Saturday 17 March

7.30pm, Spires Theatre, HOW College, Worcester, WR1 2JF

Tickets £8/£6 concessions

An evening of live dance, film and physical theatre created by established and emerging artists from throughout the West Midlands.

Choreographers include Marcia Edwards, Hayley Guest, Tayla Wood and Anuradha Venugopal, with Ascension Dance Company, Flexus Touring Company, Dancefest’s Chance to Dance Company and  Jigsaw Performance Company.  

There will also be performance poetry by Alice Tomlinson and dance films by DFA (Dancefest Adults), Lauren Trim and the University of Worcester.



Online booking has now closed but tickets will be available on the door.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Crosswell at


The theatre is accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility but involves using a different entrance so please let us know when booking your tickets if you have any access requirements and we can tell you more.

For anyone not sure of where the theatre is, Spires Theatre which is part of Heart of Worcestershire College, located just off Deansway, Worcester, WR1 2JF. You can see it on a map here.

The essence of Dancefest is enabling people to find joy in dance through being confident and creative participants. In our eyes everyone is a dancer, regardless of age, ability or experience.

These informal performances are an opportunity for dancers and choreographers from different dance backgrounds to showcase their work, to watch and be inspired by each other, and to share their dance with an audience.

Acension Dance Company

Ascension Dance Company will be performing Beat, where we'll meet Ben, who has left online dating at home and chosen the old fashioned method of putting yourself out there. From the first drink to the first date, has Ben found the true connection, a connection between two people that transcends all technology?

Following the beat of his heart, follow Ben's story as he looks for 'the one'.

Choreographer Marcia Edwards and dance artist Guiseppe Marcarelli


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Lauren Trim

We're delighted to be showing a film by Lauren Trim as part of our ReCharge performance in Worcester on Saturday 17 March.

Lauren worked as a freelance dance teacher for Dancefest last year as well as performing in Quiet Revolution - and many of you will know her from her work at Worcester Arts Workshop.

Lauren will be showing "Lost in Space, Found in Time", an improvised dance film created as part of her final independent project at Northern School of Contemporary Dance during her undergraduate studies.

"Delicate, intimate and exposed
Absorbing the land through our bodies
With falling breath for all to see"

Anuradha Venugopal

Anuradha is a doctor by profession, aspiring to be a surgeon, but has luckily able to pursue her love for Bharatanatyam. She is a student of Chitraleka Bolar of Chitraleka Dance Academy.

By the standards of the dance world, Anuradha is a 'late starter', taking up the art form at the age of 30, but her age, profession and personal commitments have not deterred her from pursuing her passion and, having passed all the ISTD grade examinations with Distinction, she performed her debut performance in Bangalore, India in December 2017. 

Second Chances- because dreams never age!

Second Chances aims to bring out the positives of being a mature student and performer - passion and dedication along with discipline and determination. It's a platform for mature artists who have dance as their passion. Now, whilst juggling busy lives , they have gone back to the art. They are students of dance just as much as they are mums, wives and career women. Because dreams deserve a second chance!