Dundee is Dancing!

Students from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, based at North Sea Screen Partners member Dundee College’s Performing Arts building The Space, are featured in 'Dannsa (Scotland is Dancing)’, a new series for BBC ALBA exploring contemporary dance in Scotland. 

The 11-part series, produced by mneTV, follows six community and student dance groups from across Scotland, including Heavy Smokers, a street-dancing crew from Livingston; teenagers at the Fusion dance class in Aberdeen; the Ballet West school in Taynuilt, Oban; the asylum seekers and refugees of the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow; the over sixties at Dance Base in Edinburgh; and students at The Space, Dundee College. Presented by dance enthusiasts Anne Morrison and Kevin Walker, who are joined by renowned Scottish contemporary choreographer Andy Howitt, the series will culminate with a live show at the Tramway in Glasgow, involving the dancers from all six groups fusing their diverse styles in a joint performance.

The first episode, available to watch on BBC iPlayer, gives an introduction to the six groups. Just one of the inspiring dancers featured is Indra, a Latvian student at Dundee College who is partially sighted and has followed her love of contemporary dance to Scotland.

Leann Lappin, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the College says of the students: “Within the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee College, we encourage students to have high expectations, realise their potential and to celebrate their achievements and success. I am very proud to say that our students are dedicated, passionate and are inspiring to work with”.

Click here to watch the first episode of ‘Dannsa’ on BBC iPlayer.

Dundee College is the only place in Scotland offering full-time, three or four -year training in contemporary dance performance to professional level. Click here for more information.

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