Face the music and dance!

Whether you're a trained ballerina or have literally never danced in your life there are plenty of ways to get moving even when you can't leave the house. We've put together our recommendations for dance lessons, yoga sessions, open rehearsals and creative challenges from our friends DanceEast, Sadlers Wells and Alexander Whitley.

Company of Elders – Sadlers Wells

We have really been enjoying Sadlers Wells’ series of dance workshops aimed over 60s. The sessions explore a mix of styles and are low-impact so perfect if you have mobility issues or just want something low-key you can do at your desk in a break from ‘working from home’. Watch the sessions here

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Home is Where the Dance Is – DanceEast

Our friends at DanceEast are running a packed schedule of online sessions on YouTube featuring everything from dance for under 4s, to creative dance for kids, to pilates, yoga and ballet barre for adults. Each video lesson is available for at least 24 hours after the scheduled start time so you can choose to participate at the same time each week or whenever suits you. View the full schedule here

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Home from Home – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet and BBC Arts present a special ballet class with 46 world-class dancers, held in their homes around the world. It’s a fascinating insight into the life of professional dancers – and if you fancy a challenge you can even try joining in with the class yourself! Watch on BBC iPlayer

Digital Body – Alexander Whitley

Digital Body is a creative challenge from choreographer Alex Whitley – the man behind 8 Mintutes, which was performed at Saffron Hall in 2018, and Overflow which was due to be performed in April 2020. He has invited artists, designers and composers to explore dance in the digital realm by offering up motion capture data he has recorded for them to use. The outcome is a host of fascinating animations and videos which are well worth a watch. Find out more

Saffron Hall is a charity and we rely on income from ticket sales and donations to keep doing what we’re doing. If you want to support us through this difficult period, please consider making a donation or becoming a Saffron Hall member.

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