement for a whole year, the Devon Dance Compass project will benefit many.

A core aim of the Compass Project is to tackle issues including social and geographic isolation which make it difficult for people in many rural areas of Devon to access and enjoy the many benefits of dance.

The project will involve the delivery of dance activity including regular dance classes in local areas for all ages, facilitating workshops delivered by local dance practitioners and teachers. 
It will also be enriched by a residency with Freddie Opoku-Addaie & company who will be touring locally a unique work especially for the Compass Project entitled "Bespoke".

Touring in October 2012, Bespoke will be performed at each of the compass points (North, South, East, West) in collaboration with a local craft artist in each area who will also produce a work which will be incorporated in the performance.

What this means for Devon >>>>
  • Four new Devon Area Dance Ambassadors with Dance in Devon
  • Community dance activities for all age groups and abilities
  • Spreading dance to the more rural areas- getting everyone involved in dance.
  • Chances for local professionals to work with visiting artists
  • Leadership courses
  • Professional performances
Through the compass project, people in communities all over Devon will stand to enjoy and have their lives enriched by high quality dance in their area unlike ever before.

This is The Devon Dance Compass - taking dance to all corners of Devon!