16 February 2017

Teachers Dance Courses with Matthew Bourne’s Company

Dance Teacher’s CPD with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne

Wednesday 15th March
Dance House
Wales Millennium Centre
10:00am – 4:00pm
Performance of The Red Shoes 7:30pm

A specialist dance course for teachers who lead dance teaching and movement in schools. This is an opportunity to work with members of Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne when they visit Wales to present Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of The Red Shoes, based on the award winning movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale with music by Bernard Herrmann.

Working with the company, participants will explore Matthew Bourne’s creative processes and the tasks and tools he uses to create his shows. The day long workshop will begin with a warm up using different techniques to explore the space and build in the idea of character and storytelling through movement. This will move into a repertoire section where participants will learn choreography from The Red Shoes and concentrate on honing performance practice. Finally, the participants will experience and develop tasks that were used to create movement in the show.

The day will be a chance to learn, enhance and discuss skills and approaches that can be used to engage and inspire young people through dance. The workshop will finish with a Q&A. In the evening the group will then attend the performance of The Red Shoes in the Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre as our guests.

The Deal

  • The course is free and teachers accepted onto the course will receive a day workshop, a light lunch and refreshments and a complimentary ticket to the evening performance of The Red Shoes. 
  • A2 connect will also fund cover costs to the school up to a maximum of £180 to schools releasing their teachers to take part in the workshop. 
  • Participants will be asked to provide a short reflection on the day and how it might inform their practice in school either written or filmed. 
  • Due to the limited number of places once you have confirmed your place on the course you may be liable for a £50 cancellation fee in the event you do not take your place without good reason.

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Part of A2:Connects Masterclass series of professional development opportunities that feed, inspire and develop educators involved in regular creative practice with young people.

This professional development opportunity has been created by Arts Active who run the A2:Connect network, Wales Millennium Centre and the National Dance Company of Wales.

New Adventures

Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, world-class dancers and high-quality production values, New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British theatre.

New Adventures has notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 10 Olivier Award nominations. In 2017 the Company won The Stage International Award in recognition of taking Sleeping Beauty to audiences across Asia in 2016. Over the past 30 years New Adventures has created 11 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 4.5 million people worldwide.

Investing in the future of dance and theatre, Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures, was formed in 2008. Every year Re:Bourne engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK and around the world. In 2010, the New Adventures Choreographer Award was launched to support and encourage the next generation of dance-makers.

A2: Connect

A2:Connect is the Arts & Education Network for the Central South area of Wales

It was initiated as part of the all Wales education programme strand of Creative Learning Through The ArtsThe Arts Council Wales and Welsh government action plan for new opportunities for children and young people across Wales.

A2:Connect is led and managed by the Arts Active Trust on behalf of the Arts Connect Consortium of council arts development departments or associated Charitable Trusts from the Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan areas.


Wales Millennium Centre

As one of the UK’s leading arts centres, Wales Millennium Centre promotes, creates and presents the best international, national and local work across art forms, from large scale musical theatre to opera, drama, dance, both classical and contemporary, to circus.

As a charity, alongside our free family programme and schools engagement, we’re embarking on delivering a refocused creative learning programme where the specific ambition is to be more useful to the most vulnerable young people in Wales focusing on the areas of skills for work, life and wellbeing.

Dance House


The Dance House is not only home to National Dance Company Wales but also a world-class production facility as well as a performance and rehearsal space for local artists, youth groups and touring companies across the UK and beyond.

The Dance House is always buzzing with activity, from the creation and rehearsal of National Dance Company Wales’ repertoire to a range of participatory activities. People are encouraged to come along to youth dance events, Open Rehearsals, or one of our many performances presented by visiting companies or artists.


National Dance Company Wales is an award-winning company presenting work by some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside creations by the hottest new talent from Wales.

NDCWales is committed to working with young people, many of whom will be experiencing contemporary dance for the first time, to develop dance appreciation by watching, participating in and talking about dance.

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