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   Carlson Dance Community Education Work    

"The Pupils were absolutely buzzing – I have never seen them so engaged – thank you for letting us experience such a wonderful show."
Teacher, Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Carlson Dance Company works closely with venue programmers, education institutions and community dance organisations in devising community education work in support of performances. The Company has a wealth of experience in setting up innovative education projects and initiated and runs Dance Blast, the acclaimed community performance initiative for young people in South East Wales. Set up in 1998 this hugely successful scheme has over 5000 participants a year.


Whilst on tour Carlson Dance Company offers high quality community education work. Workshops can take place at local schools or colleges during lesson times or as an ‘out of school/college’ activity at the performance venue. The Company specialises in creating dance work with workshop participants which can then be performed alongside the Company’s own production. All Company education work provides a safe and inspiring environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can access their own creativity and express themselves in a positive way.

The workshops are conducted by either Company choreographer Emma Carlson or cast members. All are highly experienced in delivering education work. The content of the workshop sessions is a mix of taught excerpts from the Company’s current production and participants own work developed during the sessions using specific themes and choreographic techniques.

The emphasis is on enabling participants to use dance as an exciting and relevant form of communication and expression.

The Company can deliver workshops to a wide range of abilities from the newcomer to dance to the dance professional. Age range is from eight to adults.


"My voice is hurting me from laughing so much!"
Pupil, Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

The Company can offer:

» A series of 1 – 2 hour workshop sessions at local schools and/or colleges on or before the performance day. The Company has three workshop teams available, each with two personnel, so sessions can be arranged to run concurrently.


» The Company choreographer can create a dance work with live music that is then performed alongside the Company’s performance. Two (3 hour) workshop sessions are needed to create a 10 minute piece. The Company provides costumes and any props/scenery used.

Please note that all workshop personnel abide by the Company’s child protection policy and have valid police checks.

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