Masterclasses July - December 2024

A series of Masterclasses with artists we admire and are inspired by, these started in July and run to the end of the year. They're inclusive workshops for every body and every mind. Our first session with Rosemary Lee went so well, and we can't wait for our next one with Maiya Leeke!

We're putting the final touches to Masterclasses with Pell Ensemble and Stopgap. Keep a very close eye on our social media and website, or sign up for our eflyer, to see when each are announced and booking opens. There are limited places and we think they’ll be popular!

Our Masterclasses are supported by Keep Moving. Keep Moving is produced by FABRIC, generously supported by United by 2022, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund through West Midlands Combined Authority.

Maiya balances backwards in her white wheelchair crossing one leg over the other. Her mustard blouse and chequered trousers pop out of the vivid red background. She looks directly towards her shiny red patent boots.

Maiya Leeke. Photographer - Courtney Lowe. Make Up Artist - Faye HJ Cumberbatch

Saturday 14 September, 2pm-5pm
Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, WR14 3HB

Maiya’s workshop will be based around her ongoing curiosity into the translation and communication of movement.

The session will explore musicality through improvised tasks with inspiration being drawn from Maiya’s jazz musicianship.

It will be a moment to delve deeper into individual explorations and possibilities.

[Image description: Maiya balances backwards in her white wheelchair crossing one leg over the other. Her mustard blouse and chequered trousers pop out of the vivid red background. She looks directly towards her shiny red patent boots.]


Stopgap, photo by Chris Parkes

October-November
More info coming soon

Stopgap Dance Company is driven by a diverse creative team who uses dance as a movement for change.

Their mission is to create an inclusive world where diversity is not just accepted but pursued, a world where no one is limited by prejudice against Deaf, Disabled, or neurodivergent people.

Working with an artform shaped by human touch and energised by the spark of connectivity, their work demonstrates the compelling power of diversity and inclusivity. They move together to create a remarkable experience that transforms society’s perceptions of difference and dismantle the inequity of privilege, in dance and in all aspects of living, collaborating, and creating together as humans.


Pell Ensemble, photo by Alice Underwood

December
More info coming soon

Rebecca Evans has created digital dance experiences since 2014 in the UK and abroad. Her work uses interactive and immersive technologies combined with dance. Through her work Rebecca continues to explore how digital and movement offers ways to appreciate our mutual dependency as part of a human, environmental and technological ecology to speculate on new futures and ways of being.

This is often done through dystopian/utopian worlds that play with time underpinned by a neurodiverse perspective considering different intelligences and ways of sensing.

Through Pell Ensemble Rebecca collaborates with a cross-diciplinary teams of dancers, creative technologists, sound designers, dramaturges, videographers and photographers.


Arts Council England Worcester Municipal Charities Baily Thomas Charitable Fund Eveson Charitable Trust United by 2022 Legacy FABRIC People Dancing Professional Member Arts Award Supporter

Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.

Our Masterclass and Stopgap work is part of Keep Moving, which is produced by FABRIC, generously supported by United by 2022, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund through West Midlands Combined Authority.