o DANCE ABOUT, TRY IT OUT Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 225 3614. Work out after work. Try one of these popular classes and you‘ll be hooked on contemporary dance. Classes begin at 5.45pm and last 11/: hours. £1 .5(l(5(lp). Highly recommended. Mon 9 Mar— Pat Eckersley; Wed 11 Mar— Sheridan Nicol (Jazz); Mon 16 Mar— Pat Eckersley; Wed 18 Mar— Craig McKnight). 0 FOCUS ON DANCE Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. Edinburgh. 226 2428. 22—29..March. Dance performance is sporadic in Scotland throughout the year. A week like Focus On Dance is an unusual event and deserves to be supported by all those interested. mildly or wildly. in dance. Classes and workshops by well—known professionals are programmed every day with performances by Scottish dance companies at lunchtimes and international stars of the contemporary scene in the evening. Whetherthey take to the street or the stage. the dancers will offer something for all. The week opens with a free street display in George Street at 2—3pm. At 8.30pm ‘Jive on Down with Fat Sam‘s Band‘ at the Assembly Rooms. with tap dancer Will Gaines. On Mon 23 Mar. 8pm. Shobana Jewasingh. dancers an ancient classical temple dance from South India. On Tue 24 March at

8pm Will Gaines takes the stage again in an ’Evening ofJazz'. Pauline Daniels from the Netherlands makes her first appearance in Scotland on Wed 25 March at 8pm and Dundee Rep jump ’In With Both Feet‘ forthe Thurs 26 March evening slot. Scottish Dance Theatre perform a triple bill on Fri 27 March at 7.30pm and Sat 28 March at 7.30pm brings The Kosh back to Edinburgh. The week ends with Astrakan at 8pm on Sun 29 March.


0 CHOREOGRAPHIC FESTIVAL Sat 21 and Sun 22 March. £15 (£10). Cost includes all classes. workshops and events. Reduced prices for those who wish to participate in classes only. Write to Jean Douglas (Festival Administrator). 7 (‘aledonian Place. Edinburgh Ellll 2AR to reserve your place. Organised by the Scottish Council for Dance. this is the festival‘s sixth year. Held at the Aberdeen College of Education. it will include classes and talks and is open to community. amateur and professional groups and individuals. Guest teachers include Katie Duck. Frank McConnell and Ann Dickie. On Sat 21 March at 7pm in the college theatre there will be a public Open Forum a discussion and demonstration event. On Sun 22 March at 3pm there will be a performance by the participants of the course. Tom Yang is Directorof the 1987 programme.


On Sat 21 March, the eve of the big ‘Focus On Dance Week’ at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. another majorevent in the dance calendarkicks off in Aberdeen. Underthe directorship of Tom Yang, the Sixth Scottish Choreographic Festival brings together groups and individuals from around Scotland to make, perform and discuss dance. With four exceptional teachers, the weekend is already almost

booked up.

Though the sixth, this is only the second time the festival is being organised through the Scottish Council for Dance. And for the first time it will be underfhe auspices of the council’s administrator, a new post funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation. Michael Deighton, an ex-member of Basic Space, is ready to develop both the job and the work of the council.

While still at the Rambert School in London, Deighton suffered an injury which put him out of commission for two years. The administrative experience he gained then, plus the six years touring with Basic Space, add up to ideal qualifications.

And much is to be done. Though founded on October 1980, the council has had a low profile. With manpower behind it now, Deighton hopes that it will become the ‘voice of dance in Scotland’. Their intentions are wide-ranging in the promotion of dance and its educational opportunities.

Laterthisyearthey will host a National Conference On Dance which

Michael Deighan. AdministratorforScottish Council for Dance. Photo David Liddte.

will debate ‘Dance and the Disabled’ and ‘Dance in Primary and Secondary Schools’. Currentlythey are involved with the setting up of an accreditation system forteachers of dance in Scotland, where none had previously existed. In the future they hope to offer more information on dance, countrywide, forthe dance community from amateur to professional.

With no centre, or even a regular suitable venue fordance, particularly contemporary dance, the council might just be the catalyst that is needed to ring together dancers, their projects and an audience. (Alice Bain)

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