Tutors talk cats, creative fatigue and camaraderie

Tutors

With classes continuing online for now, we spoke to The Garage tutors Victoria Taylor, Grace Durbin and The Workshop’s Freddie Main about what it’s like teaching remotely. Just because this is our third term of online teaching doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges – good and bad. But we’ve come a long way since term one […]

Online teaching is a steep learning curve

Online teaching

We’ve had to get creative when it comes to online teaching. Delivering our classes and our HNC and GCSE courses online has been a steep learning curve, as our participation and accredited courses teams explain. Gabrielle Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, says for the tutors, the switch was about adapting their processes and learning to […]

Free creative industries training for 18-25s

Training

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new training programme for 18-25 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work. Over the course of 12 weeks, learners will take part in […]

Excited to reopen studios for classes on 14 September

Breakdance class

Although it’s been fantastic to carry on with our classes via Zoom during lockdown, we know many of our participants have missed learning in a studio and missed the social and friendship aspect of visiting The Garage. That’s why we’ve been busy behind the scenes, getting ready to open our studios from 14 September in […]

WANTED: PERFORMERS WITH THEIR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF DANCE

13/01/2020 PULSE is on the hunt for people with an unstoppable passion for dance who want to be seen on the biggest stages. Company choreographer and tutor Victoria Taylor said: “This is more than a weekly class. We’re looking for dancers aged eight to 16 who are showing that next level technique or performance quality. […]

TURNSTYLE MAKES HEADLINES AT NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

26/07/2019 A sold-out Norwich Playhouse enjoyed a packed programme of dance that made you think, made you cry and made you smile. Carrie Mansfield, The Garage’s creative director, thanked everyone for turning out on such a hot evening to support those taking part in this year’s Turnstyle platform. “I also want to say a big thank you the dancers and […]

OUR STRENGTHS ARE OFTEN IN OUR DIFFERENCES – MEET OUR NEW INCLUSIVE DANCE COMPANY IN CAHOOTS

25/07/2019 Tonight marks the debut of The Garage’s latest dance company, In Cahoots. An inclusive group that proves our strengths are often in our differences. The seven diverse dancers will perform contemporary piece Eye to Eye for a sold out Norwich Playhouse as part of our annual showcase Turnstyle. Rehearsal time has been a challenge, cramming as much as they can into […]

MOSAIC MEMBERS DANCING FOR JOY AFTER SADLER’S WELLS PERFORMANCE

19/07/2019 There’s a buzz in the studio as the members of Mosaic Performance Company warm-up. Their minds still very much on their appearance at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells, London a few days before. “I read all the Wells books – Rosanna Joins the Wells, etc. – when I was 10-years-old. The fact we were dancing there was […]

NEW MA PERFORMING ARTS ENTERPRISE AT THE GARAGE

28/06/2019 The Garage is launching a new MA in Performing Arts Enterprise; giving the creative community of East Anglia and beyond the vital business tools they need to help create a living from their work. Validated by the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), it will serve as a springboard for those looking to not just survive but […]

CHANGING HOW WE WORK – OUR TUTORS ON THEIR DAN.CE IN EXPERIENCE

12/06/2019 The Garage’s Scott “Scooby” Atkins, Victoria Taylor and Danielle Gardner learnt a lot about diversity and themselves at the first DAN.ce AcCEssibility INclusion (DAN.CE IN) conference in Alicante. They shared their experiences as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Scooby’s journey proved a personal one which has pushed him as a choreographer, a performer and a person. It started with a missing veneer… […]

INTERNATIONAL INCLUSION PROJECT CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATION IN DANCE

11/06/2019 DAN.ce AcCEssibility INclusion (DAN.CE IN) is shattering the concept of limits. Professional dancers, instructors, social workers and functionally diverse people from Spain, Italy and the UK are collaborating to create work that encourages equal opportunities through the joy of movement. The first conference took place in Alicante, Spain, Monday 15-Thursday 18 April; and included members of The […]

HOW DRESSED. TURNS DARKNESS INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

16/05/2019 dressed. is for women whose worlds have been shattered and for all the friends who have helped rebuild them. It’s the story of how, after being stripped at gunpoint, Lydia Higginson set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour and now only wears clothes she has made. She said: “When […]

Q&A WITH UNSIGNED POP SINGER HANNAH BIRTWELL

14/05/2019 Hannah Birtwell is a singer-songwriter from Easton, who has already had a track played on BBC Radio Norfolk. We chatted to her about conquering her nerves and preparing for the Unsigned gig at The Waterfront in Norwich on Sunday 19 May. You said you’ve been singing since you could talk; did you grow up in a musical household? My mum […]

Q&A WITH UNSIGNED SINGER-SONGWRITER SOLOMON LAKE

09/05/2019 Solomon Lake is one of five acts playing The Waterfront in Norwich on Sunday 19 May for Unsigned. We spoke to him ahead of the gig about his difficult journey to the stage. Can you tell me about yourself? I was born and raised in Manchester, but moved to Norwich when I was 14. I’m studying American studies […]

DAN.CE.IN PROJECT

19/11/2018 DAN.CE.IN Project  DAnce acCEssibility and Inclusion – DAN.CE IN The Garage, Norwich is the U.K Partner for an exciting European Inclusive Dance Project called DAN.CE.IN. Dance has often been stereotyped as an activity executed by certain elite bodies. Inclusive Dance offers a different reality where people with different types of bodies and minds approach […]

USING THE ARTS TO ENGAGE YOUNG PEOPLE IN CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES

12/10/2018 I am the Youth Arts Worker and my role primarily focuses on using the arts as a tool to engage young people from challenging circumstances. In order to achieve this, I run and support courses that are specifically aimed at engaging these young people and building confidence and raising their self-esteem. Young people are […]

THE GARAGE REFERRAL NETWORK

21/09/2018 Next month marks 5 years of my involvement with The Garage Referral Network. The aim of the Network is to bring different organisations who work with young people with challenging circumstances together to share information and best practice. In 5 years there have been some amazing outcomes, due in large to the great working relationships […]

APPLY TO TAKE PART IN NOVEMBER’S SCRATCH NIGHT

23/08/2017 Are you a regional performance company that needs help bringing an exciting new piece of work to fruition? The Garage are looking for local performance companies to take part in the next of it’s Scratch Nights on Friday 3 November, in co-production with All-In Productions and REDuck ProDUCKtions. This is a great opportunity to develop new work, gain invaluable support, and access […]

GCSE DANCE & GCSE DRAMA – BOOK YOUR AUDITION!

15/08/2017 Can you no longer study dance or drama at school? The Garage offers part-time GCSE courses to complement school or work. Start your creative journey in 2018 – Book an audition today! Starting in January 2018, our 18 month GCSEs run on Sundays, and are perfect for fitting in around school or work. Our students […]

LAYTON WILLIAMS MASTERCLASS

17/07/2017 Performer Layton Williams is best known for his starring role in the BBC’s hit sitcom Bad Education. He began his career on the West End in title roles Billy Elliot and Thriller Live. He has also performed with Matthew Bourne in Lord of the Flies and The Car Man and has toured with Hairspray and Rent. This was his fourth workshop in as many years […]