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2022 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

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The 2022 City of Plymouth Dance Festival

We are very excited to announce that this year our 2022 dance festival will be taking place.

It has been scheduled to open on Saturday 23rd July and will run for 9 days closing on Sunday July 31st.

Download the syllabus and short syllabus from the “Important Documents” section of this page.

As usual it will be held at Lipson Co-Operative Academy. The location is shown on this page, with directions available at Google Maps.

Alison Marlow

We are very pleased to welcome back Dance Festival Adjudicator:

Alison Marlow

Some of you may remember that Alison was our adjudicator in 2019. Throughout the festival she will be adjudicating in the Muse Theatre.

For many years Alison enjoyed a varied performing career on stage and television with most notable credits including “A Night of 100 Stars” at The London Palladium, Songs of Praise, Get Your Own Back and Come Dancing for the BBC with partner Howard Donald of Take That!

Upon moving into teaching Alison settled in Rossendale, Lancashire and for 25 years, alongside her husband Chris, ran a successful dance and drama school, Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre. This was one of the first UK schools to gain Recognised School status from the now CDMT, Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre Training.

Since 2015 Alison has worked as a Dance Education Consultant, a role which encompasses teaching, mentoring, lecturing, adjudicating and examining both in the UK and overseas. In September 2018 she launched Lancaster Dance Centre, offering dance and fitness tuition to children and adults in the beautiful city of Lancaster.

Alison is passionate about nurturing and developing confidence in leaners and performers of all ages and abilities. Many of Alison’s students have progressed to full time training at establishments such as Central School of Ballet, Northern Ballet School, Ballet West, Elmhurst, Bird and Performers College.

She has recently completed an MSc. in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh specialising in private sector dance teacher training and education. She is also the author of the amateur and professional UKA Dance syllabi for Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre.

Gemma Summerscales-Heard

Our 2022 Dance Studio adjudicator, adjudicating over the first weekend is:

Gemma Summerscales-Heard

Gemma is an approved tutor and a dual fellowship member of the ISTD

She trained at Summerscales Performing Arts and went on to Tiffany Theatre College for a graduate course. Her professional performance experience started as a child, first modelling for various international brands including Coca-Cola. She then went on to perform as a child in UK tours and in the West End including productions with the New Shakespeare Company. She was also invited to appear as a singer/dancer at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

Gemma then started to choreograph leading her into teaching. Passionate for passing her love of the arts on to students she continues to extend her knowledge of theatre and dance with recognised and respected practitioners in the UK and USA.

Gemma is delighted to be recognised as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and is looking forward to adjudicating at the Plymouth dance festival in July.

Safe return of all Festival cups and trophies

Auditing returned cups is a mammoth task and requires a lot of time and space.

Cups and trophies needing to be returned were those presented in the 2019 Plymouth Dance festival.

So, to support and make this task as easy as possible for Carolyne, we ask that they are returned to her by the 1st of June 2022.

Cups and trophies should be engraved with the name of the dancer who had won the class and had been presented with the award.

The names of all dancers in duet, trio and quad classes should be engraved on the award.

It should then be returned to Carolyne.

Cups and trophies can be delivered in person to Carolyne’s home, be left in the labelled box in Carolyne’s back garden, or they can be posted to the address below:

If you have any queries regarding the return of your cup or trophy please contact Carolyne. You can also contact her to make a personal arrangement. She is always very helpful.

Supervision of Performers

Please remember that for the duration of a festival all teachers, parents, guardians and carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children or pupils. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children or pupils are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Festival venues, performance and practice and changing areas that are be provided.

For your information, please read Plymouth festival’s Safer Festivals Statement which can be downloaded from the Important Documents section at the top of this page.

The Festival Performance

The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of an audience and receive a mark and feedback from a qualified adjudicator.

The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, including attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the accompanist.

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