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Two Thirds Sky
Dance2: Outreach and Training

Dance2 Advanced Company performing "Aleppo" at U.Dance 2014
Two Thirds Sky have established a specific approach to education and outreach that values both inclusive teaching and artistic integrity. The company have extensive experience in delivering workshops and performance to all ages and levels, with thorough understanding of primary, GCSE and A Level learning needs, as well as under-graduate and post-graduate training. The depth and quality of the outreach program is reflected in a staff team who are regularly engaged by some of the most prestigious educational programs in the UK; including work at the Dance4 CAT (Centre for Advanced Training), working for the Essential Alston team delivering Richard Alston’s repertory nationally, lecturing at the University of Bedfordshire and University of Northampton, and delivering projects for The Open Dance Group for adults, participation work at The Place, Youth Dance England (One Dance UK) and for independent artists or companies.

Twisted (2006)

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Rumble at Saddler's Wells

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The team also have extensive experience in the vocational dance sector including teaching at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Leicester College of Performing Arts, and London Junior Ballet. All the core team are continuing to develop their dance practice either at MA, PGCE or PhD level. The dance co-ordinator at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich had this to say about our work with young people:

“All of us here at Dance East really enjoyed watching ‘In Transit’ (work for 15-18years), which was one of the highlights of the weekend. The dancers had great energy, the choreography was exciting and we felt it was a piece which we could watch over and over again!”
Supporting a future career in dance
Lisa Spackman (AD) maintains the importance of long term investment in dance participation. Being founder and AD of Bedfordshire Youth Dance Company for sixteen years she has seen significant expansion in both the popularity and standard of performance coming from British youth dance. Young dancers that have trained within Bedfordshire Youth Dance Company, for example, have gone on to work at the Richard Alston Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, State of Emergency, Springs Dance, Transitions and the BalletBoyz. Others have contributed to the development of community dance with Youth Dance England or as heads of departments in schools. For sixteen years BYDC, was an advocate for new choreography in youth dance in the county, working with innovative contemporary choreographers and companies such as Arc Dance, Kadam, Banksy, Rambert and Henri Oguike, and Filmmaker Michael Pinsky, to provide high quality creative experiences for young people.

In 2012 TTS launched a new and exciting outreach and training initiative called Dance2, that runs alongside its development of professional performance work (see below for details of how you can join).

Through our new youth projects TTS can help the young dancer to develop their creativity and dance technique. Additionally we can provide help with career guidance such as developing audition skills or supporting work-placement opportunity. All of the team have experience in supporting Arts Award, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes.

Working in the studio

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Laugh, dance and stay fit
The aim of our participation work is to make dance as accessible as possible. We often work in non-theatre spaces, with a range of age groups, and a diverse mix of dance experience and facility. We welcome dancers or organisations that are working with disability to contact us for specific up-and-coming projects. All staff are DBS checked and we have a media consent system in place.

Workshop and performance packages
The company offers workshop, performance and resource packages associated with its repertory, which can be appropriately tailored to the level of participants. The company is also happy to accept invitations to collaborate with arts education organisations on specific projects.

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