Learning & Participation
EDUCATION AND LEARNING
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Commission – DMU- 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.