Arts Award

Today the group did some work towards their Arts Award.

The group members were creating thier own action cards, which were discussed in the last blog post.
They then had to translate their actions into movements 
This work will go towards the arts award which is an accredited qualification for the creative arts. 

Dance is back!

After an intense warm up the group started learning some new choreography. The new piece focuses on floor work and working with different levels.

The group really enjoys the new choreography and one of the members explained that it feels like a good workout for the body because it exercises lots of different muscles. He also likes the floor work because it allows him to explore a different kind of dance work.
The group then started to work with action cards:
These are cards which state an action, it is then up to the dancer to interpret the action cards however they want to.
Each card is numbered and when the number is called each member of the group has to perform their version of the action.
One of the members described watching the piece as ‘different painters all painting the same portrait’.
Others found it a great way to experiment with new dance moves in an organic way.

Rehearsals continued…

Rehearsals for the diverse Christmas carol are in full swing this evening.

First the group had a meeting to discuss our progress and to talk about the upcoming technical and dress rehearsals at the Lost Theatre. Everyone got the opportunity to ask any burning questions and we discussed costumes. 

We also discussed rules to follow during the rehearsals and the show to ensure that everyone behaves appropriately. 

Then we got straight into rehearsals practicing Bollywood and South Anerican dances.

It’s shaping up to be a great show on the 6th December so don’t forget to get your tickets at the Lost Theatre in Vauxhall or call the box office on 0207 720 6897 or buy online at


A Diverse Carol- The rehearsals

A Diverse Carol is going to be a journey through a variety of diverse cultures but with a Christmas twist.

One member of the group explains that ‘rehearsals are going really well and everyone is working hard to remember their parts’

 Here the group are practicing some moves inspired by Bollywood, which is just one of the cultures represented within the show.

You will also see dances inspired by African, Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian, North American and Indian cultures. This is not a show to miss!
For info on dates, times and how to get hold of tickets just check the poster below.

Carnival Dance

The group have been inspired by the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro and will be performing this celebratory dance at their Christmas show.

This dance is all about group solidarity and celebrating and this can really be seen in the big, outstretched movements that the group are learning.   

The group will be performing this dance at their Christmas show on the 6th December at the Lost Theatre. We will be uploading details of how and where to get tickets soon so stay tuned for more information!

Made 2 Dance – Summer of perfromances

Made 2 Dance had a great summer of performing

We kicked started the performances with our involvement with Big Dance Festival with an exciting project that involved us performing as part of the Routes To The River which was commissioned by Sioibhan Davies

Routes the the River was a playful journey of performances from Siobhan Davies to the Southbank Centre as part of Big Dance 2014 on Sunday 13th July. Audiences were provided with a specially illustrated map and led along a winding route through spaces and discreet spaces around the gardens at Kennington Park. The audience met various dance groups around the site specific promenade that explored water and our relation to it and the patterns it creates. The piece was choreographed by Henriatta Hale and the audience were invited to contribute to Your Move, Siobhan Davies Dance photoblog – please click performance here for more info

Routes to the River rehearsals

The Made2Dance crew have been selected for the Big Dance Festival performance, Routes to The River. Made 2 Dance applied to Siobhan Davies Studios and were selected along side 7 other groups and will be performing alongside 100 performers on a site specific trail from Siobhan Davies Studios, through Imperial War Museum and ending at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Roof Gardens.

Siobhan Davies are the host organisation for South London and have been commissioned to put on a performance for part of Big Dance Festival 2014.

We will be performing on Sunday 14th July with various performances happening through out the day. For more information please visit Big Dance Website and Siobhan Davies Website.

The group have been working on their weight barring skills and team work, by passing a wave throughout the circle and by using their weight. They have to work as a team and feel when the weight and need to change the speed and direction of the wave being passed around.

Siobhan Davies – Routes to the River

Just to let you know I put an application in for Made 2 Dance to be part of Routes to the River as part of the Big DanceFestival. I am pleased to say that our application was successful J
Made 2 Dance will be performing  Routes to the River, a Big Dance 2014 event produced by Siobhan Davies Dance and Big Dance hub for South London. 
Routes to the River is a trail of performances in green and urban spaces from Siobhan Davies Studios to the Southbank Centre on Sunday 13th July as part of Big Dance 2014. They will be a varied selection of groups/companies who will be performing alongside Made 2 Dance along the outdoors  trail. Each group will work independently to develop their piece with support from a professional choreographer from Siobhan Davies Dance. Routes to the River is a piece that will find connections between people and the natural world in an urban environment
It’s a fantastic opportunity for Made 2 Dance to learn choreographic skills around site specific work and work alongside other companies and choreographers and to be part of a national festival. We have also decided to integrate both our Old Library Dance group which is now named Bite Back Dance Crew to support Made 2 Dance throughout the process and performance.

Code of Ball

The group this week went over their Code of Conduct that they produced last week. The Code of Conduct covers all aspects of the dance session from Listening to teacher, respecting each other, what to wear to class and how to behave. The code of Conduct also covers the rules for when the group are on the minibus, this includes rules such as not distracting the driver and always wearing a seat belt.

We also discussed the consequences of rule breaking so everyone in the group is clear about what  happens if a rule is broken. We made sure everyone agreed with the rules and we all signed contracts of agreement.
We did this to make sure the dance class is a positive and productive environment where everyone stays respectful and focused.