Learn our history through dance and storytelling at Sanquhar this summer
Sanquhar Community Arts Center’s five-week school holiday program will run from July 4th to August 5th.
The fifth week will allow the community to work with the professional dance theater company and the educational charity as part of the Year of Stories 2022.
Nonsuch History and Dance tutors are recognized experts in historical dance and have worked on many international projects, including film and television.
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Artistic director Darren Royston has appeared on BBC Dancing Cheek to Cheek as Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley’s dance master, and has choreographed for films like Harry Potter and Nicole Kidman in Queen of the Desert.
Project director and tutor, Penelope Boff, has had an international career performing and teaching dance, including with UNESCO’s International Dance Council, and now lives in Sanquhar.
Faye Maughan is a professional actress and dancer who regularly works in acting schools across the UK.
From August 1-5, children are invited to experience historic wedding dances originally performed by Scottish princesses.
Through free workshops, children will be able to learn about historical dance and music, create art and costumes, write their own stories, perform theater and perform publicly – all based on these dances from 15th and 16th century marriage, including one taught to Mary Queen. of the Scots.
Young people can go to the workshops on Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town hall of Sanquhar then on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at A’ The Airts, before a performance in front of an invited public at the town hall this afternoon from 1 p.m. 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, adults can attend free evening workshops to learn some of the dances Robert Burns knew as a child and create a dramatic performance based on his poem Tam O’Shanter from August 1-7.
Dance and the Story workshops are held Mondays from 6-8pm at the A’ the Airts Community Center, and Tuesday/Wednesdays from 6-8pm at the Sanquhar Community Center.
The town hall will then host social dancing nights from 8pm to 10pm each evening, with the Auld Alliance Ball taking place on Fridays, the Evening of Lights with Robert Burns on Saturdays and the Farewell Ball and Dance Party on Sundays.
Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to support Nonsuch History and Dance through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund.
“By supporting events happening within our communities, new opportunities are provided for locals and visitors to come together and learn more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.”