EVOLVE Cardiff


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EVOLVE comes to Cardiff for the very first time on Thursday 5th May 2016, in partnership with National Dance Company Wales. Find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

Date: Thursday 5th May 2016

Time: 9:30am - 5pm

Venue: Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre

Price: Early bird: £25 (until 14th April), Full price: £30

Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.

In addition to the full day workshop, we are hosting one to one consultations and individual coaching for dancers on Friday 6th May.

Inside DCD’s First Ever EVOLVE Cardiff Workshop

You know you’re in a DCD EVOLVE workshop when the participants are sprawled out across the studio floor, loosening their joints during mini coaching sessions, legs open wide in second as they write their career transition action plans.

EVOLVE Cardiff, held in May 2016, was an historic milestone for DCD having delivered our first ever EVOLVE workshop in Wales, and making new connections with the Welsh dance sector.

Bringing together over 25 dancers from National Dance Company Wales, Ballet Cymru and other local independent artists, the career transition workshop was delivered in partnership with National Dance Company Wales at Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre.

"I thought that being a dancer would be the best chapter in life, but that doesn't mean the next chapter won't be great too".

Day one was opened by DCD's Executive Director Jennifer Curry, followed by first-hand, honest accounts from DCD supported dancers Dane Hurst and Clare Meardon about their inspiring experiences of career transition. DCD’s Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer then took participants through silent coaching, mini coaching trios and making an action plan. Lunch on Wales Millennium Centre's sunny roof terrace was followed by an afternoon group session.

Day two gave the dancers the opportunity to have in depth one to one consultations with DCD’s Grants and Careers Officer Ellen Chambers and individual coaching sessions with Isabel whilst the rest of the DCD team met with Cardiff's dance sector leaders, including Coreo Cymru, Rubicon Dance, Arts Council Wales, Kate Perridge, and National Dance Company Wales to discuss the issue of dancer transition and how DCD can help support dancers in Wales.

"Change doesn't have to be scary if you break it down into small pieces".

Huge thanks to our partners National Dance Company Wales, speakers DCD supported dancers Dane Hurst and Clare Meardon, photographer, DCD supported dancer Asya Verzhbinsky and film-maker, DCD supported dancer Matteo Marfoglia. We're so grateful also to the amazing Isabel Mortimer for leading the sessions.

Check out #DCDEVOLVE on twitter for more insights from the day and find out more here.

"You're not alone in this transition - that is what EVOLVE is about".

DCD’s next EVOLVE workshops are taking place in London in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place on 10 September and in Birmingham on 31 October in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Photo credits: DCD team and DCD supported dancer Asya Verzhbinsky

Our speakers:

Dane Hurst

Photo: DCD Retrained Dancer, Roy Campbell-Moore

"DCD is absolutely fantastic and we dancers rely so much on their work and support. It is truly remarkable how they manage to represent and assist so many companies and dancers across the country. I am thrilled to be a part of EVOLVE in its first ever visit to Cardiff and sharing my experiences of career transition so far."

Dane Hurst was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Rambert School in 2003 and in 2004 joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary. Dane was nominated for best emerging dancer of the year in 2006 and in 2007 received the Spotlight Dancer of the Year Award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards U.K. He has made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and The Curve Foundation. In 2014 Dane graduated with an MA Choreography from University of Kent and Central School of Ballet.

Dane is currently working as an independent Creative Director, Dancer and Choreographer, and was supported by DCD to complete the Clore Leadership Programme's Short Course in February 2016.

Clare Meardon

"DCD's support has allowed me to continue with a career that I am passionate about and uses all my skills from my dance career. I'm so looking forward to sharing my story with other dancers at EVOLVE Cardiff, showing how our skills and knowledge can be transferred into new possibilities."

Clare spent 12 years as a professional dancer after graduating from Performers College in 2001. She has performed around the world in many forms of dance including Musical Theatre, music television, with dance companies and as a showgirl, dancing with Lionel Ritchie, Shirley Bassey and Engelbert Humperdinck amongst others. Clare also performed as a Cancan dancer at La Nouvelle Eve in Paris, and with The West End Experience, C-Scape, Duchy Ballet and Rogue Theatre in the UK. Clare used the Pilates Method throughout her training and into her professional work for body conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Now based in her native Cornwall, Clare has established her own Pilates and dance teaching business, Savvy Studios. DCD supported Clare to complete the Level 3 Certified Pilates Teacher Training with Body Control Pilates in 2014.

Want to know more about EVOLVE? Please contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.