Elevate Dance Company

A year-long dance training course

An intensive dance course that focuses on the creation, performance and teaching of contemporary dance work inspired by and expressive of the Christian faith.

Wonderful and unforgettable
Holly Wilmot, Elevate Dance Company 2013
This course is so much more than I could have ever wished for or even begun to imagine!
Linn Kassner, Elevate Dance Company 2017

Learn

Improve your dance technique in a nurturing Christian environment through daily technique classes, including contemporary, ballet and street dance. Develop your performance and choreography skills through creating and re-constructing repertoire. Strengthen your understanding through supporting studies such as theology and dance science.

Teach

Become experienced, creative and nurturing teachers. Gain greater confidence and professionalism in your teaching methods through co-leading workshops in schools, churches and community groups.

Perform

Perform vibrant, faith-filled dance in a nationwide tour to churches, schools, festivals and community venues. Tell stories, express worship, explore current issues and inspire hope in people of all ages.

Next audition for 2018 entry:

Thursday 18th January 2018

Stories

Linn Kassner

Elevate Dance Company 2017
'Besides all the knowledge, strength and technique, you also gain more confidence and fantastic friends. I am not quite the ‘Carpe-Diem-girl’ all the time, and still like to think things through, but I have learned to trust in myself and my gifts a little more.'

Georgina Smith

Elevate Dance Company 2017
'The support from the girls on the course and the teachers has been better than I ever could have hoped, and through the course I’ve also grown closer in my relationship with God – something I know would have been more difficult had I gone straight to university.'

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

In order to apply, you need to fill in our online application form. We will then be in touch to invite you to an audition at our studio in South East London. The audition will take the form of a contemporary technique class, a short improvisation task, a solo and an interview.

How can I fund the course?

Students over the years have been able to fundraise successfully from many sources including their local church, family and friends, fundraising events, savings, part-time work and other local grant-making trusts. Social media is also a great way to raise money, by setting up a fundraising page on sites such as GoFundMe or JustGiving and sharing it on your social media.

Where do I live?

Students source their own accommodation. We can help by putting students in touch with each other before the start of term if you are interested in sharing accommodation. There are also some local families who are sometimes interested in hosting students, whom we can connect you with.

Can I take on part-time work whilst on the course?

Yes, but it is up to you how much you feel you can manage. This is a full-time and intensive course with some evenings, and most weekends free. Once you have your timetable for each term, you can work out if/when you would like to work. However Elevate Dance Company members should be free of any work or other commitments for the duration of tour.
(Please note that for overseas apprentices, the ability to work is subject to visa restrictions).

Where does Elevate go on tour?

That depends on you!  Each year, the majority of the EDC tour is hosted by the venues known to company members.  Family, friends, churches and schools local to apprentices are usually keen to host a performance, workshop or residency. Tour venues include churches, schools, festivals and youth/after school clubs. Previous apprentices have toured to America, Canada, New Zealand, and Germany amongst others, as well as across the UK and London.

What do I get at the end?

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a detailed report and a certificate. You will have accomplished an intensive dance training and the experience of having performed and taught to a broad spectrum of the community. You may also have gained experience of the technical aspects of touring a performance including a basic understanding of the sound and lighting used. We are not currently accredited with a university.  Our course is quite unique and doesn’t easily fit into boxes!

Springs Dance Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales, No. 6371136.  Registered Charity No. 1136487.
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