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For a more in-depth experience, we offer short or long-term projects – use Shobana’s research and choreographic process to create new dance pieces and other art works. We are an accredited Arts Award centre (Explore and Discover level) and can help you deliver your Arts Award offer. Our upcoming projects are:

Bayadère – Dancing the Ninth Life
Explore Shobana’s latest production, its themes of cultural dislocation and fraught dreams of faraway lands. When: Autumn 2017. For: Secondary schools, FE college, universities and community groups (aged 12+).

Concepts of Movement
In partnership with The Courtauld Gallery. Work with an artist and a dancer to discover how movement is depicted and created in different art forms. Students produce a final work. When: Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018. For: Secondary schools and FE colleges.

Focus on choreographic research for a new site-specific work. When: 2018.


For further information and to book, please contact Alice Odin.

“The content [of the project] suited the students’ age and ability. It was interesting and engaging for all. [The dancer’s] manner and attitude with the students was excellent and he understood how to approach both the younger boys and the older students” Secondary School teacher

Concepts of Movement, in partnership with The Courtauld Gallery

Between November 2016 and March 2017, 40 secondary school students worked with a visual artist and dancer during the Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement at The Courtauld Gallery. They explored how artist Auguste Rodin and his contemporaries sculpted dance; they then investigated Shobana’s own choreographic process, experimenting with sketching, research, storytelling, and dance techniques. As a final outcome, the students produced a series of visual artworks and a short choreography, which was performed at the Lift-Off Festival in March 2017.


We travelled to Shanghai in January 2017 to take up residence at the wonderful Shanghai American School for two weeks. Our dancers worked with dance and theatre students to create short dance pieces. The residency culminated in a dance family day.

Curtain raiser

Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC), The Point, Eastleigh – February 2017
While on tour with Material Men redux, we took the opportunity to work with the fabulous HYDC during a week-long residency. The young dancers worked with our educator to create a curtain raiser performed before our show. HYDC have since gone on to perform this piece at many local and national dance festivals.

Big Dance Bus and other community festivals

In the summer of 2016, we participated in Big Dance Bus touring throughout London to bring dance to local families and communities. Our dancers delighted audiences on the unusual (and sometimes challenging!) chequered floorboards and brought contemporary dance to hundreds of people in the city. They also performed a beautiful duet in the magical courtyard of the V&A at the end of July as part of the V&A Friday Late: Engineering your World.

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