Alan Greig Dance Theatre has achieved national recognition for its Education Work. Alan has created over 55 works for youth and community groups throughout the UK and beyond including: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Malta, University of Lincoln, Goucher College (USA), Dance Base, London Youth Project, Edinburgh’s Telford College, Traveller (adults with learning disabilities) University College Bretton Hall, Y-Dance and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Education is an integral part of the company’s identity and we are fully committed to the development of youth and community dance through workshops and residences.
“The improvisations were like a breath of fresh air”
Thomas (19) Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Dance workshops are based on the premise that everyone has creative potential waiting to be unlocked and expressed. Improvisation taps into the unlimited potential of the subconscious. Through carefully guided improvisations, the dancers learn to develop their own unique movement styles and ultimately to experiment with choreography. The education workshops allow greater insight into professional dance, giving inspiration, confidence and the opportunity to learn new skills.
Above all, they are about having fun. AGDT has taught thousands of students across a wide spectrum of ages and abilities from the youth and community sector, undergrad dancers and actors, the disabled, through to professional companies. All workshops are tailored to meet the specific demands and needs of the client group.
“Improvisation is a way of exploring myself; it’s been a great experience.”
A-Jull Lim (17) LPC, United World College of Hong Kong
“Working with Alan gave me real inspiration, enjoyment and a very challenging experience”
Leanne (20) Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Workshops and residencies can be developed into exciting performance opportunities. AGDT has presented youth groups in “curtain raisers” – short pieces using rep form the company performances presented on stage just before the professional show begins – and has worked in site specific situations, including The Royal Museum of Scotland, shopping centres and the Scottish Executive. Most recently Alan Greig choreographed work for Pilrig Park School which was performed at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
“I’ve never considered myself a dancer but the workshop has opened up new possibilities – energising – enlightening – an absolute treat”
Kelly (20) 1st Year Acting, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh
“Alan’s workshop was challenging and exciting. We were left with many interesting ideas that I am sure we will be using in the future. I had a brilliant time.”
Helen (18) Laban Centre, London
“Dance Base is one of the many organisations who value and respect Alan’s work with children of all ages. He has a unique talent that is able to draw out natural creativity and keep control of a group without resorting to the conventional teacher pupil role models”
Morag Deyes, Artistic Director, Dance Base, Scotland’s National Dance Agency