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HAPPY NEW YEAR, join us for a fantastic year of events in 2016

KDA Rehearsal Sneak Preview - DVD tutorial in the making (Rachel Cherry)
I hope you all had a festive and restful break and I do hope that black Monday has not hit you today but you are as excited as I am today about dance in Essex and beyond for 2016!


The Dance Network Association and Step into Dance are joining forces to engage with up to 15 new secondary schools across Essex for after school dance provision. We were lucky to receive funding support from Sportivate @ActiveEssex so we can make the programme fully funded for 20 weeks delivered between February (after half term) and July 2016.

If you are a secondary school and are in need of after school dance provision get in touch! Classes will begin after Feb half term so we will also need your support to get students to these classes! We are also looking for dance teachers to deliver this work and currently recruiting for teachers in the Essex area. We are looking for teachers to deliver extra-curricular dance classes within secondary schools, teaching weekly classes in a range of dance styles.

Auditions will be held on Monday 11th January

Venue: Essex Dance Theatre, Dorset Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9UB

Times: Session one 13.30-15.30 Session two 16.00-18.00

If you would like to attend this audition, please select one of the sessions above and email us your attendance details as follows: Selected session time, Name, DOB, the style of dance you teach and attach your CV and any supporting documents. You will be required to attend for the whole session.

Your teaching audition will be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. You will be expected to teach a short sequence or exercise which you feel demonstrates your approach and strengths as a teacher. Your audition can be in any style of dance. Please note you will be teaching your fellow auditionees.Good luck!


Some of you have signed up for Keeping Dance Alive Dance Rio 2016 this year is going to be the biggest year yet we are searching for another eight groups to join the programme and we are really lucky to have International Award winning choreographer Jennifer Irons in the lead up to the Rio Olympics, the dance looks amazing and extremely creative. If you are umming and arring, come and join in the fun! It’s only £250.00 for the training which you can then use back in your schools and create your own Dance Rio festival/performance for the opening of sport days or in assemblies and you can teach every child.

If you also wish to bring your children to the performances they can then take part in Colchester Football 23 April Ground or Essex Cricket Ground *Thursday 12 May.

Get in touch before the closing date Monday 11 January 2016 We have eight spaces remaining - make sure you are one of them.

*Please note this is SATS week so try and avoid using a Year 6 group apologies but the dates are given and set in line with fixtures from the Cricket ground.


We will be opening adult evening contemporary dance classes in February in Colchester (venue TBC but a Colchester site). These classes will be ONLY £10.00 for 8 weeks of sessions (1 hour per class) if you are interested in getting fit through dancing get in contact. Spaces are limited so please do get in touch as soon as you can to reserve your space and once all info is ready I will confirm with you to book your place.


Those teaching 5 – 11 years:

How to use the Olympics creatively through PE and Dance delivered by Bobbie Gargrave

Venue: St Michaels Primary School, Braintree.

Twilight: 5 – 6.30pm

These sessions cost just £10.00 per date. If you would like to attend please email to book your place.

Those teaching 12 – 18 years of age students dance

Venue: Essex Dance Theatre, Dorset Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9UB

10 March 2016 14 and 28 April - 9.00 - 16.00

These courses are designed for dance specialist teachers and will equip them with ideas, strategies and topics to plan interesting and engaging schemes of work for key stage 3 learners . The day will follow the structure of a dance session with ample opportunity to make notes and question/ explore specific areas of interest and/or enquiry.

These sessions cost just £50.00 per date. If you would like to attend please email to book your place.


Artsmark Award Briefing 13th January 2016

4 – 5.15pm

Lyons Hall Primary School



Artsmark gives every young person the opportunity to create, compose and perform, gain knowledge and understanding and to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work.Awarded by Arts Council England and designed by schools for schools, the new Artsmark award helps schools deliver a high quality arts and cultural education.Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them use the arts as a vehicle for learning across the curriculum.

Royal Opera House Bridge is hosting a twilight briefing event for anyone interested in Artsmark. This is your chance to learn more about the Artsmark Award, meet colleagues from local schools, ask questions and share examples of good practice. You will leave with clear information to discuss within your school and will feel ready to start your Artsmark journey.

For more information contact:

THE ESSEX DANCE TEACHERS NETWORK Conference 2016 with an interest in Dance and Health Conference

Monday 18 April 2016

Harlow College, Velizy Avenue, Harlow, Essex CM20 3EZ

Dance Links and Networking (10.00 - 13.00)

Workshop series 1 (13.00- 14.00)

Early Years Foundation Stages - Children and families - creative play Louise Klarnett

How to approach themes such as alcohol and bullying etc through creative youth dance. (for those that deliver in secondary settings or to age groups 12 - 19) Lisa Warnock

Just for you an adults class based on Movement around Food delivered by Vanessa Gayton

Workshops series 2 (14.15 - 15.15)

How to approach themes such as alcohol and bullying etc through creative youth dance. (for those that deliver in secondary settings or to age groups 12 - 19) Lisa Warnock

Older peoples dancing Louise Klarnett

Food and Nutrition for those that teach in primaries or ages 5 - 11 delivered by Vanessa Gayton

Networking/sharings - Social and Evaluation (15.30 - 17.00)

The conference includes lunch and refreshments and is a cost of £75.00. If you would like to attend please email to book your place.


If you would like the opportunity to perform a piece on a professional stage, no longer than 4 minutes in length and are free from 2pm - 6pm (as well as the showcase at 7.30- 10pm) on Monday 21 March and have *£30.00 APPLY NOW.

The Dance Network Association hosts their first showcase at The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford Monday 21 March 7.30pm.

The evening promises to be an eclectic mix of dance performance from young people and adult community groups. Join us to support the dancers for this evening’s showcase, the programme will include the County Youth Dance Companies and our REgeneration programme see website for more details Whatever your interest in dance this is a fantastic opportunity to see different styles in action and speak to The Dance Network Association about how you can become more involved in dance activities across the county. We look forward to welcoming you to a celebration of creative dance!

Monday 21 March 2016


Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG

Box Office: 01245 606505

Adults £8(Concs £6 – under 2’s free)


Dance and movement classes for the over 60's will begin on Thursday 21 January 2016 Its free to dance and we always make time for tea/biscuits and a natter. Classes are delivered by Louise Klarnett.

Every thursday at Coates Lodge CM2 6SL: 11.00 - 12.30 Napier Court CM1 2ED: 13.30 - 15.00 contact me if you would like to join

Kindest regards and I look forward to working with you in 2016

Gemma Wright

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