It's no secret that both Jane and I are big admirers of Chantry Dance Company! This beautiful modern ballet company, based in Grantham, have helped spark Jane's dancing ambitions and are helping to develop mine by enabling me to participate in their Summer School this year. With that in mind I am pleased to share their July newsletter with Tepsichore readers, I hope you will take this opportunity to carry out a little investigation into the company and see for yourselves the stunning work that they create and read up on their outreach work, too.
The one and only Aled Jones MBE (fellow Welshie and all round lovely chap!) has recently become one of CDC's patrons. Jones is best known for his television work (including Songs of Praise, Escape to the Country and Daybreak) and radio shows (Classic FM and Radio 2).
CDC Performance News
Chasing the Eclipse
CDC are preparing and rehearsing for their unique production of Chasing the Eclipse, in partnership with Rosa Productions, for the Gravity Fields Festival taking place in Lincolnshire from 24th to 28th September. The production will be starring Dominic North, Principal Dancer for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. This is a free outdoor event, and more information about times and dates can be found here.
The Happy Prince
Rehearsals will also be starting soon for CDC's Autumn tour of The Happy Prince. Tour dates and venues can be found here.
Sandman and Rhapsody in Blue
On Saturday 26th July, as part of the Lincoln Dances festival, CDC will be performing two works 'Sandman' (created by West End choreographer, Gail Gordon, and the first piece that Jane & I saw CDC perform live) and 'Rhapsody in Blue' (a dynamic duet danced to Gershwin's infamous jazz concerto). Tickets for this event can be booked directly from www.lincolndrillhall.com.
In August, CDC will be holding a special event for local and national businesses and individuals to meet, engage and connect with the company.
The event will share what CDC does, how it can support businesses and individuals and what they can do reciprocally. In addition to a video presentation, some company members will also be performing a live dance presentation featuring material from CDC's new production of 'The Happy Prince'
The aim of the event will be to build positive, productive relationships with others leading to mutually beneficial outcomes. This is an event that Jane I will certainly be attending when we present the brand new 'Terpsichore' to the world (shhhh, spoilers!!) and if you would like to join us the please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancers from CDC's Associate Programme will be performing their end of year presentation on July 27th at Sadler's Wells. The work they show will be the culmination of the year's work, including technique demonstrations, pieces choreographed for the group, and some of the student's own choreographies.
CDC is leading workshops or teaching on Summer Schools in 2014 for:
- Central School of Ballet
- Waltons Girls' School
- West Grantham Academy St Hugh's
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
- Lincoln College
- Stinson Stage Academy
Dance with CDC
The Associate Programme is auditioning now for the next intake, and places are still available on the Summer School (no audition required). For more details, please email education@
If you would like to book a workshop or masterclass with CDC for your school or group, please email education@chantrydancecompany.
CDC's Artistic Directors, Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, have just finished reviving Lucy Burge's choreography for Antony Mcdonald's production of Queen of Spades for Grange Park Opera. Queen of Spades will play until July 12th and stars Carl Tanner as Hermann and Giselle Allen as Lisa.
Rae and Paul have also just finished performing in La Traviata for Grange Park Opera, directed by Lindsay Posner and choreographed by Nikki Woollaston.