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Making Dance MARCH


The Dance Network Association: Annual Dance Teachers Conference

Monday 18 April 2016

10.00 - 17.00

At Zinc Arts, Chipping Ongar CM5 0AD

Our biggest annual event includes talks from our regional, national and county organisations, a series of practical workshops and a performance programme.

Dont miss out on our biggest event of the year!

Includes lunch and refreshments.

£75 if booked before Monday 14 March 2016.

If you would like to attend and for more information please click this link and return to OR book online via our EventBrite page

Friday 18 March - Sunday 20 March

We will be at Move IT with our partner Harlow College Performing Arts so come and visit us - just look for our logo above!

Good luck to previous students from Harlow College who have flown the nest to various Performing Arts Colleges. We look forward to seeing your work, especially Hayden Tierney who has supported various Dance Network projects. We're looking forward to a fun packed weekend of dance.

Saturday 19th March


Come and see the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place on site.

With a new community room for schools, groups and activities, a lift making all galleries accessible to the public for the first time and the chance to see behind the scenes at the museum, this will be a unique opportunity for both local people and the wider community.

More details click here


Outspoken dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, bring to the stage a bold, hysterical and sublime programme of new duets made especially for them by respected dance makers Liz Aggiss (UK) and Simon Tanguy (FR). These renowned choreographers have worked in the studio with the two women of Nora, each piece requiring Eleanor and Flora to physically and intellectually enter a whole new world of performance. After two sold out world premiere performances at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre in November 2015, Nora is now going on a Spring 2016 tour.

Zinc Arts Centre, Ongar, CM5 0AD Suitable for ages 14+

To book your tickets Call: 01277 365 626 or e-mail:

£5 per ticket

Monday 21 March 2016 7.30pm SPRINGBLAST 2016

The Dance Network Association hosts its first annual community and education dance showcase in Chelmsford.

The evening promises to be an eclectic mix of dance performances from young people and adult community groups across Essex and our neighbouring counties Herts and Suffolk.

We also welcome our counties professional dance companies FLUX Dance Collective and BAM BAM Boogies

Whatever your interest in dance this is a fantastic opportunity to see different styles in action and to speak to The Dance Network Association about how you can become more involved in dance activities across the county.

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

Box Office: 01245 606505

Adults £8

(Concs £6 – under 2’s free)

Tuesday 22 March 2016 7.30pm MOTIV8

Epping Forest Arts (EFDC) annual dance community and education performance platform.

Email Vanessa Gayton for more details

Venue: Epping Forest College, Borders Ln, Loughton IG10 3SA

Wednesday 23 March 2016 7.30pm NOW THE LAST POPPY HAS FALLEN

Celebrating memories of World War 1. The evening is a mix of dance, music and poetry performances supported and hosted by Essex County Council.

Dance performances by: Professional Company Flux Dance Collective, The Boswells School choreographed by Robert Gentle and live accompaniment from the Last Poppy Project, our older peoples dance programme RE:Generation and students from DNA Performing Arts College.

For more information on this project please visit

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

Tickets are FREE

Come and support our groups in this free sharing. If you would like tickets to the evening please contact us at


In partnership with Essex County Council, Active Essex, University Centre Colchester and Royal Opera House Bridge, the Dance Network Association is in the process of mapping and building a database of information regarding dance provision in Essex. With this information we are able to signpost children, young people and their parents to the schools that provide dance as a future pathway, direct additional provision to support and/or improve offerings in schools and to identify and fill gaps where they are highlighted to us. One way this information will be used is to join up primary and secondary provision with further and higher education, providing fluent pathways for students to pursue. Our mission is to raise the profile of dance in Essex, and further afield, through the provision of affordable high quality dance delivery for local communities, individuals, schools and young people more generally.

I have been working professionally in dance since 2006, and have held positions at Royal Academy of Dance, Trinity Laban and dancedigital. The Dance Network Association became the dance development organisation for Essex in November and continues to utilise the knowledge that I have gathered since beginning work here in 2011, but there are many gaps! We would appreciate your support to update our existing knowledge. As the starting point, all we ask is ... 1. To please make sure we have lots of information about you! Please respond to this via email and tell us about your organisation, what you do and how to get in touch with you. 2. We want to let you into a secret: we are in the process of building a Dance Degree for our county with our partners the University Centre Colchester and would appreciate your input to the programme content over the course of the year.

We hope that the degree will begin in Sep 2017 and will be based at Zinc Arts in Ongar.


We are also looking at expanding our pool of dance artists. We have a large after school programme now in partnership with Step Into Dance (RAD) across Essex and we are looking for teachers to begin after the Easter Holidays. If you are interested or know someone who might be please send us your CV.

We very much look forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully meeting you and other like-minded organisations for our biggest event of the year - The Dance Teachers Conference.

Kindest Regards


Photo Credits Rachel Cherry

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