Curiouser and Curiouser

A dictionary definition of curious is:

1: having a desire to learn or know more
2: strange, unusual or unexpected

This is a good starting point to understanding what The Curious Dance Company is about.

Our mission statement reads:

The Curious Dance Company strive to inspire, challenge and develop all
our dancers to be the best performers they can be. We do this through
being the dance company that; works the hardest; enjoys the most;
innovates with creativity; applauds the loudest, loves to dance and is
curious in all we do.

It has been a long and complex journey over many years to take an after
sdsc00026chool dance club through to being a company that creates full length
contemporary ballets and runs two performance groups; creating work
specifically for festivals.

The Curious Dance Company is now quite complex in structure and works
like this:

The Curious Dance company is a broad title for all we do; The Curious Dance Studios is what we call our festival focused groups and each group also has a name – Curiosus and Curiosum (both Latin for curious). Confusing? Yes it is but that’s ok. What is clear is the quality of work we create is outstanding and the quality of dancers that are choosing to be Curiousdsc00030 is humbling. I am very excited about this next phase of our Curious journey.

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Seeing our Curious dancers being challenged in a contemporary class,
exploring new ideas in an improvisation session and beginning learning the
choreography for their first pieces was truly amazing. We have plenty of
hard work ahead of us but the journey promises to be a curious one.

Congratulations to our new Curious dancers

We have made our decisions and are now ready to reveal our brand new Curious Dance Company members. We are very excited to begin creating work with the new company. We will divided The Curious Dance Company into two smaller groups, dancers within the company will be moved between groups, as we create more work, depending on the requirements of the choreography. There will also be opportunities for the whole company to create and perform work altogether.

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Flora Milliagan             Ellie Williams              Rosa Fox                 Kelsey Greenbank
Abigail Tracy              Rebecca Mason            Harriet Leaf              Hannah Willison
Lauren Hayton          Lucy Ormston             Felicity Warman              Emily Barrett
Bridgett Taylor              Katie Cobley               Shannon Hicks         Sophie Howard
Fiona Woodburn       Charlie Naylor     Tilly Mackereth    Darcy Willis   Morgan Bower

Congratulations to you all and we will begin our Curious Dance next Thursday.

Curious Audition

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who came to our Curious audition. The standard was very high with standout magic moments from everyone. This, of course, makes the already difficult process of selecting the Curious dancers extremely challenging. Every dancer taking part should feel very proud of their performance at the audition and we are very excited about having such strong dancers in our new company.

On our panel were Mrs Winstanley and Megan Alder-Cox who watched the dancers take part in a technique class, learn movement phrases, create their own group pieces and perform their own choreographies. They were tasked with looking for dancers with technical ability, a stage presence in their performance, a readiness to work alongside others and an ability to take comment and corrections on board.

We are not ready to reveal the list of names that make up the new Curious Dance Company just yet. We will post the list up over the weekend. But We would like to make it clear that any dancer that didn’t gain a place this time round will be automatically on the Curious waiting list and will be the first to be offered a place if one becomes available.

We will be sharing our Curious photos, videos and our thoughts as we progress through the year; from rehearsal through to performances.

 

What to expect at the Curious Audition

Auditions are always scary – often because it is unknown what will be expected of you. Do you need to prepare anything? Is there anything you should be rehearsing or practicing?

If you are planning on auditioning for the brand new Curious performance groups then hopefully we can ease some nerves by explaining what you will be doing in the audition.

So what will we do?

Firstly

There will be a warm up class. Nothing too difficult just some dance technique exercises you may already be familiar with. This will prepare you for the audition both physically and mentally. This is your time to ease into the audition process so try and relax and enjoy the class. Many of you will have done a lot of dance classes before so this will be familiar ground.

Secondly

You will be taught a movement sequence to a piece of music. This will be to see how well you pick up and perform movement material. Don’t worry, this won’t be too difficult – we are not trying to catch you out – we just want to challenge you a little. You will not be performing these just yet.

And finally

In small groups you will add some more movement onto the sequence. You will use the same music and can put any move in you like. This is about your creativity and your ability to perform as a group.

And that’s it!

So nothing to prepare, you can stick with your friends and you get to throw your own moves! You will NOT be asked to perform on your own as this is an audition for a performance group. There will be a panel of Curious staff who may write some notes to help them make their choices but ultimately they will be there to enjoy the dancing… and so should you.

When will you find out?

We will aim to make the decision of who is in the company as soon as possible – maybe even for the next day. But just to be sure we will have the final list ready for Monday September 12th. We will put the list up at QES and on this website. If you are not successful this time around – there is always next year.

We hope to see you at the audition on the 8th September 2016 at 3.30pm in the Harlequin Theatre.

 

Auditions 8th September 2016

We are very pleased to announce the creation of two brand new performance groups under the umbrella of The Curious Dance Company. These performance groups will create original dance works for competitive and non-competitive dance festivals. The aim is to create highly innovative and polished performance pieces and produce confident and skilled performers.

There will be a fee for membership into the companies which will cover festival entry fees, guest teachers, masterclasses and costumes.

Auditions for the company will be held on 8th September 2016 in the Harlequin 3.30 – 6pm.

For letters providing all the details please see a member of the Theatre Arts Dept.

Fallen at the Dukes

What a pleasure it was to hang out at the Dukes Theatre Lancaster for a couple days and perform Fallen. Fallen was an original vampire ballet – a hugely ambitious project – with an amazing cast of youth performers and original music score. We were hugely proud of the show and the feedback from our audiences were overwhelmingly positive; ‘It is so professional’ was a common comment. We certainly put the work in to achieve a very high quality performance.