Discover how we create movement material and delve into the repertoire of Matthew Bourne's Cinderella with New Adventures Dance Artists Paul Smethurst, Daisy May Kemp, Katy Lowenhoff & Ross Carpenter. You'll also find examples of New Adventures style warm ups and a Swing Workshop with Sam Archer, where you can learn some of our favourite steps from the 1940s.
Our exercises and activities are adapted for a Primary School level; GCSE, A Level & BTEC students and those with a general level of dance experience, however anyone can try these at home!
Be sure to visit our Behind the Scenes page to find out more about our award-winning production. Get to know some of the creative and technical minds behind the production, explore the plot and themes of the show in more depth, and hear how the dancers find their characters.
Here are two examples of how we warm up in a workshop environment. One is a general warm up, and the other is a Cinderella warm up that uses commands, where terms from the RAF have been assigned with an action.
Swing with Sam Archer
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella features choreography that was inspired by swing dance styles from the 1940s, which was very popular during World War Two. Sam Archer, a New Adventures Dance Artist, will show you some of our favourite steps for you to try at home - then you could put together your own routine!
Airmen & Bombers
Learn the Airmen & Bombers phrase from the end of Act One adapted for various ages and abilities.
- Go to 0:27 for the phrase adapted for a Primary School Level
- Go to 2:52 for the phrase adapted for a General Level
- Go to 5:11 for the phrase adapted for GCSE, A Level & BTEC Students
Air Raid: General Level
Learn the Air Raid phrase from Act One adapted for a General Level.
Gas Mask Dogs
Learn the Gas Mask Dogs phrase from Act One adapted for a Primary School Level.
The Lost Shoe
A creative task using chance choreography focussing on the solos of Cinderella and Harry, the Pilot from Act Three. This task explores the lost shoe and what it signifies, with different phases to develop the choreography that you create.
Midnight Top & Tail
A creative task taken from the end of Act Two from the Midnight Section, exploring various ideas of a ticking clock, including the mechanics and actions related to a clock, the pendulum motion and time running out. This is a top and tail task where one person focuses on creating movement for the top half of the body and another person choreographing for the waist down. The movement material is then put together and developed.
A creative task that looks at movement material that can be created based on the Hospital Scene in Act Three. Gestures are created based on actions that a nurse may carry out on a patient and then how a duet can be formed from this.