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Free dance workshops at The Lowry

Posted on June 27, 2011


lowryworkshopFree dance workshops will be held at The Lowry, Salford as part of a dance weekend celebrating the National Dance Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme.


From July 7–10, UK dance groups come to The Lowry, Salford for a weekend of performances and events. The programme includes a family weekend, inviting adults and children to take part in free dance workshops, learn new skills and find out more about the CAT scheme. A CAT is a non-residential training centre for gifted young dancers, giving specialist training to those with talent and potential. The scheme is open to anyone aged 12–16, with entry through an audition process.


The Lowry weekend offers a range of free workshops. The South Asian Dance Performances and Taster Workshop, on July 9, is open to dancers of all levels. Swati Raut and Kajal Sharma will teach two classical Indian dance forms, kathak and bharata natyam. Participants can also try on traditional Indian costumes and take part in an open performance and post-show discussion. The workshop will be accompanied by distinguished musicians.


The Contemporary Dance & Digital Media workshop is an introduction to cross-art collaboration, using digital media and dance performance. Choreographer Bridget Fiske and dancer Stuart Bowden will lead participants through choreographic tasks, using Isadora – an interactive software that turns dancers’ movements into graphics.


On July 10, there will be a masterclass on the CAT scheme from CAT manager Jonathan Poole and contextual studies teacher Karen Lead. This offers an in-depth view of the contemporary dance training used in the CAT scheme, how technique is delivered and how it helps to develop the individual student.


There will also be a CAT Associates Open Workshop for young people aged 11–16. Led by Stuart Bowden, this taster workshop offers the chance to become a Lowry CAT Associate. There are 20 places for this 12-month scheme, starting in September 2011. All activities, including choreography and performance, classes, workshops and theatre trips, take place during school holidays and at weekends.


All workshops are free, and can be booked by calling 0832 208 6010 or emailing See for details.


Picture: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Young Dancers. Photograph: Gavin Joynt.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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