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Dancers from 25 schools will perform in Steam

Talented young dancers to take centre stage at the Marlowe

Talented young performers will take centre stage at the Marlowe Theatre later this week for a dance extravaganza

Pupils at primary, secondary and dance schools from across east Kent will be performing in Steam, presented by the Marlowe Dance Network.

The show brings together dancers from 25 schools for performances on Thursday and Friday.

Steam is inspired by Gary Clarke Company’s dance theatre work Coal, performed at The Marlowe Theatre in February.

Teachers from the Marlowe Dance Network, which gives young dancers the chance to engage with Marlowe shows, were invited to take part in a workshop with Gary and members of his company to help start the choreographic process.

Among the works being performed will be pieces by two of Canterbury Christ Church University’s choreographers-in-residence, Dam van Huynh and Ash Mukhejee.

The groups taking part in the showcase on Thursday are: Canterbury Christ Church University, Spires Academy (Canterbury), Canterbury Academy, The Marlowe Dance Company, St Nicholas School (Canterbury), Herne Bay High, Herne Bay High Boys Company, Hartsdown Academy (Margate), Astor College (Dover), Stardust Studios (Ashford), Prima Stage School (Maidstone), Wickhambreaux Primary, Motion Alpha (CCCU boys company).

Those taking part on Friday are: Hoath Primary School (Canterbury), The Marlowe Dance Company, Barham Church of England Primary School (Canterbury), Chislet Church of England Primary School, (Canterbury), CTS Performing Arts (Canterbury), Simon Langton Girls School (Canterbury), Next Generation Dance Studio (Canterbury), Community College Whitstable, Goodwin Academy (Deal), Folkestone Academy, St Eanswyths Church of England Primary School (Folkestone), Dancer Xtreme (Canterbury), CJ’s Dance & Fitness (Dover), Canterbury Christ Church University.

Performances of Steam take place at 7pm on Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6.

For tickets, prices and information, log on to the Marlowe Theatre website or call the box office on 01227 787787.

  • Over the weekend the theatre will also be hosting a performance of Dance Warehouse’s The Little Match Girl, a reinterpretation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a girl who becomes separated from her group and finds herself on a magical adventure. Performances are at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.
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