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Auditions for the Dancehall Theatre Exchange Collective

Posted on January 3, 2014

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cindydsc 3296zAuditions for the Dancehall Theatre Exchange Collective (DTX Collective) will be held on Saturday, January 11, from 10am (please be prepared to stay all day), at Greenwich Dance, London.

The DTX Collective is looking for six dancers, from all over the UK, who want to further their knowledge of dancehall and enrich their current dance practice with a touch of Jamaican dance culture. Previous dancehall experience is not mandatory. However, you must demonstrate that training in street dance forms or dances of the African Diaspora (African dance, hip hop or house, for example) and that you have a strong interest for Jamaican dance culture.

Members of the DTX Collective will receive authentic and intensive training with international dancehall choreographers Shady Squad (from Jamaica), explore the concept of dancehall theatre with UK-based choreographer Cindy Claes (pictured dancing) and have the opportunity to perform at Wild Card: Dancehall Takeover at Sadler’s Wells on February 13.

The DTX Collective is a platform for professional development that aims to support dancers, choreographers and dance teachers within their practice. They want emerging artists to benefit from the programme as well as mid-career artists.

Cindy Claes’s vision for the DTX Collective is to go international in the near future. Alongside a strong dance technique, motivation, dedication and creativity are the qualities that she is looking for.

The project is supported by ADAD Trailblazers, Sadler’s Wells, Arts Council England, RichMix, Breakin’ Convention, Juste Debout UK, Scanners Inc and Greenwich Dance.

If you are interested, email your CV to to secure your spot.


Photograph: Carole Edrich 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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