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Tuesday 24 July: Using repertory as a resource in community dance practice

A one day workshop led by Debbi Purtill from balletLORENT

Repertory offers a multi-layered wealth of resources for community dancers to use as the basis for developing their practice. In this one-day course you will learn some Rep from balletLORENT'S current fairy tale production, Rumpelstiltskin for family audiences and Rep from La Nuit Intime and The Night Ball for grown up audiences.

You will gain an insight in to how balletLORENT uses Rep in relation to the company's community practice and explore the range of resources that Rep offers to community dance practitioners - including the use of themes and stories, movement content, emotional connection, props, costumes and staging.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • understand the value of using Rep in community dance contexts 
  • identify sources of Rep for use in diverse community contexts
  • understand how to select aspects of Rep to use as the basis for community practice
  • adapt movement content from balletLORENT Rep to use in community practice
  • identify Rep-related supporting resources provided by companies.
The course is designed to support you to develop your personal and professional practice. You are expected to already have knowledge and skill in at least one dance form.

Application forms

Debbi Purtill biography
Debbi Purtill trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and is is balletLORENT's Associate Director and she has been performing with the company since 2000.

She is a long term collaborator with Simon Birch Dance based in Cornwall, performing in Terrarium and Shoreline, and she has worked with a variety of other choreographers including: Nigel Charnock; David Massingham and Herve Jourdet.

Debbi is an independent choreographer, lecturer in Graham technique and has taught at NSCD, Falmouth University and Trinity Laban. Debbi regularly mentors dance artists, teaches for professional dance companies and has completed her MA in Professional Dance Practice through Teesside University in 2015.

Please see below to download the Using repertory as a resource in community dance practice timetable: