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Dance Programme 2015-2016

Here is our NEW STUDIO PROGRAMME for Infants, Juniors and Youth 

Thursdays with Amanda

5:00-5:45 Wriggle ‘n’ Jiggle Infant Dance Class   £2.00

6:00-7:30 Dance Makers Youth project – Creating Dances   £3.00 or £5.00 for both Thursdays & Fridays

Fridays with Josh Hawkins from Hawk Dance Theatre

4:00-5:00 Boys Dance  (aged 10-16yrs)  £2.00

5:00-6:00 Jumpstart Juniors   £2.00

6:00-7:30 DARE2 Youth Dance – Technique & Performance  £3.00 or £5.00 for both Thursdays & Fridays

AGE GROUPS: Our classes are the same as school years

INFANTS are for children in Reception, Yr 1 & Yr2

JUNIORS are for children in school Years 3 -6

YOUTH are young people in Secondary School and Sixth Form


In April 2015 we brought together martial arts and dance practitioners to collaborate on a research programme for young women.  Amanda developed the work further and led a pilot project with 12 young women in Barrow for five weeks in September and October.  The next phase of development will bring together  Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and an evaluation process led by Lancaster University.

U.Dance Festival Barrow

An opportunity for 12 schools to take part in a INSET day, create their own dances or work with one of our Dance Artists and perform at the forum as part of an evening of dance in March.

First Glance Dance Show

Our Annual event which brings together our community and education classes to perform their new work at the forum in December.


This is our pilot Arts Award programme with Curious Minds NW Agency for Cultural Education and Furness Academy.


We piloted our MAKE YOUR MOVE PROJECT in September 2015 for families at Brisbane Park Infants and Love Barrow Families.  The project is funded by People’s Health Trust and offers an inspiring programme of weekly dance classes and family events.  Our next phase will develop the successful elements of this project for a further year.


In August and September 2015 we worked in partnership with Ludus Dance on a super secret flash mob which toured Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow.

Charity Stars Tour Promo

Now and Then performance project 

South Cumbria Dance Partnership comprising of DARE Dance, Brewery Arts Centre and National Trust at Fell Foot brought together 100 Children and Young People aged 6-18yrs from across South Cumbria, in an ambitious, original, site-specific dance performance ‘ Now and Then ‘ on the site of the Historic House at Fell Foot on Saturday 11th July at Fell Foot .

Led by Artistic Director Amanda J. Mortlock; Ellen Turner, Zanna Dennis and Emma Hayes (Brewery Youth Arts) led weekly inspirational dance classes at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  and DARE Dance Studio, Barrow with additional days working as a whole cast on site at Fell Foot.

Together we have devised a performance which brought to life the memories of Fell Foot; what has changed and hasn’t changed for generations of animals and people who have made Fell Foot their home.  We saw the elegance, beauty and wildness of Fell Foot through the swans and the fierce chase of the hunting hounds.  Inspired by the game of Chess on site we hinted at the memory and strategy of war and the changing roles of men and women throughout the centuries of life at Fell Foot.  We  enjoyed light-hearted life on the lake and finished with a wave of memories rising and falling until time allowed them stillness.

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“ Amazing to watching so many dancers from across Cumbria come together to celebrate the rich history of Fell Foot. It has been a great experience for all involved – full of insight into an area, working with new people and new ways of creating innovative dance work. A truly unique performance! “ Emma Hayes, Dance Officer,  Brewery Youth Arts


“ The team at Fell Foot were very excited to welcome all the dancers involved in the ‘Now and Then’ project and see the heritage of the site interpreted through their performance. “ Liz Critchley,  National Trust

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Now and Then’ is a spectacular project bringing together 100 Children and Young People from diverse backgrounds with a common love of dance.  They have learned about the history of Fell Foot and have created their own dances to express the elements of Fell Foot’s history which captivated their imagination.  Amanda Mortlock,  Artistic Director, DARE DANCE

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This project is made possible through generous support of Arts Council England, Cumbria Community Foundation and Sir Francis C Scott Charitable Trust