Learning & Participation


Autin Dance Theatre offer a range of educational offers for professionals, young dancers and community participants. 

 We offer open professional classes alongside our partners at Brum Pro Class (see more information and link below) and other professional training for artists from time to time.  

We can deliver bespoke projects and one-off workshops in educational and community settings to all abilities, including: 

  • Creative sessions 
  • Contemporary dance technique 
  • Repertoire masterclasses 
  • Choreography workshops 
  • Professional training teachers 
  • Arts Award delivery 

Please look at our Education and Learning pack or email kirsten@autindt.co.uk/ for more information. 

All our workshop leaders are DBS checked and have public liability insurance. 

Please keep an eye on our events calendar below and our social media channels for opportunities (@autindt) 

Man Made Youth Company

We also artistically direct our little brother company, Man Made Youth Company. Man Made is an all-male youth performance initiative that aims to inspire and empower young male participants aged 12-21 from Birmingham and the Black Country, through high-quality dance training, choreography workshops, performance opportunities, digital arts, and films. Please below for more information.

Man Made Youth Dance Company is back!
Every Tuesday 5-7pm at Mac Birmingham – FREE! (starting from 9th April)
For Male/Male identifying dancers aged 12-21 (no experience necessary!)

Brum Pro Class

We are back with TWO classes a week and a new membership scheme.

Here you can find details of our exciting programme of regular dance classes, events and workshops for the growing professional dance community-based in the city and wider region.

Regular School Sessions

We have delivered regular weekly activity with Primary and Secondary Schools, most often culminating in an end of year celebration.

"Thank you and your team for everything. They were wonderful with our children and made the dances doable whilst still being fabulous. All of our staff thoroughly enjoyed working with you all. We have really loved working with Autin Dance Theatre over the past 3 years and hope we can continue this fabulous partnership"
Angela Lowry
Head of School

Schools Commission  -The Flock (2023) 

The Flock was inclusive dance and puppetry project that was commissioned by Bellfield Infant School Bellfield Junior School, and Longwill School for Deaf Children in Birmingham, through Birmingham Arts School. All three schools worked together with Creative Director Johnny Autin and artists Kevaughn Liang, Billy Read and Stephanie Bentley over a several months, to create an environment where young people could share and celebrate their differences and similarities, and explore what home, inclusivity and migration meant to them. Each young person made a puppet and learned how to use the puppets bringing them to life with movement and sound. A final performance was shared with parents and also filmed.

One off Workshop – Old Park Primary School (Black History Month Workshop- Oct 22)

Our Education Programme took us to Old Park Primary school and as part of Black History Month. Dance artist Gemma Pilgrim ran a dance and movement workshop to 30 students from year 5 & 6, with great feedback about the children’s enthusiasm for dance, and inspiration. Gemma was happy to share her journey as a dancer with the students and inspired them to create a movement dance piece.  

"Gemma’s enthusiasm for dance inspired the children – that was clearly evident. Gemma used our school values to ensure the children created a challenging dance piece.  The children were very proud of their final work. I can’t thank Gemma enough.  There were many children who were very hesitant to take part in the workshop but by the end of the day, they were fully involved and LOVED it!  Thank you – we would certainly like to use your company again! "

Teachers CPD Workshop

As part of a partnership with Arts Connect we delivered series of CPD sessions with teachers across a network of schools or those who didn’t have specialists in their schools, around how to engage young people in dance. 

University CommissionDMU- Purple Wave 

Creative Director Johnny was comissioned to work with third year Dance students at DeMontfort University in preparation for their graduate showcase, creating a brand new piece titled Purple Wave. The University Dance Festival took place on the 27th and 28th May at The Venue DMU, where the work was premiered. 

Project Workshop- Out of The Deep Blue School workshop as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival - June 23 

Dance and Puppetry Artists James Blake –Butler, Cameron Everitt and Charlotte Bennett, delivered a series of school and community workshops leading up to the Wandsworth Arts Festival in June 23. Children learnt how to move, manipulate and breathe life into the puppets that they created. 

 “Children were so engaged and excited, one even came back to the classroom and made their own puppet afterwards. They loved it!  Really good for DT skills. Developed good understanding for making something for a purpose. Also really good for children to build social/communication skills and learn how to work in a team in a fun way. Taking part in the activities and making their own puppets. It was accessible for everyone and they all really enjoyed working as a team to make their puppets move.    Just absolutely loved it!! Please come back again next year.”
Rosina Hubble  
Chesterton Primary School

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