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West end dance expertise shared with Strabane dancers

24 August 2018

Last week the West End came to Strabane when the dance choreographer from the Mike Denman West End Workshops facilitated workshops with the Caroline Barker’s dance troupe at the Encore Studio, Strabane.

The senior dancers were polishing their tap moves while the younger children were working on creating dance moves from the Mary Poppins show.  This one-day workshop was funded under the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Challenge Fund as part of the rural outreach sessions through the Youth Arts Takeover and it is one of 10 projects current under way with in the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area since February.

The professional dancer Matt, who was working with the local dancers,  was associated with choreographing shows such as the  Calendar Girls and he recently worked on Sunshine on Leith and also played the lead as Edward Scissor Hands.   It was a major coup for the local dance group to get an insight into his extensive knowledge and skills and to get some inspiration from his experience and expertise.

Although, this workshop was around developing skills for this established group, they in turn will perform for the general public on Culture Night on the 21st of September here in Strabane at the Alley and Castle Street demonstrating some of the songs from Mary Poppins show.

Later in the autumn, more senior students will be taking their knowledge to the more rural areas of the district to share their love of dance and inspire others to participant in the arts though dance.  Helping to develop an interest in Arts, we are looking to recruit young people between the ages of 15 to 26yrs to develop a project in the Alley theatre this Autumn and your ideas would be welcome

If you would like to know more about opportunities through this project ,this please contact Arts Development officer - Jean Smyth at the Alley Theatre on [email protected] or 07730900610.